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What happens when AI meets robotics?

What happens when AI meets robotics?

Science
Researchers in Texas are developing robots that have minds of their own. The scientists are creating systems that can learn for themselves and be able to operate in the home, the workplace and even on the sports field. The University of Texas, Austin team is incorporating artificial intelligence into its machines so that they can deal with real-world situations.Among the systems are automated assistants that will carry out simple tasks in a working officeScience fiction films predicted that in the future we would have intelligent robots.In the Day the Earth Stood Still, we had the sinister Gort; in Forbidden Planet there was Robby; and in the TV series Lost In Space it was Zachary Smith's nemesis, the Robot.It's been more than 50 years since those fictional representations - so where are t...
Students missing after DC robotics competition

Students missing after DC robotics competition

World
Six students from the small African country of Burundi went missing this week after participating in an international student robotics competition in Washington, D.C. The team, consisting of two 17-year-old girls and four boys, aged 16 to 18, was reported missing after the competition's closing ceremony in Washington on Tuesday night. They were last seen in the area of the D.A.R. Constitution Hall near the White House. Washington, D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department reported on Thursday that two of the teens had crossed the border safely into Canada. It's unclear how and when the students got there, what they were doing there, and where the other students are, according to police. There is no indication of foul play in the disappearances, police added in the statement. Canadian auth...
Afghan team among medal winners at global robotics event

Afghan team among medal winners at global robotics event

Technology
An international robotics competition in Washington attracted teams of teenagers from more than 150 nations. The team that drew the most attention at the FIRST Global Challenge, which ended Tuesday, was a squad of girls from Afghanistan who were twice rejected for U.S. visas before President Donald Trump intervened. But there were even more stories than there were teams. Here are a few: ——— RESULTS: Teams left with gold, silver and bronze medals in a variety of categories. The Europe team won a gold award for getting the most cumulative points over the course of the competition. Poland got silver and Armenia bronze. Finland won a gold award for winning the best win-loss record. Silver went to Singapore and bronze to India. There were also awards for engineering design, innovation and inte...
The one law of robotics: Humans must flourish

The one law of robotics: Humans must flourish

Technology
The science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov wrote about controlling intelligent machines with the three laws of robotics:A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harmA robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the first lawA robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the first or second lawAs so often is the case, science fiction has become science fact. A report published by the Royal Society and the British Academy suggests that there should not be three but just one overarching principle to govern the intelligent machines that we will soon be living alongside: "Humans should flourish."According to Prof Dame Ottoline Leyser, who co-chairs the Roya...