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Prankster's Robot Driver Freaks Out Drive-Thru Workers

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 08.27.2015 | Weird News

It's hard enough sometimes to handle humans at the drive-thru. But these fast-food workers have way more to deal with -- a robot in the...

Meet RoboDoc: Could Robots Make Doctors Obsolete?

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 08.24.2015 | Technology
Scott De Buitléir

If you've ever felt the first twinge of a headache and immediately headed over to Google to look up your symptoms and find a potential treatment, you could be inadvertently contributing to a vision of the future. One where our regular GPs are replaced with automated diagnosis and robots.

Artificial Intelligence Loves Natural Naiveté

Illah Nourbakhsh | Posted 08.18.2015 | Technology
Illah Nourbakhsh

The military was excited about these for many more reasons though: smart mines can hop and sense, and therefore the government could argue they're not land mines, they're smart robots. That means they aren't subject to the international anti-personnel landmine treaties. And since they can move, they're much harder to find and disarm. Great for war. Not so great for cleaning up after war.

Why a Presidential Candidate Is Driving a Giant Coffin Called the Immortality Bus Across America

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 08.06.2015 | Media
Zoltan Istvan

On my tour called the "Immortality Bus," I'm hoping to share with others that we should support a society and culture that is strongly pro-science and pro-longevity. My team and I plan to have embedded journalists aboard the bus, documenting our trip and enlivening the conversation.

Inexperienced Surgeons Give Robotic Surgery a Bad Rap

Dr. David Samadi | Posted 07.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. David Samadi

Robots performing surgery? How is this possible? Is it safe? These were some of the questions and criticisms of robotic surgery back in 2000 when I be...

Neuroscientist Discusses the Idea of Consciousness Transfer From the New Movie Self/less

Alejandro Rojas | Posted 07.10.2015 | Science
Alejandro Rojas

In the movie Self/less, a rich business man (Kingsley) is dying of cancer. However, he is able to prolong his "self" by transferring his consciousness from one body to another using a medical procedure called "shedding."

The Future Today: Self-Driving Cars

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 07.09.2015 | Technology
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Driving a car as we know today could be obsolete in the next 20 years. Presently, manually operating a gasoline engine powered automobile is an integral part of life in North America. Whether you live in a smaller city, or a larger city, such as Los Angeles, without good public transportation, one is expected to drive.

Don't Write Off Japan Yet -- Shortcomings Can Spur Its Next Burst of Innovation

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 07.08.2015 | World
Bhaskar Chakravorti

The recent green light in Congress for fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership marks an opportunity to put a forgotten economic heavyweight back in focus.

Welcome to the Dawn of the Age of Robots

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 06.24.2015 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

After watching the DARPA Challenge and observing the rapid advances of computing, artificial intelligence and sensor technologies, I see Rosie from The Jetsons being very close to reality. These technologies are all advancing at exponential rates. And exponential technologies can be deceptive. Things move very slowly at first, but then disappointment turns into amazement.

Regrowing Democracy -- The Role of Higher Education

Harry Boyte | Posted 06.15.2015 | College
Harry Boyte

If, as William Hastie, the first black federal judge, put it, "democracy is a journey not a destination," we've gotten off track.

Sharad in Dialogue With Neil Jacobstein from Singularity University (Video)

Sharad Khare | Posted 06.11.2015 | Impact
Sharad Khare

Neil Jacobstein is an impressive person that left me feeling smarter than I was before I met him. At least that is the story I am sticking to. Here is a glimpse of our very engaging dialogue.

A.I. Expert Sounds Alarm Over 'Killer Robots'

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 06.03.2015 | Science

Imagine an army of killer robots capable of tracking you down and taking you out -- all without any oversight from human handlers. That might sound...

Coding Is the New Latin

Christopher Byrne | Posted 05.28.2015 | Parents
Christopher Byrne

Sadly, Latin is no longer taught widely, thought of as rarified or, in some cases, even elitist. So, where does a student learn to understand systems and think systematically in today's world? One word: coding.

Calling All Young Ladies for FIRST Robotics

Natalie Kalin | Posted 05.26.2015 | Science
Natalie Kalin

If you are a woman--good. There's no finer thing to be. Actually, I take that back. A finer thing is to be a woman AND to be in FIRST Robotics. ...

The Robots are Coming: How a Caring Economy Is the Best App for a Shrinking Job Market

Riane Eisler | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Riane Eisler

The tech and automation job-quake is finally gaining attention, with predictions that nearly half of American jobs will be lost within a couple of decades. Yet too many leaders still avert their eyes, making decisions through a rear-view mirror rather than planning for a horizon already upon us.

Macrina Cooper-White

We May All Have Robot Pets In The Not-So-Distant Future

HuffingtonPost.com | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 05.15.2015 | Science

For better or worse, robots seem poised to take over all sorts of human jobs in the not-too-distant future -- replacing us in factories and offices an...

The Space Apps Challenge: A Cosmic Hackathon

XPRIZE | Posted 06.28.2015 | Technology
XPRIZE

What do you get when developers, engineers and space geeks from around the world come together one weekend for a hackathon? Over 900 projects aimed at solving the myriad issues surrounding planetary and space exploration.

This Tiny 'Gecko Power' Robot Is Way Stronger Than You

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 05.07.2015 | Science

Don't judge a tiny robot by its size because these petite powerhouses can pull up to 2,000 times their own weight. A pair of Stanford University P...

The Robotics Age Is Closer Than We Think

Natalie Kalin | Posted 06.24.2015 | Teen
Natalie Kalin

With these great robotics technologies available, yet no obvious integration into our society as of yet, I can't help to think that our society, although fascinated by the greatest and newest iPhone, would prefer to keep robotic technology out of our lives.

A Duty to Preserve the Middle Class

Illah Nourbakhsh | Posted 06.13.2015 | Technology
Illah Nourbakhsh

Technological progress has led to incalculable increases in quality of life, in health and nutrition. But the "progress" enjoyed by the many does not extend into our presently laid future trajectory.

An Open Letter To Fareed Zakaria In Defense of STEM Education

Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal | Posted 05.30.2015 | Education
Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal

America does not need more business graduates doing investment banking and stock trading. America does not need more lawyers and lobbyists. America needs more doctors, engineers, scientists and teachers.

It's Time to Start Talking Seriously About Basic Income

Jim Pugh | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Jim Pugh

What if full employment wasn't a necessity in our economy? What if it was okay to not have a full-time position? What if robots stealing our jobs could actually be a good thing, rather than something to fear?

Is a Self-Aware Robot Like Chappie Possible?

Alejandro Rojas | Posted 05.06.2015 | Science
Alejandro Rojas

I was fortunate enough to be invited to a screening and press conference for the movie Chappie. It is a great movie about a police robot named Chappie that is downloaded with a program that makes him self-aware.

Drone Rules

Illah Nourbakhsh | Posted 04.20.2015 | Technology
Illah Nourbakhsh

The rules are a good first step if we are to ease very gradually into the world of commercial drone operations: they will be matched one-to-one with operators, and will start out in unpopulated and controlled sites, where bridge inspection, agricultural assay and movie production are all possible applications.

Looking Forward to a Robot Doing Your Job for You? Think Again.

Nicholas Carr | Posted 04.12.2015 | World
Nicholas Carr

We're actually happiest when we're absorbed in a difficult task, one that challenges us not only to exercise our talents but to stretch them. And yet, given the opportunity, we'll eagerly relieve ourselves of the rigors of labor.