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Exclusive: The Man Behind the Robot That Delivers a TEDx Talk

Jonathan Li | Posted 11.23.2015 | Technology
Jonathan Li

The humanoid robot avatar could help people communicate more effectively. In the future, we might see a event called TEDRobots, where people use robots with different looks and personalities to deliver talks.

Robot Cheerios-Feeder Makes Breakfast Funniest Meal Of The Day

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 11.13.2015 | Comedy

Watch Simone Giertz's Cheerios-feeding robot arm struggle to get the job done. Maybe it should try serving toast instead.   Giertz h...

We Need More Philosophers and Fewer Welders

David Rodin | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics
David Rodin

Of course the value of the humanities cannot be reduced to their instrumental or economic value. But neither should the likely trajectory of their economic value be ignored. The Osborne and Frey study puts the likelihood of higher education professors being replaced by machines at 3 percent.

Slap-Your-Face Alarm Clock Is A Wake-Up Call For Masochists

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 11.12.2015 | Comedy

Robotics enthusiast Simone Giertz has taken the next logical step in alarm clocks. Well, it's logical if you like being slapped silly as you g...

Humans Don’t Want A Robot That Is Too Perfect

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 10.22.2015 | Technology

Flawed robots have been the stuff of human nightmares at least since HAL 9000 killed off the astronauts in Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Spac...

Driverless Cars and the Myths of Autonomy

David A. Mindell | Posted 10.14.2015 | Technology
David A. Mindell

Every robot, like every person, is autonomous within a social setting, and must navigate its relationships to others. Working in isolation is conceivable, indeed appealing to a certain mindset, but unrealistic in the human world.

These Creepy-Cool Robot Sculptures Will Take You To Church

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 09.30.2015 | Arts

Quiet. Then the hiss of robotic arms pistoning. Metal limbs squeak and clank as they beat on two rudimentary drums. A motor buzzes shrilly. The Robot...

What This Robotic Baby Can Teach Us About How Infants Communicate

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.28.2015 | Science

When cognitive scientist Dr. Javier Movellan watched his three-month-old baby Marina smile, he wondered if she was trying to communicate with hi...

Pope Francis and 6 Things You Need to Know About the Catholic Church in the U.S.

David Briggs | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

In a country where segregation is often said to be most evident on Sunday mornings, it is the Catholic Church that is not only one of the most racially and ethnically diverse religious groups, but the changing face of America is also being reflected in its pews.

Should We Ban Autonomous Killing Robots?

Christoph Adami | Posted 09.10.2015 | Science
Christoph Adami

I find the concern about the use of autonomus and intelligent technology well-meaning, but working in the field I also find it naïve, as well as potentially disruptive to our attempts to drive the field of Artificial Intelligence forward. Let me explain.

Helping Challenged Youth Turn Into Socially Conscious Leaders Through Engineering

Mohamad I. Alameh | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact
Mohamad I. Alameh

The Mechanical Engineering Club's first project was simple electrical board game. I challenged my students to create a game that lights up a bulb when a match is made between two items in the game (for example, an organ in the human body and its name). To accomplish this, each student had to both research the topic he'd chosen for his game, and figure out the necessary mechanics. As they worked, I discovered that my students were motivated to learn more engineering terms than were required -- current and voltage, electrons and electrical loads.

They're Coming for Our Jobs

George Heymont | Posted 09.03.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Numerous articles have recently raised concerns that robots will soon be taking over everyone's jobs. Nowhere is this more evident than in hospitals and nursing homes, where artificial intelligence and automation have led to increasing levels of productivity from robotic devices.

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.