Tagged: Robot

How we decide who and what we care about – and whether robots stand a chance - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 23, 2018

Dan Crimston, The University of Queensland This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. When psychologists talk about a “moral circle” they are referring to how far we extend our moral consideration towards others. That is, whether we care about the well-being of others, and act accordingly. For most of us, the … Read More

Preventing falls can be very cost-effective in NZ - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Feb 06, 2018

Prof Nick Wilson, Dr Giorgi Kvizhinadze, Dr Linda Cobiac, Prof Tony Blakely We have just published a modelling study on exercise programmes in NZ to prevent falls in older people. This work suggests that this approach (home-based or group-based exercise) is good value for money for the NZ Government. In this blog we consider these results alongside other fall prevention … Read More

Don’t automate the fun out of life - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 26, 2018

Peter Hancock, University of Central Florida This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Imagine you are about to go on vacation. You have been looking forward to it for some time. But your robotic personal assistant has other ideas. It calmly explains to you that it will be cheaper, safer and … Read More

This is what happens when you talk to your mother about artificial intelligence - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Oct 03, 2017

I have been chatting with my mother about the headlines around artificial intelligence and my own venture into the field. In this poem she has picked up beautifully, I think, on the idea is that any problems with AI will be because of our own inadequacies as we train the machines.  K.A. Pickering, October 2017   Artificial Intelligence  Artificial Intelligence … Read More

A robotic “Cambrian explosion”? - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Sep 06, 2015

Gill Pratt, who until recently ran some of DARPA’s robotics programs, has posited in the Journal of Economic Perspectives that the field of robotics may perhaps in the near future go through the technological equivalent of the “Cambrian explosion”,  resulting in a myriad of wondrous mechanical forms.   Source: ChopShopStore http://chopshopstore.com/index.php/werobotnew.html [Of course, the Cambrian “explosion” … Read More

Monday Micro: vomiting robots, oysters and the Ferrari of viruses! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 07, 2013

Welcome to the first Monday Micro post for 2013. Hope you all had a lovely festive season. Here in New Zealand we are enjoying our summer holidays, unlike the UK which is currently in the midst of its ‘winter vomiting virus’ season. The agent responsible, human norovirus (HuNoV) is the leading cause of viral gastroenteritis in humans, affecting all ages, … Read More

Sushi robot with top speed of 3300-sushi-per-hour - Kagaku

Motoko Kakubayashi Apr 05, 2012

Spinning, pressing, chopping, and precisely-arranging sushi at speeds man could not achieve is the way for one Japanese manufacturer. Sushi-making robots are on display at a food business expo in Tokyo this week, including a shari robot (shari is prepared sushi rice) and a norimaki robot (norimaki or makizushi is sushi usually wrapped in seaweed, and it’s the most common … Read More

The gentle robot - Kagaku

Motoko Kakubayashi Oct 01, 2010

It recognises you, talks to you, and reminds you about that hair appointment at 2pm.  Usually there’s a catch somewhere if you expected this from a person, but the Japanese researchers have developed a robot programmed only to help you, and unveiled it for the first time on September 24. Created to aid people with mild memory loss or dementia, … Read More

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