In a world of sentient robots, striving young inventor Rodney Copperbottom (Ewan McGregor) wants to work for the avuncular Bigweld (Mel Brooks), whose Bigweld Industries makes spare robot parts. But Bigweld has just been deposed as company head by the villainous Phineas T. Ratchet (Greg Kinnear), who wants to make all robots submit to profitable forced upgrades. In this animated adventure, Rodney and his friend Fender (Robin Williams) go underground to fight Ratchet's evil plans.
  • The Economic Times

    'Robot Restaurant' comes to Bengaluru

    BENGALURU: 'Robot Restaurants' has announced the launch of the city's "first" restaurant where food service is done by robots. The restaurant claimed that its Bengaluru launch was after its "resounding success" in Chennai and Coimbatore. "The restaurant will be located on Indira Nagar's high street 100 Feet Road and will be able to accommodate 50 diners. The menu will largely comprise Indo-Asian cuisine and will also have an exotic mocktail menu," it said in a release. The restaurant will have a team of 6 robots (one usher and 5 bearers), it said, each table will be equipped with a tablet from which diners can place their order and summon the robots, and the food service is then done by the robots.

  • Robot cats make purr-fect friends at Hebrew Home
    The Riverdale Press

    Robot cats make purr-fect friends at Hebrew Home

    Elizabeth Pagan can't help but talk about her cats. She talks about June, a cat she had before she moved to the Hebrew Home at Riverdale who passed away. Then came Sapphire, who was gray, much like the one she's petting. Except the cat on her lap isn't real. It's a robotic cat that weighs and sounds like a real one, meant to comfort older adults who don't have access to a real one. Pagan knows the cat on her lap is robotic, yet she's already referring to her furry friend as Sapphire. As she continues petting and giving Sapphire belly rubs, Pagan tears up about her new friend's namesake, who lived with her in her old Bronx apartment. “I had to give her up,” Pagan said. “I had to give her to a

  • Watching machines take over: Robot performs surgery in Gurugram hospital
    Hindustan Times

    Watching machines take over: Robot performs surgery in Gurugram hospital

    As journalists, we get used to ending up in some extraordinary and unfamiliar places and situations. So when asked if I wanted to see a surgery in person, I didn't think twice before saying yes. After all, it would have helped the story I was writing on robot-assisted surgeries and their presence in Gurugram's hospitals. Thankfully, robotic surgeries don't involve open wounds – I like to think I'm fine around blood and wounds but I've never been in a situation where a wound has been deliberately created in front of me. Nevertheless I received numerous tips on how to survive the inside of an operation theatre, such as eat light but have a good breakfast or you'll faint. The surgery was to be performed

  • Japanese Researchers Build Robotic Tail to Keep Elderly Upright

    Japanese Researchers Build Robotic Tail to Keep Elderly Upright

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Millions of years after the ancestors of humans evolved to lose their tails, a research team at Japan's Keio University have built a robotic one they say could help unsteady elderly people keep their balance. Dubbed Arque, the gray one-meter (3.28 ft) device mimics tails such as those of cheetahs and other animals used to keep their balance while running and climbing, according to the Keio team. "The tail keeps balance like a pendulum," said Junichi Nabeshima, a graduate student and researcher at the university's Embodied Media Project, displaying the robotic tail attached to his waist with a harness. "When a human tilts their body one way, the tail moves in the opposite direction."

  • It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a… Big Mac? Drones Deliver Food Straight to Your Door
    Above the Law

    It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a… Big Mac? Drones Deliver Food Straight to Your Door

    These days, technology evolves so quickly that it can be hard to keep track of the latest developments. As technology advances at a rapid rate, drones seem to be the latest craze – in particular, drone delivery. Here are just a few of the latest developments. Drones might soon be delivering your next Amazon order. Since 2016, Amazon has been working to develop a Prime Air drone delivery service. With Prime Air, packages would get to customers within 30 minutes of placing an order. Amazon has recently taken steps to come in closer compliance with the FAA's drone flight regulations – check out their recent petition with the FAA here. Drones delivering Big Macs? It's true. Uber has recently begun

  • AI Weekly: Humans shouldn't relegate essential skills to AI

    AI Weekly: Humans shouldn't relegate essential skills to AI

    Earlier this month, AI startup DataSparQ introduced AI Bar, a system that automates the selection of who's got next for drink orders. It's being used at 5cc Harrild & Sons in London and has some initial good reviews from customers. With use of anonymized facial recognition, the AI Bar's promotional video makes it seem like a solution to a serious problem, but I'm not so sure. Even when things get busy, most of the bartenders I've come across are pretty good at their jobs. Sometimes you get skipped and have to speak up for yourself, but that's not a bad thing. My attraction to charming dive bars over crowded nightclubs certainly shapes my perception here, but this system deserves to be questioned.

  • Robots will speed inspection of troublesome sewer lines as St. Pete deals with state order
    Tampa Bay Times

    Robots will speed inspection of troublesome sewer lines as St. Pete deals with state order

    ST. PETERSBURG — It's official: Robots will soon be crawling under a street near you. St. Petersburg will enlist pipe-inspecting robots to help remedy its sewer issues after the City Council unanimously green-lighted a $600,000 contract Thursday between the Water Resources Department and RedZone Robotics for the company's "Solo" robots. The autonomous crawling machines will enable the city to detect leaks three to four times faster than current measures do, Lisa Rhea, the senior water resources manager, has told the Tampa Bay Times. This allows the city to make repairs faster and prioritize areas that need work, said John DePasquale, RedZone Robotics sales operations manager. RELATED STORY: St.

  • An Introduction To Autonomous Devices

    An Introduction To Autonomous Devices

    We're almost two decades into the 21st century, and talking about autonomous devices still feels like science fiction for certain people. Yet there are plenty of examples all around. From self-driving cars and deep learning machines in the healthcare industry to space rovers and advanced weapons, autonomous devices are here to stay. The combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and data science with the increasing sophistication of mechanical and electrical engineering laid the foundations where the future is being written as you read this. The basic idea is to improve processes and enhance working conditions in order to reduce the need for human contribution. But there's more than that. What

  • We’re teaching robots to build their own tools

    We’re teaching robots to build their own tools

    Robots can now learn how to build their own tools, without any help from humans.

  • Cashing in: Australia's role in $1trn robotic revolution
    Australian Financial Review

    Cashing in: Australia's role in $1trn robotic revolution

    A recent report by AlphaBeta estimates that automation can boost Australia's productivity and national income by (up to) $2.2 trillion by 2030 and result in improved health and safety, the development of new products and services, new types of jobs and new business models. In that same report AlphaBeta concluded that by 2025 automation in manufacturing could increase by 6 per cent along with an 11 per cent reduction in injuries while wages for non-automatable tasks will rise 20 per cent. The key to unlocking economic and societal benefit from robotics will be to have them do things not possible or economic before. Take caring of an ageing population that is forecast to live longer but with a

  • Kids as young as 4 learn coding from robots in this Palos Verdes Estates-based 'Bots for Tots' program
    Daily Breeze

    Kids as young as 4 learn coding from robots in this Palos Verdes Estates-based 'Bots for Tots' program

    At a long drawing table in the Rolling Robots playroom a line of 4- and 5-year-olds in a “Bots for Tots” class are learning beginner coding concepts with a little help from a roving robot named Ozobot. Proud moms eagerly watch from the entryway as their children draw out a route on paper for the tiny robot to follow. Ozobot, like a little pencil sharpener with eyes and flickering lights, is a line follower and can recognize color. By making color combinations the children (who are actually paying attention to the teacher) can code the robot to do different things. The captivated kids might make the robot speed up, slow down, turn left and right, record a nitro boost, or make u-turns. Rolling

  • Scientists invent robotic biker shorts that help you walk and run
    The Next Web

    Scientists invent robotic biker shorts that help you walk and run

    A team of researchers recently developed a robotic exosuit that makes it easier to walk or run long distances. It could imbue average people with superhuman walking abilities, aid the disabled, and help soldiers on long marches. And this is just the beginning. The research was conducted by scientists from Harvard, Chung-Ang University in South Korea, and the University of Nebraska Omaha. It involved the creation and development of an AI-powered soft robotics system designed to be worn as an exosuit. It works by assisting your movements with robotics, thus lowering the metabolic load – how much energy you have to spend to do something – it takes for walking and running. According the team's research

  • Newswise

    The future of robots: A psychological approach to human-automation interaction

    Newswise — It's called the uncanny valley. Those who are fans of the HBO show "Westworld" or who have seen the movie "Ex Machina" may already be familiar with the phenomenon. But for those who are not, it's essentially the idea that humans are comfortable with robots who have humanoid features, but become very uncomfortable when the robot looks almost but not exactly like a human. For Dr. Nathan Tenhundfeld, however, the uncanny valley is just one of many factors he must take into account while researching human-automation interaction as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). "We're at a unique point with the development of the

  • WEB EXTRA: Robot Tail For Balance
    CBS Miami

    WEB EXTRA: Robot Tail For Balance

    PIX: 144-Pound Jaguar Undergoes Medical, Dental Exam At Zoo Miami

  • Science Daily

    Are Siri and Alexa making us ruder?

    "Hey Siri, is the way we talk to you making humans less polite?" OK, OK, they didn't ask Siri. Or Alexa. Instead they asked 274 people, and after surveying and observing those people, they found some good news: Artificially-intelligent digital assistants are not making adult humans ruder to other humans. Yet. "Worried parents and news outlets alike have fretted about how the personification of digital assistants affects our politeness, yet we have found little reason to worry about adults becoming ruder as a result of ordering around Siri or Alexa," said James Gaskin, associate professor of information systems at BYU. "In other words, there is no need for adults to say "please" and "thank you"