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Emotional Computers Are On the Way

Thinking, emotional robots – what could possibly go wrong?

Scientists are closer to creating a computer with emotions.

Researchers in Russia are expected to reveal an emotional computer within a year and a half, which will be able to think like a person and build up trust, its creators say.

The system, called ‘Virtual Actor’, is being created by the National Research Nuclear University in Moscow.

Computers are machines used for practical reasons, without any emotion involved. But this could be set to change as a new machine, expected to be revealed within a year and a half, will be able to think like a person and build up trust, its creators say
Computers are machines used for practical reasons, without any emotion involved. But this could be set to change as a new machine, expected to be revealed within a year and a half, will be able to think like a person and build up trust, its creators say

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How to Grow an Aircraft

BAE Systems and the University of Glasgow foresee a time when new aircraft can be designed ...
BAE Systems and the University of Glasgow foresee a time when new aircraft can be designed and chemically grown in a matter of weeks (Credit: BAE Systems)

Modern military aircraft are so complex that fighters like the F-35 Lightning II or the Typhoon take 20 years to go from drawing board to deployment at phenomenal costs. With design work already starting on next-generation fighters for the 2040s, BAE Systems and the University of Glasgow are looking at a faster, cheaper way to produce unmanned air vehicles (UAV), where they aren’t constructed, but grown in computer-controlled chemical vats in a matter weeks. read more

Shark Shield Can Deter Attacks 90 Percent of the Time

The setup stopped great white sharks from taking the bait 10 out of 10 times on ...
The setup stopped great white sharks from taking the bait 10 out of 10 times on their first approach, but this figure dropped to nine out of 10 on subsequent approaches (Credit: Elias Levy/Creative Commons)

Some pretty out-there ideas have been put forward to protect swimmers from sharks lurking in busy coastal waters. These have included drones to keep watch from above,wetsuits that ruin their appetite and even controversial culling programs. Now a new study is throwing further weight behind the slightly older idea of using electrical pulses to scare off would-be predators by overstimulating their senses, with a comprehensive study finding a device called Shark Shield can deter attacks 90 percent of the time. read more

Artificial Pancreas Coming Soon For Diabetes Sufferers

Existing insulin pumps could soon be a thing of the past, with research showing that automated, ...
Existing insulin pumps could soon be a thing of the past, with research showing that automated, artificial pancreases may be available by 2018 (Credit: Alden Chadwick/ Creative Commons)

Sufferers of type 1 diabetes are required to constantly monitor their blood glucose levels and administer insulin as needed. But the daily hassle of self-care for patients could soon be reduced, with a new study concluding that automated “artificial pancreas” systems could be available in as little as two years. read more

Robo Burger Makers Coming to California

Robots that slice, grill, assemble and bag 400 burgers in one hour are set to invade California.

Momentum Machines unveiled its autonomous grill master in 2012 and recently announced it will be opening a robot-powered burger bar in San Francisco’s South of Market.

Although this machine can do the work of three humans, the startup is still hiring people to perform other tasks such as payroll and taking out the garbage.

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According to Momentum Machines job posting on Craigslists, the startup plans to open its restaurant at 680 Folsom street in San Francisco California.  The burgers will be fresh-ground and grilled to order

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iRobot Dog

I’ve seen iRobot. I know how this works. You let the “helper” robot through your front door and before you know it, they imprison you in your own house. But this is pretty cool anyway.

Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robot with arm and manipulator deployed

Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robot with arm and manipulator deployed (Credit: Boston Dynamics)

Boston Dynamics has gone from the battlefield to the home with a smaller, quieter quadruped robot that can navigate around the house and even fetch you a drink – if you can get it to let go of the can. The focus of a new video released today, the SpotMini is a more compact and streamlined version of the Spot robot unveiled in 2015 and boasts an articulated arm with a manipulator that looks like a cross between a sheep’s head and an oven mitt. read more

Drones Used for Disaster Relief

Flirtey's delivery drone in action

Flirtey’s delivery drone in action.

When roads, powerlines and other infrastructure are knocked out of action by natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy, getting critical supplies to people in need is all the more difficult. Drones are shaping as hugely promising tools in disaster relief with the ability to quite literally overcome these complications, and a ship-to-shore medical delivery carried out this week with UN and American Red Cross officials on hand has offered a first look at how autonomous flight might come to save lives in the real world. read more

Jet-Powered Body Board

The sleek profile of the first

The sleek profile of the first “near production” Kymera body board (Credit: Oliver Starr/Gizmag)

Gizmag first met garage inventor Jason Woods back in 2011. Since then the Kymera jet-powered body board has been evolving into what is now a nearly production-ready machine complete with official specifications and pricing. We recently had some fun on the water putting the board through its paces.

Out of the car and into the water

Although it’s been quite some time in coming, the painful birth has produced a nice looking baby. At 46 lb (21 kg), it’s light enough to easily carry from the parking lot to the shoreline, although with a separate trip to grab the 24-lb (11-kg) battery. Even with that second trip, unless you’ve got to stop to put on a wet suit, you can still be out of the car and into the water in less than two minutes if you snagged a good parking spot. read more

The LiquidPiston Rotary Engine

This tiny engine, compared here to an iPhone, outputs almost 3.5 horsepower

This tiny engine, compared here to an iPhone, outputs almost 3.5 horsepower (Credit: LiquidPiston)

Imagine an engine that’s 30 percent smaller than a traditional piston design of like output, and that runs smoothly, with less noise and vibration. Plus, it burns several types of fuel. That’s the LiquidPiston X rotary engine, which was recently demonstrated powering a go-kart. read more