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Investigation: Robots

 

Boston Dynamics is at it again.  Their latest robot, named Spot is an improvement over its predecessor.  Unlike Wild Cat, Spot is much quieter.  It is fascinating to watch Spot navigate both indoors and out.  The original K9 and R2D2 remote controlled props were never capable of handling such issues with so much ease.  In fact, Spot is able to walk up stairs better than I can.

 

At the heart of our recent "Our Companion the Robot" investigation is the quest for the artificial intelligence.  From HAL 9000 and KITT to Iron Man's JARVIS science fiction is teeming with AIs.  So how soon before you will have your own constant companion?  Sooner than you think.

The creators of CUBIC were inspired by JARVIS to create an AI that unlike Siri, has the ability to integrate with your home giving you voice command over your environment.  Thanks to some cloud computing and an app, Cubic can follow you wherever your adventure takes you.

 Cubic was recently funded by an Indiegogo campaign so expect to see Cubic soon.

 

 

  

Amazon has just announced the development of a new robot assisted delivery service that will get you your purchases in 30 minutes. Check out the video below to see a demonstration of this potential service.

The “octocopters” aren’t ready to take flight yet. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in an interview on 60 Minutes.  The drones would be ready to take flight in four to five years. But an Amazon spokesperson pointed to an updated post on the company’s website promising aerial deliveries as soon as federal rules change. Those FAA rules could come as soon as 2015. The type of flights Bezos proposed are currently not allowed. Unlike some other drones currently used, these would be autonomous — they would fly without a pilot.

In episode 9 (S2E3) we concluded our first investigation into robots with an interview with Dr. Stephen Granade.  Dr, Granade is an expert on robotic helicopters,  Listen to the episode to see what he thinks is the future for this type of robot.

 

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Happy Halloween everyone!  We have quite the treat in store for you.

The investigation into Our Companion the Robot concludes.  Robot helicopters are here, can Skynet be far behind?  Meanwhile Dr. Geek must face Professor Pedantic in a battle of the labs.  Little do they know the future is at stake.