Bits | Looking for Robots That Will Cooperate, Not Terminate

Bits | Looking for Robots That Will Cooperate, Not Terminate
A robot that evoked a human form paused in front of a door leading to a simulated nuclear power plant accident and inexplicably stood motionless. Suddenly, from the grandstands overlooking the scene, a group of schoolchildren began to chant: “Go Robot!
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Iowa State Engineers Develop Micro-Tentacles So Tiny Robots Can Handle
Newswise — AMES, Iowa – The tiny tube circled an ant's thorax, gently trapping the insect and demonstrating the utility of a microrobotic tentacle developed by Iowa State University engineers. “Most robots use two fingers and to pick things up they …
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At DARPA Challenge, Robots (Slowly) Move Toward Better Disaster Recovery
Earlier this week, 23 robots from all over the world competed in Pomona, Calif., for a $ 2 million prize in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. And thousands of humans watched as the machines showed off their skills on the course. Teams have been working on …
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Cupertino: Three Monta Vista students inviting residents to spend summer with

Cupertino: Three Monta Vista students inviting residents to spend summer with
Aashish Kapur, Tyler Smithline and Sameer Kapur love building robots. So much in fact, they are devoting four weeks of their summer vacation to share their passion for the hobby and engineering. The trio of Monta Vista High students have created Future …
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CVTC camps teach kids to build robots and gear up for varied careers
Corey Brunstrom, 13, of Elk Mound watches the robot he named Planetary Destroyer that he created at Chippewa Valley Technical College's VEX Robot Basics camp. It is one of the 11 camps offered by CVTC this summer. View more photos at …
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Candidates become harder to screen as robots invade workplace
Robots may be about to take your job. But could they also be the reason employers are taking so long to hire you? Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor, the jobs review website, seems to think so. “As automation becomes more common, the …
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Women’s Excellence Now Treats Stress Urinary Incontinence

Birmingham, Lake Orion, Clarkston, Metamora, Michigan (PRWEB) June 07, 2015

Stress Urinary Incontinence is the leakage of urine during activities that increase abdominal pressure such as coughing, sneezing, laughing or other physical activities. This may be caused from the relaxation of vaginal and pelvic support tissues often due to vaginal trauma from childbirth and/or the aging process. Other causes include previous surgery for incontinence and radiation.

Women’s Excellence now treats stress urinary incontinence through their Bladder Control center. Women’s Excellence in Bladder Control is a comprehensive center for women that have problems with unwanted urinary leakage or problems with overall control of their bladder. The latest and newest treatment protocols are used in dealing with the symptoms and sequelae of urinary incontinence and overactive bladder.

Womens Excellence is the most comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic office in Michigan. They also specialize in menopause, weight control, bladder control, endometriosis, robotic surgery, pelvic floor physical therapy, and midwifery services. The knowledgeable, well-trained, compassionate physicians and healthcare providers of Womens Excellence are taking new patients and are conveniently located in four locations throughout southeastern Michigan, Birmingham, Lake Orion, Clarkston and Metamora. For more information, visit

Five (Mostly) Beloved Robots of Doctor Who

Five (Mostly) Beloved Robots of Doctor Who
Still, robots are back in vogue following the first episode of Channel Four's new drama Humans – a remake of the Swedish original purporting a world where leaps in artificial intelligence are used to build Au Pairs to make sure you have clean pants and …
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Calculator reveals the likelihood of a robot stealing your job in the future
From translator droids in Star Wars to robotic maids in The Jetsons, many sci-fi visions of the future involve robots working instead of humans. Now there's a calculator that can tell you whether a computer is likely to make you redundant. It reveals …
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Dorchester robot makers to be featured on ABC show
It's a show where contestants create robots and battle each other. One team member, Clint Ewert, knows a lot about robots. "We got involved with robotics back in 2001 when we were watching the show BattleBots on Comedy Central, and my dad said 'we can …
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Generation Covenant CEO, Merinda K. Condra, Announces that The Institute for Creative Learners is Bringing Hope and Laughter to Central Lubbock

Lubbock, Texas (PRWEB) June 15, 2014

The Institute for Creative Learners is focused on assisting those students who struggle with learning as a result of Dyslexia and other learning differences. However, rather than focus only on the challenges associated with Dyslexia, the Institute seeks to capitalizes on their inherent creativity and artistic ability.

According to Ms. Condra, “These children are ‘out-of-the-box’ thinkers. They are the innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and artists of their generation. In fact, more than one third of successful US entrepreneurs are reportedly dyslexic.”

Further, Ms. Condra states, “The children we serve are full of amazing potential that is only limited by what they believe they can do. Without intervention, (the earlier the better) these children can suffer a hit to their self-esteem that can be irreparable. Without intervention, our world can be deprived of their spark deprived of the next great inventor, artist, or entrepreneur — deprived of innovations that can make our world better. At the Institute, we help these children see their own potential. We foster their strengths while we address their needs. We nurture their spark.”

The Institutes programs so far include:

1. After-school program Children come After School and stay until 6:00pm M-Th. In that time, they receive reading instruction, homework help, tutoring, and enrichment activities focused on art, science, technology, or engineering. Depending on need, the children receive “Take Flight” Dyslexia Instruction developed by the Scottish Rite.

2. Pre-Flight program The Institute provides reading readiness instruction for 4-5 year olds also developed by the Scottish Rite.


These Quadruped Robots Double as Japanese Garden Lamps

These Quadruped Robots Double as Japanese Garden Lamps
Do you know what your garden is missing right now? Of course you do, because whenever this blog asks you what X is missing right now, the correct answer is always always always ROBOTS. And your garden is absolutely missing robots. Specifically, the …
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Cheer up! Robots will not make us redundant
“Imagine the horror”, our early ancestors might have thought. “A handful of those newfangled shepherds will soon be able to grow all the game needed to eat. No more need for hunting! What are we hunters to do with ourselves?!” Technology has been …
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Robots Star in Cleanup of Japanese Nuclear Plant
Quince: Made by Chiba Institute of Technology, Tohoku University and International Rescue System Institute. This robot collects data to create three-dimensional maps of radiation density at Fukushima. It is equipped with three cameras, a cable cutter …
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Call for Makers Extended Until June 14 for Maker Faire Detroit 2013 at The Henry Ford

Dearborn, Mich. (PRWEB) June 07, 2013

The Henry Ford announced it is extending its call to makers for Maker Faire Detroit until June 14. This unique, two-day, family-friendly event promises to bring Makers from all over the nation to celebrate their unbridled creativity and resourcefulness. Maker Faire Detroit will be held July 27-28, 2013, from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

To participate in Maker Faire Detroit, an entry form must be completed at Entries can be submitted by individuals or by groups, such as hobbyist clubs and schools. The Henry Ford particularly encourages exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things.

Maker Faire Detroit is looking for a wide variety of eclectic, diverse and out-of-the-box ideas that highlight the DIY and tinkerer spirit. Exhibits and displays can range from student projects, robotics, 3D printers and CNC mills, textile arts and crafts, home energy monitoring, rockets and R/C toys, sustainability, green tech, radios, vintage computers and game systems, electronics, electric vehicles, biology/biotech and chemistry projects, puppets, kites, bicycles, shelter (tents, domes, etc.), and unusual tools or machines,

For more information, visit our website at or like us on Facebook at

Maker Faire Detroit is independently produced by The Henry Ford in collaboration with Maker Media.

About The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan is an internationally-recognized cultural destination where stories and artifacts from 300 years of Americas history bring to life the accomplishments of ordinary and extraordinary individuals alike. A national historic landmark with five unique venues, unparalleled collections and world-class expertise, The Henry Ford is a force for fueling the spirit of American innovation and inspiring a can-do culture. Nearly two million visitors annually experience its attractions: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. A continually expanding array of content available online provides anytime, anywhere access. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institutions campus. For more information please visit our website

About Maker Media

Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of MAKE Magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Located in Sebastopol, CA, Maker Media is the publisher of MAKE Magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also develops “getting started” kits and books that are sold in its Maker Shed store as well as in retail channels.