Killer Robots: Will They Soon Replace Human Judgement?

shockleewebpic_killerbotsThe development of robotic technology is happening at a tremendous pace. In other words, the RoboCop concept is not so sci-fi anymore. This past December, DARPA held a robotics challenge in Miami, Florida that showcased 16 teams from around the world, a few of which are now owned by Google. Eight robotics companies have been acquired by Google recently and they are becoming part of a new mysterious new division which seems to be working to develop future tech projects. Now, whether these are for private or military purposes remains to be seen but as you can guess it might be a bit of both. Google also recently purchased a 350,000-square-foot hangar originally built for the U.S. Navy.

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Google Debuts Talking Shoe That Posts Real Time Updates

Google introduces a smart sneaker that talks back and can connect the wearer’s activity to the web. Powered by an accelerometer, gyroscope and bluetooth the shoe translates movements into commentary that can be heard via speakers and it also can post real time updates to Google+ on the user’s behalf.

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The 5 Apps You Need To Navigate Through SXSW Like A Pro

If you’re like us and are attending SXSW [AKA spring break for music, film & tech geeks] you’re probably overwhelmed with trying to remember the dates of the events, parties and meetings you’re trying to make while in Austin.

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The Geminoid Summit: A Landmark In Android Science

Well, Professors Henrik Scharfe and Hiroshi Ishiguro are at it again. A few weeks ago they held a Geminoid ‘Summit’ where the 3 super realistic android robots got together with the humans they were designed after for a cool and somewhat uncomfortable looking photo & video op.

Watch the video to see them sitting around and having creepy small talk.

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Human. Meet Robot.

Henrik Scharfe is an associate professor at Aalborg University in Denmark and Director of the Center for Computer-Mediated Epistemology which is essentially is a theory that asks things like what is knowledge?, where do we acquire it? and how do we perceive and conceptualize human existence and understanding?

Well…bring on the robots! Professor Scharfe has teamed up Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of ATR [Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International] and the Tokyo-based firm, Kokoro. Together they have created Geminoid DK, an android, designed to look exactly like Professor Scharfe which is controlled through a computer system that replicates the facial movements of the operator.

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