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Steven Spielberg Postpones Robopocalypse Indefinitely

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Well, we’re safe from the robot menace for at least a little bit longer. Robopocalypse, the big-budget science fiction project from director Steven Spielberg, and his first foray into the genre since War of the Worlds in 2005, has been pushed back indefinitely. The epic film was scheduled to begin filming this spring for Fox and Disney, under the Dreamworks banner.

The film isn’t being cancelled, nor is the director dropping the film, it’s just being delayed for a while. Deadline reports that Spielberg, fresh off of Lincoln — a film that was in the works for 12 years — doesn’t want to dive right into another big, expensive movie like Robopocalypse. He would like to spend more time working on it instead of rushing anything.

Robopocalypse is based on the novel of the same name by Daniel H. Wilson, who has a PhD in robotics. As you can infer from the title, the book tells the story of a battle between humans and robots. When an immensely intelligent robot becomes sentient, it immediately begins plotting the demise of humanity, which has become more and more reliant on technology. You can see the problem. The production was said to feature a number of large-scale robot battles, which is what you like to hear when it comes to a movie like this.

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Diego-San Is One Creepy Robot Baby

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We would like to apologize in advance for the horrific nightmares this next video will give you. If you would rather not watch the creepy, emotionally dead face of a robot child as it cries silently, and you want to sleep through the night, you should probably skip what’s next because that’s exactly what it is. This video features the first footage of the University of California San Diego’s Machine Perception Lab’s spooky new robot baby, named Diego-san, in action. The results are terrifying. Watch for yourself below.

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Syfy’s Robot Combat League Impresses Robot Afficionado George Lucas

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George Lucas likes robots. That seems like an obvious statement, right? Mechanized automatons have figured prominently in many of his most well-known films, especially the Star Wars franchise (not so much American Graffiti). But even a man who, as far back as decades ago, spent a great deal of time envisioning the future evolution of robotics was taken aback by how far the technology has come, especially as it relates to the upcoming Syfy series, Robot Combat League.

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Robots Can Now Swim 9,000 Miles Better Than You

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Regardless of what kind of swimmer you are, there is a specific kind of accomplished pride that accompanies making a lap from one side of the pool to the other. You can look back and think, “I did that.” Now, if you were a robot built by Liquid Robotics, you could look across an entire ocean and say that.

Liquid Robotics is a California/Hawaii-based company that deals in, you guessed it, water-based robots, particularly their revolutionary Wave Glider, the first unmanned autonomous wave-powered robot. Last year, they sent out the Pacific Crossing (PacX) Wave Glider, nicknamed “Papa Mau,” from San Francisco, and over 9,000 miles and 365 days later, Papa Mau washed up to Hervey Bay near Bundaber, Queensland in Australia. 9,000 miles, people. Outside of spacecraft, I can’t think of another material item that wouldn’t be constantly malfunctioning, or even still working at all, by that point.

Though the distance shattered the Guinness World Record, Papa Mau’s purpose is purely informational. Throughout the pre-navigated trip, it collected and transmitted untold amounts of never-before-accumulated data about those vast stretches of ocean over this kind of timeframe. One particular bit of study mentioned was its incredibly detailed data capture of 1,200 miles of a chlorophyll bloom along the Equatorial Pacific, which indicates a propagation of phytoplankton, a foundation of ocean life and climate regulation. It faced storms and notoriously strong currents, it faced sharks, it gave a hat tip to the Great Barrier Reef. It is amazing and it will eventually take over most of our brains, drowning those of us unchosen.

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Japanese Communications Robot To Join Astronaut On ISS And Just Hang, Bro

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Out in the cold, dark recesses of outer space, the stretches of desolate solitude would drive most people bonkers. We are rarely our own ideal company for any time longer than it takes to fully charge a cell phone. Even if there are other members of the crew, your own head is there, waiting for you to be alone so it can slam you with the paranoia of mechanical problems at the same time as making you nostalgic for your first kiss. Luckily, Japan is here to assist in introducing utter insanity to your psychological profile by presenting a communications robot to make space seem less lonely.

You may remember robotics genius Tomotaka Takahashi from his Robo Garage days, or maybe from his Evolta battery-powered robot that climbed part of the Grand Canyon a few years ago. Even if you don’t know who he is, it takes two seconds of looking at his work to make Robby the Robot look like a Robo Habilis.

His lastest project is the Kiro Robot Project, in conjunction with researchers from Tokyo University. The as-yet-nameless robot is 34 centimeters tall and will accompany mission commander Koichi Wakata for six-month mission aboard the International Space Station in the summer of 2013. It contains the technology necessary to recognize Wakata’s face and carry on a conversation with him, all while taking photos of the trip, relaying information back to the Kibo lab in Japan, and possibly complaining about how much worse the food is compared to back home.

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Cambridge University To Establish A Center For Terminator Studies

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We all know that big movies have a wide-ranging cultural impact. From everyone and their uncles quoting Pulp Fiction, to all of the “Philosophy of The Matrix” classes that popped up after the Wachowskis’ 1999 sci-fi hit. But now we’re about to have a center for so-called “Terminator studies.”