The latest from Boston Dynamics is alarming in a wonderfully uncanny new way. I shan't spoil it for you, but I am looking forward to the latex sheathing options.
From Reuters: The town of Takikawa, on the northern island of Hokkaido, purchased and installed two Monster Wolf robots after bears were found roaming neighbourhoods in September. City officials said there had been no bear encounters since. Bear sightings in Japan are apparently at a five-year high, with dozens of attacks and 2 fatals so… READ THE REST
DisneyResearchHub presents its latest research into realistic, interactive robotic gaze: the tracking and behavior of machine eyes and the creation thereby of the "illusion of life". This video describes the development of a system for lifelike gaze in human-robot interactions using a humanoid animatronic bust. We present a general architecture that seeks not only to… READ THE REST
The 59 foot-tall Gundam robot under construction at Gundam Factory Yokohama just took a few steps and kneeled, all with grace and power. Yes, the video is reportedly sped 2 to 4x. And it's a very controlled environment. But still… holy shit. Previously:• Japanese engineers built a 60-foot tall Gundam and let it walk free• Coming soon… READ THE REST
Even with all of our admiration and respect for innovators and trailblazers, the business world often follows a 'monkey-see, monkey-do' mentality. If one company finds success with a certain product or methodology, many take notice and then adopt those measures to their own operations. That's why when companies like IBM, Microsoft, AT&T, Cisco, and Apple… READ THE REST
The web is a lot like outer space. For all its amazement and transcendent wonder, it's ultimately cold, dark, and endless. While that may seem harsh, consider the consequences of your identity or other critical information about you or your family is stolen and used by dark forces hiding all over the Internet. The impact… READ THE REST
Learning a new language is almost like doing a trust fall. You have to have confidence that you've chosen a sound, respected, effective system for acquiring the knowledge you seek. Babbel Language Learning has the stats and testimonials to help put that concern at ease. Earlier this year, the service announced it had reached the… READ THE REST