Posts Tagged ‘robots’

Machines of Loving Grace

October 22, 2021

“All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace,” written and read by poet Richard Brautigan. A video by Devon O’Hare, with clips from Adam Curtis and Koyaanisqatsi. Music by Phillip Glass. Read the poem here.

Related:

“Can Robots Evolve Into Machines of Loving Grace?” Meghan O’Gieblyn, Wired

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Domino’s Robot Pizza Delivery In Houston

April 22, 2021

Domino’s Robot Pizza Delivery In Houston

Perhaps believing there aren’t enough unemployed delivery drivers in Texas, Domino’s Pizza will deliver pies via Nuro R2 autonomous robot vehicles in Houston. Domino’s selling point to customers: no tipping.

Houston traffic. Robot cars with a top speed of 25 MPH. Texan gun ownership rate. What could possibly go wrong?


More:

“Nuro’s self-driving robot will deliver Domino’s pizza orders to customers in Houston,” Kim Lyons, The Verge

“Houston, we have a robot: Nuro, Domino’s team up for autonomous pizza delivery,” Brian Straight, Modern Shipper, via FreightWaves

“Beep Beep: Domino’s Is Testing a Self-Driving Delivery Car,” Jenny G. Zhang, Eater

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Dancing Robots

March 30, 2021

Robots: now that they can dance, do you love them? Boston Dynamics Atlas, Pick, and Spot machines dance to Berry Gordy‘s music, sung by The Contours, choreographed by Monica Thomas. Guess the firm’s Stretch machines were too busy planning to put Amazon warehouse workers out of work.

More:

“How Boston Dynamics Taught Its Robots to Dance,” Evan Ackerman, IEEE Spectrum

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Robot Sculptor

March 5, 2021

Two-armed robot YuMi IRB 14000 can sculpt like a Renaissance master.

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Milan’s Robot Bartender

January 16, 2020

Bartender, you’re fired. An industrial robot mixologist has taken your job.

More:

“Robotic bar opens in Milan to ’empower’ city’s drinker,” Lucy Ingham, Verdict

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Robot Hummingbird

July 5, 2019

Purdue University’s Bio-Robotics Lab has produced an amazing hummingbird robot. It flies, hovers, manouvers, and avoids obstacles. Robot Hummingbird would also be a great name for a band.

More:

“This Robot Hummingbird Is Almost as Agile as the Real Thing,” Evan Ackerman, IEEE Spectrum

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Walmart To Replace Janitors With Robots

December 11, 2018

Walmart To Replace Janitors With Robots

“The world’s largest retailer is rolling out 360 autonomous floor-scrubbing robots in some of its stores in the U.S. by the end of the January, it said in a joint statement with Brain Corp., which makes the machines. The autonomous janitors can clean floors on their own even when customers are around, according to the San Diego-based startup.”

–“Robot Janitors Are Coming to Mop Floors at a Walmart Near You,” Pavel Alpeyev, Bloomberg

That means Walmart will retrain its janitors as cashiers and open more checkout lines, right? Ha.

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Robot-Made Pizza

November 29, 2018

Robot-Made Pizza

“Zume, the robotic pizza maker, is now valued at more than US $2 billion, thanks to its latest round of investment. According to The Wall Street Journal, this latest infusion of funds—$375 million—came entirely from SoftBank; and the Japanese conglomerate apparently has another $375 million at the ready should Zume need it. The valuation, in Silicon Valley terms, makes the new company a unicorn, one of the rare breed of startups thought to be worth over $1 billion.

This is just wrong. Because it’s just not good pizza.”

— “Zume, the Robotic Pizza Company, Makes Pies Only a Robot Could Love,” Tekla S. Perry, IEEE Spectrum

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Pas de Deux

March 4, 2018

Taiwanese engineer Huang Yi dances with a Kuka robotic arm. Choreography and programming: Huang Yi. Music: Joshua Roman.

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Rights for Robots! Maybe.

September 12, 2017

When machines become conscious, will we need to grant them rights? A video by  by Kurzgesagt (German for “in a nutshell”).
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