Battle turrets and AI missiles are the first step towards the appearance of Terminators in the world's most hi-tech armies, including Russia's. Robots and smart weapons capable of replacing human soldiers on the battlefield are a major arms development trend in the early 21st century. The world's strongest armies already have prototype machines that are the embryonic Terminators and Robocops of tomorrow. The Russian army is no exception. Combat modules The Russian army's first "robots" (besides small robotic minesweepers controlled by an operative with a joystick like in a video game) are combat modules installed in place of machine-gun turrets in light and heavy armored vehicles. One of them, manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern, is a type of remotely controlled turret with two machine guns of 12.7 and 7.62 mm caliber, which you can read about in more detail here. The second is a similar “turret” mounted on a light-armored "Tigr"-type vehicle. Its 30 mm cannon and 12.7 … [Read more...] about What robots are already serving in the Russian army?
Robotic arm controlled by brain
A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship carrying three tons of equipment and supplies, including super-caffeinated coffee, fresh fruit and ice cream bars for the astronauts, was attached to the International Space Station Monday after a problem-free three-day rendezvous. The delivery also included a robot called CIMON on a mission to serve as an "astronaut assistant." The automated spacecraft, launched from Cape Canaveral Friday atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, pulled up to within about 30 feet of the space station early Monday and then stood by while astronaut Ricky Arnold, operating the lab's robot arm, locked onto a grapple fixture at 6:54 a.m. EDT (GMT-4). Flight controllers at the Johnson Space Center in Houston took over arm operations at that point, remotely pulling the Dragon in for berthing at the forward Harmony module's Earth-facing port, a process that took about three hours. Motorized bolts in the docking mechanism then drove home, creating an airtight seal and firmly locking the … [Read more...] about SpaceX cargo ship brings coffee, ice cream, robot to space station
News / UK and world by Press Association July 2, 2018, 1:38 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter The International Space Station has received its first robot with artificial intelligence, along with some berries, ice cream and identical brown mice. SpaceX’s capsule reached the station three days after launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida. ISS astronaut Ricky Arnold used a large mechanical arm to grab the Dragon capsule as the spacecraft soared above Quebec, Canada. The nearly 6,000lb delivery includes the round robot Cimon, pronounced Simon. Slightly bigger than a basketball, the AI robot from the German Space Agency is meant to assist German astronaut Alexander Gerst with science experiments. Cimon’s brain will constantly be updated by IBM so its intelligence — and role — keep growing. There were also genetically identical mice for a study of gut bacteria, and super-caffeinated coffee aboard the … [Read more...] about A robot, ice cream and mice: SpaceX makes delivery to astronauts
PUBLISHED: 19:03 18 April 2018 | UPDATED: 19:03 18 April 2018 Stacey Harper who is aiming for a London Marathon world record by running dressed as Elvis to raise money for her cousin's seven-year-old son, Harry Addy. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Copyright: Archant 2018 Of all those taking part in this year’s London Marathon, Simon Kindleysides has arguably one of the toughest challenges ahead of him. Paralysed singer Simon Kindleysides his exoskeleton suit which he is hoping to walk the London marathon in. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The 33-year-old, from Blofield, is aiming to become the first paralysed man to walk the 26.2-mile course this weekend. And to do so, he will spend around 35 hours strapped into a robotic exoskeleton suit. The father-of-three was diagnosed with functional neurological disorder and a glioma brain tumour in 2013, leaving him unable to walk. But Mr Kindleysides has been determined not to let his paralysis hold him back. David Taylor, pictured with his … [Read more...] about ‘Elvis’ and a man in an exo-skeleton among those entering London Marathon from Norfolk
It's a quiet hallway in the computer science department at the University of Washington in Seattle. To the right, young software engineers sit in front of their laptops in the windowless, artificially lit rooms. To the left, computer science professor Pedro Domingos opens the door to his office, which has a view of the massive trees on campus. Domingos' book "The Master Algorithm," about the technology of artificial intelligence (AI), made him famous and is also considered a standard reference work. The best-selling book, published in 2015, describes how machines that can learn are changing our everyday lives -- from the social networks and science to business and politics and right up to the way modern wars are waged. The book drew praise from Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Recently, a third prominent figure noted that he'd read the book: Chinese President Xi Jinping. When state television broadcast his new year's speech this year, viewers discovered that … [Read more...] about The Power of the Algorithms: Pedro Domingos on the Arms Race in Artificial Intelligence