Representatives of prominent AI and robots companies, including Google, Tesla, and Universal Robotics, have called for the UN to ban killer robots. But the issue is turning out to be as complex as the robots themselves.
Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a vacuum-powered, soft pneumatic actuator that can be modularly deployed for a variety of robotics applications.
Notable ex-Silicon Valley tech guru Bill Joy is backing the design of new battery technology that is aimed at solving the problem of next-generation energy storage once and for all with a polymer electrolyte material.
Researchers have developed a 3D tactile sensor that can detect an unprecedented range of pressures and generate an electrical signal based on the actions of touch, giving it great potential for use in touchscreens and other next-generation device technology.
Brain-controlled VR games are just a start. If startup Neurable has its way, controlling devices with your mind will be the next frontier in everything from home computers to medical devices, robots, and automobiles.