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When I first viewed the video of the scientist at Boston Robotics pushing and kicking their humanoid robot around, my first thoughts were that this video would one day be used to justify the robotic revolution that enslaves humanity, but then I remembered that Asimov’s laws of robotics would protect us from such an event ever happening… New research suggests that this type of tough love might actually make robots better through so-called “adversity training.”   Pr ...
The field of soft robotics is growing at an exponential rate, and new discoveries in electrical engineering and material sciences are fueling this growth. Recently, a team of scientist from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have published a paper detailing a newly-discovered metallic material that could revolutionize the way flexible origami soft robots are constructed, as well as how they communicate and affect the environment around them.   Traditionally, soft robots are constr ...
A team of researchers a the University of Toronto have unveiled a new electrothermally controlled soft robot that they say could one day change the way humans and robots interact in the manufacturing environment. The team, led by Professor Hani Naguib, conducts research that is primarily focused on smart materials, of which electrothermal actuators, or ETAs for short, are a major focus. ETAs are devices that are constructed from special polymers that are able to be “programmed” to re ...

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