Wind Industry Embraces Robots to Boost Safety, Cut Costs

Wind Industry Embraces Robots to Boost Safety, Cut Costs

Drones are coming to the wind industry in a big way. An $8 million cash injection for a little-known startup this month highlighted the growing importance of robotics in wind turbine operations and maintenance.

Ann Arbor, Michigan-based SkySpecs, which makes drone systems for wind farm inspections, gained the funding through a Series B financing round led by Statkraft Ventures with UL Ventures, Capital Midwest and previous backers Venture Investors, Huron River Ventures and others.

SkySpecs will use the cash to add greater intelligence to an autonomous system that the company says can carry out a full turbine rotor-blade inspection within 15 minutes, at the push of a button and with no additional human insight.

“This year we will enable owners to harness […]

In the robot age, are you sure you're a human?

In the robot age, are you sure you’re a human?

In a rapidly changing world, it’s important to hold on to the things that define us Explore the latest strategic trends, research and analysis At the top of Mount Olympus, Hephaestus – the Greek god of fire and a blacksmith – built a palace for his fellow deities. Inside, he crafted robotic golden statues to serve them.

Greek mythology tells us that a fascination with the robotic is as old as western civilization.

In the intervening centuries, so advanced have AI, robotics and digital technologies become that sometimes it’s easy to think we’re being overtaken by innovation. 67% of CEOs even believe that technology – not humanity – holds the key to the future of their companies.

Yet to hide in fear […]

CES 2018: Get ready for the robots, from professional strippers to artificially intelligent puppies

CES 2018: Get ready for the robots, from professional strippers to artificially intelligent puppies

The influx of androids, many featuring smoother movement and more artificial intelligence than before, were shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, where 35 exhibitors demonstrated the latest humanoid developments.

The most bizarre stunt featured two robots invading and performing at a strip club.

And then there was Sophia.

Sophia is arguably one of the world’s most famous robots. She has been on chat shows, given speeches and even has been made a citizen of Saudi Arabia. Humanoid "Sophia The Robot" of Hanson Robotics answers questions during a press conference. Picture: AFP This week she was equipped with legs for the first time thanks to a collaboration between her maker Hanson Robotics, Rainbow Robotics, and Drones and […]

CES 2018: voice-controlled showers, non-compliant robots and smart toilets

CES 2018: voice-controlled showers, non-compliant robots and smart toilets

The annual trend-setting tech extravaganza that is CES International in Las Vegas is drawing to a close, having suffered through torrential rain, blackouts and a few uncooperative robots. And it’s clear that your voice is more important than ever.

CES 2018 rammed home that big technology thinks voice is the next major evolution in computing. First we had the computer, then the smartphone and now voice assistants.

Smart speakers such as Amazon’s popular Echo devices and Google’s Home, which both had a killer Christmas , are just one outlet for the artificial intelligence-powered voice assistant.

Google reverse-ferreted from its Google own-brand strategy to follow Amazon’s led in opening up its Assistant voice system to third-parties. Manufacturers from all ends of the scale, […]

This Ultra-Realistic New Sex Robot Not Only Has a Personality, She's Also Customizable

This Ultra-Realistic New Sex Robot Not Only Has a Personality, She’s Also Customizable

Even though big tech names like Elon Musk are constantly warning us about the dangers of artificial intelligence and robots, AI engineers are just like "LOL. Shut up, Elon. You act like we care," and continue to smother us with progressively complicated and advanced pieces of android technology.

This includes sex robots, where these sexual humanoids keep getting more and more realistic with increasingly lifelike features, which is actually terrifying once you get over how absurd and unsettlingly hilarious the whole situation is.

Last year, we found out that there are sex robots that have G-spots , sex robots t hat have emotions, and just a few days ago, it was announced that male sex robots — fully equipped with male […]

GM will make an autonomous car without steering wheel or pedals by 2019

GM will make an autonomous car without steering wheel or pedals by 2019

General Motors plans to mass-produce self-driving cars that lack traditional controls like steering wheels and pedals by 2019, the company announced today. Its a bold declaration for the future of driving from one of the country’s Big Three automakers, and one that is sure to shake things up for the industry as the annual Detroit Auto Show kicks off next week.

The car will be the fourth generation of its driverless, all-electric Chevy Bolts, which are currently being tested on public roads in San Francisco and Phoenix. And when they roll off the assembly line of GM’s manufacturing plant in Orion, Michigan, they’ll be deployed as ride-hailing vehicles in a number of cities.

“It’s a pretty exciting moment in the history […]