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 […]

Lifelike Robots Made in Hong Kong Are Meant to Win Over Humans

Lifelike Robots Made in Hong Kong Are Meant to Win Over Humans

FILE – Hanson Robotics’ flagship robot, Sophia, is pictured in Hong Kong, Sept. 28, 2017. Founder David Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become “super-intelligent genius machines.” HONG KONG —

David Hanson envisions a future in which robots powered by artificial intelligence evolve to become "super-intelligent genius machines" that might help solve some of mankind’s most challenging problems.

If only it were as simple as that.

The Texas-born former sculptor at Walt Disney Imagineering and his Hong Kong-based startup Hanson Robotics are combining AI with southern China’s expertise in toy design, electronics and manufacturing to craft humanoid "social robots" with faces designed to be lifelike and appealing enough to win trust from humans who interact with them.Hanson, 49, […]

Robot Writing, AI, and Marketing: It’s the End of the World as We Know It

Robot Writing, AI, and Marketing: It’s the End of the World as We Know It

Picture if you will, dear reader, the marketing apocalypse, a place where human-powered engines are less and less relevant and we are facing a new dawn: robot writing, triggered email campaigns, automated social scheduling and responses, ways to track users wherever they go.

Oh, hang on. Isn’t that . . . ? the future is here Yeah, it is. We would say welcome to the future, but that scares an awful lot of people. Case in point: all these stories about the robots coming to take our marketing jobs. There is legitimate worry in our industry today, and with good reason. AI and marketing are a perfect mix; so much of what we do involves crunching data and analytics. Surely […]

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 […]

Sex Robot Meet Solana, a sex robot with removable face and changeable mood

Sex Robot Meet Solana, a sex robot with removable face and changeable mood

Solana is an improved version of Harmony, an earlier version of the sex robot. The creator of controversial sex robot popularly called Harmony, has introduced an improved version named Solana equipped with a removable face and changeable mood.

Designer Matt McMullen made the announcement on the evening of Thursday, January 11, 2018, in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show . Designers of the robot working on its features. (Mirror UK)

According to the Mirror UK News , the new appeal "comes with a new face and personality." A noticeable feature in the sex robot is perhaps a capability which allows users to change her mood and personality with a mobile app.

“The face is actually modular, the same […]

Male sex robot: When will male sex robots be available? Are we ready for male sexbots?

Male sex robot: When will male sex robots be available? Are we ready for male sexbots?

We already have sex robots — and you can meet the hyper-realistic cyborg girls Roxxxy, Samantha and Harmony here .

With a rapidly expanding market — it is thought the industry will be worth a whopping £37 billion by 2020 — it was only a matter of time before the male version would make its way to the shelves.

The wait is finally over, and the maker of Harmony , sex robot pioneer Matt McMullen of Realbotix has revealed his plans to introduce a male version of the doll .

Harmony avatars and robotic heads can be downloaded and pre-ordered for around £11,000 ($15,000).The CEO of Realbotix pleased “robosexuals” worldwide by introducing Harmony to a robotic head system and an artificial intelligence […]