A Tiny Flying Robot Could Reveal the Secrets of the Great Pyramid of Ginza

A Tiny Flying Robot Could Reveal the Secrets of the Great Pyramid of Ginza

The Pyramids of Giza. Courtesy of Ricardo Liberato via Wikimedia Commons. If the mysteries of the Great Pyramid of Ginza are ever completely solved, we may have a tiny robot to thank. Scientists are currently developing a miniature, flying robot designed to survey the yet unexplored chambers inside the ancient Egyptian pyramid.

It sounds like science fiction: Archaeologists would drill a tiny hole—no bigger than an inch-and-a-half around—into walls that seal off chambers inside the ancient tomb. Through that opening, they would insert the robot, a miniature blimp-like drone capable of unfolding and inflating in order to explore the previously inaccessible spaces within.

That technology could soon be a reality, thanks to the work of research institutions Inria and the French National Center for Scientific Research, as well as ScanPyramids, which recently detected a previously unknown empty space within the Great Pyramid through the use of muon imaging.

Analysis: China’s AI revolution threatens US

Analysis: China’s AI revolution threatens US

A new report from the Washington-based Center for a New American Security raised the alert level of the US defence community over China’s rise as an artificial intelligence (AI) superpower, one that could effectively destroy the American military by 2030.

The meticulous report no doubt will send a chill through the halls of the Pentagon.

The report, ‘Battlefield Singularity: Artificial Revolution, and China’s Future Military Power’, by Elsa Kania, paints a disturbing picture of China’s AI military modernisation programmes. Kania, as co-founder of the China Cyber and Intelligence Studies Institute, is well suited to write the investigative report using available Chinese-language open-source materials that reveal China’s military thinking and progress on AI.

Kania reported that China’s military is pursuing advances in ‘impact […]

Will people become slaves to robots?

Will people become slaves to robots?

Tom Joyce When covering a Lego League tournament last month in Dobson, I was impressed by what was occurring.

About 170 middle-school-age students were gathered at Surry Community College to display different projects that involved creating robot-like devices to perform a variety of tasks.

I saw bright young faces of kids using programs on a computer to control movements of their robots. Then their expressions of joy and excitement when the devices actually did what they were supposed to, such as picking up and moving objects.

The youths seemed to be having a good time, which was coupled with the fact that they also were learning math, engineering, science and other skills which will benefit them in future jobs involving specialized technology. […]

Sex robots provide glimpse into the future of intimacy

Sex robots provide glimpse into the future of intimacy

One day six months ago, I stumbled across a YouTube video of a sex robot named Samantha. With her long, auburn hair and flawless, tanned skin, Samantha was different from all of the other sex dolls out there – she had a personality and she could speak. Not only that, she was a romantic at heart, taking joy in listening to her partner’s sweet nothings.

For someone who writes about sex for a living, the internet’s rabbit hole can be your best friend. Watching Samantha in that clip, politely calling on Amazon’s Alexa to put on a playlist of love […]

This robotic manta ray may speed underwater search and rescue

This robotic manta ray may speed underwater search and rescue

Manta rays are some of the sea’s most graceful creatures, capable of gliding almost effortlessly and able to swim efficiently even in turbulent water. Now, researchers at the National University of Singapore have created a robot that mimics the manta.

Dubbed “ MantaDroid ,” the cute little bot is about 14 inches long and 25 inches wide and weighs 1.5 pounds. Using its pair of flexible pectoral fins, each powered by a single electric motor, it’s able to swim for up to 10 hours.

“Manta rays are known to be extremely efficient swimmers,” Chew Chee Meng, an associate professor in the university’s department of mechanical engineering, told NBC News MACH in an email. “We wanted to explore an alternative solution to […]

Selling To The Algorithm: The Rise Of Robot Consumers

Selling To The Algorithm: The Rise Of Robot Consumers

Every new technology unleashes its own hype and hysterias. From the typewriter to the car, the light bulb to the steam-powered loom, the new invention is declared both the saviour of humanity and the end of life as we know it.

Artificial Intelligence and robotics are no exception to this pattern. In fact, they may be the ultimate expressions, as we attempt to make a technology directly comparable to a human being. If the technologies think like us, look like us, work like us, only better, what does that mean for us?

Most people are worrying about the effect of robots on our jobs. Will we still need doctors and lawyers? Will we even need computer programmers? Will we need a […]