The robotics industry’s much-anticipated crossover moment–from the R&D lab to everyday life–wasn’t supposed to happen until later this year, but it appears Rethink Robotics couldn’t wait to share the good news. Today, the Boston-based startup introduced the world to Baxter: a friendly-eyed, two-armed robot encased in Iron Man-red plastic and designed to “collaborate with human workers.”
The Singularity Is Here
Author and entrepreneur Steven Kotler has an interesting piece over at Forbes, wondering about the impact of exponential growth in technology on illicit trading.
Looking at the three largest categories–drugs, exotic species, and arms, in descending order–Mr. Kotler argues that 3D and DNA laser printers could wipe out the “principles of scarcity” that have always defined these markets. Read More
The site lets anyone create “Weavrs,” or “alter egos crafted from the threads of the social web.” Basically, that means users can input interests and characteristics and the service will generate an “autonomous” bot–or ‘tar, if you will–that can tweet, blog, and–they claim–emote by scraping information online based on those inputs.