Google have improved their self-driving cars – “we’ve improved our software so it can detect hundreds of distinct objects simultaneously—pedestrians, buses, a stop sign held up by a crossing guard, or a cyclist making gestures that indicate a possible turn. A self-driving vehicle can pay attention to all of these things in a way that a human physically can’t—and it never gets tired or distracted.”
The Open Robotics Initiative asks: “Will consumers buy the notion of a car that drives itself?” (Camilla Bassani).
What do Robots have in common with the British? It’s more upsetting to lose certain kinds of work to them. (Psychologists at Northwestern University and Harvard Business School). The research paper is here.
Recent robot related IPO’s. Since late November, 2013 there have been three robotic companies that have gone public on U.S. and global stock exchanges: Medtech, Ekso Bionics and Cyberdyne. (Robohub.org)
The exoskeleton is “the Maserati of the rehab world.” (San Antonio Express-News).