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China’s Military Built an Autonomous Amphibious Landing Vehicle 1

China’s Military Built an Autonomous Amphibious Landing Vehicle

Marine Lizard China has announced what local media is calling the “world’s first armed amphibious drone boat.” The 39-foot-long Marine Lizard is designed to assist land assault operations and can form a web with other drone ships and airborne drones in order to act in tandem with them. It can reach a maximum of 50 …

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These Autonomous Bots Battle Blazes Too Dangerous for Firefighters 2

These Autonomous Bots Battle Blazes Too Dangerous for Firefighters

Dynamic Duo A pair of firefighting robots are ready for action. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) recently demonstrated at Tokyo’s National Research Institute of Fire and Disaster a pair of autonomous wheeled robots designed to battle particularly hazardous fires, such as those at petrochemical plants — and without putting the lives of human firefighters at risk. Hose and Cannon …

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This Autonomous Robot Arm Feeds People Who Can’t Feed Themselves 4

This Autonomous Robot Arm Feeds People Who Can’t Feed Themselves

Mealtime Tech An estimated one million Americans can’t feed themselves. That leaves them little choice but to rely on another person at mealtime, which can be both awkward and time-consuming. But now, researchers from the University of Washington have built Assistive Dexterous Arm (ADA), an artificially intelligent robot arm capable of using a fork to move …

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See iRobot’s First Autonomous Lawnmower in Action 6

See iRobot’s First Autonomous Lawnmower in Action

Get on My Lawn The company behind Roomba, the robot vacuum, now wants to automate lawn care. On Wednesday, iRobot unveiled Terra, an autonomous lawnmower it claims avoids the pitfalls of previous designs — and it could be tackling your lawn as soon as this summer. Memory Map Terra isn’t the first autonomous lawnmower, but according to …

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A Waymo One Rider’s Experiences Highlight Autonomous Rideshare’s Shortcomings 7

A Waymo One Rider’s Experiences Highlight Autonomous Rideshare’s Shortcomings

Just before Christmas, a passenger using the Waymo One ride-hailing service found himself in a self-driving car that seemed to have lost its way. The human safety driver – present just in case something goes wrong – had already taken control of the self-driving car once when it took too long to make a left …

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Autonomous Drones Are Dropping Rat Poison Bombs on This Island 10

Autonomous Drones Are Dropping Rat Poison Bombs on This Island

Rat Poison The Galapagos Island of Seymour Norte, off the coast of Ecuador, has a vicious invasive rat problem. Despite efforts to curb the spread of the rats in 2007, conservationists found the tiny island was infested yet again a decade later by two common rat species. This time, they employed a high-tech solution to fight …

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The U.S. Navy Wants to Roll out Autonomous Killer Robot Ships 11

The U.S. Navy Wants to Roll out Autonomous Killer Robot Ships

Unmanned Surface Combatants Defense News reports that the U.S. navy is planning to unleash unmanned surface combatants — military robot warships, basically — to accompany others boats that are controlled by a human crew. The move may come in response to China and Russia’s heavy investment in similar technologies that could put U.S. aircraft carriers at risk, according …

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