Rodney Brooks to Analyze Mega Trends and Robotics in RoboBusiness Direct Keynote

Robotics pioneer Rodney Brooks, who co-founded iRobot, Rethink Robotics, and Robust.AI, among other companies, will discuss mega trends pulling robotics development in the Oct. 1 RoboBusiness Direct keynote. The post Rodney Brooks to Analyze Mega Trends and Robotics in RoboBusiness Direct Keynote appeared first on Robotics Business Review. Read More

Electron Hole, Meet Your Fractional Cousin

Researchers have designed a nano-electronic circuit that can tease into existence a strange new kind of quantum “particle.” Its existence confirms decades of speculation about the behavior of electronic circuits in very low temperatures and high magnetic fields—and opens the door for possible applications in next-generation quantum computers. However, this quasiparticle carries only a fraction of an electron’s charge. It is, to be clear, not substantively an actual single particle but rather more likely an ensemble of electrons acting collectively in certain extreme quantum environments.… 

Covid’s s Accelerative Impact Limited For Autonomous Food and Grocery Delivery

The Covid-19 pandemic has broadened the use case for food and grocery delivery services, and enhanced their value proposition. The same can be said for autonomous food and grocery delivery, but significant, business, technological, social and political challenges remain which the accelerative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic do not ameliorate. The post Covid’s s Accelerative Impact Limited For Autonomous Food and Grocery Delivery appeared first on Robotics Business Review. Read More

Netflix Supplants Google as the Employer of Engineers’ Dreams

When I talk to computer science and engineering students regarding their thoughts about future employers, Google generally seems to be at the top of their lists. And Google has topped Hired’s survey of dream employers to work for since its inception in 2017. Until now. In Hired’s just-released “Employer Brand Health Report,” Google slipped to number three in the rankings, with Netflix and GitHub in the number one and two spots, respectively. To create this list, Hired surveyed 4100 tech professionals, asking them to indicate their level… 

Why Modeling the Spread of COVID-19 Is So Damn Hard


Illustration: StoryTK If you wanted to “flatten the curve” in 2019, you might have been changing students’ grades or stamping down a rug ripple. Today, that phrase refers only to the vital task of reducing the peak number of people concurrently infected with the COVID-19 virus. Beginning in early 2020, graphs depicting the expected number of infections spread through social networks, much like the virus itself. We’ve all become consumers of epidemiological models, the mathematical entities that spit out these ominous trend lines. Such models… 

Making Absentee Ballot Voting Easier

While there is a controversy raging over the legality and security of states like California, Hawaii,  Nevada,  New Jersey, and Vermont among others deciding to send out vote by mail (VBM) ballots to every registered voter, there is little controversy over voters applying for absentee ballots from their local election officials. U.S. Attorney General William Barr, for example, who is against the mass mailing of ballots says, “absentee ballots are fine.” The problem is that applying for an absentee ballot is not always easy or… 

iRobot Remembers That Robots Are Expensive, Gives Us a Break With More Affordable Roomba i3

iRobot has released several new robots over the last few years, including the i7 and s9 vacuums. Both of these models are very fancy and very capable, packed with innovative and useful features that we’ve been impressed by. They’re both also quite expensive—with dirt docks included, you’re looking at US $800 for the i7+, and a whopping $1,100 for the s9+. You can knock a couple hundred bucks off of those prices if you don’t want the docks, but still, these vacuums are absolutely luxury… 

Pages: 1 2

Should You Trust Apple’s New Blood Oxygen Sensor?

In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, it wasn’t just face masks and hand sanitizer that flew off drugstore shelves. Pulse oximeters were also in short supply, as news came out that a drop in blood oxygen could be a sign that a case of the coronavirus has taken a bad turn. These inexpensive and noninvasive electronic devices use LED lights and photodiodes to determine the way red blood cells are absorbing light—oxygenated cells absorb more infrared light than red light, cells that aren’t carrying… 

The Intense Sound of 1,000 Analog Oscillators

Photo: Sam Battle Dial-A-Song: Sam Battle, aka Look Mum No Computer, with his KiloDrone, a musical instrument with 1,000 individually adjustable oscillators. When the COVID-19 lockdown came to the United Kingdom, Sam Battle became a man on a mission. Battle has created many unusual electronic musical instruments under the sobriquet of Look Mum No Computer, including an organ made out of singing Furbys and a synthesizer-bicycle hybrid. As people isolated themselves, he embarked on his most ambitious project yet: the KiloDrone. Many of Battle’s projects… 

How Estonia’s Management of Legacy IT Has Helped It Weather the Pandemic

In “The Hidden World of IT Legacy Systems,” I describe how the Covid-19 pandemic spotlighted the problems legacy IT systems pose for companies, and how they especially affect governments. A recent Bloomberg News story that discussed how government legacy IT systems in Japan are holding back that country’s economic recovery further illustrates the magnitude of the problem. Japanese economist Yukio Noguchi is quoted in the story as warning that the country is “behind the world by at least 20 years” in administrative technology. The poor shape…