Ted Talks: Rodney Brooks: Why We Will Rely on Robots

Scaremongers play on the idea that robots will simply replace people on the job. In fact, they can become our essential collaborators, freeing us up to spend time on less mundane and mechanical challenges. Rodney Brooks points out how valuable this could be as the number of working-age adults drops and the number of retirees swells. He introduces us to Baxter, the robot with eyes that move and arms that react to touch, which could work alongside an aging population -- and learn to help them at home, too.

Rory Vs. the Robot

Rory McIlroy has beaten just about every golfer on the planet so for the latest European Tour challenge he's up against a robot. Or a Golf Laboratory Computer Controlled Hitting Machine to be precise.

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B - Go Beyond

Fast on the road and in difficult terrain, agile in the air - Go beyond the limits!

B is a revolutionary new remote controlled hybrid car-helicopter with a patent pending design. It is capable of driving across difficult terrain using its large rear drive wheels and when the obstacles become too big, simply take-off and fly over them.B is a toy that provides an extraordinary experience. B is virtually unstoppable, capable of transitioning between ground and air allowing the development of tricks otherwise impossible to achieve.

Due to its large wheel diameter of 220 mm it achieves outstanding performance in difficult terrain. On flat surfaces B reaches high speeds.

* Vertical take-off and landing.

* Able to transition on the move between driving, flying and back again.

* Up to 15 minutes of action on a single charge.

* HD (1280 x 720 px) camera on-board with recording capability.

* An experience which has not been possible within one package before.

* Durable construction that is designed with punishing terrain in mind.

Ted Talks: Raffaello D'Andrea: The Astounding Athletic Power of Quadcopters

In a robot lab at TEDGlobal, Raffaello D'Andrea demos his flying quadcopters: robots that think like athletes, solving physical problems with algorithms that help them learn. In a series of nifty demos, D'Andrea show drones that play catch, balance and make decisions together -- and watch out for an I-want-this-now demo of Kinect-controlled quads.


Dir: Luke Randall / Australia / 2009

A tiny robot is given the gift of life with only one limitation, the length of his power cable.

West of the Moon

Loosely based on several hundred interviews with children about their dreams, 'West of the Moon' is the story of one man's lost love and his strange path to redemption, aided along the way by a gambling robot, a wayward monkey, and a healthy dose of determination.

Written, Directed, & Animated by Brent Bonacorso

DARPA: LS3 Follow Tight

Working with the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL), researchers from DARPA's LS3 program demonstrated new advances in the robot's control, stability and maneuverability, including "Leader Follow" decision making, enhanced roll recovery, exact foot placement over rough terrain, the ability to maneuver in an urban environment, and verbal command capability.

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I Feel for My New Robot Overlords

Subjects showed objectively similar neural activation for both humans and robots, providing some of the first empirical evidence that humans emotionally identify with affection or distress "experienced" by robots.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Has the Future Arrived?

American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says he would like to go to space himself, or at the very least help others get there, but he's content living vicariously through the robots for now.