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The development of automated machines that can take the place of humans

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Inventing the Future

The Swarmbots Have Arrived

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7 months ago

What's the Latest Development? MIT scientist John Romanishin has done what some said couldn't be done: He has created a mini-cube robot that has no external moving parts yet can move, climb, leap, and -- most importantly -- work together with its fellows to create larger shapes. The motion comes ...

Inventing the Future

A Drone That Brings Wi-Fi To You

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8 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Adam Conway may make his living as a product manager at network company Aerohive, but in college his major was robotics, so tinkering with robots is how he spends some of his free time. A couple of years ago he decided to build a drone using a quadrotor frame, and ...

Inventing the Future

New To The Cloud: Your House Keys

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10 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Debuting this week at selected Manhattan 7-Elevens is KeyMe, a kiosk service that allows users to get copies of their keys at any hour of the day or night. If a customer just wants a duplicate, the kiosk will scan it and produce a new key for a few dollars. It also ...

Inventing the Future

What Happened to the Future?

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almost 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? The future is a difficult thing to grasp, and not just because we can't see it. Bringing innovation to life requires imagination, resourcefulness, the sort of limitless creative ambition we today associate mainly with science fiction writers. It wasn't always this way. As ...