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The Sun Sets on Robots.net

Posted 1 May 2016 at 22:24 UTC by steve


I made the first post on Robots.net more 15 years ago on 25 February 2001. Since then, rog-a-matic, The Swirling Brain, and steve have written more than 3600 blog posts about robots and artificial intelligence news. You probably noticed we took a bit of a break the last year or so (thanks to the Robot Podcast crew for keeping the news going during that time). Lately we've been evaluating whether to do a reboot and start posting again or retire the blog. Today you can get robot news everywhere, so there's not as a much of a need for our specialized reporting. Also, we relied heavily on income from Google ads to pay for all this but the days of making money that way are long gone. So, as much as I still love talking about robots, I think we've come to the end of our long, robotic road. As Jerzy said at the end of Rudy Rucker's The Hacker and the Ants, "The robots were out in the world and doing fine. I'd done enough for the robots."

But maybe you'd like to pick up where we left off? We're open to the possibility of selling the site or even just the domain. Let us know if you're interested.
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Robots Podcast: Farewell robots.net, join us on Robohub

Posted 8 Apr 2015 at 07:33 UTC by mwaibel

Since May 2007, my colleagues at the Robots Podcast and at Robohub and I have been working with robots.net to bring you the latest news and views on robotics. For the past 4 years, much of robots.net's reporting has been by John Payne (or John_RobotsPodcast, as most of you will know him). With John leaving his post(ing), and Robohub coming into its own, it's now time to consolidate these efforts. I'd like to thank John for his incredibly dependable and insightful reporting throughout the years, and Steve for giving me the opportunity to join this community and take my first tentative steps as a blogger under his expert guidance many years ago! To continue to receive your robotics news, join us at http://robohub.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or via RSS (podcast only)/RSS (all Robohub news).

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Robots Podcast #178: Speech-Based Emotion Recognition

Posted 22 Mar 2015 at 22:47 UTC by John_RobotsPodcast

four images of a robot exhibiting facial emotional cues

In episode #178, interviewer Audrow Nash speaks with Christina Brester, currently a PhD student in Computer Science and Engineering at the Siberian State Aerospace University (SibSAU) in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. For her Master's thesis, Ms. Brester collaborated with a team of other scientists to investigate machine recognition of human emotion based on speech, using an evolutionary multiobjective genetic algorithm, an approach which proved to be far more successful than prior methods. Her ongoing research interests include evolutionary computation, neuro-evolutionary algorithms, machine learning, and speech analysis.

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Robots Podcast #177: Kurosh Madani

Posted 8 Mar 2015 at 17:53 UTC by John_RobotsPodcast

photo of Kurosh Madani

In episode 177, interviewer Audrow Nash speaks with Kurosh Madani, Chair Professor in Electrical Engineering, Senart-FB Institute of Technology, and co-founder of the Images, Signals, and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (LISSI), Univeristy Paris-EST Créteil (UPEC). They discuss neural networks and their potential applications.

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Robots Podcast #176: Cristoph Stiller

Posted 22 Feb 2015 at 05:24 UTC by John_RobotsPodcast

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In episode #176, Audrow Nash interviews Christoph Stiller from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Dr. Stiller speaks about the utility of various types of sensors in enabling autonomous vehicle operation, as well as the ethics of autonomous cars, and his experience in the DARPA Grand Challenge. Dr. Stiller is the most recent past president of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society, and currently serves as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems and the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine. His automated driving team AnnieWAY reached the finals in the DARPA Urban Challenge 2007 and won the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge in 2011.

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Robots Podcast #175: Riccardo Cassinis

Posted 8 Feb 2015 at 02:28 UTC by John_RobotsPodcast

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In episode #175, Audrow Nash interviews Professor Riccardo Cassinis from the University of Brescia in Italy about using robotics in education. Cassinis speaks about having young people, from primary school through university, access and control real robots remotely, in preference to simulations, to learn subjects such as programming, geography, and foreign languages. Currently at the University of Brescia, Cassinis is the Director of the Advanced Robotics Laboratory and an Associate Professor of Advanced Computer Programming and of Robotics.

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Robots Podcast #174: Hunter Lloyd & Looney

Posted 25 Jan 2015 at 02:34 UTC by John_RobotsPodcast

Hunter Lloyd with his Nao robots

In episode #174, Audrow Nash speaks with Hunter Lloyd, a Professor of Robotics at Montana State University. Hunter, who interrupted his college education to tour as a comedian for six years, performs a comedy act for all ages with partner Looney, a NAO Humanoid Robot from Aldebaran Robotics. Lloyd discusses making people laugh with his robot partner, why he does it, and how what he’s learned as a comedian relates to robotics.

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Robots Podcast #173: RoboThespian

Posted 12 Jan 2015 at 00:20 UTC by John_RobotsPodcast

Will Jackson with RoboThespian

In episode #173, interviewer Ron Vanderkley speaks with Will Jackson, founder and Director of Engineered Arts Limited. With a background in design and animatronics, Jackson founded Engineered Arts in 2004 to produce mixed media installations for UK science centres and museums. In 2005, the company began work on the Mechanical Theatre for the Eden Project, which led to the design and construction of the original RoboThespian model.

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