skybot: open the pod bay doors please, alex
alex: i'm sorry skybot, i'm afraid i can't do that
Russia's robotic Soyuz MS-14 test mission hit a glitch over the weekend after a botched attempt to dock with the ISS. The uncrewed spacecraft (save for a vaguely terrifying robot) appeared unable to lock onto the orbiting outpost as it approached. The cause of the failure, the Kurs docking system, will have left some with a …
And a spare universe to do the necessary calculations. An assessment of the necessary information and processing came to the conclusion that you would need to use the rest of the universe for the calculation, ALL the rest.
Also that was so you could make a local copy of something. Which isn’t really transporting it and would not solve the space station’s supply needs. Instead of a robot and supplies they would need al the raw materials to make them.
Also considering a recent article on the station’s power problems it would seem they don’t have the power to do it.
Non-FTL quantum teleportation might be possible. Those are strange sounding words, but could be condensed down to something understandable and non "magic".
You basically make a kind of quantum scanner, that sweeps over an object (think lasters, or camera), and at the atomic scale, atom by atom, you turn the matter into energy/photons and project it (think lasers/radio transmission) to another device.
The second device sprays those atoms back onto a plate to reassemble them (think inkjet printer/3d printer).
If you get the laser/quantum teleportation correct, you get an exact atom by atom copy from one end of the system to the other end. Limited by the scanning time, transportation time and reassembly time. No "calculation" is needed, as the quantum entanglement/teleportation system is rather easy (on a single atom scale, we can already do this)...
... doing it for an entire person has it's problems. As while every atom is an exact copy, and reaches it's destination... you may not be able to glue them back together as easily as teleporting a watch! XD
"... doing it for an entire person has it's problems. As while every atom is an exact copy, and reaches it's destination... you may not be able to glue them back together as easily as teleporting a watch!"
Refer to Seth Brundle's fix: Teach the machine to be made crazy by the flesh.
NASA engineers had to work fast to avoid another leak affecting the latest Artemis dry run, just hours after an attempt to reboost the International Space Station (ISS) via the Cygnus freighter was aborted following a few short seconds.
The US space agency on Monday rolled the huge Artemis I stack back to its Florida launchpad having worked through the leaks and problems that had beset its previous attempt at fueling the beast in April for an earlier dress rehearsal of the final countdown.
As propellant was loaded into the rocket, controllers noted a hydrogen leak in the quick-disconnect that attaches an umbilical from the tail service mast on the mobile launcher to the core stage of the rocket.
Amazon unveiled its first "fully autonomous mobile robot" and other machines designed to operate alongside human workers at its warehouses.
In 2012 the e-commerce giant acquired Kiva Systems, a robotics startup, for $775 million. Now, following on from that, Amazon has revealed multiple prototypes powered by AI and computer-vision algorithms, ranging from robotic grippers to moving storage systems, that it has developed over the past decade. The mega-corporation hopes to put them to use in warehouses one day, ostensibly to help staff lift, carry, and scan items more efficiently.
Its "autonomous mobile robot" is a disk-shaped device on wheels, and resembles a Roomba. Instead of hoovering crumbs, the machine, named Proteus, carefully slots itself underneath a cart full of packages and pushes it along the factory floor. Amazon said Proteus was designed to work directly with and alongside humans and doesn't have to be constrained to specific locations caged off for safety reasons.
Roboticists could learn a thing or two from insects if they're looking to build tiny AI machines capable of moving, planning, and cooperating with one another.
The six-legged creatures are the largest and most diverse multi-cellular organisms on Earth. They have evolved to live in all sorts of environments and exhibit different types of behaviors to survive and there are insects that fly, crawl, and swim.
Insects are surprisingly intelligent and energy efficient given the size of their small brains and bodies. These are traits that small simple robots should have if they are to be useful in the real world, a group of researchers posited in a paper published in Science Robotics on Wednesday.
Rick Smith, founder and CEO of body camera and Taser maker Axon, believes he has a way to reduce the risk of school children being shot by people with guns.
No, it doesn't involve reducing access to guns, which Smith dismisses as politically unworkable in the US. Nor does it involve relocating to any of the many countries where school shootings seldom, if ever, occur and – coincidentally – where there are laws that limit access to guns.
Here's a hint – his answer involves Axon.
Video Robot boffins have revealed they've created a half-millimeter wide remote-controlled walking robot that resembles a crab, and hope it will one day perform tasks in tiny crevices.
In a paper published in the journal Science Robotics , the boffins said they had in mind applications like minimally invasive surgery or manipulation of cells or tissue in biological research.
With a round tick-like body and 10 protruding legs, the smaller-than-a-flea robot crab can bend, twist, crawl, walk, turn and even jump. The machines can move at an average speed of half their body length per second - a huge challenge at such a small scale, said the boffins.
Two and a half years after its first disastrous launch, Boeing has once again fired its CST-100 Starliner capsule at the International Space Station.
This time it appeared to go well, launching at 18:54 ET from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral. The RD-180 main engine and twin solid rocket boosters of the Atlas V performed as planned before Starliner was pushed to near orbital velocity by the Centaur upper stage.
After separation from the Centaur, Starliner fired its own thrusters for orbital insertion and is on course for the ISS. Docking is scheduled for approximately 19:10 ET today (23:10 UTC).
Scientists with a grant have done what none thought possible – perhaps few even gave any thought to – and smashed the world record for the highest jumping robot.
With a design resembling two bicycle wheels held together with rubber bands, the engineered jumper can leap more than 30 metres high, 100 times its own height and could one day lead to applications in lunar exploration.
Designed by Elliot Hawkes, Santa Barbara assistant professor at the University of California, the human-made hopper outperforms any known mechanical device and equals the best biological bouncers – relatively speaking – according to a paper published in Nature this week.
Amazon today announced the creation of a $1 billion venture investment program with the aim to spur innovation in three areas close to its heart: fulfillment, logistics, and the supply chain.
Given the historic vote by New York warehouse staff to form the Amazon Labor Union, and claims by others that Amazon workers suffer higher rates of injury, the first five investments announced from the money pool may come as little surprise.
A German doctoral student's research is moving us ever closer to an AI skill that, as of yet, has been unrealized: improvisation.
According to Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology, robots don't work the same way. They need exact instructions, and imprecision can disrupt a whole workflow. That's where Maximilian Diehl comes in with his research project that aims to develop a new way of training AIs that leaves room to operate in changeable environments.
In particular, Diehl is concerned with building AIs that can work alongside people and adapt to the unpredictable nature of human behavior. "Robots that work in human environments need to be adaptable to the fact that humans are unique, and that we might all solve the same task in a different way," Diehl said.
A retired NASA astronaut and three space tourists are right now tucked inside a SpaceX Dragon capsule above Earth for the first-ever purely commercial mission to the International Space Station.
Flames billowed from the sky as the four-person crew were carried into space by a Falcon 9 rocket lifting off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 8 at 1117 ET (1517 UTC). They are expected to arrive at their destination on Saturday at 1054 ET (1454 UTC) if all goes to plan.
Michael Lopéz-Alegría, vice president of business development at Axiom Space and a former NASA astronaut, is flying on the first private flight. He is accompanied by Larry Connor, an American real estate magnate; Eytan Stibbe, an Israeli businessman and former fighter pilot; and Mark Pathy, Canadian CEO of investment firm Maverick.
Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2022