Elon Musk Unveils Prototype of Humanoid Robot Optimus, Says It Will Cost Less Than a Car

Elon Musk Unveils Prototype of Humanoid Robot Optimus, Says It Will Cost Less Than a Car

Mr. Musk first laid out the vision for the robot, called Optimus, a little more than a year ago at Tesla’s first-ever AI day. At the time, a dancer in a costume appeared onstage. This time, Mr. Musk presented a prototype at the gathering that unfolded late Friday in Palo Alto, Calif. The early prototype, … Read more

– New e-book sheds light on how to accelerate electrification

– New e-book sheds light on how to accelerate electrification

02 August 2022 Vicor’s new e-book, ‘A better way to accelerate vehicle electrification’, provides in-depth technical insights into battery technologies. The automotive industry is racing to electrify its fleets, driven by consumer demand, regulatory pressure, and technological advances. Electrification increases electrical power requirements in vehicles from less than 3kW in a conventional combustion engine to … Read more

Canberra cafe uses robot technology to deliver food and drinks to tables

Canberra cafe uses robot technology to deliver food and drinks to tables

Canberra cafe owner Sam Vekiriya has welcomed an autonomous robot waiter to his team after months of desperately searching for new staff. Key points: One Canberra cafe owner is investing $30,000 in an autonomous robot waiter Quantum Robotics say it’s unlikely the hospitality robots would lessen the need for human staff  Unions say the robots … Read more

The Problem with Blaming Robots For Taking Our Jobs

The Problem with Blaming Robots For Taking Our Jobs

In the late nineteen-forties, Delmar Harder, a vice-president at Ford, popularized the term “automation”—a “nickname,” he said, for the increased mechanization at the company’s Detroit factory. Harder was mostly talking about the automatic transfer of car parts between machines, but the concept soon grew legs—and sometimes a robotic arm—to encompass a range of practices and … Read more