SpineOut : April 2014
7 ISSUE 22 // APRIL - MAY 2014 home // nuts & bolts // robocup // bots in books // book a date // creaking cogs and hip-hop rhythm // new bots on the block // last bot bits TRASH-TALKING SCRABBLE PLAYER IS ROBOT NAMED VICTOR ‘Students at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh have created a Scrabble-playing robot who is quite remarkable, not because it plays well but because it does not play well, and talks with all the human signs of a sneering winner and a sore loser.’ READ MORE ... The Los Angeles Times has been the first newspaper to publish a story about an earthquake - thanks to a robot writer. 'Journalist and programmer Ken Schwencke created an algorithm that automatically generates a short article when an earthquake occurs.' Natural News reports that ‘robotics is used in surgical procedures, now even for cosmetic dermatology. Concerned about your dad going bald? Hair transplant procedures have been revolutionised to take less time, less medical staff, less cost, and without stitching or sutures. Now all you need to do is trust a robot for your hair transplant procedure. Oh the price of vanity!’ READ MORE ... Human Vs Robot. Who wins? PHYS.ORG REPORTS New Scientist reports that 'processors used in gaming and supercomputers could give robots much more human-like minds, enabling them to navigate the skies and explore Mars autonomously.' READ ON ... Euronews introduces you to the latest robots. Watch the video to meet them in person. READ ON ...