Robotics

Humanoid Robot Brains | MIT's Science Out Loud

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The smartest people in the world have spent millions on developing high-tech robots. But even though technology has come a long way, these humanoid robots are nowhere close to having the "brain" and motor control of a human. Why is that? Evan takes you behind the motor control processes in the human brain, and how cutting-edge research is trying to implement it in robots.

Chapter 1: Opening Introduction | Pearl Harbor - Into the Arizona

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In this first section of Pearl Harbor - Into the Arizona, researchers and divers prepare to explore the USS Arizona.

 

Robots: Crash Course Computer Science #37

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Robots are often thought of as a technology of the future, but they're already here by the millions in the workplace, our homes, and pretty soon on the roads. We'll discuss the origins of robotics to its proliferation, and even look at some common control designs that were implemented to make them more useful in the workplace.

Dragonfly Power | Wild Kratts

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Come learn about dragonflies and their characteristics with the Wild Kratt gang. The brothers activate dragonfly creature powers to save the Tortuga.

Scientist Profile: Robotic Life Scientist

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Cynthia Breazeal, a ground-breaking robot designer, was inspired by the movie Star Wars. She build Kismet, her first sociable robot, at MIT, where she's now a professor. Cynthia remembers that Kismet had a really expressive face. She's now working on Leonardo who's all about character and personality. While Cynthia's work is with robots, her goals are much larger, "Technology is something you create to improve the human condition, to contribute to a better quality of life for everyone."

Do Now: Will Robots Replace Us at Work?

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Are the benefits of using robots in the workforce worth the risk of job loss? #DoNowRobots

Do Now by posting your response on social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Vine, Flickr, Google +, etc. Be sure to include @KQEDedspace and #DoNowRobots

The Intelligent Robot | Curious

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According to some scientists, robots are defined as machines that can interact with their environment and have some abilities to make decisions on their own. In this segment adapted from Curious, robots are also viewed as machines that perform tasks that humans can't (or won't) undertake. One example of a robot is the Mars Rover, an autonomous robot (one that can make some of its own decisions) that was designed to study the past history of water on the ground surface of the planet Mars. LAGR stands for Learning Applied to Ground Robotics, a program that is designed to teach robots how to learn, starting with the human senses.

Will Starshot's Insterstellar Journey Succeed? | PBS Space Time

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Yuri Milner’s Breakthrough Starshot is an interstellar travel expedition unlike any other before it. It’s many years in the making and is contingent on a series of incredible advancements in nanotechnology, materials science and laser power. Just how likely is it that Starshot’s journey to Alpha Centauri will succeed?

Building the LEGO Mindstorms NXT Kit

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You can build your own robot thanks to LEGO. In this video, Chris Brozo will show you how to put your new kit together.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Mars Rovers | STEM in 30

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There are two separate rovers traversing Mars right this instant. It took many people and thousands of parts (many of them made of titanium) to build these rovers. In this episode of STEM in 30, we explore the construction of the Mars rovers as well as the science that is being done 140 million miles away on the Red Planet.

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