Countering Luddite Politicians With Life (and Cost) Saving Machines

Earlier this month, Candy Crush celebrated its decade birthday by hosting a free party in lower Manhattan. The climax culminated with a drone light display of 500 Unmanned Ariel Vehicles (UAVs) illustrating the whimsical characters of the popular mobile game over the Hudson. Rather than applauding the decision, New York … Read More

BCI Startups Compete To Augment Human Disabilities With Unmanned Systems

The ultimate purpose of robotics is to improve the human condition. As organic species, our bodies are vulnerable to damage and disrepair. In the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy on the “Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics,” the entry on “care robots” highlights its societal benefits over countering dystopian fears: “One reason why … Read More

The Impact of AI-Enabled Smart Cities

I’m the type of traveler that explores new cities by getting lost, to the chagrin of Google and Apple maps. As more urban centers become connected with AI, resulting in an increasing number of pedestrians looking down, few are left to discover hidden haberdasheries and coffee houses. This was the … Read More

The Year Of The SPAC And What It Means For Hardware

CBS MarketWatch declared 2020: The Year of the SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation). A record 219 companies went public through this fundraising vehicle that uses a reverse merger with an existing private business to create a publicly-listed entity. This accounted for more than $73 billion dollars of investment, providing private … Read More

The Abraham Accords And Israeli Construction Robots

One of the more positive news stories this year was the cooperation agreement between the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Israel. In a matter of hours following the announcement, the countries began working towards opening up their economies. The excitement was felt across the Middle East, in words of … Read More

Oklahoma’s Burgeoning UAV Ecosystem

For too long I have flown over the middle of the United States ignoring the creativity of my fellow citizens below. Covid-19 changed everything, grounding planes, and forcing me on a cross-country adventure. To my surprise, the I-35 corridor that stretches from Dallas, Texas through Oklahoma City is one of … Read More

REEST: Revolutionizing The Global Food System With Robot Harvested Shrooms

The first presidential debate of 2020 is already known as a debacle for public discourse. Unfortunately after 200,000+ deaths from Covid-19, America is as divided in grief as it was in prosperity. Already in New York we are seeing a spike in cases as Springtime memories fade. Few still immediately … Read More

Expper Technologies: Smiling Robots Alleviate Human Anxieties

The great lyric poet Billy Idol once sung “Eyes without a face, got no human grace, you’re eyes without a face.” This profound statement has been ringing loudly during this period of social distancing and masked encounters. As I professed on several webinars to understand the mechanics of reopening with … Read More

Contact Tracing, Machines, And Civil Liberties

Already five regions within New York State have reopened for business, ushering in a new reality of “test, isolate, and trace.” The United States estimates it will hire close to 300,000 people to become contact tracers, identifying potential spreaders of the virus. Governor Cuomo has appointed former New York City … Read More

Promobot Pivots From Whimsical Buddy To Social Distancing Enhancer

Driving over the Whitestone Bridge, looking out at the magnificent view, I pressed the accelerator a bit harder, speeding away from the skyline. Now in a remote location, missing the urban action, I await orders from the Governor on reopening. If there are any certainties in this age of coronavirus, … Read More