Exclusive Interview With Nic Radford Creator Of Aquanaut, The Shape-Shifting Subsea Robot

It has been two years since OceanOne, “the robotic mermaid,” first discovered the seventeenth century shipwreck La Lune, the prized frigate of King Louis XIV’s navy. Professor Oussama Khatib of Stanford, the inventor of the swimming humanoid, heralded in then a new age of subsea exploration. After the 100 meter dive labeled too dangerous … Read More

Brain Surgery, The Robot Efficacy Test?

The internet hummed last week with reports that “Humans Still Make Better Surgeons Than Robots.” Stanford University Medical Center set off the tweetstorm with its seemingly scathing report on robotic surgery. When reading the research of 24,000 patients with kidney cancer, I concluded that the problem lied with the humans overcharging patients … Read More

Little Bots Do The Darndest Things

One of my fondest memories of hiking the Costa Rican rainforest are the “leaf cutter ants.”  These minuscule inspects are able lift objects 100x times their weight.  The line of worker ants goes on for tens of yards across the jungle floor.  This week roboticists at Stanford University demonstrated the new … Read More