The Singularity Hub "best robots of the year" report for 2009 shows industrial robots are faster than ever. AI is still several years away, however.

Robots' Agility, Skills, Speed Rising Fast

Singularity Hub's "best robots of the year" report for 2009 shows industrial robots are faster than ever. AI is still several years away, however.

Hailing 2009 as "an amazing year in the world of robots," the site Singularity Hub has posted its second annual roundup of the year's best robots. Its summary says robots "continued their advance towards world domination with several impressive breakouts in areas such as walking, automation, and agility, while still lacking in adaptability and reasoning ability," adding that it "will be several years until robots can gain the artificial intelligence that will truly make them remarkable, but in the meantime they are still pretty awesome."

YouTube videos throughout the roundup show fast industrial robots, a pair of robots that cook a meal to order at a restaurant in Japan, a mobile robot that locates and plugs itself into nine electrical outlets in an office, and humanoid robots that walk, run, and navigate around obstacles.

The site's editors keep track of developments in robotics, nanotechnology, genetics, biology, artificial intelligence, aging, and other fields in progress toward "singularity," which they define as "the point in mankind's future when we will transcend current intellectual and biological limitations and initiate an intelligence and information explosion beyond imagining."

Product Showcase

  • Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress Tracker WBGT Monitoring for Workplace Safety

    Ensure safety with the Kestrel® 5400 Heat Stress Tracker, the go-to choice for safety professionals and endorsed by the Heat Safety & Performance Coalition. This robust, waterless WBGT meter is ideal for both indoor and outdoor environments, offering advanced monitoring and data logging essential for OSHA compliance. It features pre-programmed ACGIH guidelines and alert settings to quickly signal critical conditions. Integrated with the cloud-based Ambient Weather Network, the 5400 allows managers to view, track, and log job site conditions remotely, ensuring constant awareness of potential hazards. Its capability for real-time mobile alerts and remote data access promotes proactive safety management and workplace protection, solidifying its role as a crucial tool in industrial hygiene. Read More

  • Magid® D-ROC® GPD412 21G Ultra-Thin Polyurethane Palm Coated Work Gloves

    Magid’s 21G line is more than just a 21-gauge glove, it’s a revolutionary knitting technology paired with an advanced selection of innovative fibers to create the ultimate in lightweight cut protection. The latest offering in our 21G line provides ANSI A4 cut resistance with unparalleled dexterity and extreme comfort that no other 21-gauge glove on the market can offer! Read More

  • Full Line of Defense Against Combustible Dust Nilfisk

    Nilfisk provides a comprehensive range of industrial vacuums meticulously crafted to adhere to NFPA 652 housekeeping standards, essential for gathering combustible dust in Class I, Group D, and Class II, Groups E, F & G environments or non-classified settings. Our pneumatic vacuums are meticulously engineered to fulfill safety criteria for deployment in hazardous surroundings. Leveraging advanced filtration technology, Nilfisk ensures the secure capture of combustible materials scattered throughout your facility, ranging from fuels, solvents, and metal dust to flour, sugar, and pharmaceutical powders. Read More

Featured

Webinars