Digital Defense is a live webcast featuring Bloomberg Technology Cybercrimes reporter Jordan Robertson in Washington, DC. Jordan will walk you through all kinds of tips each week to fend off hackers and protect your digital identity. And he’ll take questions live form the audience. Video – Bloomberg
Bloomberg’s Hello World host Ashlee Vance recently traveled to Osaka University to see Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro’s latest creation, an android named Erica that’s designed to work, one day, as a receptionist or personal assistant. The android has lifelike skin and facial gestures and uses artificial intelligence software to listen to and respond to requests. Is Erica creepy? To Vance she is, but not to Professor Ishiguro, who considers her nearly indistinguishable from a human. Bloomberg video
Digital Defense is a live webcast featuring Bloomberg Technology Cybercrimes reporter Jordan Robertson in Washington, DC. Jordan will walk you through all kinds of tips each week to fend off hackers and protect your digital identity. And he’ll take questions live form the audience. . Bloomberg video
Japan has a unique fascination with androids and the quest to make robots more like humans. One of the country’s most original thinkers in this area is Professor Takashi Ikegami of the University of Tokyo. He has created androids filled with sensors and artificial intelligence software. The technology allows them to perceive the outside world and react to it as they see fit. Hello World host Ashlee Vance traveled to Tokyo to meet with Professor Ikegami and see his latest android creation. The robot they encounter flails about and makes strange gu
rgling noises as it responds to their movements and conversation. While it all looks rudimentary today, the technology is the precursor of what Ikegami predicts will be a new robotic life form that has its own culture, language, and desires. What could go wrong? Bloomberg video…
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Lyft co-founder John Zimmer speaks about the company’s plan to build a fleet of autonomous vehicles in the next 5 years and explains why he disagrees with Tesla CEO Elon Musk about the business model for self-driving cars. Bloomberg video
USA company Apple has drastically scaled back its automotive ambitions, leading to hundreds of job cuts and a new direction that, for now, no longer includes building its own car, according to people familiar with the project. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has more on “Bloomberg Markets.”
When Tesla Motors announced in March it would build a new, all-electric car at a starting price of $35,000, it was a turning point for the company. General Motors is also developing an all-electric sedan and hopes to market it early next year. Will increased competition and new options spur more sales? NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent John Larson reports. PBS NewsHour Video
In this week’s address, President Obama highlighted the White House Frontiers Conference, where many of America’s leading innovators came together to discuss how we can empower people through science, technology, and innovation to lead our communities, our country, and our world in the future. The White House video
Sewbo, a robotic sewing arm, is part of an automated system that can manufacture clothing without any human labor.
Sewbo, Inc. it has used an industrial robot to sew together a T-shirt, achieving the long-sought goal of automation for garment production.
Major Breakthrough in Clothing Manufacturing
SEATTLE – Sewbo Inc. on Thursday announced that it has achieved the long-sought goal of automated sewing, by using an industrial robot to sew together a T-shirt. This milestone represents the first time that a robot has been used to sew an entire article of clothing.
Despite widespread use in other industries, automation has failed to find a place in apparel manufacturing due to robots’ inability to handle limp, flexible fabrics. Sewbo avoids these hurdles by temporarily stiffening fabrics, making it easy for conventional robots to build clothes as if they were made from sheet metal. Afterwards, the process is reversed to produce soft, fully assembled garments.
“Our technology will allow manufacturers to create higher-quality clothing at lower costs in less time than ever before,” said Jonathan Zornow, the technology’s inventor. “Avoiding labor issues and shortening supply chains will help reduce the complexity and headaches surrounding today’s intricate global supply network. And digital manufacturing will revolutionize fashion, even down to how we buy our clothes by allowing easy and affordable customization for everyone.”
Sewbo performed their feat using an off-the-shelf industrial robot, which they taught to operate a consumer sewing machine. Having successfully proved its core concept, Sewbo is now expanding its team and working towards commercializing its technology.
About Sewbo Inc.: Sewbo is a Seattle-based startup. Learn more at sewbo.com
Jonathan Zornow is the 30 year-old inventor behind Sewbo. He came up with the solution to automating garment manufacturing while reading about temporary support materials for 3D printers, which are water-soluble plastics that could be melted and molded. These materials let 3D printers build things that would otherwise be impossible, and he thought that the same concept could be applied to the garment industry.
This would ultimately prove to be a successful approach – but not before many long nights of tinkering, including a crowded stretch where he shared his tiny NYC studio apartment/workshop with a rented industrial robot.
Zornow studied economics and studio art at Brandeis University, where his sculpture thesis was a fresco-making machine called “Robotecelli.”