[ singularityhub.com ] Finish Him! MegaBots’ Giant Robot Duel Is Finally Going Down in Japan

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Finish Him! MegaBots’ Giant Robot Duel Is Finally Going Down in Japan

It began two years ago when MegaBots co-founders Matt Oehrlein and Gui Cavalcanti donned American flags as capes and challenged Suidobashi Heavy Industries to a giant robot duel in a YouTube video that immediately went viral.

The battle proposed: MegaBots’ 15-foot tall, 1,200-pound MK2 robot vs. Suidobashi’s 9,000-pound robot, KURATAS. Oehrlein and Cavalcanti first discovered the KURATAS robot in a listing on Amazon with a million-dollar price tag.

In an equally flamboyant response video, Suidobashi CEO and founder Kogoro Kurata accepted the challenge. (Yes, he named his robot after himself.) Both parties planned to take a year to prepare their robots for combat.

In the end, it took twice the amount of time. Nonetheless, the battle is going down this September in an undisclosed location in Japan.

Oehrlein shared more about the much-anticipated showdown during our interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit.

Two years since the initial video, MegaBots has now completed the combat-capable MK3 robot, named Eagle Prime. This new 12-ton, 16-foot-tall robot is powered by a 430-horsepower Corvette engine and requires two human pilots.

It’s also the robot they recently shipped to Japan to take on KURATAS.

Building Eagle Prime has been no small feat. With arms and legs that each weigh as much as a car, assembling the robot takes forklifts, cranes, and a lot of caution. Fortress One, MegaBots’ headquarters in Hayward, California is where the magic happens.

In terms of “weaponry,” Eagle Prime features a giant pneumatic cannon that shoots huge paint cannonballs. Oehrlein warns, “They can shatter all the windows in a car. It’s very powerful.” A logging grapple, which looks like a giant claw and exerts 3,000 pounds of steel-crushing force, has also been added to the robot.

“It’s a combination of range combat, using the paint balls to maybe blind cameras on the other robot or take out sensitive electronics, and then closing in with the claw and trying to disable their systems at close range,” Oehrlein explains.

Safety systems include a cockpit roll cage for the two pilots, five-point safety seatbelt harnesses, neck restraints, helmets, and flame retardant suits.

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Co-founder, Matt Oehrlein, inside the cockpit of MegaBots’ Eagle Prime giant robot.

Oehrlein and Cavalcanti have also spent considerable time inside Eagle Prime practicing battlefield tactics and maneuvering the robot through obstacle courses.

Suidobashi’s robot is a bit shorter and lighter, but also a little faster, so the battle dynamics should be interesting.

You may be thinking, “Why giant dueling robots?”

MegaBots’ grand vision is a full-blown international sports league of giant fighting robots on the scale of Formula One racing. Picture a nostalgic evening sipping a beer (or three) and watching Pacific Rim- and Power Rangers-inspired robots battle—only in real life.

Eagle Prime is, in good humor, a proudly patriotic robot.

“Japan is known as a robotic powerhouse,” says Oehrlein, “I think there’s something interesting about the slightly overconfident American trying to get a foothold in the robotics space and doing it by building a bigger, louder, heavier robot, in true American fashion.”

For safety reasons, no fans will be admitted during the time of the fight. The battle will be posted after the fact on MegaBots’ YouTube channel and Facebook page.

We’ll soon find out whether this becomes another American underdog story.

In the meantime, I give my loyalty to MegaBots, and in the words of Mortal Kombat, say, “Finish him!”

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[ singularityhub.com ] Finish Him! MegaBots’ Giant Robot Duel Is Finally Going Down in Japan

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Finish Him! MegaBots’ Giant Robot Duel Is Finally Going Down in Japan

It began two years ago when MegaBots co-founders Matt Oehrlein and Gui Cavalcanti donned American flags as capes and challenged Suidobashi Heavy Industries to a giant robot duel in a YouTube video that immediately went viral.

The battle proposed: MegaBots’ 15-foot tall, 1,200-pound MK2 robot vs. Suidobashi’s 9,000-pound robot, KURATAS. Oehrlein and Cavalcanti first discovered the KURATAS robot in a listing on Amazon with a million-dollar price tag.

In an equally flamboyant response video, Suidobashi CEO and founder Kogoro Kurata accepted the challenge. (Yes, he named his robot after himself.) Both parties planned to take a year to prepare their robots for combat.

In the end, it took twice the amount of time. Nonetheless, the battle is going down this September in an undisclosed location in Japan.

Oehrlein shared more about the much-anticipated showdown during our interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit.

Two years since the initial video, MegaBots has now completed the combat-capable MK3 robot, named Eagle Prime. This new 12-ton, 16-foot-tall robot is powered by a 430-horsepower Corvette engine and requires two human pilots.

It’s also the robot they recently shipped to Japan to take on KURATAS.

Building Eagle Prime has been no small feat. With arms and legs that each weigh as much as a car, assembling the robot takes forklifts, cranes, and a lot of caution. Fortress One, MegaBots’ headquarters in Hayward, California is where the magic happens.

In terms of “weaponry,” Eagle Prime features a giant pneumatic cannon that shoots huge paint cannonballs. Oehrlein warns, “They can shatter all the windows in a car. It’s very powerful.” A logging grapple, which looks like a giant claw and exerts 3,000 pounds of steel-crushing force, has also been added to the robot.

“It’s a combination of range combat, using the paint balls to maybe blind cameras on the other robot or take out sensitive electronics, and then closing in with the claw and trying to disable their systems at close range,” Oehrlein explains.

Safety systems include a cockpit roll cage for the two pilots, five-point safety seatbelt harnesses, neck restraints, helmets, and flame retardant suits.

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Co-founder, Matt Oehrlein, inside the cockpit of MegaBots’ Eagle Prime giant robot.

Oehrlein and Cavalcanti have also spent considerable time inside Eagle Prime practicing battlefield tactics and maneuvering the robot through obstacle courses.

Suidobashi’s robot is a bit shorter and lighter, but also a little faster, so the battle dynamics should be interesting.

You may be thinking, “Why giant dueling robots?”

MegaBots’ grand vision is a full-blown international sports league of giant fighting robots on the scale of Formula One racing. Picture a nostalgic evening sipping a beer (or three) and watching Pacific Rim- and Power Rangers-inspired robots battle—only in real life.

Eagle Prime is, in good humor, a proudly patriotic robot.

“Japan is known as a robotic powerhouse,” says Oehrlein, “I think there’s something interesting about the slightly overconfident American trying to get a foothold in the robotics space and doing it by building a bigger, louder, heavier robot, in true American fashion.”

For safety reasons, no fans will be admitted during the time of the fight. The battle will be posted after the fact on MegaBots’ YouTube channel and Facebook page.

We’ll soon find out whether this becomes another American underdog story.

In the meantime, I give my loyalty to MegaBots, and in the words of Mortal Kombat, say, “Finish him!”

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[ gsmarena.com ] Android 8.0 Oreo is now rolling out to all supported Pixel and Nexus devices across the globe

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Android 8.0 Oreo is now rolling out to all supported Pixel and Nexus devices across the globe

Android 8.0 Oreo was officially named last Monday, which is when the final version of it started going out to Pixel and Nexus devices enrolled in the Android Beta program. Yesterday, Verizon started rolling out the same build of Oreo to Pixel and Pixel XL units it’s sold.

In the meantime, the Oreo update has been spotted arriving on many more carriers across the world, for supported Pixel and Nexus devices – which are the Pixel and Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus Player. So at this point the rollout is pretty much hitting every device that Google’s in charge of,…

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[ gsmarena.com ] Deal: Get a Galaxy Note8 for just $20 per month at Sprint, or wait for T-Mobile’s BOGO offer

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Deal: Get a Galaxy Note8 for just $20 per month at Sprint, or wait for T-Mobile’s BOGO offer

If you want to pre-order a Samsung Galaxy Note8 in the US, but want to pay as little as possible for it (and you haven’t owned one of those ill-fated Note7 units last year), then Sprint has a very good deal for you. If you use the carrier’s Flex Lease scheme and switch to Sprint or add a line you will only pay $20 per month for the phone (after $20 bill credits that start within two invoices).

This isn’t an installment plan, keep in mind, it’s a lease. You can keep paying $20 per month for 18 months, but after that you need to decide what to do: make the device yours – which requires…

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[ futurism.com ] Magnetic Brain Stimulation Could Help Cocaine Users Beat Their Addictions

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Magnetic Brain Stimulation Could Help Cocaine Users Beat Their Addictions

Deleting Drug Addiction

Since it received FDA approval in 2008, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has proven to be an effective treatment for depression, but now, a team of researchers are preparing to answer a question many have been asking for the past several years: Can TMS also be used to treat drug addiction?

TMS is a noninvasive way to stimulate the brain’s neurons. During treatment, a device that generates electromagnetic pulses is placed near a patient’s head. These pulses affect neural activity, sometimes speeding up the firing of neurons, sometimes slowing the process down depending on such variables as the frequency, duration, and pattern of the pulses.

Italian addiction physician Luigi Gallimbert has treated more than 300 cocaine-addicted patients using the technique. He was prompted to investigate the idea by a 2013 study out of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) that demonstrated how stimulating the brains of drug-addicted rats could help them kick the habit.

The rats were genetically modified to allow their neurons to be controlled with light and trained to pursue cocaine so persistently, they would withstand repeated electric shocks in order to get their fix. When the NIDA researchers stimulated the area of a rat’s brain in charge of impulse control, the animal’s addiction was almost immediately quelled.

The co-authors of the study, neuroscientists Antonello Bonci and Billy Chen, posited that targeting the corresponding area of a human brain — a part of the prefrontal cortex — could counteract the hold of drug addiction in people. Bonci suggested that this stimulation could be done via TMS, and that’s exactly what Gallimberti decided to try.

With a small group of just 32 participants, he tested out the efficacy of TMS to treat cocaine addiction, and encouraged by the success of this small study, he began offering the TMS treatment at his clinic for about $118 per session, dropping the fee entirely for those who couldn’t afford it. Eventually, Gallimbert and a group of fellow researchers, include Bonci, conducted a nonblinded treatment study of 16 cocaine users with promising results.

Straight to the Source

Right now, some experts are skeptical of TMS, asserting that it offers little more than a placebo effect. “I have colleagues who I respect and who I think are honest who swear by it — who think it works. I don’t,” Walter Brown, a psychiatrist at Brown University, told Science. “I have no doubt that some people with cocaine addiction treated with TMS will get better. But it won’t be the effect of the treatment, in my opinion.”

While it might not put to rest claims of the placebo effect, more research is being conducted to see whether TMS has the potential to treat people who suffer from drug addiction.

The Medical University of South Carolina embarked upon the first randomized, double-blind trial of the procedure’s effect on drug addiction last year, and the National Institute of Psychiatry in Mexico City began a similar study earlier this year. NIDA is currently in the midst of a pilot study focusing on cocaine addiction ahead of a large controlled trial in 2018 that will include 60 cocaine users.

A million people in the U.S. alone are addicted to cocaine, with a further 13 million addicted worldwide. While TMS could potentially help treat all kinds of addictions, it could be particularly beneficial to people who are addicted to cocaine. Not only is the drug notoriously hard to kick, with the one-year relapse rate said to be around 80 percent, it also doesn’t have a single FDA-approved treatment option, unlike such drugs as nicotine, alcohol, heroin, and synthetic opioids.

If these upcoming trials yield promising results, however, cocaine addicts could have access to a treatment that’s not only relatively inexpensive but also noninvasive.

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[ futurism.com ] Engine Giant Cummins Launched Its Electric Semi Ahead of Tesla

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Engine Giant Cummins Launched Its Electric Semi Ahead of Tesla

Beat Them to It?

Ahead of Tesla’s planned September launch of its highly-anticipated electric semi truck, American engine designer and manufacturer Cummins unveiled an electric concept truck. Dubbed the AEOS, the all-electric semi is part of the company’s efforts to develop environmentally-friendly technologies.

“These new technological innovations build on our 100-year legacy of bringing the best solutions to our customers, driving their success and meeting the evolving demands of their industries and markets,” Cummins CTO Jennifer Rumsey said at the event on Tuesday at the company’s Technical Center in Columbus, Indiana.

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The AEOS. Image credit: Cummins
The AEOS promises an assemblage of energy-saving features, beginning with an electric powertrain to match its 140 KWh battery pack. With a range of 161 kilometers (100 miles) on a single charge, which additional battery packs could extend to 483 kilometers (300 miles), the AEOS can haul about 22 tons (44,000 pounds) of cargo. It’s trailer roof can also be retrofitted with solar panels, adding an extra clean energy punch.

The Trucks We Want

While the AEOS is remarkable as it is, it might not be much of a competition for Tesla’s upcoming electric semi. For starters, the range doesn’t match Tesla’s, which is presumably capable of reaching 321-483 kilometers (200-300 miles) on a single charge. While both don’t yet match the 1610-kilometer (1000-mile) range of traditional semis, Tesla can certainly deliver more than the AEOS — the latter can work perfectly well for inner-city deliveries.

Then there’s the rumors about “platooning.” Supposedly, Tesla’s electric semi is meant to work as part of an autonomous fleet of electric trucks trailing one lead vehicle. As for how much cargo one Tesla semi can haul, there are no reports that hint on that yet.

Electric vehicles are beginning to dominate roads, beginning with passenger vehicles and now with delivery trucks. The goal is to have fully-electric (and ideally autonomous) trucks that can cover long-haul deliveries. Delivery trucks running on fossil fuels contribute about 23 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. So, with both Tesla and Cummins offering cleaner alternatives, it isn’t really a competition. It all boils down to how much both can help make roads greener.

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