Robotics

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Last October, I broke the news that several companies, research labs, and trade associations were working together to create a shared workspace for robotics businesses.

Ten months later, things seem to be gaining momentum — but the crew behind MassRobotics is still trying to line up financial backing from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Earlier this month, Vecna chief technology officer Daniel Theobald, one of the key players in the project, met with Governor Charlie Baker and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash to talk about the plan for MassRobotics.More →

Elon Musk hasn’t been shy about sharing his fears about artificial intelligence, or AI. Earlier this year, the Tesla and SpaceX founder described the dangers of AI run amok: “You could construct scenarios where recovery of human civilization does not occur,” he said. To address that risk, he gave $10 million to the Boston-based Future of Life Institute, or FLI, to lead a global research program into AI safety. FLI organized a grants competition to select the research it would fund, and today announced the competition’s winners.More →