The demise of Rethink Robotics shows how hard it is to make machines truly smart - MIT Technology Review

The company’s easy-to-use robots helped kick-start a big trend. So what happened?

Source: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612243/demise-of-rethink-robotics-shows-how-hard-it-is-to-make-machines-smart/

Why Making Robots Is So Darn Hard | The New Yorker

Computer processors keep getting faster and faster and memory gets cheaper and cheaper. But the motors and actuators that move robots aren't improving …

Source: https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/why-making-robots-is-so-darn-hard

Why Are Robotics Companies Dying?

How could it be that robotics firms, run and operated by some of the most celebrated people in AI, are failing when seemingly less-compelling AI offerings are raising billions of dollars? Is robotics really that hard or is there something else going on in the industry?

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2018/10/29/why-are-robotics-companies-dying/

Prediction: 2019 is the year robotics industry takes a hard look at safety | ZDNet

After explosive growth in the industry, some fear not enough attention has been paid to safety. This is the year that could change.

Source: https://www.zdnet.com/article/prediction-2019-is-the-year-robotics-industry-takes-a-hard-look-at-safety/

A good robot is hard to find -- or build | Computerworld

In the first two days of the NASA robotics challenge this week, every team failed.

Source: https://www.computerworld.com/article/2490744/a-good-robot-is-hard-to-find-or-build.html

The company behind the adorably doomed robot Kuri is shutting down - The Verge

Mayfield Robotics announced that operations will cease by October 31st. The company had been struggling to find external partners since the cancellation of its Kuri robot last month.

Source: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/8/21/17765330/mayfield-robotics-kuri-robot-shutting-down

The lonely death of Jibo, the social robot | TechCrunch

We knew this moment was coming — we just never expected it to arrive so soon. Jibo owners all over are reporting a final death rattle from their beloved home robot. The last message finds Jibo announcing the imminent shutdown of it servers, noting that its interactions will soon be limited — likely…

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/04/the-lonely-death-of-jibo-the-social-robot/

Inside the Rethink Robotics shutdown

Former Rethink Robotics distributors and integrators share what went wrong with the cobot pioneer, which went out of business in October 2018.

Source: https://www.therobotreport.com/rethink-robotics-shutdown/

Rethink Robotics, Pioneer of Collaborative Robots, Shuts Down - IEEE Spectrum

Rodney Brooks’ startup developed a new class of factory robots that could safely work alongside people. Then came the hardest part: selling them

Source: https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/rethink-robotics-pioneer-of-collaborative-robots-shuts-down

Google Sells Boston Dynamics to SoftBank

It took over a year to find a buyer for Boston Dynamics.

Source: http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2017/06/google-sells-boston-dynamics-to-softbank.html