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Investment into robotics hotting up, and so are robot events!

Investment into robotics hotting up, and so are robot events!
By Andra Keay • Issue #21 • View online
Congratulations to Covariant for raising another $80m for industrial automation, robotics and AI. They are hiring! As is fellow UC Berkeley spin out AmbiRobotics. Are you making use of the Silicon Valley Robotics job board? (It’s freely available for all atm)
We share your job posts or other news on the SVRobo site and on social media to >10,000 roboticists. AND there are 3 spots available at our next Online Robotics Job Fair at 7pm on August 18.
Want to work with Boston Dynamic’s Spot? Join Merklebot for Spot Bootcamps at Circuit Launch. Or join the MechLabs longer program in robotics. Connect with one of our Roboticists in Residence or the growing robotics community here (alongside Silicon Valley Robotics) or join us at DIY Robocars / Brazilian BBQ on Saturday August 14th from 10am to 3pm for indoor and outdoor autonomous vehicles on wheels and legs.

Testing the track ahead of DIY Robocars on Aug 14
Testing the track ahead of DIY Robocars on Aug 14
Events
Alex Dantas and Andra Keay at Circuit Launch Brazilian BBQ
Alex Dantas and Andra Keay at Circuit Launch Brazilian BBQ
What's coming up next?
News
SynTouch
SynTouch (NSF-1534524) is partnering with Interhaptics to help creators deliver realistic experiences that simulate touch virtually. SynTouch will combine its haptics profiles with Interhaptics’ haptic composer software to provide users with touch feedback from different materials and surfaces. (Article via Medium
Diligent Robotics
Diligent Robotics (NSF-1738375) was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers.” The women-led company created a robot, Moxi, that helps hospital staff with logistical tasks so that they can focus on patient care. (Article via El Paso Inc.
Dash Systems
Dash Systems, the Los Angeles-based FreightTech startup using precision airdrops to expand the reach of next-day delivery, announced the successful completion of a proof-of-concept Alaska expedition this month. (Article via FreightWaves and SVR)
Covariant
In May of last year, Covariant announced that it had raised a $40 million Series B. It was a healthy sum of money for the young company, bringing its total funding up to $67 million. Just a little over a year later, the Berkeley-based AI startup is adding another $80 million to its coffers, riding on a wave that dramatically accelerated interest in robotics and AI during the pandemic. (Article via TechCrunch reposted on SVR
Bonus material!
Kate Darling, robotics ethicist and author of The New Breed
Kate Darling, robotics ethicist and author of The New Breed
The New Breed: What Our Animal History Reveals For Our Robotic Future
Live Stream at 12:30pm PT on 8/10/21
Watch & share this talk on YouTubeFacebookTwitter and Long Now Live.
Robot ethicist Kate Darling offers a nuanced and smart take on our relationships to robots and the increasing presence they will have in our lives. From a social, legal, and ethical perspective, she shows that our current ways of thinking don’t leave room for the robot technology that is soon to become part of our everyday routines. Robots are likely to supplement, rather than replace, our own skills and relationships.
Darling also considers our history of incorporating animals into our work, transportation, military, and even families, and shows how we already have a solid basis for how to contend with, and navigate our future with robots.
Dr. Kate Darling works at the intersection of law, ethics and robotics; as a researcher at MIT Media Lab, author and intellectual property policy advisor. Her work with Dr. Lawrence Lessig, the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, and other institutions explores the difficult questions that lawmakers, engineers, and the wider public will need to address as human-robot relationships evolve in the coming decades.
Darling’s work is widely published and covered in the media; and her new book is The New Breed: What Our History With Animals Reveals About Our Future With Robots.
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