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Recent articles by Brian:

Critical mass

Mass Robotics’ Chief of Operations, Joyce Sidopoulos, shares her thoughts on the biggest trends of 2022 and what's coming in 2023. → Read More

Gaia raises $3M to bring more science to the art of forestry

Gaia AI was spun out of MIT, and is working to give foresters the tools they need to make data-driven decisions to optimize their bottom line. → Read More

TechCrunch wants to meet your startup at CES 2023

We’re a month out from the next CES. TechCrunch is returning to Vegas for the first time in a few years and — as usual — we’re on the hunt for the most fascinating startups. Work for a startup showing off a cool new product at CES next month? Let us know by filling out […] → Read More

Monarch delivers its first robot tractor

Monarch Tractor this morning announced the delivery of its first MK-V unit. The “smart tractor” is electric and what the Bay Area-based company refers to as “driver optional” (terms like “autonomous” and “self-driving” come with their own unique baggage). We’ll just refer to it as a “robot tractor” from here on. The system was unveiled […] → Read More

Gift Guide: Picking out the right iPad

Apple offers more different iPads than ever before -- making choosing the right one more difficult than ever before. → Read More

Macro machines

Actuator: A lot of words on killer police robots and a few more tiny drug ‘bots, plus a big warehouse raise. → Read More

Lumen raises $62M for its handheld weight loss hardware

The promise at the heart of Lumen’s offering is a personalized health solution, based on individual metabolism. It’s an appealing one. → Read More

9 suitcase-friendly gifts for frequent flyers

Looking for something for the frequent traveler in your life? Here are eight picks for all kinds of different budgets. → Read More

San Francisco police can now use robots to kill

A proposal allowing the use of robots for deadly force passed San Francisco’s board of supervisors with an 8-3 vote. → Read More

Amazon Kindle Scribe review

Fifteen years into its existence, the Kindle adds content creation -- for a price. The $340 Scribe is destined to be a niche device. → Read More

New Gorilla Glass just dropped

Today Corning announced the latest offering – a follow-up to 2020’s Gorilla Glass Victus that has been put through the paces. → Read More

8 Great gifts for anyone working from home

Creating a home office is a deliberate act. At its center is building a space where it’s possible to be every bit as productive. → Read More

AWS SimSpace Weaver can run city-sized simulations in the Cloud

At this morning’s Re:Invent keynote in Las Vegas, Amazon unveiled AWS SimSpace Weaver, a simulation computing service. → Read More

For $20 a month, you can host meetings in Mozilla’s mini metaverse

Mozilla is introducing a $20 monthly subscription version of its virtual meeting app Hubs. A free version will arrive later. → Read More

Google/iHeartMedia will pay $9.4M to settle FTC charges for ‘deceptive’ Pixel 4 radio ads

The Federal Trade Commission this morning announced that it has settled lawsuits against Google and iHeartMedia. → Read More

Locus raises another $117M for its warehouse robots

The last few years have been a major accelerator for the robotics industry at large, but warehouse robotics may be the biggest winner of all. → Read More

Bionaut Labs gets $43.2M for its tiny drug delivery robots

Los Angeles-based Bionaut Labs today followed up its initial $20 million funding announcement with a $43.2 million Series B. → Read More

Automating the income gap

This is going to be another one of those “let’s ask ourselves some difficult questions” newsletter introductions, so if you’re in the U.S., I certainly won’t blame you for not giving Actuator your full attention until after the holiday. I generally approach these conversations through the same basic lens: a majority of technologies are neither […] → Read More

It’s time to talk about killer robots

Language in a new police disclosure raises concern over the use of "deadly force" robots in San Francisco. → Read More

Researchers are building robots that can build themselves

Researchers at MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms are working on an ambitious project, designing robots that effectively self-assemble. → Read More