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Mexico set to become world leader in automation tech

While most of the world outside Mexico has largely focused on the sensational topics of drug violence and “migrant caravans” in recent decades, NASA and the private sector have kept a keen eye on what Mexican engineers have been achieving in labs across the country. ... Read more»

UA engineers propose prepping for the end of the world under the surface of the moon

An engineering team at the University of Arizona is proposing a “doomsday vault” – in lava tunnels on the moon – to preserve the wondrous diversity of life on Earth if the apocalypse comes. Perhaps guided by Hollywood disaster movies, partly by the looming danger of climate change, the team has proposed a packing list in case a global disaster makes Mother Earth unlivable. Plant seeds and spores. Egg and sperm from creatures great and small. All cryogenically preserved in a vault, like a sort of “lunar ark.” ... Read more»

Making the robo-call: Panel asks how ‘human’ we want robots to be

An ASU professor, a writer, a lawyer and a blogger took part in a panel Wednesday to discuss the future of robotics. ... Read more»