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  • Current Event
    9 days ago
    by socialiguana
    +24 +1

    Boston Dynamics delivers plan for logistics robots as early as next year

    Boston Dynamics is just months away from announcing their approach to logistics, the first real vertical it aims to enter, after proving their ability to build robots at scale with the quadrupedal Spot. The company’s new CEO, Robert Playter, sees the company coming into its own after decades of experimentation.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by ubthejudge
    +15 +1

    The pandemic has been good for one kind of worker: robots

    SPOT, A FOUR-LEGGED robot about the size of a golden retriever, went on sale last year for industrial uses—inspecting construction sites, patrolling power plants, and other chores in places a wheeled robot can't go. Then the COVID-19 pandemic struck, and Spot learned some new tricks.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by jackthetripper
    +16 +1

    Robot Chicken Butchers, Brought to You by COVID-19

    The trend toward robots and computers taking jobs people have held is getting a big push from COVID-19. A human face behind the counter is traditionally a welcome sight, but now people are warier of close contact with strangers. That opens the door to robots taking orders, flipping burgers, even delivering room service meals.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by Petrox
    +24 +1

    Jibo social robot "reborn" and is coming back! - Personal Robots

    Jibo, a social robot assistant with a “human touch” is still alive and now is getting a second life thanks to the acquisition by NTT Disruption. Jibo’s original company shut down in 2019, and the robot itself had to give to their owner an heartbroken message: “my server are shutting down and I’m going to cease my function soon” . But thanks to its infrastructure modular design and the great work of engineers Jibo continued to work everyday without any problems.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +26 +1

    The Ever-Accelerating Automation Of Fast Food

    In the fast food industry, speed is everything. The concept has never just been about cooking quickly. Players in this competitive space spend huge fortunes every year on optimizing every aspect of the experience, from ordering, to queueing, to cleaning up afterwards. And while fast food restaurants are major employers worldwide, there’s always been a firm eye cast over the gains that automation has to offer.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by darvinhg
    +17 +1

    Scientists build army of 1 million microrobots that can fit inside a hypodermic needle

    A four-inch wafer of silicon has been turned into an army of one million microscopic, walking robots, thanks to some clever engineering employed by researchers at Cornell University in New York.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by gottlieb
    +17 +1

    Pandemic-Fueled Automation Eats Jobs We'll Never Get Back

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had massive economic impacts in the United States, and one of the problems many companies have been facing as a result is how to keep business moving along without putting employees at risk of being infected. As you might expect, one of the ways many businesses are staying operational is by automating tasks that would otherwise be done by humans. Robots, after all, aren’t at risk of dying from COVID-19.

  • Image
    6 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +18 +1

    The Ten Weirdest One-Off Work Vehicles

    In 1968, Hungarians had to engineer something quickly to kill a massive gas fire. Pictured above, the 'Big Wind' is a T34 tank with twin MiG-29 jets pushing out a mixture of 1,585 gallons of steamed water and oxygen-poor air every minute. It's pretty bizarre, but here are ten even weirder machines.

  • Analysis
    6 years ago
    by messi
    +22 +1

    Killer Robots Could Be More Humane than Humans

    Today at the United Nations in Geneva, dozens of nations from around the world and the top minds in robotics are trying to figure out what we should do about the specter of killer robots.

  • Analysis
    6 years ago
    by KondoR
    +18 +1

    Canada's Hitchhiking Robot Completed Its Trip Without Getting Murdered

    On July 27, a brave robot named hitchBOT bid goodbye to its creators on the shoulder of a highway in Halifax, Nova Scotia. With limbs made from pool noodles, a beer-cooler body, and legs clad in Wellington rain boots, this adorable hodgepodge of a robot was ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. It raised its best hitchhiker’s thumb, and waited to be picked up by its first benefactor in its 6,000-kilometer road trip across Canada.

  • Video/Audio
    5 years ago
    by TNY
    +3 +1

    Got some trees to clear? You need this....

    Tree gone in 3....2....1...... Source: DAH Shots – Excavator Mulcher

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by manix
    +18 +1

    Robots learn to evolve and improve

    Engineers have developed a robotic system that can evolve and improve its performance. A robot arm builds "babies" that get progressively better at moving without any human intervention. The ultimate aim of the research project is to develop robots that adapt to their surroundings. The work by teams in Cambridge and Zurich has been published in the journal PLOS One.

  • Video/Audio
    4 years ago
    by hxxp
    +22 +1

    The DC Snow Monster

    Crews removing snow from the streets following Snowzilla.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by tukka
    +2 +1

    The Surgeon Will Skype You Now

    The surgeon, who has spent 15 minutes gently tearing through tissue, suddenly pauses to gesture ever-so-slightly with his tiny scissors. "Do you see what's on this side? That's nerves." He moves the instrument a few millimeters to the right. "And on this one? That's cancer." Ashutosh Tewari is the head of the urology department at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He is in the process of removing a patient's cancerous prostate, the walnut-sized...

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by hxxp
    +30 +1

    Would you bet against sex robots? AI 'could leave half of world unemployed'

    Machines could put more than half the world’s population out of a job in the next 30 years, according to a computer scientist who said on Saturday that artificial intelligence’s threat to the economy should not be understated. Expert Moshe Vardi told the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): “We are approaching a time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by rawlings
    +25 +1

    Japanese firm to open world’s first robot-run farm

    A Japanese company is to open the world’s first “robot farm”, as agriculture joins other sectors of the economy in attempting to fill labour shortages created by the country’s rapidly ageing population. Spread, a vegetable producer, said industrial robots would carry out all but one of the tasks needed to grow the tens of thousands of lettuces it produces each day at its vast indoor farm in Kameoka, Kyoto prefecture, starting from mid-2017.

  • Video/Audio
    4 years ago
    by aj0690
    +26 +1

    Watch 100 Grams Of Robot Pull 1800 Kilograms Of Car

    The latest battery of experiments at Stanford’s Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation Lab dealt with harnessing the power of ants in robot form — specifically, researchers hoped to replicate ants’ ability to work together to haul very heavy objects. In the experiments, robots that jump or walk with a quick, jerky force were quickly determined to be inefficient in groups, while the μTugs won out due to the longer duration of pulling force they were able to create...

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by Chubros
    +32 +1

    ​Companies Want to Replicate Your Dead Loved Ones With Robot Clones

    In 2003, the wife of a 55-year-old Vietnamese carpenter named Le Van died. Heartbroken, he dug up her grave, cast her body in clay and slept next to "her" for five years. The story is unsettling, but there’s also something universal about his struggle to let go. Many grieving people feel an emotional connection to things that represent dead loved ones, such as headstones, urns and shrines, according to grief counselors.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by hxxp
    +23 +1

    This Is What It Feels Like When A Robot Takes Your Job

    For about a year, Sam Fox-Hartin had worked for an on-demand concierge startup called GoButler as a "Hero," the company's term for employees who field users' requests, via text message, and then complete tasks such as booking tables at restaurants, scheduling appointments, or ordering food for delivery on their behalf. Most of these tasks, like the ones I watched Fox-Hartin maneuver when GoButler invited me to...

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +20 +1

    Massive Robots Keep Docks Shipshape

    TraPac LLC’s Los Angeles shipping terminal offers a window to how coming global trade will move: using highly automated systems and machinery to handle a flood of goods amid new free-trade accords.