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  • Current Event
    10 days ago
    by socialiguana
    +11 +1

    A laksa-making robot chef prepares the dish in just 45 seconds

    Singapore—Looks like satisfying your laksa craving is about to get quicker and easier. Last Friday (July 4), the Neo Group catering company announced its newest addition to the crew: a robot that makes laksa in 45 seconds.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by wildcard
    +1 +1

    Robots 'to replace 20 million factory jobs'

    Up to 20 million manufacturing jobs around the world could be replaced by robots by 2030, according to analysis firm Oxford Economics. People displaced from those jobs are likely to find that comparable roles in the services sector have also been squeezed by automation, the firm said. However, increasing automation will also boost jobs and economic growth, it added.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by wildcard
    +16 +1

    Scientists Have a Plan to Make Humans Accept Robots: Give Them a Sense of Humor

    It’s not enough for robots to be functional. Now they need a sense of humor.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by ppp
    +19 +1

    How robots became a scapegoat for the destruction of the working class

    Should workers fear the robots? You don't have to look far to find lots of people shouting "yes." Magazines and newspapers blare headlines like "Welcoming our new robot overlords," "When your new co-worker is a robot," and "You will lose your job to a robot — and sooner than you think." Studies suggest anywhere from 9 percent to 47 percent of American jobs could be automated in the next few decades. In 2017, Bill Gates proposed a "robot tax" to address the problem.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by rexall
    +7 +1

    Robot toy company Anki is going out of business

    Anki, the San Francisco-based robotics company that specialized in making smartphone-controlled toys, is shutting down this week, reports Recode. The sudden news, delivered to staff today by CEO Boris Sofman, means the company’s staff of nearly 200 people will lose their jobs by Wednesday, with only one week of severance. Anki raised more than $200 million in venture capital funding to date.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by TentativePrince
    +17 +1

    For Lower-Paid Workers, the Robot Overlords Have Arrived

    It’s time to stop worrying that robots will take our jobs. But as millions of low-paid workers’ lives are increasingly governed by software, it may be time to start worrying that robots will determine who gets those jobs.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by junglman
    +12 +1

    Robot butlers operated by remote workers are coming to do your chores

    For pretty much as long as robots have existed, humans have wanted robot butlers: autonomous machines that do our bidding around the home. But our imagination exceeds our technological capabilities, and the closest we’ve come to building Rosie the Robot is either specialized machines like robot vacuum cleaners or voice-activated gadgets like Amazon’s Alexa.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by wildcard
    +25 +1

    Ford is using a smart, self-driving factory robot to free up employee time

    As work on self-driving cars continues, Ford is making use of a new self-driving factory robot that can deliver parts quickly and efficiently, modify its routes based on obstacles in its path, and free up about 40 hours of time per day for employees to get on with other tasks.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by 8mm
    +12 +1

    Hummingbird robot using AI to go soon where drones can’t

    What can fly like a bird and hover like an insect? Your friendly neighborhood hummingbirds. If drones had this combo, they would be able to maneuver better through collapsed buildings and other cluttered spaces to find trapped victims. Purdue University researchers have engineered flying robots that behave like hummingbirds, trained by machine learning algorithms based on various techniques the bird uses naturally every day.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ppp
    +6 +1

    Tank Robots Protected Marines in ‘First-Time’ British War Simulation

    Robots in the air, on the ocean surface and on the ground guarded British Royal Marines as they stormed a beach during an important April 2019 war game. The ground robot, in particular, is a new capability for the Royal Marines. The gun- and rocket-armed, tank-like unmanned ground vehicle could boost the naval branch’s firepower while helping to keep human beings out of harm’s way.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zobo
    +15 +1

    Robocrop: world's first raspberry-picking robot set to work

    Quivering and hesitant, like a spoon-wielding toddler trying to eat soup without spilling it, the world’s first raspberry-picking robot is attempting to harvest one of the fruits. After sizing it up for an age, the robot plucks the fruit with its gripping arm and gingerly deposits it into a waiting punnet. The whole process takes about a minute for a single berry. It seems like heavy going for a robot that cost £700,000 to develop but, if all goes to plan, this is the future of fruit-picking.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +13 +1

    Better together: Human and robot co-workers more efficient, less accident-prone

    More and more processes are being automated and digitized. Self-driving delivery vehicles, such as forklifts, are finding their way into many areas—and companies are reporting potential time and cost savings. However, an interdisciplinary research team from the universities of Göttingen, Duisburg-Essen and Trier has observed that cooperation between humans and machines can work much better than just human or just robot teams alone. The results were published in the International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies.

  • Image
    5 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
    5 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
    4 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
    4 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
    3 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
    3 years ago
    by hxxp
    +22 +1

    The DC Snow Monster

    Crews removing snow from the streets following Snowzilla.

  • Current Event
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +11 +1

    Will capitalism survive the robot revolution?

    Economic experts are trying to figure out a question that just two decades ago seemed ridiculous: If 90 percent of human jobs are replaced by robots in the next 50 years — something now considered plausible — is capitalism still the ideal economic system to champion? No one is certain about the answer, but the question is making everyone nervous — and forcing people to dig deep inside themselves to discover the kind of future they want. After America beat Russia in the Cold War...

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by zobo
    +27 +1

    A man in China has spent £35,000 building a robot that looks just like Scarlett Johansson

    Like innumerable children with imaginations fired by animated films, Hong Kong product and graphic designer Ricky Ma grew up watching cartoons featuring the adventures of robots, and dreamt of building his own one day. Unlike most of the others, however, Ma has realized his childhood dream at the age of 42, by successfully constructing a life-sized robot from scratch on the balcony of his home.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by TNY
    +9 +1

    China restaurant sacks robot waiters

    Of the three establishments, two have closed down, while the third has sent all but one of their robots back and reverted to human servers, the Workers' Daily newspaper reports. While the robot waiters were an excellent gimmick to get customers through the door, they were not quite so good at their programmed task of serving food and drink to customers, according to staff. "The mobility of the catering staff was great, we initially recruited six for service, but after a...

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by Chubros
    +32 +1

    Giving people free money could be the only solution when robots finally take our jobs

    For centuries, the way people make money has stayed mostly the same: People earn a living based on the skills they bring to society. Doctors make more than plumbers because open-heart surgery saves more lives than fixing leaky toilets. Star athletes make more than teachers because entertainment is more lucrative than education. But the recent evidence is overwhelming: Automated robots are replacing workers faster than our economy can handle.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by rhingo
    +14 +1

    Huawei Prepares for Robot Overlords and Communication with the Dead

    Chinese technology giant Huawei is preparing for a world where people live forever, dead relatives linger on in computers and robots try to kill humans. Huawei is best known as one of the world's largest producers of broadband network equipment and smartphones. But Kevin Ho, president of its handset product line, told the CES Asia conference in Shanghai on Wednesday the company used science fiction movies like "The Matrix" to envision future trends and new business ideas.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by TNY
    +36 +1

    Drones could replace $127 billion worth of human labour

    The robots are invading — from above. A new report from PwC finds that drones could replace $127 billion worth of human labour and services across several industries. Infrastructure and agriculture make up the largest chunks of the potential value — some $77.6 billion between them — including services like completing the last mile of delivery routes and spraying crops with laser-like precision.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by TNY
    +34 +1

    Hyundai's new wearable robot turns you into a mech pilot

    South Korean automaker Hyundai has unveiled what is apparently a new robotic exoskeleton. In a blog post the company compares its "wearable robot" prototype to an Iron Man suit, saying it gives the wearer extra strength, allowing them to lift objects "hundreds of kilograms" in weight. The company says that in the future the exoskeleton could be used in factories, by the military, or to help with physical rehabilitation.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by bkool
    +29 +1

    Robots will make it even harder for poor countries to get rich

    Robots are usually discussed as a threat to jobs in developed countries, but they could have an even more destructive effect on the developing world. A recent article in The Financial Times describes how automation could destroy one of the tried-and-tested routes of economic growth, in which a country’s labor force moves from farms to factories, creating cheap goods for export. We rightly think of factory work as dangerous, monotonous, and exploitative, but that doesn’t meant...

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by melaniee
    +9 +1

    Meet the SeaDrone: The Affordable Underwater Robot

    O-Robotix is developing an underwater robot, SeaDrone, which aims to make underwater inspection and aquaculture maintenance easier by incorporating smart technologies into its designs. Among the many startup companies that joined TechCrunch’s Disrupt NY 2016 this week, O-Robotix made themselves pretty well known, despite not winning the contest, thanks to their remarkable product, SeaDrone. Many drone developments in recent years have focused...

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by hxxp
    +15 +1

    AI will create 'useless class' of human, predicts bestselling historian

    It is hard to miss the warnings. In the race to make computers more intelligent than us, humanity will summon a demon, bring forth the end of days, and code itself into oblivion. Instead of silicon assistants we’ll build silicon assassins. The doomsday story of an evil AI has been told a thousand times. But our fate at the hand of clever cloggs robots may in fact be worse - to summon a class of eternally useless human beings.