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  • Expression
    2 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
    2 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.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by wildcard
    +27 +1

    RoboCop is real – and could be patrolling a mall near you

    At the Stanford shopping center in Palo Alto, California, there is a new sheriff in town – and it’s an egg-shaped robot. Outside Tiffany & Co, an unfortunate man holding a baby finds himself in the robot’s path. It bears down on him, a little jerkily, like a giant Roomba. The man dodges but the robot’s software is already trying to avoid him, so they end up on a collision course.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Apolatia
    -1 +1

    Foxconn replaces '60,000 factory workers with robots'

    Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn has reportedly replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots. One factory has "reduced employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000 thanks to the introduction of robots", a government official told the South China Morning Post. Xu Yulian, head of publicity for the Kunshan region, added: "More companies are likely to follow suit." China is investing heavily in a robot workforce.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ppp
    +24 +1

    Toyota is closing in on a deal to buy Google's robotics company Boston Dynamics, and the 'ink is nearly dry'

    Google is in talks with the Toyota Research Institute to sell its robotics division Boston Dynamics, a source familiar with the matter told Tech Insider. A price for the deal has not yet been disclosed, but this person says the "ink is nearly dry." Tensions between Google and Boston Dynamics have been brewing since 2014, but a video released by Boston Dynamics in February of its humanoid robot, Atlas, was the tipping point for the separation, according to a Bloomberg article written in March.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +22 +1

    Why Should We Ban Autonomous Weapons? To Survive

    Killer robots pose a threat to all of us. In the movies, this threat is usually personified as an evil machine bent on destroying humanity for reasons of its own. In reality, the threat comes from within us. It is the threat of war. In today’s drone warfare, people kill other people from the safety of cubicles far away. Many do see something horrific in this. Even more are horrified by the idea of replacing the operator with artificial intelligence, and dispatching autonomous weapons to hunt and kill without further human involvement.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by cobrajuicy
    +28 +1

    Ivan the Terminator: Russia Is Showing Off Its New Robot Soldier | VICE News

    Experts say it's a troubling development that could help bring the world closer to the nightmare scenario of unthinking robots killing people without the checks and balances of human control.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by dianep
    +37 +1

    The Flight of the RoboBees

    What can we learn from the quest to build a better tiny, flying robot? A group of Harvard scientists have a vision: to build a robot that can fly, work together in groups, and even pollinate flowers like a honeybee. A group of such robots could be invaluable in search and rescue missions or for forming impromptu communication networks. Meet RoboBee, whose latest feat was published in Science this week. The 80-milligram robot can fly to a surface, perch on it using electrostatic forces...

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by MNichols
    +5 +1

    Relying on CMM to Keep IIoT’s Disruption Positive

    Most manufacturers are still adjusting to the “positive disruption” brought by the Industrial Internet of Things, but advanced data gathering/management technologies like CMM is improving their opportunities to succeed on that scale.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +25 +1

    Could Walmart replace shopping carts with robots?

    We already know about Walmart’s plan to use drones for delivering goods to the homes of its online shoppers in super-quick time, but what about the customers who still prefer to visit its physical stores? What can it do to improve their shopping experience? One solution may come in the form of Budgee, a basket-carrying robotic helper that’s designed to follow you around the store as you shop.

  • Video/Audio
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +2 +1

    Introducing SpotMini

    SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot, weighing 55 lbs dripping wet (65 lbs if you include its arm.) SpotMini is all-electric (no hydraulics) and runs for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing. SpotMini is one of the quietest robots we have ever built. It has a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors in the limbs. These sensors help with navigation and mobile manipulation. SpotMini performs some tasks autonomously, but often uses a human for high-level guidance.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by darvinhg
    +28 +1

    Robots Will Start Delivering You Food This Month

    The robots are coming to four cities this summer. Self-driving robots will soon start delivering food and groceries. This month Starship Technologies is rolling out its six-wheeled delivery robots in London, Dusseldorf, Bern, and Hamburg, Quartz reports. The robots will be used by two food delivery services in those areas, Just Eat and Pronto, as well as courier service Hermes and grocery store Metro Group. Starship hopes that this new technology will help cut both the time and costs associated with delivery.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by darvinhg
    +40 +1

    Use of police robot to kill Dallas shooting suspect believed to be first in US history

    For what experts are calling the first time in history, US police have used a robot in a show of lethal force. Early Friday morning, Dallas police used a bomb-disposal robot with an explosive device on its manipulator arm to kill a suspect after five police officers were murdered and seven others wounded. “We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was,” Dallas police chief David Brown told reporters.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by hxxp
    +19 +1

    A Roomba smeared dog poop all over this man's house. There's an economic lesson here.

    A robot vacuum cleaner sounds like a great idea. I have a Roomba, one of the most popular models, and most of the time it works great. But sometimes there are unexpected problems. In a recent Facebook post, an Arkansas man described just how bad these problems can be. His dog had an accident on the floor, and then the Roomba started its scheduled cleaning. "If your Roomba runs over dog poop, stop it immediately and do not let it continue the cleaning cycle," the man wrote. Unfortunately, he happened to be asleep when the Roomba ran.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +16 +1

    Tinkerers, advocates fight for 'right to repair' devices

    With electronics becoming ever harder to fix because of design and legal restrictions, a loose coalition of repair professionals and environmentalists is putting the screws to manufacturers that they claim are fattening their bottom lines by deliberately engineering disposability into their products. Loosely known as the "right to repair" movement, its advocates say the ability to tinker with products you own is a basic property right and necessary to create a healthy sustainable market.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by hxxp
    +1 +1

    Brad Wardell: Robot Automation Will Crush the Revolution

    Robots will be used to suppress attempts by the masses to rise up, a CEO who works with artificial intelligence has warned. Brad Wardell, founder of software company Stardock, said that automation will replace more and more jobs; but the elite few left with all the wealth will be able to crush any attempts to rebel with an array of security machines. “My day job is to evaluate technology and try to predict where it’s going to go next,” Wardell said in a blog post published Monday. “And with that, I am telling you the automation revolution isn’t happening soon. It’s happening right now.”

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by junglman
    +10 +1

    UN report says robots threaten two thirds of jobs in developing countries

    In the past, the United Nations has considered the threat posed by weaponized AI, but now the body is looking at a more mundane, but still important, robot invasion. A report from the latest UN Conference on Trade and Development has outlined how the increasing use of industrial automation is impacting jobs in developing countries, and what strategies may help in overcoming the problem.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by Apolatia
    +26 +1

    Robots Have Learned to Pool Their Experience to Acquire Basic Motor Skills

    Robots, for all their helpfulness in performing tasks that we would rather not do (usually because those tasks are dangerous or boring), first need to be coded in order to do the work. These specific sets of commands tell the machines what exactly they need to do and define how to do it. While robots can be coded to acquire knowledge for themselves through machine learning, it would take far too long for a single robot to acquire enough experience to actually be helpful with many complex real-world tasks. To address this, several studies have explored...

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +15 +1

    Fully automated luxury communism

    At a time when robots crowd factory lines, algorithms steer cars and smart screens litter the checkout aisles, automation is the new spectre. The robots, they say, are coming for our jobs. Let them, reply the luxury communists. Located on the futurist left end of the political spectrum, fully automated luxury communism (FALC) aims to embrace automation to its fullest extent. The term may seem oxymoronic, but that’s part of the point: anything labeled luxury communism is going to be hard to ignore.

  • Video/Audio
    1 year ago
    by canuck
    +43 +1

    Robot beats "I am not a Robot" Captcha

    Deal with it.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by drunkenninja
    +31 +1

    Manufacturing jobs are finally returning to North America...for robots

    With emerging-market wages catching up fast, the advantage to offshore manufacturing is dwindling. But automation threatens jobs on every continent.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +41 +1

    We can't see inside Fukushima Daiichi because all our robots keep dying

    Tepco, the utility company tasked with overseeing cleanup and waste processing for the former Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, hit another snag this week. Last month, we reported on new findings about Reactor #2 that showed it was far more radioactive inside than previously measured. At the time, we noted that Tepco was working on a new robot that could handle up to 73 sieverts of radiation, but the measured level of 530 sieverts vastly exceeded that tolerance.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by TentativePrince
    +29 +1

    Why no job is safe from the rise of the robots

    Hollywood got it wrong. The highly intelligent machines that will be unleashed in the near future won’t be coming for our lives. They’ll be coming for our jobs. Being rendered obsolete by technology has been a concern among the flesh-and-blood set for hundreds of years — cars put many in the horse industry out of work, for example — but the speed and types of recent advances are about to give the issue an exceptional urgency.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by bradd
    +35 +1

    San Francisco talks robot tax

    Following the recent advice of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Supervisor Jane Kim called for a hearing Tuesday on imposing a tax on robots and automation. “We are finding that robots have begun to destroy millions of American jobs. The long predicted era of robots and automation replacing human workers has arrived,” Kim said. “We need to ensure that the massive new wealth created by automation is redirected to investing in education and training displaced workers for the jobs of the future.”

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by drunkenninja
    +4 +1

    Google exec claims that robots will be ‘as intelligent as people’ within 12 years

    Google’s director of engineering believes that robots will be as intelligent as people by 2029 – leading to an event called the technological Singularity. Google’s Ray Kurzweil is a futurist who claims to have an 86% success rate on predictions – having made 147 since the 90s.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by messi
    +26 +1

    One San Francisco Politician Is Exploring A Tax On Robots

    With fears about the job-killing effects of automation growing every day, once unthinkable ideas are starting to get an airing. A universal basic income (UBI)–where the government gives everyone enough money to live on–has lots of supporters, especially in Silicon Valley. And now some prominent individuals are calling for a tax on robots. The thinking: If you make robots more expensive, there will be more public funds to help retrain workers (or pay for that basic income)–and the higher cost might keep some companies from buying robots and quickly tanking the employment rate.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +12 +1

    10 Of The Most Advanced Robots That Look Uncannily Like Humans

    Robots are man’s new best friend. From industrial production lines to assisting doctors during surgery, these futuristic automatons have come a long way, thanks to advancements in science and technology. They have also found a place in the military, aiding soldiers in tasks like reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition as well as load-bearing. In recent years, need for affable robots that can interact with humans, and also provide companionship to patients undergoing rehabilitation or the elderly, has lead to the development of a family of humanoid robots that move, talk and behave just like us.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by geoleo
    +21 +1

    Robots could wipe out another 6 million retail jobs

    Robots have already cost millions of factory jobs across the nation. Next up could be jobs at your local stores. Between 6 million to 7.5 million existing jobs are at risk of being replaced over the course of the next 10 years by some form of automation, according to a new study this week from by financial services firm Cornerstone Capital Group.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by rawlings
    +33 +1

    When Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg sound the same dire warning about jobs, it’s time to listen

    Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates built billion-dollar technology companies in two very different areas, but they both agree on the biggest threats to American jobs. At his Harvard University commencement speech on Thursday, Facebook FB, +0.11% chief executive Zuckerberg, had some tough words for the Class of 2017. “Our generation will have to deal with tens of millions of jobs replaced by automation like self-driving cars and trucks,” he said, adding, “When our parents graduated, purpose reliably...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by hxxp
    +19 +1

    SoftBank Agrees to Buy Robot Maker Boston Dynamics From Google Parent Alphabet

    SoftBank Group Corp. is taking over Google parent Alphabet Inc.’s robot dreams, buying Boston Dynamics to pursue a future when more machines intermingle with humans. As part of the transaction with Alphabet, SoftBank also agreed to buy Japanese bipedal robotics company Schaft. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by wildcat
    +1 +1

    It's really hard for robots to pick things up but this one is great at it

    While businesses like Amazon are using robots to move things around their factory floors, getting them to identify and then actually pick up awkwardly-shaped objects “remains a difficult challenge” because most everyday objects aren’t uniform.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by drunkenninja
    +25 +1

    Is it unethical to design robots to resemble humans?

    Society’s push toward humanizing AI could have the unintended consequence of dehumanizing actual humans.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by hxxp
    +9 +1

    Robots That Make 400 Burgers an Hour May Soon Take over Fast Food Restaurants

    Next time you go for a burger, it might not be a high school student that takes your order, rather an AI might ask if you want cheese on your patty. Introducing the BurgerBot. Invented by Momentum Machines, the bot is ready to totally change the way we know burgers.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by jedlicka
    +18 +1

    Robots are preparing to fill 200,000 vacant construction jobs

    Automation has long been considered the harbinger of future unemployment, and experts have predicted that the widespread adoption of artificially intelligent (AI) software and smart machines could lead to thousands or even millions of people losing their jobs. However, that may not be the case in the construction industry. In fact, with a growing shortage in labor, it’s one sector that’s particularly well-suited for an automation takeover.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by ppp
    +18 +1

    Why the Robot Takeover of the Economy Is Proceeding Slowly

    Vik Singh’s company has powerful artificial intelligence software that helps firms hunt down the best sales leads. Getting somebody to use it -- well, that’s a story that says a lot about the U.S. expansion.