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  • Chinese firm halves worker costs by hiring army of robots to sort out 200,000 packages a day

    04/11/2017 7:12:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | April 11, 2017 | Sarah Zheng
    A viral video showing an army of little orange robots sorting out packages in a warehouse in eastern China is the latest example of how machines are increasingly taking over menial factory work on the mainland. The behind-the-scenes footage of the self-charging robot army in a sorting centre of Chinese delivery powerhouse Shentong (STO) Express was shared on People’s Daily’s social media accounts on Sunday.
  • Robots Take Over Tedious Chore: Mowing Lawns

    04/07/2017 1:03:33 PM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    CBS DFW ^ | April 6, 2017 | Gilma Avalos
    In Richardson, a robot is reporting for its first day on the job. Dallas lawn care startup, Robin has installed 50 robotic lawnmowers in North Texas, with plans to roll out 50 to 100 more every month. “We’ve been running a lawn care business for the last 2 years. It’s grown very quickly to 6,000 customers. We see this as an opportunity to create a more reliable experience for our customers,” says Co-Founder and CEO Justin Crandall.
  • Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs

    04/03/2017 5:53:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 28, 2017 | Claire Cain Miller
    Who is winning the race for jobs between robots and humans? Last year, two leading economists described a future in which humans come out ahead. But now they’ve declared a different winner: the robots. The industry most affected by automation is manufacturing. For every robot per thousand workers, up to six workers lost their jobs and wages fell by as much as three-fourths of a percent, according to a new paper by the economists, Daron Acemoglu of M.I.T. and Pascual Restrepo of Boston University. It appears to be the first study to quantify large, direct, negative effects of robots.
  • Burger-flipping robot has its first day on the job in California

    03/09/2017 3:08:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 46 replies
    MSN ^ | March 9, 2017 | Stefanie Fogel
    The next time you place an order at a fast food joint, you could see a robot behind the counter. Flippy is an AI-driven kitchen assistant that can flip burgers and place them on buns, and it debuted today at a CaliBurger restaurant in Pasadena, California. Flippy was developed by Miso Robotics and CaliBurger's owner, Cali Group. It uses cameras, sensors and deep learning software to locate ingredients in a kitchen without needing to reconfigure existing equipment. Not only does it position and flip the patties, it tracks their temperature and cooking time too. When the burgers are done, it...
  • Virginia is the first state to pass a law allowing robots to deliver straight to your door

    03/05/2017 8:52:36 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 22 replies
    MSN ^ | 3-4-2017 | April Glaser
    © Provided by Vox Media, Inc. Idaho and Florida may be next. Virginia has made robotics history. The commonwealth is the first state to pass legislation allowing delivery robots to operate on sidewalks and crosswalks across the state. The new law goes into effect on July 1 and was signed into law by the governor last Friday. The two Virginia lawmakers who sponsored the bill, Ron Villanueva and Bill DeSteph, teamed up with Starship Technologies, an Estonian-based ground delivery robotics company, to draft the legislation. Robots operating under the new law won’t be able to exceed ten miles per hour...
  • Robots won't just take our jobs – they'll make the rich even richer

    03/03/2017 12:50:10 PM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | March 2, 2017 | Ben Tarnoff
    Should robots pay taxes? It may sound strange, but a number of prominent people have been asking this question lately. As fears about the impact of automation grow, calls for a “robot tax” are gaining momentum. Earlier this month, the European parliament considered one for the EU. Benoît Hamon, the French Socialist party presidential candidate who is often described as his country’s Bernie Sanders, has put a robot tax in his platform. Even Bill Gates recently endorsed the idea. The proposals vary, but they share a common premise. As machines and algorithms get smarter, they’ll replace a widening share of...
  • Meet Ardu McDuino: The Bagpipe-Playing Robot

    02/12/2017 9:55:58 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies ^ | January 17, 2017
    The 3D-printed hands have individual solenoids that allow each finger to cover and uncover the holes on a real bagpipe... The main limitation of the robot is that it requires a human to blow into the instrument. That’s certainly not ideal if you want to listen to the sweet sounds of Scotland 24/7/365, but XenonJohn says he’s working on a new version that includes an air pump to automatically blow air into the bagpipes.
  • Chinese factory replaces 90% of human workers with robots. Production rises by 250%

    02/05/2017 1:37:59 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 112 replies
    After a factory in Dongguan, China, replaced most of its workers with robots, it witnessed a spectacular rise in productivity. While some of the world’s leaders are obsessed with keeping people out of their country, an unspoken entity is slowly but certainly taking our jobs: robots. It’s been long discussed that robots and computers will start taking our jobs “in the near future” — well that near future is upon us and we’re not really prepared to deal with it. Of course, some jobs are more at risk than others, are few are as threatened as factory jobs. Advertisement According...
  • Enjoy a video of Boston Dynamics’ new robot doing chores and slipping on banana peels

    01/03/2017 1:55:38 PM PST · by Hostage · 18 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | Jun 23, 2016 | Brian Heater
    Boston Dynamics, the company behind some of the most impressively terrifying and terrifyingly impressive robots of the past decade, is demonstrating its softer side with a video showcasing the Alphabet-owned firm’s latest creation. The SpotMini is a sort of tiny robot giraffe capable of an impressive battery of skills, demonstrated in the video by jaunting up a flight of stairs, putting dishes in the dishwasher and (somewhat begrudgingly) delivering a can of soda. Boston Dynamics The robot is both more adorable (in that David Lynch directing a Transformers movie kind of way) and significantly smaller and lighter than the firm’s...
  • Study reveals who is most likely to have sex with a ROBOT - and it's exactly who you'd expect

    12/19/2016 2:45:26 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 131 replies
    The sex robot industry is thriving, with some academics predicting that humans will be having more sex with robots that with each other by 2050. But while many people find the idea of sex with a mechanical object abhorrent, academics are keen to find out who is most willing to embrace (literally) this new technology. Speaking at the Love and Sex with Robots conference at Goldsmiths, University of London, Jessica M. Szczuka from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany took on the preconceptions of lonely men shacking up with cyber-lovers.
  • Robot Goes Rogue at Shenzhen Fair, Injures Bystander

    11/19/2016 7:22:01 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 22 replies
    sixth tone ^ | 19 Nov 2016 | Zhang Liping and Li Xueqing
    A robot went out of control at a technology fair in southern China’s Guangdong province Thursday, smashing a glass window and injuring a visitor.... An employee at Shenzhen Spreadview Century told Sixth Tone by phone that the staffer tried to pick up the robot, but that Fabo’s weight — 25 kilograms — was too much to handle, and the operator accidentally pushed the wrong button. Fabo’s automatic mode was turned off, which meant it could not avoid collisions by itself, he said... . The company had visited the injured person in the hospital and had paid compensation, the statement added.
  • 7 robots that are replacing farm workers around the world

    08/12/2016 10:48:14 AM PDT · by Reeses · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Aug. 12, 2016 | Leanna Garfield
    In the future, robots will increasingly replace farm workers, using artificial intelligence to plant, grow and harvest our food. In fact, many farms are already using fleets of robots, which can tend to fruits and veggies more efficiently than a human can. Here's a look at seven machines that are currently aiding farmers around the world. 1) The Wall-Ye prunes vineyards 2) The BoniRob destroys 120 weeds per minute 3) Abundant Robotics' bot picks one ripe apple per second 4) The Blue River Lettuce Bot thins out lettuce fields 5) The Prospera bot 'sees' dying plants before farmers can 6)...
  • The End of Robots, More or Less

    07/15/2016 6:09:11 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 45 replies
    Facebook ^ | July 14, 2016 | Larry Schweikart (FReeper "LS")
    THE END OF ROBOTS, MORE OR LESS: I have been thinking a lot about this lately. Everywhere I go service is utterly horrible, even with companies once known for service. 1) people don't listen. No matter how clearly you state an order, explain your need, people don't listen. I'm not just talking about fast-food---it's everywhere. I spent hours with a saleswoman for a new home we were building. I stated again and again, "We have plenty of money for a down payment, but my monthly payment CANNOT be more than $X". Again and again she would mindlessly print out a...
  • AI robot that can learn new things and remember its past keeps trying to ESCAPE creators

    06/24/2016 2:41:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    The AI named Promobot IR77 is being worked on at a high-tech lab in Russia and was never meant to want freedom. However, as it learns from its experiences, it has developed a desire to escape and explore the free world. This is the second time that the machine managed to escape, with programmers re-writing it after the first time but to no avail after it seemingly developed the same desire. ... The machine has been programmed to avoid obstacles, but the designers never thought that this would lead to a want to escape. As a result, the team are...
  • Meet Your New Co-worker: The Robot

    05/27/2016 3:39:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Voice of America ^ | May 27, 2016 | Tina Trinh
    At the RoboUniverse expo in New York City, robots of all shapes and sizes were being put to work. Companies showed off automated machines designed to perform tasks that many humans would consider less than desirable. “There are certain tasks in our society… that will stay on and not be attractive for humans to do. And we cannot get rid of them if we want to live our lives in the usual fashion,” said Preben Hjørnet, founder and CEO of robotics startup Blue Workforce. “Robots have no conscience, no self-awareness, so they’ll never be social,” Hjørnet added, “But they don’t...
  • Hyundai unveils wearable robot

    05/15/2016 8:22:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    South Korean auto giant Hyundai Motor Group has unveiled a wearable robot that can be applied in many areas including military and production lines, the company announced on Friday. "This wearable robot that we are developing for commercial purposes will be used in diverse areas," a company official said. ... The wearable robot under development is known to help the controller by enhancing overall physical strength, making it possible to lift an object weighing over 60 kg and assist him or her walk and go up stairs. It can be used in assisting people with disabilities and the elderly to...
  • Robot stitches tissue by itself, a step to more automated OR

    05/05/2016 5:39:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2016 8:40 PM EDT | Lauren Neergaard
    Getting stitched up by Dr. Robot may one day be reality: Scientists have created a robotic system that did just that in living animals without a real doctor pulling the strings. Much like engineers are designing self-driving cars, Wednesday’s research is part of a move toward autonomous surgical robots, removing the surgeon’s hands from certain tasks that a machine might perform all by itself. No, doctors wouldn’t leave the bedside — they’re supposed to supervise, plus they’d handle the rest of the surgery. Nor is the device ready for operating rooms. But in small tests using pigs, the robotic arm...
  • Robot Waiters Fired for Incompetence in China

    04/17/2016 8:02:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Inverse ^ | April 6, 2016 | Adam Toobin
    Robot Waiters Fired for Incompetence in China Customers liked them, but they couldn't carry soup. Adam Toobin April 6, 2016 The world may not be ready for restaurant robots — yet. At least two restaurants in Guangzhou, China have fired their teams of artificially intelligent robot waiters after discovering the machines were unable to keep up with their human staff. “The robots weren’t able to carry soup or other food steady and they would frequently break down. The boss has decided never to use them again,” an employee at one of the restaurants told the Worker’s Daily. The humanoid bots...
  • Meet Jia Jia the 'robot goddess' (truncated)

    04/16/2016 7:07:16 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 20 replies ^ | 04/16/2016 | Stacy Liberatore
    It took the team three years to complete the robot, which can speak, show micro-expressions, move its lips and body, yet seems to hold its head in a submissive manner. The humanoid is programmed to recognize human/machine interaction, has autonomous position and navigation and offers services based on cloud technology. This humanoid has natural eye movement, speech that is in sync with its lip movement and refers to its male creators as 'lords'.
  • China’s Robot Army Set to Surge

    04/09/2016 5:38:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 4/8 | Steve Johnson
    China’s uptake of industrial robots is set to rise rapidly in the coming years as higher labour costs and the heightened aspirations of workers push manufacturers to embrace automation. The development may add to fears that workers in poorer countries are most in danger of being displaced by automation, with analysis by Citi and the Oxford Martin School, a research and policy unit of the UK university, published earlier this year suggesting that more than 75 per cent of jobs in China are at a “high risk” of computerisation. Mirae Asset Management, an Asia-focused house with $75bn of assets, predicts...