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Keyword: robotics

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  • Robots could cause millions of job losses and lead to the rise of COMMUNISM, warns Governor of [tr]

    04/16/2018 6:57:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 71 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April; 16, 2018 | Phoebe Weston
    The Governor of the Bank of England has warned that the rise of robots in the workplace could cause a revival in Communism and 19th-century wage stagnation. Mark Carney, 53, said automation of millions of jobs would result in more support of Communist ideas within a generation. 'Marx and Engels may again become relevant' if mechanisation forces down pay and raises inequality, he warned. To alleviate the damage, Carney suggested workers should train for jobs that require higher emotional intelligence, for example in care and leisure.
  • Gecko-inspired adhesives help soft robotic fingers get a better grip

    04/11/2018 8:34:46 AM PDT · by molewhacka · 17 replies
    Science Daily ^ | April 10, 2018 | University of California San Diego
    A team of California researchers has developed a robotic gripper that combines the adhesive properties of gecko toes and the adaptability of air-powered soft robots to grasp a much wider variety of objects than the state of the art... The gecko is one of nature's best climbers, thanks to millions of microscopic hairs, with features about 20 to 30 times smaller than a human hair, that allow it to climb on virtually any surface. The hairs end in tiny nanostructures that interact at the atomic level with molecules on the surface the gecko is trying to grip...
  • It looks like a fish, but it’s not. Meet the robot built to spy on ocean life

    03/21/2018 7:06:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    L A Times ^ | Mar 21, 2018 | 11:00 AM | By Deborah Netburn
    It is the first robotic fish to contend with the currents and pressures of an actual ocean setting for an extended period of time. In a study published Wednesday in Science Robotics, the authors describe how SoFi can nimbly navigate a coral reef off Fiji in three dimensions, swimming up, down, left, right and forward, all at the behest of a diver armed with what looks like a Nintendo controller. The authors also report that the robot can handle water depths of about 60 feet, and appears to swim alongside real fish without spooking them. "For us, this fish is...
  • A.I. will be 'billions of times' smarter than humans and man needs to merge with it, expert says

    02/13/2018 5:56:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 68 replies
    CNBC ^ | February 13, 2018 | Arjun Kharpal
    Artificial intelligence could be "billions of times smarter" than humans and people may need to merge with computers to survive, a futurist told CNBC on Tuesday. Speaking on a panel hosted by CNBC at the World Government Summit in Dubai, Futurizon's Ian Pearson's comments mirrored ideas put forward by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
  • Robot makes coffee at new cafe in Japan's capital

    02/04/2018 3:54:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    AP ^ | February 3, 2018 | Staff
    Japan has a new robot cafe where customers can enjoy coffee brewed and served by a robot barista. The robot named Sawyer debuted this week at Henna Cafe in Tokyo's downtown business and shopping district of Shibuya. The shop's name in Japanese means "strange cafe."
  • RO-BOD Your WHOLE body could be ‘replaced or upgraded’ with robot parts by 2070

    02/02/2018 6:56:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    UK Sun ^ | February 2, 2018 | Sean Keach
    YOUR entire body could be swapped out with robot parts as soon as 2070, if a top robotics expert is to be believed. One bionics expert says that we're not far from a future where anyone can buy upgraded body parts that provide superhuman powers.
  • Erica, the creepy robot that is so life-like she appears to 'have a soul', will replace a [tr]

    01/30/2018 5:08:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 64 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 30, 2018 | Phoebe Weston
    A creepy life-like robot called Erica is set to become a TV news anchor in Japan. The humanoid. which has one of the most advanced artificial speech systems in the world, will take up her new role in April. According to her creator Hiroshi Ishiguro, the droid is warm and caring, and may soon have an 'independent consciousness'.
  • The Next Time You Order Room Service, It May Come by Robot

    01/29/2018 1:32:36 PM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 29, 2018 | Nora Walsh
    Hotels across the country are rushing to introduce robots with the promise of enhancing the guest experience and increasing efficiency. The automated companions can do everything from make and pick up deliveries to help guests find their way around. Aloft Cupertino in the Silicon Valley (rates from $150) was the first hotel in the United States to debut Savioke’s Relay robot in 2014. The three foot tall autonomous robot, nicknamed Botlr, weighs 90 pounds and makes deliveries throughout the hotel using multiple sensors, 3D cameras and Wi-Fi to operate the elevators. Marriott has since begun mobile robot service at four...
  • Robots could replace nearly a third of the U.S. workforce by 2030

    12/01/2017 7:04:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 30, 2017 | Danielle Paquette
    Over the next 13 years, the rising tide of automation will force as many as 70 million workers in the United States to find another way to make money, a new study from the global consultancy McKinsey predicts. That means nearly a third of the American workforce could face the need to pick up new skills or enter different fields in the near future, said the report's co-author, Michael Chui, a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute who studies business and economics.
  • Sophia the robot wants to start a family

    11/25/2017 3:56:28 PM PST · by mairdie · 19 replies
    Khaleej Times ^ | November 23, 2017 | Sarwat Nasir
    ... >>Do you see yourself, and other robots like you, doing jobs that humans do today? I think they will be similar in a lot of ways, but different in a few ways. But it will take a long time for robots to develop complex emotions and possibly robots can be built without the more problematic emotions, like rage, jealousy, hatred and so on. It might be possible to make them more ethical than humans. So I think it will be a good partnership, where one brain completes the other - a rational mind with intellectual super powers and a...
  • Russia Presses Ahead With Combat Robots

    11/08/2017 7:49:12 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 15 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 11/8/17 | Samuel Bendett
    The Russian military announced on Oct. 30, 2017 that it will begin acquiring the Nerekhta — a ground-combat robot armed with a slew of remotely-operated weapons such as machine guns and rocket launchers. Col. Oleg Pomazuev, the head of the Russian Ministry of Defense’s Department of Innovation Research, said the Nerekhtas “managed to prove themselves well at the Alabino testing ground,” and that the robots exceeded manned combat vehicles “in a number of parameters.” The spartan-looking, mid-sized Nerekhta comes in three varieties — combat, transport and artillery reconnaissance – and can be equipped with a 12.7-millimeter or 7.62-millimeter machine...
  • They Were ‘Like Barbarians’: Sex Robot Display Model Damaged, ‘Heavily Soiled’ [tr]

    09/29/2017 9:12:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 28, 2017 | Charlie Nash
    A display model version of Samantha, a popular high-tech sex robot, was damaged and “heavily soiled” by various men during a tech conference in Barcelona, Spain, this month, according to a report. Samantha’s developer, Sergi Santos, claimed the men treated the sex robot “like barbarians,” broke two of her fingers, and left her “heavily soiled” at the Arts Electronica Festival.
  • Burger-Flipping Robot Taking Over In 50 Fast Food Restaurants

    09/13/2017 10:30:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 88 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | September 13, 2017 | Staff
    As fast food employees across the U.S. continue to protest for higher wages, a California chain restaurant has decided to hire a new staff member that works for free. The competition for the company’s low-wage workers: a burger-flipping robot named “Flippy.” CaliBurger has announced they will be installing the high-tech replacement in 50 of their locations around the world. “Flippy,” the robotic kitchen assistant, was created by a California startup company called Miso Robotics and is expected to roll out in 2018.
  • Mankind is at a 'tipping point' as automation and AI begins to replace us in a 'long [tr]

    09/06/2017 6:23:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 5, 2017 | Moshe Y. Vardi
    As automation and artificial intelligence technologies improve, many people worry about the future of work. If millions of human workers no longer have jobs, the worriers ask, what will people do, how will they provide for themselves and their families, and what changes might occur (or be needed) in order for society to adjust? Many economists say there is no need to worry.
  • This Automated Sewing Robot Can Make Shirts Basically By Itself

    09/01/2017 11:26:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | August 31, 2017 | David Grossman
    An assembly line can do a lot to boost efficiency, but what if the assembly line could do basically all the work itself. SoftWear Automation's LOWRY, a sewing robot, does just that and has the potential to lead a charge of disruption throughout an entire industry.
  • Why Robots Won't Cause Mass Unemployment

    08/04/2017 1:26:21 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 93 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | 08/02/2017 | Jonathan Newman
    I made a small note in a previous article about how we shouldn’t worry about technology that displaces human workers: The lamenters don’t seem to understand that increased productivity in one industry frees up resources and laborers for other industries, and, since increased productivity means increased real wages, demand for goods and services will increase as well. They seem to have a nonsensical apocalyptic view of a fully automated future with piles and piles of valuable goods everywhere, but nobody can enjoy them because nobody has a job. I invite the worriers to check out simple supply and demand analysis...
  • Roomba's Next Big Step Is Selling Maps of Your Home to the Highest Bidder

    07/26/2017 10:02:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | July 24, 2017 | Rhett Jones
    The Roomba is generally regarded as a cute little robot friend that no one but dogs would consider to be a potential menace. But for the last couple of years, the robovacs have been quietly mapping homes to maximize efficiency. Now, the device’s makers plan to sell that data to smart home device manufacturers, turning the friendly robot into a creeping, creepy little spy.
  • Orchard Argicultural Machines

    07/21/2017 5:06:41 AM PDT · by Trumpnation · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7-21-17 | JR
    Not quite sure how I feel about these hydraulic tree shakers...
  • As California’s labor shortage grows, farmers race to replace workers with robots

    07/21/2017 6:28:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 21, 2017 | Geoffrey Mohan
    Driscoll’s is so secretive about its robotic strawberry picker it won’t let photographers within telephoto range of it. But if you do get a peek, you won’t see anything humanoid or space-aged. AgroBot is still more John Deere than C-3PO — a boxy contraption moving in fits and starts, with its computer-driven sensors, graspers and cutters missing 1 in 3 berries.
  • 2 members of missing Burundi robotics team spotted crossing into Canada

    07/20/2017 10:00:35 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 34 replies
    Global News ^ | 20 July 2017
    Police have received reports that two of the Burundi teenagers gone missing after an international robotics competition were seen crossing the border into Canada. The search for all the teens is ongoing, but police have no indication of foul play in their disappearance, Metropolitan Police spokeswoman Aquita Brown said. The teens seen crossing into Canada were 16-year-old Don Ingabire and 17-year-old Audrey Mwamikazi, Brown said.