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  • Robots Are Writing the News and Nobody’s Talking About It

    02/08/2019 10:20:47 PM PST · by Windflier · 53 replies
    Activist Post ^ | Elias Marat
    As journalists face increased layoffs despite the growing appetite for up-to-the-minute, timely news, a new trend has quietly been disrupting the news industry. Enter the automated reporter. News organizations are increasingly turning toward artificial intelligence (AI) for production, using a variety of new automated systems to pump out content with minimal need for direct human input. According to a report by The New York Times, Bloomberg News relies on a system called Cyborg to produce about a third of its articles. Most of Cyborg’s output takes the form of company earnings reports that are rife with percentages, charts, and other...
  • Calif. professor: Self-driving cars could more than double traffic in San Francisco

    02/05/2019 1:37:16 AM PST · by blueplum · 25 replies
    SFGate ^ | 04 Feb 2019 | Michelle Robertson
    It's the not-so-far-away future in San Francisco. One-Wheels and e-scooters litter the road. Your self-driving car has just deposited you at Union Square, and you've instructed it to return in an hour, after you've purchased the latest it-smartphone, the iPhone Z. Your autonomous vehicle, intelligent as it is, knows finding a parking spot downtown is nearly impossible at this hour, plus parking lots are known to charge flat rates of $15 and up. Instead of parking, your car decides to cruise...
  • Walmart set to roll out ‘autonomous' janitors

    12/03/2018 2:03:04 PM PST · by Drew68 · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/03/18 | Brett Samuels
    Walmart announced on Monday that it plans to deploy 360 autonomous custodial robots by the end of January that will mop the floors of some of its stores. The retailer said in a joint statement with developer Brain Corp. that the machines will be able to scrub floors even with customers around. The robots will feature multiple sensors that allow them to scan for people and obstacles. "BrainOS technology allows robots to effectively and safely function in complex, crowded environments, ensuring increased productivity and efficiency across applications," Brain Corp. CEO Eugene Izhikevich said in a statement. "We look forward to...
  • As Immigrant Farmworkers Become More Scarce, Robots Replace Humans

    11/20/2018 7:38:15 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 39 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 20, 2018 | Miriam Jordan
    SALINAS, Calif. — As a boy, Abel Montoya remembers his father arriving home from the lettuce fields each evening, the picture of exhaustion, mud caked knee-high on his trousers. “Dad wanted me to stay away from manual labor. He was keen for me to stick to the books,” Mr. Montoya said. So he did, and went to college. Yet Mr. Montoya, a 28-year-old immigrant’s son, recently took a job at a lettuce-packing facility, where it is wet, loud, freezing — and much of the work is physically taxing, even mind-numbing. Now, though, he can delegate some of the worst work...
  • Taxpayer funded ABC discusses the virtues of using sex robots

    11/09/2018 1:04:10 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    The Caldron Pool ^ | November 7, 2018 | Caldron Pool
    The ABC is being slammed, yet again. This time for their most recent episode of Q&A, where sexologist Nikki Goldstein suggested socially inept people could benefit from sex bots. “I feel like there are people who really do struggle to have these intimate connections,” Goldstein said. “I’ve interviewed people before that go to brothels, and they feel that the only way they can have this girlfriend experience is to be paying for it. They don’t necessarily want to be there.” “Now when I think of sex robots and where we’re going with A.I. technology, I feel like that’s the perfect...
  • The men in love with $7,000 sex dolls: Subculture of 'iDollators' who marry and develop [tr]

    11/09/2018 10:26:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 50 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 9, 2018 | Sheila Flynn
    The staff at John & Tony’s Steakhouse in West Chicago know the couple well: There’s 54-year-old John – a genial man with a big, partially toothless smile who works in truck deliveries – and his wife, Jackie, a petite, dark-haired beauty in a wheelchair whose favorite dish is bacon-wrapped dates. The inseparable pair are staples at John & Tony’s, and it’s their annual dining spot for celebrating Valentine’s Day – but the wait staff are accustomed to taking other reservation calls, too, from people who simply want to sit near them to observe John’s doting love. Because Jackie is no...
  • Robotic Security Forces On Patrol In NYC Prompt Privacy Concerns For Some

    10/17/2018 12:16:09 PM PDT · by RedMonqey · 32 replies
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The security force of the future is already patrolling several neighborhoods in the Tri-State Area. The robotic protectors can see what you’re doing and even talk back to you, but the machines created by a New Yorker have prompted serious privacy concerns, CBS2’s Clark Fouraker reported Tuesday. One of the models, named “Rosie,” uses the same technology as a self-driving car to patrol the sidewalks at the Lefrak City Apartments in Queens.
  • My Experience With a False Allegation by a Woman

    10/01/2018 2:07:24 PM PDT · by MeanWestTexan · 165 replies
    10/1/2018 | MeanWestTexan
    I was falsely accused of having an affair and fathering a child with a woman I never met. A WOMAN I NEVER MET. I am a reasonably locally-prominent person. I had the misfortune of being on the front page of a local paper one day when a lady I'd never met gave birth. I gave a lot of money to a school. She saw me on the paper. She saw I was wealthy and reasonably important. So when the clerk came in with the birth certificate form to fill out, she put my name. She went on welfare and concocted...
  • Nevada brothel workers fight back against the rise of 'dehumanizing and dangerous' sex robots [tr]

    09/20/2018 6:14:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 20, 2018 | Staff
    Human sex workers are fighting back against sex robots, claiming they are dehumanizing and could turn users into predators. Three women who work at Sheila's Ranch in Nevada toldThe Sun they were firmly against the new technology, which has created dolls that look like humans, used for sex acts. They say the dolls are dehumanizing, encourage violence against women and promote a lack of empathy in sexual scenarios.
  • Scientist finds robots become ‘racist and sexist’ on their own

    09/10/2018 6:59:58 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 54 replies
    The Sun (UK) ^ | Sept. 7, 2018 | Sean Keach
    Robots can develop prejudices like “racism and sexism” all on their own, a shocking new study has found. Artificial intelligence experts performed thousands of simulations on robot brains, revealing how they split off into groups and treat “outsiders” differently. Computer scientists and psychologists from Cardiff University and MIT teamed up to test how robots identify each other.
  • Labor Day 2040: What Happens When Robots Do All the Work?

    09/03/2018 11:09:34 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 64 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 09.02.18 | Clive Irving
    ... the pilots cited cases where, they argued, the action of pilots had saved an airplane and its passengers when the computers could not have. In at least two of those cases they had a point. In January 2009 Captain “Sully” Sullenberger saved the lives of 150 passengers by making an emergency landing on the Hudson River. And in November, 2010 what would have been one of the world’s worst air disasters was averted when Captain Richard de Crespigny of the Australian airline Qantas managed to get a giant Airbus A380 that had been badly crippled by an exploding engine...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Walmart unveils grocery-picking robots in test store

    08/23/2018 6:34:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | August 3, 2018 | Julia La Roche
    There could be a future where robots will do most of your grocery shopping for you. And for some Walmart shoppers, that future is getting even closer. Walmart (WMT), the world’s largest seller of groceries, will begin piloting a robotics system for its fast-growing online grocery pickup (OGP) service in one of its stores. The retailer has teamed up with Massachusetts-based Alert Innovation to deploy its Alphabot, a first-of-its-kind technology, in its supercenter store in Salem, New Hampshire just off of Interstate 93. “This is about the evolution of retail,” Alert Innovation CEO John Lert told Yahoo Finance. “So, we...
  • Filmmaker Tony Kaye Casts Robot As Lead Actor In Next Feature

    08/15/2018 2:06:21 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 25 replies
    Deadline ^ | August 15, 2018 | Amanda N'Duka
    As the advancement of technology continues to replace the need for human labor, American History X director Tony Kaye is undertaking a new — and maybe controversial — step in filmmaking by employing an Artificial Intelligent (A.I.) actor as the lead in his next film, 2nd Born. Unlike Robin Williams’ 1999 film Bicentennial Man or the Steven Spielberg-directed A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Kaye is aiming to cast a real robot, who will be trained in different acting methods and techniques. The idea, which originated from Kaye and producer Sam Khoze, is to forgo the use of computer-generated effects in favor of...
  • Robots Are Making $6 Burgers in San Francisco

    06/22/2018 6:51:25 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 42 replies
    SF Eater ^ | 6/22/2018 | Ellen Fort
    San Francisco is ground zero for tech companies, from social media to bioengineering. It’s also a city obsessed with food, and often the first destination for international chains like Michelin-starred Tsuta Ramen to break into the U.S. market. It’s a city teeming with early adopters and forward thinkers, like the team behind Creator, both a restaurant and a culinary robotics company that will offer the world’s first robot-made burgers when it opens June 27. The machine isn’t a parody of a human with robotic arms and fingers, flipping burgers and assembling buns on a conveyor belt. It’s an all-inclusive burger-making...
  • Congress To Enact “CREEPER Act” On Child Sex Robots

    06/14/2018 3:32:14 PM PDT · by DannyTN · 44 replies
    Chicks on the RIGHT ^ | 6/14/18 | kimber
    There’s a special place in hell for anyone who would sexually harm a child. Just the mention of it makes me physically ill. Congress is now cracking down on disgusting “child sex dolls” designed to simulate rape… some which can even be customized to look like actual kids. Yes – these exist in the world. I wish I didn’t know that. According to this: The U.S. Congress has taken action to stop the importation of child sex dolls and robots, some of which can be custom-ordered to look like specific real-life children and can be programmed to simulate rape.
  • Rise of the McRobots

    06/06/2018 2:50:08 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 20 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6 June 2018 | Jim Treacher
    Everybody has the right to a living wage. It's the responsibility of employers to pay their workers enough to live on comfortably, no matter what sort of work they do. No matter what it costs. No matter how much or how little value an individual employee provides. A job is a human right, and if you pay your employees anything less than a designated amount -- an amount that is not, and will never be, designated by you -- then you're a fascist and you'll be shamed and slandered and picketed until you comply. F*** your laws of economics, you...
  • Robot Barkeep

    05/27/2018 8:18:22 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/27/18 | Doc Adams
    Hat Tip: Dorothy Adams Robot IQ Test A GUY GOES INTO A BAR IN NEW YORK WHERE ALL THE BARTENDERS ARE ROBOTS. THE GUY SITS DOWN AT THE BAR AND THE ROBOT ASKS: WHAT WILL YOU HAVE? THE GUY REPLIES, WHISKEY. THE ROBOT BRINGS BACK HIS DRINK AND ASKS, WHAT'S YOUR IQ? THE GUY SAYS, 168 THE ROBOT TALKS ABOUT PHYSICS, SPACE EXPLORATION, AND MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY. AFTER THE GUY LEAVES, HE PAUSES AT THE STREET CORNER AND THINKS ABOUT WHAT HE JUST ENCOUNTERED AND THE MORE HE THINKS ABOUT IT, THE MORE CURIOUS HE GETS, SO HE DECIDES TO GO...
  • This $25,000 robot wants to put your Starbucks barista out of business

    05/08/2018 7:30:18 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 56 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 8, 2018 | David Hochman
    The robot revolution is here, at least for your morning caffeine fix. Cafe X Technologies is a new, $25,000 automated barista designed by the award-winning team behind Dr. Dre's Beats headphones and speakers: the Ammunition Group. The Jetsons-style coffeemaker can sling 120 cups of joe per hour at specs that satisfy finicky roasters (and project partners) like Intelligentsia, Ritual and Equator. The robo unit is essentially a fully operational café beneath a six-axis animatronic arm. Customers place orders on a kiosk touchscreen or via the Cafe X app and receive a text when the drink is ready, after around a...
  • Food Lion to deploy robot associates to 171 stores

    04/22/2018 7:40:33 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 39 replies
    The Produce News ^ | April 20, 2018
    Food Lion has introduced in-store helper Marty the Robot at a store in La Follette, TN. These helpful robots are currently in four Giant/Martin’s stores in Pennsylvania and the brand plans to deploy them to all 171 Giant/Martin’s stores by the end of 2018. These friendly robotic associates have been roaming the aisles of several Giant/Martin’s stores since last year, and now Food Lion is also putting the concept to the test. Marty maneuvers around using advanced artificial intelligence and the same laser imaging technology found in self-driving vehicles. He can perform checks that help the store run more smoothly...
  • Are robots people? Europe isn't sure...

    04/14/2018 9:34:47 AM PDT · by bitt · 28 replies
    cnet.com ^ | 4/13/2018 | mark serrels
    If a Terminator pours coffee in your lap, who's to blame? The Terminator or Skynet? Who the hell knows at this point. Quick question: If a Terminator traveled back in time and accidentally spilled hot coffee on your lap, who would you sue? The Terminator or Skynet. Tricky question, and one that European lawmakers are . The issue is with a report from the European Commission, , that suggests creating a "legal status for in the long run" so they could be "responsible for making good any damage they may cause".