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We would rather lose our jobs to robots than humans, a study shows

December 5th, 2019 at 2:21 am » Comments Off

Losing your job to a human stings more than getting replaced by a robot, research found.  The question has a surprising psychological factor for workers now and in the future. Losing a job can be stressful and demoralizing. Seeing your role replaced by automation is an additional stressor that more workers will have to contend […]

NYC threatens to seize any Fedex delivery bots on city streets

December 5th, 2019 at 2:17 am » Comments Off

In February, FedEx debuted its SameDay Bots, which are parcel delivery robots that use a combination of artificial intelligence and motion sensors to navigate city streets and sidewalks. Last week, social media users began reporting sightings of the bots in New York City. But based on a tweet from Mayor Bill de Blasio, FedEx never […]

Workers in these 10 US areas are more likely to be replaced by robots

December 4th, 2019 at 12:56 pm » Comments Off

A new report maps the top 10 areas of the US with the highest robot intensity In the last decade, the number of manufacturing robots has more than doubled in the US to almost 2 per 1,000 workers Some studies predict as many as 50% of all workers are at risk of losing their jobs […]

The robots of Black Friday

November 30th, 2019 at 1:31 pm » Comments Off

Delivery robot from Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn. Photo: Niels Wenstedt/AFP via Getty Images Look out for the first of the retail robots as you shop this year. Why it matters: From machines that can restock shelves to robot deliverers, automation is creeping into the retail industry. The first-ever cargo-carrying robot for consumers comes from Italian […]

Here’s how quantum computer supremacy will impact self-driving cars

November 23rd, 2019 at 1:08 pm » Comments Off

  Quantum supremacy, achieved? The news recently was agog with the claim that the so-called and highly sought “quantum supremacy” had been achieved via an effort undertaken by Google researchers. Not everyone agreed though that the Google effort warranted waving the superlative supremacy flag. That’s not to say that the use of their 54-qubit Sycamore […]

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