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A giant new retail fulfillment center in China has only four employees

June 16th, 2018 at 9:38 am » Comments Off

JD.com, one of China’s big e-commerce companies, has unveiled a warehouse in Shanghai that, it says, only keeps humans on board so they can service all the robots.



This coffee bar employs futuristic robotic baristas to make and serve your coffee — and it signals how people are warming up to the automation trend

June 14th, 2018 at 9:59 am » Comments Off

The baristas at Cafe X can make two drinks in under a minute and will get your order right every time. They’re also not human. The robotic coffee bar employs assembly line-style robots to build your coffee orders for you, making Cafe X a player in San Francisco’s automated eatery scene that’s also gaining traction […]



Can AI have good taste? Auction giant Sotheby’s is counting on it

June 9th, 2018 at 10:40 am » Comments Off

Sotheby’s acquired startup Thread Genius, whose machine learning tech can discern clients’ artistic and style leanings–and suggest customized purchases. Just a few doors down from its CEO and the wood-paneled cubicles where sharply dressed professionals sit, the eighth floor of Sotheby’s New York takes on a very different vibe. Suddenly, it’s more Silicon Valley than […]



Smart speakers are becoming so popular, more people will use them than wearable tech products this year

June 3rd, 2018 at 10:49 am » Comments Off

Smart speaker users will reach 76.5 million by 2020, according to the latest eMarketer forecast. The average smart speaker user is still an older, millennial male, but the devices are gaining traction with younger, Gen X women with kids. Amazon Echo is the most popular, but is losing share. Google Home will likely slow Echo’s […]



Driverless street cleaning trucks begin trial operations in Shanghai

June 1st, 2018 at 1:30 pm » Comments Off

A fleet of driverless street cleaning vehicles has begun trial operations at an industrial park in Shanghai, according to the Shanghai-based news portal The Paper on Friday. The convoy, which includes a 6m-long truck and a 3m-long minibus, has been designed and developed by Autowise.ai, a Shanghai technology company, for different road widths.



California eyes driverless car testing with passengers

June 1st, 2018 at 11:36 am » Comments Off

Less than a month after Uber’s fatal accident in Arizona, California regulators issue a proposal for a pilot test of passenger-carrying autonomous vehicles. California may start allowing self-driving cars, like this one for Lyft, to carry passengers without a human driver behind the wheel. Regulators in California are moving closer to allowing driverless cars to […]



The company that invented the Vespa scooter is now testing this amazing luggage-hauling robot

May 30th, 2018 at 10:11 am » Comments Off

Developed by the company behind the Vespa scooter, Gita is a mobile carrier designed to make mobility and transportation easier and more efficient for pedestrians. A compartment within Gita can hold 44 pounds of cargo such as backpack, a briefcase, or any other items that make walking cumbersome. The robot uses cameras to track the […]



Yes, Alexa is recording mundane details of your life, and it’s creepy as hell

May 29th, 2018 at 9:58 am » Comments Off

I’m not kicking our smart speaker out of the house just yet, but the consequences of having it in my family’s life are becoming clear. Since last year I’ve had a smart speaker in my living room—an Echo Dot. My family uses it mostly to ask Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa, to play music. But after […]



Isreal’s self -flying ‘Cormorant’ whisks wounded soldiers to safety

May 28th, 2018 at 9:57 am » Comments Off

Tactical Robotics’ Cormorant can carry up to 1,000 pounds and offers a range of 20 miles while flying at more than 100 mph.TACTICAL ROBOTS FIVE MEN IN white overalls lifted the stretcher off the ground, one of them taking care to lay a clear plastic IV bag that’s connected to the patient onto his stomach. […]



Electric vehicles begin to bite into oil demand

May 28th, 2018 at 9:40 am » Comments Off

Employees work on the assembly line of the electric bus at a BYD’s production base on January 23, 2018 in Xi’an, China. China’s largest electric carmaker BYD sold 113,669 new energy vehicles in 2017, up 13.4 percent year-on-year. (Photo by VCG/Getty Images) Projections have suggested that the advent of electric vehicles will have a dramatic […]



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