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Cities will automate first. We should prepare now

August 17th, 2018 at 9:26 am » Comments Off

Three robotic arms move brushes languidly across canvases as the glass eyes of cameras gaze ahead. The robots are painting a still life—lit with a tarnished black standing lamp—of a stuffed fox, a bird perched on a branch, a skull in the center, and a seashell to the side. This summer in Paris, it is […]



Can emotional AI make Anki’s new robot into a lovable companion?

August 12th, 2018 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

Known for its hyperactive toys, the company spent years developing technologies to tackle its greatest challenge yet–subtlety. If there’s a robot uprising anytime soon, it seems unlikely to start in our living rooms. Robotic vacuums like Roomba sell well because they are so handy. But other types of home robots–pets and companions from Sony’s Aibo […]



Exoskeletons debut at Ford factories

August 8th, 2018 at 10:55 am » Comments Off

Staff will now be augmented by exoskeletons in Ford factories across the world. Following successful trials, Ford will now offer employees the use of exoskeletons to reduce the strain of factory work. Despite the emergence of Industry 4.0, smart factories, sensors, and data analytics, much of the heavy-duty operations of today’s industrial and manufacturing still […]



Will you be employed? Skills demanded by the changing nature of work

August 2nd, 2018 at 8:45 am » Comments Off

In 1997, Garry Kasparov, one of the greatest chess players in history, lost a chess match to a supercomputer called Deep Blue. Some years later Kasparov developed “advanced chess,” where a human and a computer team up to play against another human and computer. This mutation of chess is mutually beneficial: the human player has […]



America’s robot geography

July 18th, 2018 at 9:38 am » Comments Off

Robots, it seems, are everywhere these days. They clean our floors, mow our lawns, make many of our industrial products, and are even being trained to give hugs and serve as pets. As robots increasingly become a part of our daily lives, a growing chorus of commentators warns that they may take away our jobs […]



Robots will lead to more human trafficking, slavery, report says

July 17th, 2018 at 9:49 am » Comments Off

Tens of millions of workers could lose their jobs to automation, particularly in southeast Asia, over the next 20 years. Garment workers among those most at risk of losing their jobs, finding few low-skill alternatives and facing exploitation, according to the Verisk Maplecroft report. The rise of robot manufacturing will dramatically alter the labor market […]



A Chinese electric car startup is trying to take on Tesla by making its cars more like an iPhone

July 13th, 2018 at 9:17 am » Comments Off

The Chinese electric vehicle startup Byton is developing three vehicles, the first of which will hit the market in 2019. The company has prioritized interior features, like touchscreens and adjustable seats, over traditional performance metrics, like range and acceleration, in part because it assumes autonomous driving technology will become available to consumers in the next […]



Why China is spending billions to develop an army of robots to turbocharge its economy

July 12th, 2018 at 8:31 am » Comments Off

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for a robot revolution in manufacturing to boost productivity. Wages in China are rising, and it’s becoming harder to compete with cheap labor. An aging population in China also necessitates automation. The working-age population, people age 15 to 64, could drop to 800 million by 2050 from 998 million […]



Robotic waitresses: Alibaba launches automated restaurant in Shanghai

July 10th, 2018 at 10:15 am » Comments Off

Serving food at Hema. GIF via Alibaba video Select some live seafood in one of Alibaba’s Hema grocery stores in Shanghai, get it rung up and bagged, and a robotic arm will whisk it away to a kitchen. Minutes later, a pod will wheel out of the kitchen, pulling up to your table with your […]



With construction workers scarce, homebuilders turn to robots, software

July 1st, 2018 at 9:41 am » Comments Off

BALTIMORE – The construction of an American house embodies the spirit of the nation’s workers and the dreams of its citizens. It’s also perhaps the least-efficient endeavor in the U.S. economy. Dozens of workers turn a plot of land into a small factory, sawing wood, nailing it together, cutting holes for windows, running wires and […]



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