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Chatbots are losing steam, think instead about workbots

June 17th, 2017 at 2:58 am » Comments Off

It’s no secret that chatbots are growing in popularity. From Facebook’s ecommerce bots for consumers to a plethora of customer service tools that now rely on chatbots to interface with customers, it’s clear that consumer chatbots have hit mainstream. Even Apple is expanding its commitment to chat technology with the release of Business Chat at […]



SoftWear Automation introduces Sewbots

June 15th, 2017 at 5:26 am » Comments Off

  Clothing manufacturing has always been a labor intensive industry with the advantage going to the country with the lowest cost labor. Automated sewing factories with SoftWear machines could change all that.



Elon Musk’s tunnel company and the high speed cars that will be traveling underground

May 28th, 2017 at 6:33 am » Comments Off

It’s rather ironic that a boring company is becoming one of the most fascinating new companies in the world. Elon Musk’s Boring company published new images of concept vehicles that could one day be used in its underground tunnels.



The world’s first autonomous zero-emissions ship

May 27th, 2017 at 6:30 am » Comments Off

The vessel “YARA Birkeland” will be the world’s first fully electric and autonomous container ship, with zero emissions. Operation is planned to start in the latter half of 2018, shipping products from YARA’s Porsgrunn production plant to Brevik and Larvik in Norway. Autonomous and 100% electric, “YARA Birkeland” will be the world’s most advanced container […]



Enhanced robo-humans have arrived

May 24th, 2017 at 5:55 am » Comments Off

Much of the talk surrounding robotics in the workplace centers on the job losses caused by automation. However, there are also great benefits of robots to humans who perform dangerous or labor intensive tasks that could possibly be mitigated with the help of technology.



All fossil-fuel vehicles will vanish in 8 years in twin ‘death spiral’ for big oil and big auto

May 18th, 2017 at 4:57 am » Comments Off

No more petrol or diesel cars, buses, or trucks will be sold anywhere in the world within eight years. The entire market for land transport will switch to electrification, leading to a collapse of oil prices and the demise of the petroleum industry as we have known it for a century. This is the futuristic […]



7 laws that will have to change because of blockchain

May 16th, 2017 at 7:45 am » Comments Off

“Code is law,” as described in Lawrence Lessig’s book ‘Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace’, refers to the idea that computer code has progressively established itself as a predominant way to regulate behavior to the same degree as legal code. With the advent of blockchain technology, code is assuming an even stronger role in regulating […]



Robot lawn mowers are a thing now

May 8th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

From smart TVs to a modular sofa that can be controlled by an app, home tech isn’t just something for the future, it’s in our homes now. New technologies aim to make our lives easier, safer, and—sometimes—a little bit cooler. It was only a matter of time before innovators tackled the next great frontier of irritating domestic chores: the yard. […]



Amazon hunting for 1,300 European warehouses as battle for fast delivery hots up

May 7th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Amazon ​is looking for a staggering 1,300 warehouse units across Europe to fulfil its commitments for its one-hour Prime Now delivery service. The online retailer is understood to be seeking small warehouse units in urban locations near major cities, as consumers increasingly demand shorter delivery times for goods from laptops to lawnmowers.



Elon Musk’s boring tunnels don’t look boring at all

May 2nd, 2017 at 10:45 am » Comments Off

Elon Musk’s new Boring Company tunnels look pretty, well, not boring. The company on Friday published an animated concept video on YouTube that shows how tunnels underneath a city could work. In the video, a car drives onto a metal platform that then lowers itself underground. The platform, with the car on top of it, speeds along […]



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