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China is selling autonomous killer drones to the Middle East

November 16th, 2019 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

Chinese military contractors have already started to sell dangerous, autonomous killer robots to customers in the Middle East. For instance, a Chinese company called Ziyan is actively marketing its Blowfish A3 — an autonomous helicopter-like drone armed with a machine gun — to international buyers, according to Defense One. While several countries have been working […]



The pharmacy of the future will see robots come to the rescue of humans

November 14th, 2019 at 11:39 am » Comments Off

High technology is changing the way pharmacies operate – and how customers get served It looks like a normal pharmacy in a normal Johannesburg shopping mall. But behind the scenes at the Morningside Dispensary, a revolution is underway It may not be getting the attention that politicians get when they talk of the Fourth Industrial […]



2020 predictions about automation and the future of work from Forrester

November 11th, 2019 at 3:38 pm » Comments Off

Over 1 million knowledge-work jobs will be replaced in 2020 by software robotics, RPA, virtual agents and chatbots, and machine-learning-based decision management. So predicts research firm Forrester in a new report published today, “Predictions 2020: Automation.” It also estimates that 331,500 net jobs will be added to the US workforce next year, human-touch jobs that […]



The problem with all self-driving cars looking alike

November 7th, 2019 at 1:19 pm » Comments Off

Self-driving cars within fleets will look alike, creating problems. Have you ever seen a sea of yellow cabs, all of which seem indistinguishable from each other? It used to be that if you booked a yellow cab for picking you up at a busy airport or similar venue, the odds were that a slew of […]



Robocar: Watch the world’s fastest autonomous car reach its record-breaking 282 km/h

November 6th, 2019 at 12:51 pm » Comments Off

Autonomous cars are set to take over the world’s roads, transforming the way we travel. Leading the pack is Robocar, a futuristic self-driving electric vehicle from British start-up Roborace. Roborace demonstrated its robot’s capabilities by taking the car to 282.42 km/h (175.49 mph) – an average confirmed by the UK Timing Association – at RAF […]



Waymo tells riders that ‘completely driverless’ vehicles are on the way

November 6th, 2019 at 12:46 pm » Comments Off

‘You can enjoy having the car to yourself’ Waymo, the self-driving division of Alphabet, is about to put more passengers its fully driverless Chrysler Pacifica minivans. The company emailed its customers in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, to let them know that “completely driverless Waymo cars are on the way.” It’s a sign that Waymo […]



UPS partners with CVS to develop drone delivery service for prescription drugs

October 31st, 2019 at 11:55 am » Comments Off

A UPS autonomous drone carries medical supplies. UPS announces an agreement with CVS to develop a drone delivery service for prescription drugs. UPS gets the first FAA approval to operate a drone delivery service earlier this month. FedEx completes its first residential drone delivery under a pilot program last week.



Robots aren’t coming to steal your job. They’re coming to improve it

October 31st, 2019 at 11:51 am » Comments Off

 For many people, the word “automation” conjures up dystopian scenes of humans versus machines. A future in which people set aside our differences to oppose the sleek, metallic products of our own engineering. Few but growth-minded business types get a warm-and-fuzzy feeling of optimism when the word “automation” comes up. And for good reason. There’s […]



The Beetl robot is designed to pick up dog poop

October 30th, 2019 at 11:09 am » Comments Off

While I prefer to walk my dogs, there have been times when the weather has been bad, or I’m just too tired at the end of the day, and they end up pooping in the yard. If you let your dog do its business on your lawn, then this new invention could be a godsend. […]



Alphabet’s Wing begins making first commercial drone deliveries in the US

October 28th, 2019 at 11:28 am » Comments Off

Alphabet -owned drone delivery spin-out Wing is starting to service U.S. customers, after becoming the first drone delivery company to get the federal go-ahead to do so earlier this year. Wing is working with FedEx Express and Walgreens on this pilot, and their first customers are Michael and Kelly Collver, who will get a “cough […]



Baidu wins China’s first commercial license for self-driving buses

October 23rd, 2019 at 12:15 am » Comments Off

  A self-driving bus with Baidu’s Apollo autonomous driving open platform is displayed at the 2018 Baidu World conference. © Reuters  City of Wuhan also picks two other operators for network using Huawei 5G CHONGQING — Chinese search engine giant Baidu is among three companies to win a license from the city of Wuhan to […]



Self-driving taxis roll out in Shanghai

October 22nd, 2019 at 11:15 am » Comments Off

A man holds a door to a Didi self-driving car during last month’s World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai. Picture: REUTERS Ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing plans to start using self-driving vehicles to pick up passengers in Shanghai and hopes to expand the scheme outside China by 2021. Local authorities in Shanghai last week issued […]



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