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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, 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 […]

These robots use living muscle tissue to mimic human fingers

June 5th, 2018 at 9:45 am » Comments Off

As if the line between human and machine wasn’t already blurry enough, researchers in Tokyo have developed a new method for using living rat muscle tissue in robotics. The “biohybrid” design, described today in the journal Science Robotics, simulates the look and movements of a human finger. Video shows how it bends at the joint, […]

Robots can grow humanoid mini-organs from stem cells faster and better than people

May 23rd, 2018 at 10:33 am » Comments Off

Automated robots now have the tools to grow imitation, simplified human organs out of stem cells. Thankfully, we weren’t transported to a sci-fi dystopia where the machines have risen up and started to farm humans, but rather a world where pharmaceutical and other biomedical research just became much easier and faster. Give these robots some […]

Welcome to the automated warehouse of the future

May 15th, 2018 at 7:34 am » Comments Off

They call it “the hive,” or “the grid.” Or sometimes just: “the machine.” It’s a huge structure that fills a warehouse on the outskirts of Andover, a small and quiet town in southeast England. It’s impossible to take in at a single glance, but standing on a maintenance walkway near the building’s rafters, you look […]

Robot barista reveals dangerous rise of automation

May 14th, 2018 at 9:26 am » Comments Off

A $25,000 robot barista serves 120 cups of coffee an hour — and it is part of a growing ‘robot revolution’ that could kill millions of jobs . “I don’t see the robot revolution as a problem,” 24-year-old inventor Henry Hu told CNBC. More restaurants and coffee shops are investing in automation and replacing jobs with […]

Artificial intelligence will wipe out half the banking jobs in a decade, experts say

April 23rd, 2018 at 3:21 pm » Comments Off

Advances in artificial intelligence and automation could replace as many as half the nation’s financial services workers over the next decade, industry experts say, but it’s going to take a big investment to make that happen. James D’Arezzo, CEO of Glendale-based Condusiv Technologies, says that’s where things are headed. And the process will be complicated. […]

The robocops are here

April 7th, 2018 at 10:04 am » Comments Off

As robotic police head out on the street of Dubai, we look at the technology that’s set to revolutionise law and order. Visitors to Dubai’s busy shopping arcades may be surprised to find themselves under the protection of a humanoid police robot. Though it has no mouth, the expressionless bot communicates in Arabic and English, […]

As long as there are humans, there will be jobs

March 29th, 2018 at 10:12 am » Comments Off

Automation will dominate some fields. But people will want new things, and new industries will arise. Predicting the course of technological progress is extremely difficult. Just because worries about human obsolescence ultimately turned out to be misplaced in the Industrial Revolution doesn’t mean that the same happy result must necessarily prevail this time around. So […]

Disney has begun populating its parks with autonomous, personality-driven robots

February 18th, 2018 at 8:46 am » Comments Off

The process of making a Disney park feel alive is most easily encapsulated in animatronic figures. These hydraulic, pneumatic and now electric figures have been a fixture at Disneyland since the 60s. Since then, massive advancements have been made in control systems, movement architecture and programming. The most advanced animatronic figures like the Na’Vi Shaman […]

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