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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 […]



‘Don’t think a robot could do this’: Warehouse workers aren’t worried for their jobs

January 28th, 2018 at 4:35 pm » Comments Off

The wheels of a tall, metal cart squeak as Chris Beatty, 26, pulls it through a maze of aisles inside a cosmetics warehouse in Burlington, N.J.



Robots won’t take as many human jobs as you may think

January 24th, 2018 at 8:45 am » Comments Off

Automation will upend life as we know it. But that doesn’t mean all of our jobs will be completely eliminated. If anything, technology has not liberated people from the drudgery of work. It has created new constraints.



Old dog, new tricks : Sony unleashes ‘intelligent’ robot pet

January 11th, 2018 at 9:46 am » Comments Off

As Japan celebrates the year of the dog, electronics giant Sony on Thursday unleashed its new robot canine companion, packed with artificial intelligence and internet connectivity.



Finally, here’s the ‘Jetsons’ looking robot you’ve always wanted

January 9th, 2018 at 11:01 am » Comments Off

Sometimes you just want a robot to bring you an ice cold beverage. Or vacuum your house. Or put away all that random shit you left on the floor following an all-night bender precipitated by the realization that you just dropped several thousand dollars on a robot.



Japan is embracing nursing-care robots

December 9th, 2017 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

Around 5,000 nursing-care homes across the country are testing robots.



Would you date a robot? More than a quarter of millennials say they would replace a human lover with a DROID

December 9th, 2017 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

A new report suggests that over a quarter of 18-34 year-olds will feel it’s normal to form friendships and even romantic relationships with robots in the future.



Artificial muscles give soft robots superpowers

November 30th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Soft robotics has made leaps and bounds over the last decade as researchers around the world have experimented with different materials and designs to allow once rigid, jerky machines to bend and flex in ways that mimic and can interact more naturally with living organisms. However, increased flexibility and dexterity has a trade-off of reduced […]



Why we are still convinced robots will take our jobs despite the evidence

November 28th, 2017 at 4:36 pm » Comments Off

Computer-based technologies in the workplace are suggested to be causing a reduction in the total amount of work available.



“Top 25 Inventions of 2017 – Jibo – A Robot You Can Relate To”

November 17th, 2017 at 10:11 am » Comments Off

Personal robots, such as Amazon Echo and Google Home, have come a long way in recent years. But fundamentally, they’re still stationary speakers whose defining expression is a light that turns on when you speak.



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