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Making robots that have better morals than humans

February 26th, 2015 at 1:56 pm » Comments Off

Many people are worried about artificial intelligence, and what will happen if machines become smarter than humans.  Even Bill Gates has said he is concerned about the decisions machines of the future will make once they outsmart humans.

Using drones to map cemeteries

February 10th, 2015 at 4:13 pm » Comments Off

Demo day for 500 Startups’ newest class has taken a somber turn. Demo day featured not one, but two startups that are in the death business, and one uses the hot tech of the moment — drones.    

Robots learn to cook watching YouTube videos

February 10th, 2015 at 4:11 pm » Comments Off

We have seen several robots that can cook but they mostly follow some level of pre-programmed instructions. One of the trickiest things about robotics is telling robots what to do and how to do it. That is especially tricky for the end user.  But, now we can all just sit back and let the robots […]

Japanese banks to get robot assistants in April

February 9th, 2015 at 7:25 pm » Comments Off

In April, humanoid robots designed by the creator of SoftBank’s Pepper robot will provide assistance to banking customers at Japan’s largest bank, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. 

Microsoft’s Eric Horvitz contradicts Musk, Hawking, Gates, says artificial intelligence not a threat

February 7th, 2015 at 4:10 pm » Comments Off

Microsoft head of research Eric Horvitz says, in contrast to what others, such as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have said, that even though machines will likely achieve a human-like consciousness but do not pose a threat to the survival of mankind.

The Associated Press wrote 10X more articles using robots

February 6th, 2015 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

If you thought that journalist was not on the list of professions replaceable by robots, think again.  The Associated Press, America’s oldest 24-hour news agency, produced roughly 3,000 articles on company earnings last quarter, 10 times more than it used to, by using automated technology.

Foxconn wants to use robots to lower cost of smartphones

February 5th, 2015 at 2:19 pm » Comments Off

Foxconn, one of the largest private employers in the world with 1.3 million workers, makes many of the smartphones and tablets used today, including Apple iPhones and iPads, and some android smartphones.  The CEO of Foxconn has indicated that he wants to reduce the workforce by using robots. 

Drones to help you find a parking spot

January 17th, 2015 at 5:21 pm » Comments Off

Need help finding a parking spot?  Just ask the drone flying overhead.  

Elon Musk donates $10 million toward research of AI safety

January 17th, 2015 at 4:16 pm » Comments Off

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has donated $10 million for research of artificial intelligence safety.  Musk has said that AI is “potentially more dangerous than nukes” and that something similar to what happens in the movie The Terminator is plausible.  

Stanford to Research the effects of Artificial Intelligence

January 11th, 2015 at 10:08 am » Comments Off

What will intelligent machines mean for society and the economy in 30, 50 or even 100 years from now? That’s the question that Stanford University scientists are hoping to take on with a new project, the One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (AI100).

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