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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.



Watch ‘Slaughterbots,’ a warning about the future of killer bots

November 17th, 2017 at 9:34 am » Comments Off

The Future of Life Institute channels ‘Black Mirror’ in its short film warning about the danger of autonomous killer robots.



Human legacies when robots rule the world

November 6th, 2017 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

Machines have been displacing humans on job tasks for several centuries, and for seventy years many of these machines have been controlled by computers.



Edible robot surgeons will cure you from the inside out

August 14th, 2017 at 10:05 am » Comments Off

Back in 1985, the best robotic surgeon we had was the Puma 560, a manipulator arm just barely more advanced than Rocky Balboa’s robo-butler. Just barely. The Puma was nevertheless revolutionary. It was the very first mechanical operator, progenitor to steady-handed robo-surgeons like the DaVinci system. But in the near future, robots will no longer […]



Humans and robots are on the cusp of a sexual intimacy we may never reverse

August 13th, 2017 at 9:43 am » Comments Off

If you could construct a sexual partner that was faithful, beautiful, and responsive to your every wish, would you?



Robots and AI are going to make social inequality even worse, says new report

July 21st, 2017 at 8:41 am » Comments Off

Rich people are going to find it easier to adapt to automation.



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