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Coronavirus: Robots use light beams to zap hospital viruses

March 31st, 2020 at 11:13 am » Comments Off

The UVD robot takes about 20 minutes to treat a room “Please leave the room, close the door and start a disinfection,” says a voice from the robot. “It says it in Chinese as well now,” Simon Ellison, vice president of UVD Robots, tells me as he demonstrates the machine. Through a glass window we […]



Coronavirus pandemic could prove ‘tipping point’ for robots looking after humans, scientists and experts say

March 27th, 2020 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

A hotel in China used a robot to deliver food to people in coronavirus quarantine ( XHN ) Robotics experts say AI and machines could save lives by performing the ‘dull, dirty and dangerous’ jobs The development of robots to save lives and reduce human exposure to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak could lead to a […]



The finance robots are coming: 73% of organizations plan to replace humans with machines this year

March 19th, 2020 at 10:08 am » Comments Off

Even finance is being affected by the onslaught of human vs. machine with a recent Deloitte survey revealing some startling stats. The finance function is experiencing rapid change, and a recent Deloitte survey found that 73% percent of respondents are planning to implement technology to replace humans in their workforce this year—up from 58% a […]



Skin-like, flexible sensor lets robots detect us

March 18th, 2020 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

A new sensor for robots is designed to make our physical interactions with these machines a little smoother—and safer. The sensor, which is now being commercialized, allows robots to measure the distance and angle of approach of a human or object in close proximity. Industrial robots often work autonomously to complete tasks. But increasingly, collaborative […]



AI is growing, but the robots are not coming for customer service

March 15th, 2020 at 1:02 am » Comments Off

Recent data out of the World Economic Forum in Davos has shed new light on the role that AI and customer service are playing in shaping the future of work. Jobs of Tomorrow: Mapping Opportunity in the New Economy provides much-needed insights into emerging global employment opportunities and the skill sets needed to maximize those […]



This robot taught itself to walk entirely on its own

March 14th, 2020 at 3:56 am » Comments Off

Google is creating AI-powered robots that navigate without human intervention—a prerequisite to being useful in the real world.  Within 10 minutes of its birth, a baby fawn is able to stand. Within seven hours, it is able to walk. Between those two milestones, it engages in a highly adorable, highly frenetic flailing of limbs to […]



How hard will the robots make us work

March 7th, 2020 at 11:40 am » Comments Off

In warehouses, call centers, and other sectors, intelligent machines are managing humans, and they’re making work more stressful, grueling, and dangerous On conference stages and at campaign rallies, tech executives and politicians warn of a looming automation crisis — one where workers are gradually, then all at once, replaced by intelligent machines. But their warnings […]



New robot does superior job sampling blood

February 15th, 2020 at 12:30 pm » Comments Off

A prototype of an automated blood drawing and testing device. Credit: Unnati Chauhan In the future, robots could take blood samples, benefiting patients and healthcare workers alike. A Rutgers-led team has created a blood-sampling robot that performed as well or better than people, according to the first human clinical trial of an automated blood drawing […]



Samsung’s ‘artificial human’ project definitely looks like a digital avatar

January 16th, 2020 at 1:22 pm » Comments Off

It’s realistic, but can it walk and talk like a human? On Friday we wrote about Samsung’s mysterious “artificial human” project Neon, speculating that the company was building realistic human avatars that could be used for entertainment and business purposes, acting as guides, receptionists, and more.



Scientists use stem cells from frogs to build first living robots

January 16th, 2020 at 1:14 pm » Comments Off

Researchers foresee myriad benefits for humanity, but also acknowledge ethical issues Be warned. If the rise of the robots comes to pass, the apocalypse may be a more squelchy affair than science fiction writers have prepared us for. Researchers in the US have created the first living machines by assembling cells from African clawed frogs […]



Swarms of teeny robo-tractors will outmaneuver Tesla’s driverless cars

January 14th, 2020 at 11:12 am » Comments Off

While Elon Musk and Waymo get all the attention — and regulations — autonomous vehicles for farming face fewer tech barriers and could be just as important Between 2009 and 2015, Google spent $1.1 billion on autonomous vehicles for its Waymo subsidiary, which have so far roamed more than 10 million miles of city streets […]



Guardian XO: A powered exoskeleton that makes you 20 times stronger

December 18th, 2019 at 12:30 pm » Comments Off

Imagine lifting 100 pounds as though it were only five. That’s the promise of the Guardian XO, a wearable robot that helps you lift heavy objects without straining or injuring your body. Bonus? It looks like a super cool powered exoskeleton from science fiction. Designed for military applications and industries like construction that require a […]



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