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September 19th, 2016 at 6:33 am

Walmart Patents Robot Carts

Can robot carts compete with Amazon?

A shopping cart is mostly empty space. At the end of a shopping run, when the cart is brimming with groceries and goods, it becomes fully useful, but it isn’t until that point, and once it’s full, it doesn’t help the person trying to buy two cartfulls of stuff on their own. Walmart, the physical retail giant, doesn’t want people to worry about the inadequacies of carts while shopping. So they filed a patent for a self-driving robot cart.

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September 19th, 2016 at 6:17 am

Drone Racing: ESPN’s Newest Televised Sport

 

First there was poker. Then there was the spelling bee, Scrabble and the recent emergence of e-sports.

Now ESPN is betting that speeding drones will be the next noncontact “sport” to find a mass audience.

The Drone Racing League announced on Wednesday that it had signed deals to broadcast a 10-episode season on ESPN and ESPN2, along with the European stations Sky Sports Mix and 7Sports. The schedule begins with an introduction to drone racing on Thursday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2.

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September 18th, 2016 at 6:24 am

Bill Gates Doubles His Bet That Mosquitoes Will Be Wiped Out with Gene Editing

But the technology for extinguishing species is dividing conservationists.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation plans to double the sum it is spending to create a mosquito-killing technology that relies on CRISPR gene editing.

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September 17th, 2016 at 6:17 am

Proterra’s electric bus can travel 350 miles before needing a recharge

It could drive for a full day on a single charge.

A startup called Proterra has been working on electric buses for years, and its latest model has a pretty impressive range. Its Catalyst E2 Series buses can drive up to 350 miles on a single charge, which means it can go a quite a bit further than Tesla’s top-tier Model S that already boasts a 300-plus-mile range. The vehicle can also outlast its predecessor that can only go for 258 miles.

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September 16th, 2016 at 7:10 am

Robots perform surgery inside your eyeballs

The R2D2 is magnitudes more stable than the steadiest surgeon’s hand.

Doctors at Oxford University made medical history recently by successfully completing the first robot-assisted intraocular surgery. Robert MacLaren, Professor of Ophthalmology at the university, and his team managed to gently peel off a 1/1000th millimeter membrane from the inside of a patient’s eye. To do so, the team relied on a cutting-edge medical device known as the Robotic Retinal Dissection Device, or R2D2.

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September 16th, 2016 at 6:57 am

Google’s Ray Kurzweil: The Business Of Extending Human Life Going Into “High Gear”

The futurist says that we’re getting closer and closer to “reprogramming” the human body.

Over the last many centuries, human life expectancy has very gradually lengthened with improved health and medical technologies and research. In the next 20 years, we can expect our expected life spans to be extended at a far more rapid pace than in the past.

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September 16th, 2016 at 6:04 am

The Construction Industry Loves Drones

The thinking: Spend billions of dollars, save even more.

The $8.5 trillion global construction industry isn’t exactly known for its efficiency. The U.K. Green Building Council estimates that 15% of materials delivered to construction sites end up in landfills, the result of mismanaged scheduling and purchasing.

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September 15th, 2016 at 6:49 am

Report: AI will eliminate 6 percent of jobs in five years

Within five years robots and so-called intelligent agents will eliminate many positions in customer service, trucking and taxi services, amounting to 6 percent of jobs, according to a Forrester report.

“By 2021, a disruptive tidal wave will begin,” said Brian Hopkins, VP at Forrester, in the report. “Solutions powered by AI/cognitive technology will displace jobs, with the biggest impact felt in transportation, logistics, customer service, and consumer services.”

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September 15th, 2016 at 6:36 am

The next trick for machine learning is generating videos from photos

Show a human any photograph and they’ll able to predict what happens next with pretty decent accuracy. The woman riding her bike will keep on moving. The dog will catch the frisbee. The man is going to have a pratfall. And so on. It’s such a basic skill that we don’t consider the vast amount of information that is used to make these predictions — concerning gravity, inertia, the nature of pratfalls, etc. — and teaching computers to do the same is proving to be a key challenge in machine vision.

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September 14th, 2016 at 7:59 am

By 2040 Robots ‘will commit more crime than humans’

Researchers have warned that robots and computers will pursue more criminal activities than humans by 2040.

Tracey Follows from The Future Laboratory, which helps businesses plan for the future, said: “Once robots can be hacked to become suicide-bombing machines, lone-robot attacks could become rife.”

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