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China is building the world's largest facility for robot ship research

Wanshan covers more than 225 square nautical miles of ocean.<p>China is looking to establish itself as a leader in robotic warships, having made plans to open the world's largest facility for unmanned ship research just north of Macau. The Wanshan Marine Test Site is slated to span 225 square nautical …

Military

Nuro’s self-driving vehicle is a grocery-getter and errand-runner

Not every self-driving car has to be able to move passengers from point A to point B. Take, for example, Nuro: The startup just revealed their unique autonomous vehicle platform, which is more of a mobile small logistics platform than a self-driving car.<p>The company, which has been working away in …

Robots are replacing humans in the world's mines. Here's why.

One day the world's mines may be operated almost entirely by machines.<p>Even in our digital age, some jobs remain almost as dirty and dangerous as ever. Mining is a prime example — with miners facing risks ranging from fire to falling rock and entrapment — but this industry is beginning to …

Robotics

Boston Dynamics is still making creepy robots under SoftBank

Boston Dynamics is back with yet another freaky robot to haunt your nightmares.<p>The company released a short video today (Nov. 13) showing off the latest version of SpotMini, the small, vaguely dog-shaped robot it’s been working on for a few years. The new version is the most compact yet, with all …

Robots Could Replace 48,000 Employees At This Bank...And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?<p><b>1 —</b> <b>Deutsche Bank CEO suggests robots could replace half the company’s 97,000 employees.</b><p>The CEO of Deutsche Bank says technology will lead to significant layoffs at his organization …

Customer Service

Mercedes is quietly becoming Tesla’s biggest rival

Tesla has had a meteoric rise as an underdog company, but the next five years could be its biggest challenge yet.<p>Major automakers from across the globe are preparing massive electric-car rollouts, perhaps none as large as Daimler, Mercedes' parent company. The German automaker plans to electrify …

Tesla

One of the biggest names in the auto industry says no one will own a car in 20 years

Bob Lutz is a former Marine who worked for Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, and BMW, usually as the resident "car guy" — a product guru who could guide the bean counters toward automotive glory and gruffly greenlight amazing machines.<p>Now semi-retired, Lutz is partnered with designer Henrik Fisker at …

Automotive Industry

Uber’s ‘flying cars’ could arrive in LA by 2020 — and here’s what it’ll be like to ride one

Los Angeles will be the third test city, and NASA will provide logistical support<p>Uber’s “flying car” project Elevate came whizzing back into view today with a number of key announcements about where it will first appear, who will be working on it, and how this futuristic service will look when it …

Transportation

The World's Fastest Car Is Made in Sweden

Koenigsegg, the Swedish company known for its hypercars, broke the world record for fastest production car with its Agera RS over the weekend. And in …

Airline plans to use electric airplanes in 10 years—is that possible?

Startups plan to make hybrid airplanes, and eventually purely electric ones.<p>One of Europe's largest airlines, EasyJet, announced on Wednesday that it …

Elon Musk presents his vision for colonizing Mars by 2024

Elon Musk unveiled exciting changes to his vision of establishing a colony on Mars, and surprised us with a plan to use rockets to transport people …

SpaceX: Rocket for moon, Mars and NY-to-Shanghai in 39 mins

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX chief Elon Musk's elaborate plan for a mega-rocket to carry astronauts to Mars may have some down-to-Earth …

This is the future of driving

A number of countries around the world are looking to move away from fuel-burning automobiles. India, France, Britain and Norway all want to abandon gas and diesel cars in favor of cleaner vehicles. Even in Germany, the country that literally invented the internal combustion car, there is talk …

Autos

The inevitable rise of the robocops

<b>(CNN) —</b> Picture: A bleak dystopian future in which humanity is ruled by robots, suppressed by its own creation. Not an original thought, admittedly. Pop culture is filled with examples of robot overlords and android uprisings; of artificial intelligence gone bad.<p>But so far, few -- if any -- of …

The 25 best fast-food chains in America right now

But fast-food lovers aren't loyal only to legacy chains like McDonald's, KFC, and Taco Bell. In fact, these giants don't even break the top 25 in our latest ranking of the top fast-food chains in America.<p>Business Insider teamed up with Restaurant Business, a publication that focuses on the …

Fast Food

The U.S., Canada and Mexico are buying more job-killing robots than ever before

First-quarter sales in 2017 jumped 32 percent from the same time last year.<p>Robots are getting cheaper and smaller and, as a result, sales have grown significantly over the past year, particularly in North America, as more companies move manufacturing operations closer to U.S. markets.<p>North American …

This robot can 3D print a building in 14 hours

A giant robot can now 3D print a building.<p>Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a robotic system that built the basic structure of a building in less than 14 hours. The dome-like structure is 50 feet in diameter and 12 feet high.<p>The prototype is essentially a …

Time Warner

The U.S. will be hit worse by job automation than other major economies

A new study from PwC estimates that 38 percent of U.S. jobs could be lost to automation in the next 15 years.<p>Nearly 40 percent of jobs in the U.S. may be vulnerable to replacement by robots in the next fifteen years, according to a new study by the research firm PwC.<p>Other major advanced economies …

Burger-flipping robot could spell the end of teen employment

A burger-flipping robot could mean the end of the summer job that all of us loved to hate.<p>The AI-driven robot ‘Flippy,’ by Miso Robotics, is marketed as a kitchen assistant, rather than a replacement for professionally-trained teens that ponder the meaning of life — or what their crush looks like …

These Are The Jobs Most Likely To Be Taken Over By Robots

If you saw our list of least stressful jobs of 2017 and considered a pivot into a new profession, you may want to reconsider. It sounds like science …

Giant Avatar-style robot takes first steps in South Korea

A giant South Korean-built manned robot that walks like a human but makes the ground shake under its weight has taken its first baby steps.<p>Designed by a veteran of science fiction blockbusters, the four-metre-tall (13-foot), 1.5 ton Method-2 towers over a room on the outskirts of Seoul.<p>The hulking …

Robotics

Japanese company replaces office workers with artificial intelligence

Insurance firm Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance is making 34 employees redundant and replacing them with IBM’s Watson Explorer AI<p>A future in which human workers are replaced by machines is about to become a reality at an insurance firm in Japan, where more than 30 employees are being laid off and …

Artificial Intelligence

One small step for man, one giant step for robot suit with man inside

When you mention South Korean tech companies, the name Hankook Mirae Technology isn't the first to come to mind. But on Tuesday, the company made its 13-foot, 1.5-ton manned robot, the Method-1, take a step -- as shown in the YouTube video above.<p>The robot would be more accurately described as a …

Tesla In 2017: Model 3, New Autopilot, Solar Roof And Other Developments Expected From The Company

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that 2016 was a bit of a rollercoaster for Tesla. The company ventured into electricity generation with its Solar Roof …

The World's First Home Robotic Chef Can Cook Over 100 Meals

Apparently, having a home cooked meal from the kitchens of Thomas Keller, Alain Ducasse and Gordan Ramsay could become a reality. In 2018, Moley will launch the world’s first fully-automated and integrated intelligent cooking robot—a robotic kitchen that has unlimited access to chefs and their …

Masterchef

Google’s Quantum Dream May Be Just Around the Corner - MIT Technology Review

Researchers at Google may unveil a truly powerful quantum computer by the end of next year.<p>While Google itself remains tight-lipped on timings, <i>New</i> …

Everything We Know About Sony's 'PlayStation Neo' So Far

Odds are Sony’s media event on September 7 in New York won’t be to spotlight new faceplate colors for the PlayStation 4, a new line of Crash …

Review: Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum wants $1,000 for something that truly sucks

Let’s get one thing straight about the Dyson 360 Eye: It’s first and foremost a vacuum cleaner that happens to be a robot, not a robot that’s a vacuum cleaner.<p>Dyson wanted to make this point clear in our initial meeting with the company’s first automated vacuum cleaner, and insists there is an …

Sony’s new camera drone flies like a plane with vertical takeoff

Japanese joint venture, called Aerosense, with robotics startup ZMP shows off new prototype for aerial surveillance and reconnaissance for businesses<p>Sony has unveiled its latest camera drone prototype which is capable of taking off vertically and flying like an aeroplane.<p>The drone, which resembles …

Drones

Here's What We Know About the Robot Used In the Dallas Shooting

Police used an unusual weapon to kill a man suspected of murdering five officers in Dallas on Thursday: A robot.<p>Dallas Police Chief David Brown told …

Robots