Robotics

This construction robot can lay bricks 6 times faster than you can

You seemingly can't throw a rock in 2017 without hitting some new walk of life where robots are being employed. The latest? A bricklaying robot called SAM100 (Semi-Automated Mason) that is capable of building walls six times faster than a human bricklayer. And probably about 10 times faster than …

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This robotic octopus tentacle isn't creepy at all

The robotic tentacle is able to pick-up, hold and then put down items<p>German robotics company Festo has created a new bot that's inspired by an octopus - and its movements [I]certainly[/I] aren't creepy or unnerving at all.<p>Gallery: A day at Festo's robot zoo<p>Gallery: A day at Festo's robot …

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We’re so unprepared for the robot apocalypse

Economists have long argued that automation, not trade, is responsible for the bulk of the six million jobs shed by the manufacturing sector over the last 25 years. Now, they have a put a precise figure on some of the losses.<p>Industrial robots alone have eliminated up to 670,000 American jobs …

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6 River Systems unveils warehouse robots that show workers the way

When Amazon acquired Kiva Systems in 2012, other retailers and third-party fulfillment centers panicked. The e-commerce giants took Kiva’s robots off the market, leaving their competitors without an important productivity tool. Lots of newcomers have cropped up to help warehouses keep up with …

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Robots Could Take Over 10 Million Jobs in Less Than 10 Years

Automation is a bigger threat than ever, and Steven Mnuchin's got nothin'.<p>Can robots write blog posts? Asking for a friend. A new study out of Boston University, picked up by <i>Quartz</i>, studied the impact of automation on the American workforce between 1990 and 2007. The findings indicate that robots …

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Festo’s Hissing Robotic Octopus Tentacle is Pure Nightmare Fuel

A new robotic grabber from pneumatic technology company Festo may very well be a good idea — but it doesn’t matter. Based on the design of an octopus …

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An Incredible Gripping Bionic Robot Arm Directly Inspired by the Design of an Octopus Tentacle

The German robotic company Festo has created the “Octopus Gripper“, a flexible bionic pneumatic arm that can grab ahold of objects in all sorts of …

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The most popular robot vacuum on Amazon is so much cheaper than a Roomba

Roomba started the robot vacuum craze and we’re certainly glad it did. No one enjoys cleaning up around the house, which is exactly why the idea of …

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Ghost in the Sell: Hollywood's Mischievous Vision of AI

Watch enough science fiction movies and you’ll probably come to the conclusion that humans are living on borrowed time. Whether it’s HAL 9000’s …

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Here's proof robots are taking jobs and cutting wages

It turns out the robot uprising was a whole lot less <i>The</i> <i>Terminator</i> and a whole lot more <i>Roger & Me</i>. A study from economists at MIT and Boston University published this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research attempts to quantify the effects of industrial automation on American employment.<p>It …

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This Robot Is Programmed to Literally Roast President Trump’s Tweets

A viral Trump tweet-burning robot joined Twitter Tuesday with one goal: roast President Donald Trump, by literally burning his official tweets to a …

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First thing we do, let's automate all the lawyers (and bankers, and accountants) | Ladders

Of all the white-collar jobs in America, bankers, stockbrokers and lawyers have arguably had it the best: the most prestige, the most money, the most …

Wall Street

Apple Car Project: Company Reportedly Hiring Robotics, Computer Vision Researchers For Swiss Facility

Apple is reportedly still interested in its self-driving car venture, Project Titan, a recent report from a Swiss local site <i>Inside IT</i> via <i>Apple …

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A Breakthrough for the Medical World Comes in the Form of a Tiny Robot

Robots are everywhere now, and the medical world is no different. There may not be complete robotic surgeons just yet, but various automated …

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AI And Automation By The Numbers: Predictions, Perceptions, And Proposals

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin declared last week that the threat of artificial intelligence taking over American jobs “is not even on my radar screen.” Mnuchin is “not worried at all,” at least not for the next 50 to 100 years. This was in sharp contrast to the attitude of the previous …

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All-girls robotics team wins international competition

LIVINGSTON, Mich. — Hartland Township’s Pink Eagles captured a top prize at the Wonder League Robotics Competition.<p>Coach Frank Tappen said the team, comprising female students from Ore Creek Middle School, is “ecstatic” about its win.<p>“Our daughter and her friends first joined Wonder League thinking …

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Humans To Replace Telepresence Robots At Events

<b>Look out robots, the humans are coming to replace you! At least, that’s the case for one human who wants to replace telepresence robots.</b><p>Meet Stefan …

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Your Next Boss Might Be a Robot

The latest stats are alarming.<p>Beware: Robots may soon replace you or your manager.<p>In fact, 38% of jobs in the U.S. have the potential to be replaced …

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Domino's delivers pizza in Europe with wheeled drones

Domino's has unleashed another set of pizza delivery drones, this time in Germany and the Netherlands. Last year, it worked with Flirtey to drop pizza to customers in New Zealand using unmanned aerial vehicles. For this pilot program, however, it chose to use autonomous rovers developed by Starship …

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Robots Depress Wages and Take Away Jobs: NBER

The prospect of robots taking away jobs and reducing wages has been a lingering fear among workers in the manufacturing industry. That fear received …

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You Can Now Get Your Domino's Delivered By A Robot

🍕 🤖<p>Few things are more disappointing than opening up a takeaway pizza box to find that your pepperoni feast is a soggy cold mess.<p>Fortunately, Domino’s has now found a novel way to streamline the delivery process, ensuring that your pizza arrives intact and piping hot: robots.<p>Following in the …

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A look at sexbots, prototypes of a radically different future for society

Summary: Sexbots are coming. Here is an introduction to prototypes of the first mass-market models, which will hit society in ten or twenty years …

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Recode Daily: Britain makes its Brexit breakup official

Plus: Pizza robots, and Netflix-and-kill with standup comics.<p><b>In one of the most significant steps</b> by a British leader since WWII, Prime Minister Theresa May formally began Britain's divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, raising thorny issues involved in untangling a four-decade …

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Award-winning robot rappers perform "Robot's Delight"

These Japanese robots' performance of "Robot's Delight" -- an extended, braggadocios riff on the state of AI learning-through-imitation research, …

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Apple’s new Swiss lab will help start the robot uprising

Apple is reportedly on a hiring spree for robotics and computer vision researchers to work at a supposed new R&D lab in Switzerland.<p>According to a new report, Apple has already hired around ten postdoc and doctoral students from ETH Zurich, a science, technology, engineering and math university in …

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Corn monitoring robots help scientists study the effects of climate change on food crops

One of the major impacts of climate change in the coming years will be a shift in how and where we grow our food. With rising temperatures and …

Climate Change

Robot has eyes designed to follow you around like the Mona Lisa

The Transgazer robot appears to be looking at several people at once because of its concave eye design, which could help it better communicate with …

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5 INSANE ROBOT SUITS That Will Blow Your Mind

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Build-your-own Robot Can Tackle Biology And Chemistry Experiments

Building off-the-shelf Lego robots can teach kids important skills like mechanical engineering, computer programming and teamwork. Now, Stanford …

Chemistry

NASA just made a tiny new robot companion for the Mars rover: Meet PUFFER, the foldable explorer.

Meet PUFFER, a new robot designed by NASA to explore terrains a Mars rover can’t get to. Its name, PUFFER, stands for pop-up flat folding explorer robot. It’s built to manage all kinds of situations, and has been tested in environments as extreme as California’s Mojave desert to an active volcano …

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