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Solar-Powered Robot Farmers Are Almost Ready to Start Working the Land - Motherboard

So it looks like we're going to live to see the rise of the autonomous robot farmer after all. Or at least, the robot farmhand. There are plenty of promising agricultural automatons in the works, after all: We've got mechanized hydroponic factory farmers, self-propelling farmballs, and, now, …

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Bill Gates wants a robot tax to compensate for job losses

How would you deal with the likelihood that robots and automation will likely lead to many people losing their jobs? For Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the answer is straightforward: tax the robots. In an interview with <i>Quartz</i>, Gates argues that taxing worker robots would offset job losses by …

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Bill Gates and Elon Musk just warned us about the one thing politicians are too scared to talk…

Bill Gates and Elon Musk just warned us about the one thing politicians are too scared to talk about.This Boston Dynamics robot can walk around and …

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Want to Get The Most Out Of Robots? Focus On People

Automation, when properly understood, does not replace humans, but extends them<p>Since 2000, the US has lost 5 million manufacturing jobs. Some say that the loss is due to foreign competition, primarily from China. Others say that it is due to higher productivity from automation and factories simply …

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Will China be the First to Have a Workforce Dominated by Robots?

China could well be the first country in the world to have a workforce dominated by robots. This comes following the challenges China’s currently …

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Crowdfunding project of the week: Professor Einstein robot is the coolest digital assistant

It’s time to dive into the crowdfunding world to find you another featured campaign. In this article series we aim to highlight the hottest projects from websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. We know you don’t have time to go through all these gadgets, and not all of them are that great. This is …

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Researchers just figured out how to make spiders move even faster

Why it matters to you<p>The research could lead to faster and more mobile insect-inspired robots, which can be used in search and rescue missions.<p>A …

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Bill Gates calls for income tax on robots

Robots have at least one unfair advantage over human workers: they do not pay income tax.<p>Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and the world’s richest …

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AstroBot Kit Teaches Kids the Joys of Coding

These days, a toy store has more STEM bundles than a florist. At this year's Toy Fair, almost every company we visited launched a new robot or …

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Robotics competition reveals hours of hard work by students

Students from across the state battling for robotic supremacy.<p>The premise is that students take classroom skills then apply those same skills in a …

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M Social Singapore Welcomes First Robotic Employee — The Discoveries Of

<b>Ever wondered what the future of hospitality would look like? M Social Singapore has got it covered as it brings its first robot, AURA, into …

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Bill Gates says robots should be taxed like workers

In a new interview with Quartz, Microsoft founder Bill Gates makes a rather stunning argument—that robots who replace human workers should incur taxes equivalent to that worker’s income taxes.<p>“Right now, the human worker who does, say, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed . . . …

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Bill Gates: Robots that steal human jobs should pay taxes

Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft and world’s richest man, said in an interview Friday that robots that steal human jobs should pay their fair …

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The Error In Bill Gates' Latest Odd Idea - Let's Tax The Robots Stealing Our Jobs

Bill Gates has put forward an odd idea, that we should tax the production of those robots as they all come to steal our jobs. This is a bad idea, an error, we should do absolutely no thing. The error stemming from a misunderstanding of the production of value and what happens to it when …

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Radiation levels in one of the Fukushima reactors are high enough to kill a human in two minutes

The radiation levels in Fukushima's unit two reactor are so high they could kill a human in two minutes, according to data collected by a robot.<p>Tokyo …

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Flabby heart keeps pumping with squeeze from robotic sleeve

Scientists are developing a robotic sleeve that can encase a flabby diseased heart and gently squeeze to keep it pumping.<p>So far it’s been tested only in animals, improving blood flow in pigs. But this “soft robotic” device mimics the natural movements of a beating heart, a strategy for …

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SEX ROBOT SHOCKER: Britons to take cyborgs' VIRGINITY in 'sexual experience like NO OTHER'

Cyborg developer Matt McMullen has developed an app so users can strike an "emotional connection" with the life-like dolls.<p>This will guarantee the …

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Can You Name All The Robots In This Transformers: Forged To Fight Trailer?

Mobile developer Kabam and Hasbro roll out a new trailer for their upcoming fighting game at Toy Fair 2017 today, demonstrating just how deep and …

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These Disney princess and puppy robots teach your kids to code

Disney's Belle adds programmable dance moves, while FurReal introduces a robot pet dog with a customized personality. Both are arriving from Hasbro this year.<p>Throwing coding into toys is a trend that's gone full-force over the last year or so, and Hasbro isn't letting up.<p>Two new spins on coding …

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Genetically Engineered Muscle Cells Power Tiny Bio-Robots

One of the essential problems of bio-robotics is actuators. The rotors, bearings, and electrical elements of the stepper motors and other …

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Exhibit charts rise of robots

WHY do humans build machines that resemble them — and what does that say about us? A London exhibition opening recently is surveying 500 years of …

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The Junkyard Bot (Robots Rule #1) - Sci-Fi and Scary

<b>Worker robots keep the high-tech town of Terabyte Heights humming, but ten-year-old George Gearing is the only one who has a robot for a best friend.</b> …

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How to build a bio-bot: Researchers share design and development of biological machines

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Creating tiny muscle-powered robots that can walk or swim by themselves -- or better yet, when prompted -- is more complicated …

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Power Company Sends Fire-Spewing Drone to Burn Trash Off High-Voltage Wires

What happens when your power lines get all kinds of trash hanging from them and it’s not safe to send up a human? In Xiangyang, China, you send in …

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Bill Gates Has a Trumpian Plan to Make Job-Stealing Robots Pay

Taxes, that is.<p>It is fairly obvious, when looking at the economic data, that <b>Donald Trump</b> is largely missing the point when he blames China or Mexico for the decline of U.S. manufacturing jobs. “We want products made by our workers in our factories stamped with those four magnificent words—made in …

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Bill Gates says robots who take your job should pay taxes

Commentary: Tech's elder statesman says that we can't just give up the taxes that humans pay.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Engineers are busy making machines that are better than humans.<p>They haven't, though, thought through all the …

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This Is What a Robot Designed by a Neural Network Looks Like - Creators

In classical sculpture there is a great emphasis on movement. In the world of robotics, the emphasis is on actual motion. For the last several years Riga, Latvia-based new media sculptor Krists Pudzens has been fusing the two disciplines with his “electromechanical art.”<p>In his first major …

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New San Francisco cafe is funded by venture capital, staffed by robots

As Katy Franco waited for her morning coffee, passersby pulled out their phones and snapped photos and video of her barista.<p>A man in his 20s did a double take, recorded the scene on his iPhone and posted it to Instagram. Another woman drifted toward the barista and asked no one in particular: …

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'Tax The Robots' Says Bill Gates

I make no excuses for my fanboy reactions to Bill Gates. The man was a hero to me when he ran Microsoft full-time, and he’s gone on to do even better things since. His most recent musing was on the subject of how we solve the impending problem of robots taking human jobs. Gates suggests that the …

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European parliament calls for robot law, rejects robot tax

European lawmakers called on Thursday for EU-wide legislation to regulate the rise of robots, including an ethical framework for their development and deployment and the establishment of liability for the actions of robots including self-driving cars.<p>But they rejected a proposal to impose a …

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