Robots

Amazon Just Showed Us What Really Happens When Robots Replace Jobs

They've already got 100,000 robots and are adding (a lot) more.<p>There are as many opinions about jobs and artificial intelligence as there are people who have them. A Vanguard global economist recently said AI will replace 1in 2 jobs. A new survey of AI researchers said most believe AI will …

Robotics

Terminator moves step closer to reality as scientists create synthetic muscle that can lift 1,000 times its own weight

An artificial muscle that can lift 1,000 times its own weight has been created, laying the groundwork for Terminator-like humanoid robots.<p>Scientists used a 3D printing technique to create the rubber-like synthetic muscle that expands and contracts like its biological counterpart.<p>Heated by a small …

Robotics

Flippy, the hamburger cooking robot, gets its first restaurant gig

Today at Disrupt SF, we got our first look at Flippy in its final form. Miso Robotics has been showing off its burger-flipping “robotic kitchen assistant” for several months now, but today’s food robotics panel marks the first time we’ve actually seen it put to work in a real-world kitchen.<p>No …

Robotics

This "Secret" Amazon Technology Could Be Worth $15 Billion to Shareholders -- The Motley Fool

Many professional analysts are calling Amazon's $1,000 stock price overvalued. But the e-commerce giant is deploying a new technology that could …

Investing

3 Growth Stocks to Buy and Hold for 25 Years -- The Motley Fool

Hint: Think solar energy, robots, and more robots.<p>What if you bought stocks but couldn't sell them until the year 2042 at the earliest? What criteria …

Stocks

Japanese robot firm makes an aggressive move in China | ZDNet

China will need more than half-a-million industrial robots by 2025. The race is on to see who will supply them.<p>Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries has …

Robotics

Robots 'could take 4m private sector jobs within 10 years'

Survey from the Royal Society of Arts argues that technology could phase out mundane roles, raise productivity and deliver higher wages<p>Four million jobs in the private sector could be replaced by robots in the UK in the next decade, according to business leaders asked about the future of automation …

Intelligence

AI Startup Invents Trick For Robots To More Efficiently Teach Themselves Complex Tasks

Google-owned DeepMind uses sophisticated computer simulations for computers to teach themselves how to accomplish certain tasks. The simulated training, known as reinforcement learning, involves the computer trying out thousands (or millions) of different things until it manages to figure out what …

Robotics

'Aire' is a hovering robot with Alexa that will definitely scare your pets

Robots on Kickstarter or Indiegogo usually are slow-moving and expensive products, with little or no real utility. I don't think 'Aire' is anything …

DARPA's autonomous system can fly and land a helicopter with just a tablet

Like a big drone with two rotors, a Sikorsky S-76 commercial helicopter successfully traveled and landed without a pilot actually touching the flight …

Aerospace

Wonder Workshop’s new CleverBot educational robots can grasp natural language

Wonder Workshop has unveiled two new CleverBots robots for children, dubbed Cue and Dot. The robots are designed to inspire children and teens to be creative and learn how to program robots.<p>The robots from San Mateo, California-based Wonder Workshop are among many educational robots that are …

Robotics

Take a look inside Alibaba's smart warehouse where robots do 70% of the work

Take a look inside Alibaba's smart warehouse where robots do 70% of the work.<p>They can carry up to 500 kilograms above them around the warehouse floor.<p>They have special sensors to avoid colliding into each other and they can be summoned using wifi.<p>When they run out of battery, they can take …

Robotics

I, Robot....

<i>Note: No artificial intelligence was involved in the creation of this column.</i><p>In the year 1942, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov introduced the …

Advertising Industry

Bug brains help AI solve navigation challenges

Drones and other autonomous robots require mobile and efficient solutions to real-life issues, from mundane package transportation to urgent search and rescue missions. Using machine learning and a vector-based navigation system inspired by insects, agents could navigate to key locations without …

Machine Learning

Worcestershire GC Gets New Robot Greenkeeper

Worcestershire GC have employed a new greenkeeper in the form of this Husqvarna robot lawnmower...<p><b>Worcestershire GC Gets New Robot …

Sport (UK)

A $30 Robotic Duster – Just Don’t Call It a Roomba

Following the huge success of Roomba, the self-driving vacuum cleaner, more and more household developers are following suit and turning to …

Gear & Gadgets

Aevena Aire Flying Robotic Assistant

Something of a cross between a security camera and a drone, the Aevena Aire Flying Robotic Assistant is a new type of homebound gadget. Using a …

Shopping

Cue is a comedian trapped in a robot body

Now Playing: Watch this: Cue the robot has plenty of attitude<p>1:33<p>Fancy a friendly game of soccer with your robot pal? San Mateo, California-based Wonder Workshop's new Cue robot will be your own personal David Beckham.<p>The kid-oriented Cue does bear a resemblance to Sphero's BB-8, but LED lights on …

San Mateo County

Hubert, Humanoid Advanced Robotics Study Assistant (video)

Serial Kickstarter entrepreneurs and robotic developers at ArcBotics, have launched a new Kickstarter campaign this month to raise funds for their …

Robotics

Bomb squad deploys robots near 'fire-hydrant package' in Melbourne street

A Melbourne street is re-opened after three police robots were deployed near what appeared to be two fire extinguishers sticky-taped to a box on the …

Meet the megabots – how scientists turned robots into a swarm

Researchers have discovered how to make one robot “the brain” of the others.<p>Alexa is an automated butler that tells you what the weather is like and …

Robotics

The Port of Los Angeles Becomes a Little More Automated as Robotics Trend Continues

In the automated system, the ships arrive at the terminal and containers are offloaded by ship-to-shore cranes, which are operated by humans. At this …

Culture

Higher costs of developing robot warehouses knock Ocado shares

Shares in Ocado, the online supermarket that aims to reposition itself as a retail technology provider, fell on Tuesday morning after it said it …

Robotics

Robots will soon do your taxes and your bookkeeper is cool with that

Up until about ten years ago, choosing a career in accountancy was considered a safe bet. It came with a decent salary, plenty of job opportunities and all sorts of benefits. Robots were still a distant reality. Something to worry about for blue-collar workers, maybe, but in no way threatening to …

Technology

A sex doll sharing service has been banned in China after people said it would be a 'bad influence on society'

Sharing is the latest trend. We share our cars, we share our homes, and we even share our dogs through companies that are all looking to cash in on this sharing craze.<p>But there are probably some things that shouldn't be shared.<p>A sex doll sharing service called Touch has been banned just four days …

Robotics

The Nuada smart glove gives your hand bionic powers

In the future, said Andy Warhol, everyone will be bionic for fifteen minutes. I’m paraphrasing, but it looks like a Portuguese company called Nuada is about to give us that opportunity. Created by Filipe Quinaz and Vitor Crespo, the seed-funded company pitched on our Disrupt stage and showed us one …

Startups

Starting a Robotics Company? Sell a Service, Not a Robot

If you want to start a robot company, plan to kick off by selling a service performed by robots, not the robots themselves.<p>That was the message of …

Robotics

Robo-Boats Are Setting Sail in Boston

Frank Marino sat in a repurposed U.S. Coast Guard boat bobbing in Boston Harbor one morning late last month. He pointed the boat straight at a buoy …

U.S. Coast Guard

Video shows what happens when a robot conducts an Italian orchestra

It’s not uncommon for conductors to break into a full sweat as they lead a symphony performance.<p>Their goal, after all, is to translate musical energy into a readable, physical form.<p>The endeavor is not only demanding — with sudden stops and starts and moments of delicate fluidity — but also full of …

News (U.S.)

New study measures human-robot relations

A QUT researcher is leading a new study to evaluate human-robot interactions as technology reshapes health care.<p>The Faculty of Health's Nicole …

Robotics