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Wash. Gov. Inslee voices concern over automation

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says the coming age of wider automation and smarter artificial intelligence will require upgrades in educational and training systems — as well as improvements in the social safety net for those who would otherwise be left behind. … Continue reading

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Amazon patents robot that tosses warehouse items

Robots are nothing new for Amazon’s fulfillment centers, but a newly issued Amazon patent envisions robots that could toss items around those centers. The 27-page patent, published July 17, describes robotic arms or manipulators that can use sensors to identify objects, figure out … Continue reading

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Vision-free robot feels its way through the dark

Boston Dynamics’ scary-smart robots make use of sophisticated computer vision, but MIT is following a different strategy with its Cheetah 3 robot. The vision-free version of MIT’s 80-pound, Labrador-sized Cheetah 3 can find its way across a pitch-black room and up an … Continue reading

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SpaceX rocket sends robot pal to space station

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off today from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, sending an AI-enabled, sphere-shaped robot companion to keep the International Space Station’s crew company. The European CIMON robot, complete with a video-screen smiley face, is packed … Continue reading

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How robots and mini-organs can save real humans

Good news, everybody: Robots can now create human mini-organs from stem cells. What could possibly go wrong? The method may sound like a nightmare from HBO’s AI thriller “WestWorld,” but researchers from the University of Washington School of Medicine say it … Continue reading

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Boston Dynamic gears up to sell robot dogs

Cue the “Black Mirror” theme music: Boston Dynamics says it’s putting its scary SpotMini robotic dog on sale next year. The company’s founder, Marc Raibert, made the announcement on May 11 at a TechCrunch robotics event at the University of California at Berkeley. … Continue reading

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Robot and mice return to Earth on SpaceX Dragon

After a month of unloading and reloading, SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule was set loose from the International Space Station today and made a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. The two tons of cargo that were returned to Earth include mice that were part of … Continue reading

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