Tag Archives: Robots

Report: Automation could displace 375M workers

The latest robot report has bad news for laborers and office support staff, good news for techies and healthcare workers. India looks bright, while Japan could face the toughest stretch. Those are just some of the takeaways from McKinsey Global … Continue reading

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Flipping robot sparks AI warning from Elon Musk

Boston Dynamics’ video of a humanoid robot executing a perfect backflip sparked a lot of dark humor, and now billionaire Elon Musk has responded with dark seriousness about the risks posed by super-intelligent, super-agile bots. Musk suggested that future robots could move … Continue reading

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AI activists make a movie about killer robots

As if the mere phrase “killer robots” weren’t scary enough, AI researchers and policy advocates have put together a video that combines present-tense AI and drone technologies with future-tense nightmares. The disturbing seven-minute movie is being released to coincide with … Continue reading

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Robotic skin gets a better sense of touch

The androids in “Blade Runner” sometimes seem more human than humans, but to feel tears in the rain, you need a sense of touch. Now researchers are closing in on just that: robotic skin that feels. Engineers at the University of Washington … Continue reading

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Amazon patents a power-charging robot

Have you ever scrambled around at an airport, hunting down a power outlet for your laptop or smartphone? Amazon’s inventors have the answer: a power-charging robot that’ll come to your side and let you plug in, for a price. It’ll … Continue reading

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Robots are taking over as airport guides

I, for one, welcome our cute new robot overlords at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport – as long as they don’t boss me around. Two types of humanoid robots are getting tryouts this week at Sea-Tac: One is SoftBank’s Pepper robot, which is … Continue reading

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Robots and humans unite on Boeing’s 777X

EVERETT, Wash. – Some manufacturing workers may worry that robots will be stealing their jobs, but not Boeing’s Jordan Northrup. He’s glad to work with Robot 1 and Robot 2, the industrial-strength machines that drill holes and hook up fasteners in … Continue reading

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