Robotics & Automation

We Need Conscious Robots - Issue 47: Consciousness


People often ask me whether human-level artificial intelligence will eventually become conscious. My response is: Do you want it to be conscious? I think it is largely up to us whether our machines will wake up.

I, retail robot – how AI is changing the face of the market - Fourth Source


With the Artificial Intelligence (AI) market predicted to grow at a CAGR of 53.65% from 2015 to 2020, momentum for AI is undoubtedly surging. AI, which is essentially the capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behaviour (such as visual perception, speech recognition, etc.) and carry out multiple tasks, is proven to drive greater efficiency, and is on course to play a key role in propelling the growth of the retail sector. As consumers continue to demand greater speed and easier access to product and service information, fuelled by our connected world and the internet of things, AI will dramatically enhance the customer experience through improving responsiveness, personalisation and productivity. The potential of AI and its anticipated impact on the future of retail is massive, and by embracing it early on, brands and retailers have the opportunity to gain a major competitive edge.

7 Jobs Intelligent Robots Will Take First (Some Will Surprise You)


Hold onto your white collars, because the robotic revolution is going to cause the biggest transformation in the world's workforce since the industrial revolution, and are 7 jobs intelligent robots have firmly in their sight.

Watch this robot construct the world's biggest botmade building by itself


In just half a day, a new type of robot built an igloo-shaped building half the diameter of the U.S. Capitol dome--all by itself. In the future, such autonomous machines could assemble entire towns, create wacky Dr. Seuss–like structures, and even prepare the moon for its first human colony.

Head Of Uber's Self-Driving Car Effort Steps Down

Huffington Post

Levandowski's new job will remain in Uber's Advanced Technologies Group, which researches self-driving technology. But he will no longer be involved in a key technology that allows autonomous vehicles to navigate, a company spokesperson told HuffPost. Eric Meyhofer, an Uber engineer and co-founder of Carnegie Robotics, will take over the division, Uber said.

Robots taught to work alongside humans by giving high fives New Scientist


A robotic arm is sublime at stacking boxes on a production line, but workplace robots struggle with social niceties. Now researchers are teaching robots the right way to act in social situations in the hope of making it easier for humans and robots to work together.

Report: RealDoll's $15K A.I.-Powered Sex Robot 'Talks, Learns' - Breitbart


"Harmony is a prototype, a robotic version of the company's hyper-realistic silicone sex toy, the RealDoll," explained The Guardian's Jenny Kleeman. "Her hazel eyes darted between me and her creator, Matt McMullen, as he described her accomplishments."

Elon Musk's robot army revealed in leaked pictures

Daily Mail

Elon Musk has likened future versions of Tesla's Model 3 production line to an'alien dreadnaught' - and now, the first pictures of that vision have emerged.

Flying cars aren't real yet, but these supersonic vehicles already exist


Self-driving vehicles are passé in Silicon Valley. Now it's all about flying transportation.