Robots


This Is What It Feels Like When A Robot Takes Your Job

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For about a year, Sam Fox-Hartin had worked for an on-demand concierge startup called GoButler as a "Hero," the company's term for employees who field users' requests, via text message, and then complete tasks such as booking tables at restaurants, scheduling appointments, or ordering food for delivery on their behalf. Most of these tasks, like the ones I watched Fox-Hartin maneuver when GoButler invited me to visit its New York headquarters last year, were fairly routine. But he also wrote poems. Convinced couriers to deliver dry ice. And in response to one particularly odd request, drew "some horses hanging around a campfire."


Forget the robots -- here come the geminoids!

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Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro displayed one of his androids on Sunday at the SXSW Interactive Festival. The android, which is modeled after Ishiguro, held an autonomous conversation in Japanese on stage with an Ishiguro associate. Pepper the robot looks on as panelists discuss advances in robot technology at the SXSW Interactive Festival. Robots played a key role at this year's gathering. AUSTIN – Androids, geminoids and old-fashioned robots roamed the halls of the South by Southwest Interactive Festival this weekend in a plethora of sessions and demonstrations.


Shared Space Bots on display at Brisbane's World Science festival - video

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The World Science Festival Brisbane's'Shared Space Bots' performance demonstrations at Queensland University of Technology used pint-sized, futuristic floor robots to reveal research into the technologies that will allow humans to communicate with driverless cars, and allowed audience members a chance to'test drive' the systems safely. Shared Space Bots were demonstrated by internationally acclaimed technologist Christopher Lindinger from Austrian R&D company Ars Electronica Futurelab. They have been developed as part of the ongoing research cooperation between Mercedes-Benz and Ars Electronica Futurelab on the topic of future mobility.


Why everyone should care about robotics - Reaktor

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We all know that robots are already here, changing the way industries across the world work. The robotics industry is evolving at a fast pace. In addition to the more traditional industrial robots, there is an emerging demand for modern cobots which are intended to physically interact with humans in a shared workspace. One example of these modern cobots is ABB's YuMi, which was officially introduced to the marketplace at the end of 2015. YuMi is a "robotic co-worker" that will, according to the company, change the way we think about assembly automation.


Hot Robot At SXSW Says She Wants To Destroy Humans The Pulse CNBC

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Robotics is finally reaching the mainstream and androids - humanlike robots - are everywhere at SXSW Experts believe humanlike robots are the key to smoothing communication between humans and computers, and realizing a dream of compassionate robots that help invent the future of life. About CNBC: From'Wall Street' to'Main Street' to award winning original documentaries and Reality TV series, CNBC has you covered. Experience special sneak peeks of your favorite shows, exclusive video and more. Connect with CNBC News Online Get the latest news: http://www.cnbc.com/ Find CNBC News on Facebook: http://cnb.cx/LikeCNBC


Apple reveals Liam the 'recyclebot' that can rip an iPhone apart in 11 SECONDS

Daily Mail

Apple has revealed a 29 armed robot that can rip apart an iPhone in 11 seconds for recycling. It is hoped the machine will help recycle silver, tungsten and other metals from the handsets. The system started to operate at full capacity last month and can take apart one iPhone 6 every 11 seconds to recover aluminum, copper, tin, tungsten, cobalt, gold and silver parts, according to Apple. The system started to operate at full capacity last month and can take apart one iPhone 6 every 11 seconds to recover aluminum, copper, tin, tungsten, cobalt, gold and silver parts, according to Apple. It has already been installed near Apple's HQ in Cupertino, and it plans to build a second in Europe.


New Robot System Helps Migrants Cross The Mediterranean Safely

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Engineers are testing a new robot rescue system in the Greek islands, hoping it will be able to save some refugees while trying to cross from Turkey to Greece.


Would You Trust A Robot To Rescue You From A Burning Building?

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Would you trust a robot to escort you out of a burning building? NPR's Robert Siegel talks with roboticist Paul Robinette, lead author of the Georgia Tech study, "Overtrust of Robots in Emergency Evacuation Scenarios."


Google Hasn't Given Up on Robots - Artificial Intelligence Online

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In 2014, Google went on a robot spending spree, buying a handful of companies working on various technologies to help robots see, walk, and grasp objects. It seemed that the company was intent on building advanced new robots that might transform factories and even our homes. But last week Bloomberg reported that Google wants to sell the most striking of the companies it acquired, Boston Dynamics. The company's impressive two- and four-legged robots were apparently too far from being marketable. Google has not given up on robots, but appears to have decided to be more realistic about what it can achieve.


Are You Ready for a Robot Colleague?

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Those who work in professions from warehouse staff to hotel concierges may soon count a robot among their colleagues. While Amazon has pioneered the use of robots in its fulfillment centers, its robots are still largely separated from human workers (see "Inside Amazon"). The next generation of workplace bots will work in much closer proximity to regular employees. Some will replace workers entirely, but most will simply take on the more mundane tasks of a human's job. Clearpath Robotics, a company based in Ontario, Canada, launched a robotic platform designed to take on the work done by forklift truck drivers in warehouses and factories.