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Cubetto is a toy robot that teaches kids the basics of programming

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Cubetto is an adorable robot who helps kids to explore computer programming basics while following along on Cubetto's epic adventures. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Cubetto is an adorable robot who helps kids to explore computer programming basics while following along on Cubetto's epic adventures.


What would an Amazon Alexa robot look like?

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Alexa may be getting some legs. A domestic robot powered by Amazon's digital assistant looks to be in the cards now that Bloomberg is reporting the e-commerce giant is developing some kind of automated servant for the home. Amazon is well on its way to creating prototypes of the robot, according to the report, with the aim to have it in consumers' homes as early as next year. The exact goal of the project, said to be codenamed "Vesta," is unclear, but smart money is on some kind of mobile Alexa speaker that can move from room to room, extending the digital assistant's presence in a home. The idea is it would be equipped with sophisticated computer-vision capabilities so it could navigate a home like a Roomba robot vacuum.


Roomba and the role of future robots

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Today, the house-cleaning Roomba seems almost ubiquitous, but in a recent essay, its inventor, Joe Jones, recalls his wrong prediction in the 1980s that "in three to five years, robots will be everywhere doing all sorts of jobs." For decades, he notes, "robots never managed to find their way out of the laboratory." Jones makes several good points about why some robotics companies fail: they fail to perform a valuable task, they fail to do the task today, or they fail to do the task for less. Robotic solutions need to be extremely simple. That's why the Roomba worked: the usefulness of an autonomous vacuum brought real robotics into many people's (and animals') homes with simple sensing, behavior-based programming, and mobility.


Thousands of scientists, engineers pledge not to develop killer robots

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In attempt to prevent killer robots from destroying the Earth, scientists signed a pledge to not manufacture them. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. In attempt to prevent killer robots from destroying the Earth, scientists signed a pledge to not manufacture them.


Public Preview Cloud-Based Enterprise RPA Platform UiPath

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As adoption of RPA takes hold across enterprises, customers are pushing for new capabilities to broaden out the usefulness of software robots to support all workers in all roles. Customers are beginning to look beyond pure automation to also use software robots as digital assistants. Making it easier to plan for and build robots, create human-machine interfaces to interact with their robots, leverage AI to for automation and to help with decision-making, and measure performance of the emerging digital workforce are all necessary to satisfy the expansive vision of RPA.