Robots have moved into factories, warehouses, stores and even our homes. Tech startups are developing self-driving bulldozers, drones to inspect work sites and robot bricklayers. In this photo taken Jan. 26, 2018, Mike Moy, an assistant plant manager for Lehigh Hanson Cement Group, inspects a Kespry drone he uses to survey inventories of rock, sand and other building materials at a mining plant in Sunol, California. Robots are coming to a construction site near you. Tech startups are developing self-driving bulldozers, survey drones and bricklaying robots to help the construction industry boost productivity, speed and safety as it struggles to find enough skilled workers.
Flippy, the burger flipping robot only lasted two days before the plug was pulled, temporarily, suggesting that the future we dream about is going to take a whole lot longer to arrive. While robot armies are not yet taking over America's office jobs, automation has been popping up in ways that are visible to the public. Fast food chains have, for example, been using kiosks instead of people to take orders and grocery chains have long been using cashier-free checkout as an option. Look a little deeper and you'll see factory jobs once held by people performed by actual robots and mechanical workers functioning alongside humans in Amazon fulfillment centers. Automation and robots are becoming a reality that already has and will continue to displace human workers.
The latest appeal of unmanned aircraft is that they can be deployed in a variety of disaster-ravaged locations. An unmanned drone is prepared to take off March 8 at Woodbine Municipal Airport in South Jersey carrying a "femtocell" that Verizon can fly into an area that loses cellular coverage during a natural or other emergency. CAPE MAY COUNTY, N.J.-- Cell service get clobbered by a hurricane? The rash of devastating storms that knocked out power and phone service to millions in the U.S. last year laid bare how vulnerable those technological lifelines are to extreme weather. Some companies are trying to use one of this decade's coolest developments -- remote-controlled drones -- as a temporary fix.
Amid a world-wide crisis in the bee industry, two companies have formed a joint venture to produce honey sustainably in the UAE. With summer flowers out and in full bloom bees are finding lots of pollen for their hives. SAN FRANCISCO -- Birds do it. Now even educated Walmart drones may do it. The world's largest retailer has applied for a patent for drone pollinators to make up for the decline in bees and other insects that fertilize crops and make much of the food the company sells possible.
Lyft has been criticized for being too nice when it comes to taking advantage of Uber's recent stumbles, but there's a reason for that. Lyft has been growing the number of partnerships with other tech companies and automakers in order to not be left behind in the race to self-driving cars, which would make the company vastly more profitable. SAN FRANCISCO -- Lyft announced Wednesday that it is partnering with Magna, a Canadian automotive parts manufacturer, to develop a self-driving vehicle for its ride-hailing network. As part of the deal, Magna will invest $200 million in Lyft. "We're co-founding and co-developing a self-driving system together," said Lyft co-founder Logan Green.
Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, according to his family. Here is a look back on his life as one of the world's foremost theoretical physicists. British physician Stephen Hawking announces winners of the Stephen Hawking medals during an event held in Guia de Isora's Island, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. For decades, legendary scientist Stephen Hawking was confined to a wheelchair by a form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's Disease, a neurological disease that impacts movement. He communicated via a speech synthesizer.
Renault's concept vehicle EZ-GO is designed to be pooled and available on-demand like a taxi service, continuing the trend of the'sharing economy' seen with companies like Uber. Founders of EVelozcity, all former members of auto tech startup Faraday Future, include designer Richard Kim (left), CEO Stefan Krause tech lead Ulrich Kranz. SAN FRANCISCO -- The newest electric car start-up vows it will learn from Tesla's mistakes by echoing Apple's iPhone moves and designing -- but not building -- its vehicles, with its sights set more on the economy market. EVelozcity, a company based in Los Angeles founded by veterans of BMW and electric car start-up Faraday Future, revealed Tuesday it had secured $1 billion in funding from an unnamed group of U.S., European and Chinese backers. The company plans to design and engineer an electric car and leverage third-party contractors for everything from self-driving car software to manufacturing.