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Why people are turning to robots when they're sad and anxious at work

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Now more than ever, leaders need to put mental health at the top of their agenda and address this issue. Employees can't possibly perform at their best when they are suffering inside. And poor mental health is now inescapable as employees work remotely with no separation between their work and personal lives. The study found that 85% of respondents' mental health issues at work negatively affect their home life, causing things like suffering family relationships, isolation from friends, reduced happiness, and sleep deprivation. The mental health epidemic at work persists because of the stigma around it.


Women in Robotics Update: Girls Of Steel

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"Girls of Steel Robotics (featured 2014) was founded in 2010 at Carnegie Mellon University's Field Robotics Center as FRC Team 3504. The organization now serves multiple FIRST robotics teams offering STEM opportunities for people of all ages. Since 2019, Girls of Steel also organizes FIRST Ladies, an online community for anyone involved in FIRST robotics programs who supports girls and women in STEM. Their mission statement reflects their commitment to empowering everyone for success in STEM: "Girls of Steel empowers everyone, especially women and girls, to believe they are capable of success in STEM." One is a PhD student in Robotics at CMU, two are working as engineers, and one is a computer science teacher.


Deep Learning Will Make Robots Grasp and Move Objects Easily

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Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, which is a subset of AI, are opening new opportunities in essentially all businesses, in addition to making frequently used equipment more capable. As anyone might expect, AI and machine learning are frequently applied to robots to improve them. Robots used in the industrial sector can assist organizations in completing more things with fewer blunders. Obviously, safety is key while adding robots in the work environment which is the reason some AI robotics organizations are creating solutions where robots can comprehend what's in their current environment and respond likewise. Veo Robotics has an industrial robotics system that consolidates computer vision, AI and sensors.


The next normal is about managing remote, autonomous, distributed and digitally enabled workforce

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Salesforce research shows that the customer experience that companies provide is as important as their products. To deliver the best possible customer experience, businesses must shift away from silo-design principles to a model that minimizes process friction and more resembles how living organisms grow and flourish. They circulate resources throughout the organism and its environment. A small number of pioneer organizations have already proven the effectiveness of this flow by design paradigm, demonstrating that flow-based designs can be better for the customer, better for the company and better for the environment than their silo equivalents and, as a result, represent a new, more sustainable business model for the future. These companies have also shown us that innovation at scale will require the adoption of new business models and flow-based design principles.


Cyber Monday 2020: The best headphone deals on Sony, AirPods, Bose and more

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Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. It's Cyber Monday, and no it's not a scary day where killer robots revolt, just the perfect time to shop from home at your leisure; you know, like usual! The only thing killer about Cyber Monday is the savings, and if you've been looking for great new headphones and earbuds, your time is now. We've found the absolute best Cyber Monday deals, especially set aside for those who missed the Black Friday window. Below are our favorite picks from Apple, Sony, Jabra, Bose and more, all heavily discounted and ready to come home.


The Big Ways Full Self Driving & Machine Learning Differ From Our Brains

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In a previous article, I discussed my long-term plan to learn more about machine learning, starting with the Elements of AI courses. While I'm only at the beginning of this journey, what I've learned so far has been very enlightening. It's tempting to see systems like Tesla's Full Self Driving (FSD) beta as a child that is learning by doing while we supervise and keep things safe. Eventually, we think, the "child" will grow up and be like us, and then maybe even be better at human driving than humans. After studying the basics more, it's clear that this isn't what machine learning does.


AI, Big Data, and LAWS: Challenges in a new era of warfare

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Following the revolutions in military affairs brought about by gunpowder and nuclear weapons, we find ourselves once again at the dawn of a new era of warfare: The Age of Autonomous Systems. Using cutting-edge technologies for military purposes, especially from the field of Artificial Intelligence, will radically transform how wars will be fought in the near future. LAWS (Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems) is a critical acronym to understand warfare in the 21st century. LAWS encompass any weapon system with autonomy in its critical functions, namely one which can select (i.e., search for or detect, identify, track, and select) and attack (i.e., use force against, neutralise, damage or destroy) targets without human intervention[1]. While technically accurate, 'LAWS' is admittedly a less emphatic term than that used by a global coalition of Human Rights Watch-coordinated non-governmental organisations formed in October 2012 who are working to fully ban LAWS -- or as they call them, 'Killer Robots'.


Elon Musk: Tesla Full Self-Driving beta to expand in two weeks

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A little over a month after releasing Tesla Autopilot's Full Self-Driving (FSD) to a small group of select drivers, Tesla is gearing up for a wider release of the software, according to the company's CEO, Elon Musk Tesla has so far only released the FSD update to "expert and careful" drivers, and so a wider release creates the scary prospect of more Tesla owners experimenting with the feature on city streets. Autopilot has enabled lane changes on clearly marked highways, but FSD allows drivers to automatically handle city streets, traffic lights, roundabouts and street turns. It also offers assisted parking, the summon feature for parking lots, highway driving assistance, but the feature does not make a Tesla an autonomous car. Responding to a question on Twitter about a wider FSD beta, Musk said it would probably roll out in about two weeks. Roads are dry and I'm happy to put it through its paces on our interesting roads.


The 5 Biggest Retail Trends In 2021

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Since online shopping became a reality, retail has become increasingly digital and internet-driven. Bricks and mortar stores have adopted elements of the online experience to encourage us to continue visiting them, and also played to the strengths that in-person experiences can offer, such as more personal levels of service. But the coronavirus pandemic has affected the way every trend will play out in 2021, and offline retail has been hit particularly hard. This has led to widespread job losses and famous names disappearing from shopping centers around the world. At the same time, online retail has boomed more quickly than ever before as consumers choose to remain safely indoors, and home delivery infrastructure becomes increasingly sophisticated.


Cyber Monday 2020: The best deals you can get at Best Buy on TVs, appliances and more

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Cyber Monday 2020: Grab these Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones and plenty of other discounted items at Best Buy. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. If you missed out on a great deal during Black Friday, now is the chance to redeem yourself by shopping Best Buy's Cyber Monday sale. The deals are popping with impressive markdowns on smart TVs, robot vacuums, Nintendo Switch games--the list goes on. There are also major savings on top-rated appliances from LG, Samsung, Whirlpool and other major brands.