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See Boston Dynamics' robodog herd sheep and explore in New Zealand


Spot, the robotic "dog" design from Boston Dynamics, has had a busy pandemic, between counseling patients and enforcing social distancing guidelines. Now, a new partnership with a New Zealand robotics firm is setting up the four-legged automaton for a new line of work: farming. Technically, the partnership is much bigger than that. Rocos specializes in the remote monitoring and operation of robot fleets. By working together, the capabilities of Boston Dynamics robots like Spot will expand thanks to human operators who can manage their performance from a great distance.

Gap rushes in more robots to warehouses to solve virus disruption - Reuters


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. apparel chain Gap Inc (GPS.N) is speeding up its rollout of warehouse robots for assembling online orders so it can limit human contact during the coronavirus pandemic, the company told Reuters. Gap reached a deal early this year to more than triple the number of item-picking robots it uses to 106 by the fall. Then the pandemic struck North America, forcing the company to close all its stores in the region, including those of Banana Republic, Old Navy and other brands. Meanwhile, its warehouses faced more web orders and fewer staff to fulfill them because of social distancing rules Gap had put in place. "We could not get as many people in our distribution centers safely," said Kevin Kuntz, Gap's senior vice president of global logistics fulfillment.

Will Large Scale Automation Emerge Sooner Than Expected In India?


Social media timelines have been saturated with news of layoffs across industries. While the Covid-19 effect is being felt by companies across the spectrum, startups have taken the biggest hit. In fact, two of India's fastest growing unicorns – Ola and Swiggy – have cumulatively laid off 2,500 employees just this week. While organisational restructuring is routine, this widespread workforce transformation has emerged from distress sales, slow business growth and even company closures in some cases, all augmented by the oncoming recession. This necessitates that companies undergo a major overhaul and rethink their workforce strategies to make way for some disruptive changes.

Is this the end of the control tower? This is what smart airports look like


The transport sector expects a great deal from the air. Air transport has remained more or less stable over the last decades. However, technological innovations emerging in various areas, are threatening to change this scenario. This is illustrated, for example, with the steps taken towards making flying taxis a reality. Airports are aware of this situation.

Twitter billionaire Jack Dorsey: Automation will even put tech jobs in jeopardy


Currently, software engineers tend to have high-paying jobs and be highly sought after. In fact, software engineer is the seventh best jobs in the country for 2020, according to a ranking by job site Glassdoor, with a median base salary of $105,563. Dorsey told Yang, who is an advocate for universal basic income, or UBI, that such free cash payments could be a "floor" for people to stand on if they lose their income due to automation. A monthly stipend could provide ousted workers "peace of mind" that they will be able to "eat and feed their children while they are learning how to transition into this new world" by learning new skills, Dorsey said. UBI is not an excuse to not work, but rather a lifeline, according to Dorsey.

Return to work: Automation projects move up the agenda


As businesses slowly start reopening their doors with the ongoing imperative of sticking to stringent social-distancing rules, more organisations are likely to be willing to embrace automation projects. A new survey carried out by Internet of Things (IoT) company Pod Group shows that almost three-quarters of business leaders in the UK expect the pandemic to spark a new wave of automation in the workplace. Although most organizations were already thinking about automating some of their tasks prior to the crisis, some sectors – those that are most public-facing – are giving automation, from software bots to actual robots, a lot more consideration than before the pandemic. In arts and culture, for example, only a quarter of leaders were considering automation before COVID-19; as a result of the crisis, this proportion has now increased to three-quarters. SEE: An IT pro's guide to robotic process automation (free PDF) Similar jumps have been seen in education, healthcare or retail, highlighting how businesses expect automation technology to potentially replace a considerable proportion of their labor force over the next few years.

Video Shows Boston Dynamics' Robot Dog Herding Sheep And Checking Crops


Here's something you might not have expected to see Boston Dynamics' robot dog Spot doing any time soon: herding sheep on a rugged New Zealand mountainside. The slightly bizarre sequence is part of a promotional video demonstrating Spot's potential in the agricultural industry; it also includes footage of Spot checking on crops and clambering over rough terrain. The video was put together by robotics software firm Rocos, which is working with Boston Dynamics to explore how its collection of droids can be controlled remotely. The idea is that bots like Spot could be sent out on missions while a human operator sits on the other side of the world. For farmers, that could mean having a robot monitor fields around the clock, checking in on crop growth or fruit ripening, all while being remotely operated.

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Now hiring AI futurists: It's time for artificial intelligence to take a seat in the C-Suite ZDNet


Machine learning, task automation and robotics are already widely used in business. These and other AI technologies are about to multiply, and we look at how organizations can best take advantage of them. COVID-19 disruption has left enterprises with no choice but to reassess digital transformation investments and roadmaps. While less important projects are delayed, transformation projects involving AI and automation are receiving a lot of attention right now. In just the last 60 days, the adoption of varying levels of AI technologies across the enterprise surged with an incredible sense of urgency.

Artificial intelligence (AI) vs. machine learning (ML): 8 common misunderstandings


Some people use the terms artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) interchangeably. The distinction between the two may seem trivial – after all, machine learning is a subset of AI. However, IT leaders and line-of-business leaders need to understand and be able to articulate the differences between AI and ML. As business interest in AI solutions grows, so too does the number of vendors flooding the market with "intelligent" solutions. Without clarity on AI and ML, enterprises can end up pursuing misguided – and ultimately disappointing projects – or falling for fake AI solutions.