Robots

Drones delivering your pizza; humanoid robots nursing your grandmother; factory-sized robots displacing millions of workers—this page covers the trends and news that will guide the future of robots.

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https://www.zdnet.com/article/robot-density-a-strange-metric-elegantly-illustrates-the-revolution-underway/
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ZDnet
A new report from the International Federation of Robotics suggests a global tipping point
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3885592/Dawn-Sexbots-new-TV-Westworld-s-future-tourists-romance-robots-just-sick-fantasy-No-soon-buy-androids-talk-touch-feel.html
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Daily Mail
The storyline of new Sky TV drama Westworld, in which lifelike robots are abused for human pleasure, has provoked a host of disturbing questions about violence and sexual exploitation.
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https://digiday.com/media/forbes-built-a-robot-to-pre-write-articles-for-its-contributors/
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Digiday
The publisher's 2,500 contributors could soon rely on AI to pre-write stories for them.
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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/05/business/media/artificial-intelligence-journalism-robots.html
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The New York Times
Fast, accurate and no typos! Bloomberg News, The Washington Post and The Associated Press test out machine-generated journalism.
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https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2019/03/29/artificial-intelligence-can-now-write-amazing-content-what-does-that-mean-for-humans/#656f73c350ab
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Forbes
Written language generation was once thought to be a task humans were uniquely qualified to do. Today, with advances in AI and specifically natural language generation, AI is proving its expertise with all kinds of content types from news reports and social media posts to financial reports.
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https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160824/p2a/00m/0na/020000c
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Mainichi
JERUSALEM -- The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) revealed to the Mainichi Shimbun that, beginning in mid-July, it has deployed fully automated self-drivi
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https://www.military.com/defensetech/2019/01/10/army-looking-ai-controlled-weapons-counter-enemy-fire.html
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Military
Until now, the military has required a human to be in the decision-making process for when to use deadly force.
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https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/google-is-training-machines-to-predict-when-a-patient-will-die
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The Straits Times
SAN FRANCISCO (BLOOMBERG) - A woman with late-stage breast cancer came to a city hospital, fluids already flooding her lungs. She saw two doctors and got a radiology scan. The hospital's computers read her vital signs and estimated a 9.3 per cent chance she would die during her stay.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
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https://soundcloud.com/a16z/eq-iq-consumer-robotics-home
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a16z
Stream a16z Podcast: The IQ and EQ of Robots by a16z from desktop or your mobile device
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https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-cities-across-america-the-fight-for-curb-space-heats-up-during-the-holidays-11576238403
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WSJ
Cities across the country are turning to what government officials and urban planners call “curb management strategies” to help congestion, a year-round problem that peaks during the holiday shopping season.
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https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/insights/topics/digital-transformation/digitizing-the-construction-industry.html
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Deloitte
Technology isn't the only, or even main, source of disruption. Increasingly, all it takes is the realization that social and economic factors enable old technologies to be used in new ways.
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https://venturebeat.com/2018/12/11/ai-is-esports-newest-weapon/
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Venture Beat
We’re only just scratching the surface of what AI can do to improve the performance of high-end gamers
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https://io9.gizmodo.com/would-it-be-evil-to-build-a-functional-brain-inside-a-c-598064996
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Gizmodo
There’s been a lot of talk recently about using supercomputers to simulate the human brain. But as scientists get progressively closer to achieving this goal, they’re going to have to consider the ethics involved. By making minds that live inside machines, we run the risk of inflicting serious harm.
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https://www.forbes.com/sites/panosmourdoukoutas/2014/09/21/robots-cannot-solve-japans-big-problem/#7891aedc7504
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Forbes
Robots like SoftBank’s latest humanoid Pepper, showcased over the weekend in Tokyo, can perform many tasks. They can dance, sketch portraits, and control visitors’ smartphones. But they cannot solve Japan’s big problem: the population shortfall, due to extremely low birth rates—a cause and a consequence of the country’s prolonged economic stagnation. To [...]
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/17/robots-future-farming
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The Guardian
Population growth and climate change mean we need hi-tech to boost crops, says a new report
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https://www.theverge.com/2015/10/13/9521453/skycatch-komatsu-drones-construction-autonomous-vehicles
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The Verge
Komatsu is the world’s second largest construction company, a venerable Japanese brand with 94 years of history that sells forklifts and bulldozers to customers around the globe. But in its home...
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https://hbr.org/2014/06/a-benefit-of-the-mechanization-of-war-savings-on-veterans-benefits
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Harvard Business Review
The most overt costs of war, including military spending and the destruction of capital, are of relatively short duration, but the costs borne by combatants, caretakers, and society last for many years. Thus, committing troops to a war zone has lasting implications for fiscal policy: Depending on the scope of the conflict, the government’s obligation […]
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https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jul/19/give-robots-an-ethical-black-box-to-track-and-explain-decisions-say-scientists
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The Guardian
As robots start to enter public spaces and work alongside humans, the need for safety measures has become more pressing, argue academics
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https://ifr.org/ifr-press-releases/news/industrial-robot-sales-increase-worldwide-by-29-percent
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IFR
Global sales of industrial robots reached the new record of 387,000 units in 2017. That is an increase of 31 percent compared to the previous year (2016: 294,300 units). China saw the largest growth in demand for industrial robots, up 58%. Sales in the USA increased by 6% - in Germany by 8% compared to the previous year. These are the initial findings of the World Robotics Report 2018, published b
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https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/18/robotic-dishwasher-for-restaurants-taking-dirty-work-out-of-kitchen.html
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CNBC
Restaurants have a hard time hiring and retaining dishwashers, but now there's a robot for that.
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https://onezero.medium.com/a-bill-of-rights-for-the-age-of-artificial-intelligence-d9b1c0e80bac
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Medium
If robots don’t have exactly the same consciousness as humans, then this is used as an excuse to give them different rights, analogous to arguments that other tribes or races are less than human.