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Robot to be 'questioned' on impact of AI on jobs

London - As part of an inquiry into the impact of artificial intelligence on employment, a group of British parliamentarians are to 'question' as robot. Behind this are some key questions about the impact of artificial intelligence on jobs.

Iron Ox shows how AI and robots can increase farm production

San Carlos - Start-up Iron Ox has created a fully autonomous farm in San Carlos, California. The hydroponic indoor farm relies on two robots to plant, care for and harvest produce, and by doing so, they grow 30 times more produce than traditional farms.

First autonomous, free-flying and agile flapping-wing robot

A novel flying robot has been developed which can mimic rapid insect flight. The machine is presented as the world's first autonomous, free-flying and agile flapping-wing robot.

Startup 3-D rocket maker Relativity Space adds more great talent

Relativity Space, the startup developing a small launch vehicle making extensive use of 3D-printing technologies, has brought on board a former SpaceX and Virgin Orbit executive to help grow the company.

China set to launch lunar rover to far side of moon in December

Beijing - China's space agency this week shared new details about its upcoming Chang'e-4 mission, which aims to launch two robots to the far side of the moon.

Ford introduces 'exosuits' into 15 factories

Car giant Ford has introduced 'exosuits' to assist workers who have to undertake repetitive work. The new suits are being used at 15 of the company's factories around the world.

New advance with conversational robots

Is it possible for a robot to truly imitate a human, so that the way the robot communicates becomes indistinguishable from a person? While this idea may be a long-way off, Japanese researchers have taken another important step.

Robots working as a group work better

Robots work optimally in a group compared with solo working, according to new research. This means robots working in partnership can assist with activities like rescue missions.

Machine learning method for robots to see into the near future

The first machine learning method capable of accurate extrapolation has been developed. The importance of this is that will provide robots with any ability to make predictions about future events based on limited data.

Robot bloodhound tracks down odors

A new robot, dubbed a 'bloodhound', has been developed to track down odors on the ground. Such a device will be useful for detecting and addressing chemical spillages.

Tesla flies in six planes of robots in latest Model 3 push

Reno - Tesla Inc has flown six planes full of robots and equipment from Europe to California in an unusual, high-stakes effort to speed up battery production for its Model 3 electric sedan, people familiar with the matter told Reuters this week.

Weed killing robots offering chemical alternative

A technological solution to over-use of agricultural chemicals is there. An artificial intelligence-powered robotic weed hunter can potentially reduce the need for herbicides, as well as genetically modified crops.

Autonomous glider flies like an albatross & cruises like boat

Brisbane - Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed robotic glider which can skim along the water's surface, ride the wind like an albatross, and surf the waves like a sailboat.

Kroger fires shot in online grocery wars with e-commerce deal

Cincinnati - Britain’s online supermarket Ocado clinched a game-changing deal with Kroger as its exclusive partner in the U.S., securing its entry into the world’s biggest market and sending its shares soaring more than 50 percent on Thursday.

A social robot can deliver a motivational interview

Plymouth - To answer the question "could robots be counselors?", early research suggest yes, with advances in artificial intelligence, as initial studies show a positive user experience.

To advance, robots need artificial intelligence

Although robotics has advanced in recent years many robots remain, from the AI perspective, relatively stupid. However, advances in artificial intelligence hint at the next evolution being with AI-powered robots.

Rise of robots means manufacturing will never be the same

The continued rise of robotics means that the manufacturing sector will continue to change, with further reductions in labor intensive occupations according to a new report. Already 2018 is conceptually different to 2008.

Microsoft co-founder launches $125m fund to teach AI common sense

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has announced a $125m initiative to research ways in which AI could learn common sense. It will help AI to mimic human identification of the most rational response to new scenarios, even if it goes against regular rules.

Super-fast origami-inspired robot

It's small but fast. Researchers have developed a miniaturized origami-inspired robot that can combine micrometer precision with high speed.

Essential Science: Graphene makes for cell-sized robots

Imagine an electricity-conducting, environment-sensing, shape-changing cell-sized machine, used for medical diagnosis. Impossible? Not according to new research that has harnessed the properties of graphene.

New technology for tracking autonomous mining vehicles

Researchers have used new technology, based on robotics, to track and assess the status of autonomous underground mining vehicles.

Robots can now see into the near future

A leap forwards in robotic learning has taken place. New technology enables robots imagine the future of their actions. This allows them to determine how to manipulate objects they have never previously encountered.

New software allows robots to be operated through VR

Brown University technologists have developed software that enables users control robots over the Internet using standard a virtual reality hardware interface.

Robots can ‘set us free’ and keep jobs

London - A leading British politician has weighed in on the debate over robots and human labour, stating that job losses are unlikely and the advances in automation being adopted by businesses are for the greater good.

Collision detector to make robots better

The application of speedy collision detectors could make robots better human assistants, according from a study conducted at the University of California - San Diego.

Op-Ed: Many are pessimistic about the consequences of AI

Charles Modeas, EU Research Commissioner claims that the development of AI and thinking machines pose a threat to our existence risk confusing science with science fiction.

Essential Science: Jellyfish inspired electronic skin

Inspired by aquatic life, scientists have designed an electronic artificial skin which has the capability to ‘glow’ when the surface is damaged. The application will have several medical uses.

Teleoperating robots with virtual reality

Boston - New research has shown that it's becoming easier to teleoperate robots by using virtual reality. This has the aim of making it easier for factory workers to telecommute.

Robots will add jobs to the economy: Siemens

London - A new report from Siemens suggests the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ will add billions to economies and that, instead of fearing robots, the drive towards automation will actually generate more jobs.

Relativity Space aims to make a fully 3D printed rocket by 2021

Los Angeles - Startup Relativity Space plans on using huge 3D printers to manufacture all the parts of a rocket without human intervention. The company aims to reduce the number of parts as well as the cost of producing a rocket.
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