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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.

Op-Ed: How should we react to robots taking our jobs?

There's no doubting the employment trajectory: robots will replace humans for many different tasks at the workplace. Will this lead to new forms of work and new opportunities or will it lead to greater societal polarization?

How many robots does it take to change a light bulb?

A newly created robotic gripper has researchers at University of California - San Diego excited. The 'friendly' new robot could help advance the automation of construction and building works.

Google AI chief claims biased algorithms are a big danger

Social concerns are at the forefront of Artificial Intelligence conversations right now. John Giannandrea AI chief at Google is concerned that bias is being built in to many of the machine-learning algorithms by which the robot makes decisions.

Future of robotics: Merging, morphing, mobile machines

Brussels - In news that will interest technology firms developing robots, researchers have created self-reconfiguring modular robots. These devices can merge, split and self-heal while retaining full control of its sensors and motor functions.

New language allows robot to follow commands

Boston - Massachusetts Institute of Technology technologists have developed an 'Alexa-like system' that allows robots to understand a wide range of commands that require contextual knowledge about their surrounding environment and the objects within it.

Smarter robot vacuum cleaners in development

Imagine being able to control when your office is cleaned, via a robot vacuum cleaner, controlled from an app like Outlook? Such technology is not far away.

3M partnership will use drones for wind turbine maintenance

Santa Cruz - To reduce wind turbine downtime that can affect annual energy production, 3M has announced an agreement with Camp Six Labs to apply 3M products to wind turbine blades using soon-to-be-developed robotic applicators.

Can robots be prevented from harming us?

Hatfield - Can robots be taught ethical behaviors and, most importantly, prevented from harming us? As artificial intelligence advances what is needed to prevent a machine from turning on a person? The answer is a concept called Empowerment.

People prefer slightly faulty robots to perfect ones

The race to perfect robots continues, with weekly advances in robotic science reported. But do we want the perfect machine? New research suggests otherwise.

Father of Afghan robotics girl killed in mosque attack

Herat - The father of an Afghan girl who represented her country in a robotics competition in the United States died in this week's Herat mosque attack, her family said Thursday.

Op-Ed: Robots and economics; the next trade war and real war?

Sydney - The theory goes that the U.S. must be able to manufacture everything required by the military for a future war. That means robots, and a reworked economy.

Researchers use robotics and AI to make a wheelchair autonomous

Toronto - A collaboration between the academic world and industry has led to the development of a self-driving wheelchair that will be a game-changer for the more than five million power wheelchair users in North America, simplifying their lives.

AI learns to run, with a wobble

A new research project from Google’s DeepMind supercomputer has pushed the boundaries of machine learning further. It has used artificial intelligence to teach a simulated humanoid how to navigate a parkour course.

Essential Science: Meet the soft-robot that grows like a plant

A new prototype soft robot has been designed, and it the researchers behind the development took inspiration from plants. The robot 'grows' in order to explore its environment.

Robotic advances for MedTech

Medical technology looks set to be transformed by robotics, with several innovative projects underway. Among these are Google's forays into digital surgery platforms.

Citigroup staffing up for new center to unleash robotics

Citigroup is staffing up for the robotic revolution. The New York-based financial services giant has plastered online jobs boards advertising roles at a new automation center that will deploy new robotic technology throughout the bank.

Reimagining work: What robots can do for us

A new report asked twenty technology experts to imagine the state of robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence as it could be in the year 2030.

Tech companies have joined the fight against mosquitoes

Technology companies in the U.S. are using automation and robotics to engage in the age-old fight against mosquitoes in an attempt to halt the spread of the Zika virus.

Construction robots will be building it big

Boston - The world of construction and building is changing fast thanks to the use of robotics. Robots have the potential to build faster and more accurately than people, and they signal the digital transformation of the industry.

Humans will disappear from building sites by 2050

Most builders could disappear from building sites by 2050 according to a new industry survey. Already robotic bricklayers are being tested out, and to good effect.

Op-Ed: Robo-burgers to go? The very mixed message robot burgermeister

San Francisco - A fully functional commercial burger making robot will trash fast food industry employment. Particularly if you have a robot that can do 400 burgers an hour.

Clearing up space junk with lizard inspired grippers

Houston - An unusual development in robotics: a new gripper system designed for clearing up space junk, with the inspiration drawn from gecko feet. We investigate.

Robot uses deep learning to write its own music

A robot, designed by the Georgia Institute of Technology, has used deep learning, artificial intelligence and big data to write and play its own music.
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