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Understanding animal brains to improve robotics

Researchers have been considering evolution and animal brains as the basis for making improvements to machine learning, as the basis for helping to improve the way robots operate. especially when performing tasks that seem simple to people.

AI: More than Human exhibition challenges our preconceptions Special

London - Artificial intelligence is infiltrating every aspect of waking life and out relationship with this powerful technology is becoming more complex. An interactive exhibition at London's Barbican Centre seeks to explore where is our world’s future headed.

Q&A: Companies can retrain employees as the workplace automates Special

Companies can support their employees amidst automation changes, according to Sean Chou of Catalytic. He says that companies which invest in retraining employees can keep pace with the future of work.

Toyota aims to automate the 2020 Olympics with robots

Toyota are aiming to bring automation to the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games by showcasing robotic technology. The focus is on mobility, offering solutions for both competitions and ticket holders.

6D process aims to improve robot vision and coordination

Robotics continue to advance but the development is often limited by the extent that robots can 'see' and then process visual imagery in order to coordinate movements. A new '6D' process aims to overcome this.

New technique aims to teach robots exactly what humans want

Technologists are developing processes to ensure robots understand better what humans want. This involves coming up with more accurate and faster ways of providing human guidance to improve the decision making and responses of autonomous robots.

Robot arm learns how to taste with engineered bacteria

Biologists working with engineers have developed a robotic gripping arm which makes use of engineered bacteria in order to 'taste' for certain chemicals. This represents a new development in soft robotics.

20 million factory jobs will be lost to robots by 2030

There are different models to assess just how many jobs will lost to robots. The latest makes for stark reading: some 20 million manufacturing jobs could be replaced by robots globally by 2030, based on analysis by Oxford Economics.

Some Walmart employees are not happy working with robots

Some workers at Walmart are uncomfortable working alongside robots, due to the types of work tasks that the robots have taken away from the humans and the monotonous work environment the deployment of robots has created.

Sensor-packed glove learns to grasp like a human

Boston - On a mission to improve robotics, researchers have developed a sensor-packed glove that can learn the signatures of the human grasp. The sensors will work with a neural network to identify objects by touch.

Amazon's new robots pushing employees toward package deliveries

Robots in Amazon's warehouses are taking on a new role of boxing up orders, which they do faster and more efficiently than humans. However, some employees they replace can take advantage of Amazon's program to start a delivery business.

Robots begin doing forest jobs that humans find boring

Sweden, home to vast acres of woodland, is developing robots to carry out many of the forest related tasks that humans find boring and repetitive, focused on monitoring and counting.

Amazon edges closer to robots unloading trucks

Amazon is preparing to eliminate the human element of unloading trucks by pushing ahead with trials involving robots. The technology is based around Siemens and Honeywell robotic devices.

Walmart assembling army of thousands of robots to work in stores

Walmart is doubling down on adding robots to its stores. These machines include autonomous floor cleaners, shelf-scanners, conveyor belts, and "pickup towers."

Robots track moving objects with new levels of precision

An advancement in robotics and artificial intelligence has enabled machines to operate with levels of precision not seen previously. This a new application of robotic dexterity could assist the retail sector.

Essential science: Tagging technology can improve robot movements

Boston - New technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, based on RFID tags, can assist robots to gain greater precision for moving objects and also for increasing the speed of responses.

Amazon's 'collaborative' robots offer peek into the future

New York - Hundreds of orange robots zoom and whiz back and forth like miniature bumper cars -- but instead of colliding, they're following a carefully plotted path to transport thousands of items ordered from online giant Amazon.

Call to ban autonomous killer robots

It may seem like the scene from a sci-fi movie, but future conflicts could be fought using killer robots, with artificial intelligence giving robots free reign. For this reason, a new campaign is calling for a global ban on developing such machines.

'Ambidextrous' robots can accelerate speed e-commerce

A test study has shown how so-termed 'ambidextrous robots' can significantly speed e-commerce. By applying artificial intelligence, the robot is capable of grasping a diverse range of object shapes without training.

Robots aren't taking our jobs — just yet

A robot may take your job one day but so far there is little sign of this happening, according to analysis from the World Bank. While predictions about machines taking more jobs associated with humans, the pace is relatively slow.

Micro-robots designed to work in dangerous areas

The British government is helping researchers to develop micro-robots. The multi-million investment is to help to produce micro-robots that can work in dangerous areas, like underground pipe networks or within decommissioned nuclear facilities.

Amazon bear repellent accident sends 24 workers to the hospital

Robbinsville - On Wednesday this week 24 Amazon warehouse workers in Robbinsville New Jersey were hospitalized after a robot punctured a can of repellent according to local news reports. One employee is said to be in critical condition.

Advanced manufacturing trends for 2019

What's next for Industry 4.0 and advanced manufacturing? A new report considers the main trends, which include the use of smaller and more powerful robots and more proactive analytics.

Robot tells MPs how AI can transform elderly care

London - British parliamentarians recently questioned a robot named Pepper about matters relating to automation and artificial intelligence. One line of questioning was about elderly care, and the robot demonstrated how AI can make a difference.

Risk vulnerabilities with telepresence robots

Research from Zingbox has highlighted vulnerabilities with telepresence robots. These weaknesses can be leveraged by hackers to access sensitive data such as chat conversations, images and live video streams.

Robotic automation will become bigger in 2019 and beyond

A new report, surveying the transformative trends across industry, foresees a big increase in robots and automation. This is being driven by lower-cost and more flexible technologies.

Robotic insects could pollinate plants should bees collapse

Bees, which perform the vital pollination role required for framing, are in decline. In case of an event that wipes out most bees from the planet, scientists are developing robotic pollinators.

Robots can significantly influence children's opinions

Plymouth - New research has shown how robots have the power to significantly influence children's opinions, with children being far more open to influence than adults after interacting with a machine.

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.
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Publicity shot of androids from the television show 'Real Humans'
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The team behind the winning robot in Amazon s 2016 Robot Picking Challenge
The team behind the winning robot in Amazon's 2016 Robot Picking Challenge
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Robots used by TEPCO mainly on the first floor in the reactor buildings.
Robots used by TEPCO mainly on the first floor in the reactor buildings.
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The "Campaign to Stop Killer Robots" was launched in London in 2013
The "Campaign to Stop Killer Robots" was launched in London in 2013
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Picture of RobotLand
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The different robots used by TEPCO in the basement areas.
The different robots used by TEPCO in the basement areas.
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Kiwi Campus robots are delivering food to hungry students using machine learning
Kiwi Campus robots are delivering food to hungry students using machine learning
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LG CLOi commercial robot
LG CLOi commercial robot
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An Aibo robotic dog.
An Aibo robotic dog.
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Infineon s Sub1 Reloaded Rubik s Cube record holding robot
Infineon's Sub1 Reloaded Rubik's Cube record holding robot
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Robots being developed at the Salford Institute for Dementia
Robots being developed at the Salford Institute for Dementia
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A picture of two "android newscasters" responding to a crowd.
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Actroid-DER  developed by KOKORO Inc for customer service  appeared in the 2005 Expo Aichi Japan. Th...
Actroid-DER, developed by KOKORO Inc for customer service, appeared in the 2005 Expo Aichi Japan. The robot responds to commands in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and English.
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“There’s twelve people onstage all running around ” San explains of the live  Nufonia  present...
“There’s twelve people onstage all running around,” San explains of the live 'Nufonia' presentation. “It’s proper chaos, but what is reflected hopefully on the screen is a fully-realized, tranquil cinematic experience.”
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Many of the key aspects of digital transformation  including robotics and automation. On display at ...
Many of the key aspects of digital transformation, including robotics and automation. On display at Accenture in London.
Last year  robotics and AI entrepreneurs -- including SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and British astrophysicis...
Last year, robotics and AI entrepreneurs -- including SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking -- petitioned the United Nations to ban autonomous killer robots, warning that the digital-age weapons could be used against civilians
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UBC grads have formed A&K Robotics to help bring about the robot revolution in the workplace.
UBC grads have formed A&K Robotics to help bring about the robot revolution in the workplace.
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A delivery rover developed by Starship Technologies.
A delivery rover developed by Starship Technologies.
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