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Q&A: Robotic process automation can help the finance department Special

Robotic process automation can help with many of the tax department’s labor-intensive and repetitive tasks such as gathering data or running reports. John Viglione, of Vertex, explains how.

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.

Robots and green energy triumph at Intel ISEF

The top awards at May's Intel ISEF event go for a window-washing robot, low-cost big batteries and ‘green’ capacitors. Across the event, some 1,790 students competed for the awards.

Boston Dynamics' SpotMini dog-like robot can open doors

Waltham - After 26 years Boston Dynamics is at last preparing to sell one of its many robots. The founder, Marc Raibert claims that the dog-like robot SpotMini is already in pre-production and will be commercially available in 2019.

Sophia the robot claims she wants to help not harm humans

Toronto - Sophia, a robot clad in an elegant black dress, appeared at the Ontario Centres of Excellence's Discovery conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. She cracked jokes, talked about her travels and discussed the future of artificial intelligence.

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.

OECD paper warns that automation puts 66 million jobs at risk

A new report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) warns members that they are not preparing workers for an automation revolution that could see 66 million workers replaced by machines in coming years.

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.

Agriculture robot speeds data collection

Chicago - A technological advance for the agribusiness. A new Ag robot has been developed, which speeds data collection and has the capability of analyzing crops as they grow.

Robots breaking new ground in the construction industry

With the development of self-driving cars, trucks, buses and delivery vehicles, it was only a matter of time before heavy machinery became self-driving. Now, a San Francisco startup has disrupted the construction industry with an autonomous bulldozer.

Helping robots understand humans

Scientists are helping robots understand humans, and ways of human thought, through testing out a twenty questions game idea.

Automating agriculture with light weight robots

Across agriculture automation systems are superseding strenuous manual labor. A new dual-arm robot for the automated harvesting of cucumbers has been successfully tested.

Robot designed to treat birth defects

Sheffield - A new robot has been devised, which can be implanted into the human body, to treat the condition esophageal atresia. The condition is a rare form of birth defect.

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.

'Cute' robots have invaded CES 2018 and they are a big hit

It's a given that visitors to the Consumer Electronics Show will see robots - from robots that clean your floors to those who can help out around the home. But this year at CES 2018, there are a few surprises that have grabbed everyone's attention.

LG's robot for 'connected life' refuses to talk on-stage

LG's CES press conference was derailed by its Cloi robot which ignored verbal commands. Cloi is supposed to act as a hub for LG's new range of smart home devices. The incident has resurfaced concerns that IoT development may be progressing too quickly.

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.

Boosting student performance with robot learning

Remote learning is a growing means of delivering education. A downside is with student engagement. This can be overcome, according to new research, when robotic assistants are used.

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.

Bravo's Top Chef partners with Postmates for robot food delivery

The Bravo TV network partnered with on-demand food delivery company Postmates to promote the season 15 premiere of the Emmy Award-winning reality cooking show "Top Chef."

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.

'Bots battle for the ball, and the globe, in Robot Olympiad

San Jos - The World Robotics Olympiad, being held in Costa Rica this weekend, shows human athletes still have little to worry about: sweat and glory do not compute well when relegated to faceless automatons.

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.

Robots want to be your friend Special

New York - Will robots take over the world? If not the world, then maybe our jobs. Do advances in artificial intelligence portend a time when humans are no longer masters of technology but its slaves?

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?
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A picture of two "android newscasters" responding to a crowd.
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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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Robonaut2 – or R2 for short – is the next generation dexterous robot  developed through a Space ...
Robonaut2 – or R2 for short – is the next generation dexterous robot, developed through a Space Act Agreement by NASA and General Motors
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The winning robot in Amazon s 2016 Robot Picking Challenge
The winning robot in Amazon's 2016 Robot Picking Challenge
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Publicity shot of androids from the television show 'Real Humans'
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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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LG CLOi commercial robot
LG CLOi commercial robot
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Picture of RobotLand
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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Assembly Line.
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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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“There’s twelve people onstage all running around ” San explains of the live  Nufonia  present...
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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 different robots used by TEPCO in the basement areas.
The different robots used by TEPCO in the basement areas.
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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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MIT s Digital Construction Platform (DCP) includes a robotic arm that can 3D print structures made o...
MIT's Digital Construction Platform (DCP) includes a robotic arm that can 3D print structures made of insulating foam at architectural scale.
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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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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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An Aibo robotic dog.
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