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Robots, drones to help secure 2018 Winter Olympics in S. Korea

Organizers will deploy robots and drones to help secure the 2018 Games in South Korea in what is expected to be the most high-tech Winter Olympics in history.

Google's education expert talks education of robots vs. kids

Computers may be getting a better education than students, according to one expert at Google. The good news for our kids is that teaching methods — like programming strategies — can change.

Thousands of tiny robots will look 11 billion years back in time

An army of 5,000 tiny robots has been given a giant mission. Under the command of scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL), the robot soldiers will peer 11 billion years back in time (just 400,000 years after the Big Bang).

Mini-robots being trialed to test out medical procedures

To deliver drugs within the human body and for precise surgery, micro-sized robots are being considered. One of the research centers developing robotic devices is Drexel University.

Ford’s robots can build cars, make coffee and give massages

Aside from acquiring the ability to help build cars, robots at the Ford Motor Company’s assembly plant in Germany can also make coffee and even give massages.

Amazon's Picking Challenge challenges the limits of AI robotics

Amazon has crowned the winner of its second Robot Picking Challenge, a competition that sees intelligent robots pitched against each other in a bid to be the fastest to pick products from shelves. The winner can pick over 100 items per hour.

Girl, 10 gets PhD-level fellowship based on plans for robot

One letter stuck out in the stack of applications from people with well-polished resumes applying for the Paris Summer Innovation Fellowship.

Sony eyes return to robot-making business

Tokyo - The adorable Japanese Aibo dogs could soon make a comeback a decade after they were being put to "sleep" as electronics giant Sony Corp. is planning to return to robot-making business.

Scientists are training robots to feel pain

Researchers in Germany have been working on a way to make robots feel pain, or detect and respond to it. If a robot feels pain, then it can move away from anything that may damage them. This can extend robots' lifespans and prevent costly repairs.

Robotic shepherds operating on farms

In Australia, autonomous robots have been used to examine crops, count yields and remove weeds. The latest development is with robotic shepherds, to guide and protect sheep.

Synthetic skins could lead to touchy-feely robots

A new development in "smart" synthetic skins has been reported. The innovation should allow robots to detect and interpret more accurately and sensitively what is around them.

Chinese restaurants fire robot workers

Guangzhou Shi - Restaurant wait and kitchen staff likely needn't concern themselves with being replaced by robots any time soon after a trio of Chinese restaurants that tried just that have announced plans to abandon the practice.

Op-Ed: UBI and the zenith of Capitalism

The zenith of Capitalism is on the horizon now that Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robots are set to take up countless jobs and Universal Basic Income (UBI) is proposed to unconditionally distribute the wealth.

Will robots take away your job? Special

In the classic sci fi film, “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” a robot vaporizes anyone standing in its way. In reality, though, it’s not people that robots are vaporizing, it’s their jobs.

10 ways robotics is transforming the healthcare industry

Robots are becoming more mainstream, especially in the healthcare industry. From helping the elderly to assisting with dental care, robotics is fast becoming a hot trend affecting millions. Here are 10 things you should know about robotics and healthcare.

Why R2D2 is one of Star Wars' most beloved characters Special

On Dec.18, we’re getting another taste of the Star Wars franchise, so it only seems appropriate to revisit one of the series’ most beloved characters, R2D2, from the robotics experts who created him in 1977.

Target is planning to test robot workers

Target is focusing on technology. The retailer has teamed up with startup Techstars to improve the shopper experience, according to Fortune.

Humans are far superior to robots in one key area

Some scientists have predicted that almost half of all jobs done by humans could be replaced by robots within the next 10 years. A new study shows, however, that humans do have one defense: their social skills.

HitchBOT meets untimely end in U.S., traveled Europe and Canada

HitchBOT, a hitchhiking robot that had traveled across Canada and Western Europe, enjoyed an exciting life on the road. Unfortunately, that road came to a premature end near Philadelphia, the so-called city of brotherly love, when HitchBOT was vandalized.

Tech leaders warn over 'killer robots'

Paris - A group of top tech leaders, including British scientist Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, on Tuesday issued a stern warning against the development of so-called killer robots.

World's first robot-staffed hotel opened in Japan

Nagasaki - The Hen-na, meaning "weird hotel" in English, opened in Japan on Friday. It's the world's first robot-staffed hotel, featuring eerie human-like androids and a talking dinosaur.

Programmable robots can swim through arteries

Researchers have developed tiny robots (‘nanobots’) that can swim through clogged arteries, carrying out lifesaving medical procedures.

One day robots may give super strength to factory workers

A robot exoskeleton that will help factory workers lift heavy equipment is getting closer to completion. The device would provide workers with super strength.

Using robots to search for new antibiotics

Roskilde - The search for new antibiotics is a matter of global importance. To help with the research for new compounds, scientists have created two robotic chemical-synthesizing machines.

Experts say robots will take 30 percent of our jobs by 2025

There's a BakeBot robot whipping up fresh cookies at MIT; hospitals are now employing medical robots to assist their doctors; and a robot named Baxter can beat any human at the popular logic game Connect Four, among many other tasks.

Tiny bio-robots used to fight assess humidity

Scientists have developed an electromechanical device (a type of humidity sensor) placed on top of a bacterial spore. This nanobot is a form of robotic germ and it could play role in assessing food storage conditions.

SXSW anti-robot protesters call for 'morality in computing'

Austin - Anti-robot demonstrators took to the streets of Austin, Texas during the popular South by Southwest culture and technology festival to protest the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and call for what they called "morality in computing."

'Smart' Mario and robots learning to cook by watching YouTube

Researchers at the University of Maryland recently published findings in a paper entitled "Robot Learning Manipulation Action Plans by 'Watching' Unconstrained Videos from the World Wide Web" after, well, teaching a robot how to cook by watching YouTube.

Teaching robots to see

A computer scientist is close to completing a system that will allow robots to “see” still objects in a way that is similar to how people might view them.

Uncanny human-like robots debut in Japan, pose ethical questions

Tokyo - Are you a receptionist, bartender or newscaster? If so, you might want to start training for a new job if Japanese robotics experts have their way. Japan recently debuted uncanny human-like android robots that may be taking your job in the future.
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Publicity shot of androids from the television show 'Real Humans'
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