Image of Meet Sophia, the first robot to be granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia | world-news | Hindustan Times
Meet Sophia, the first robot to be granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia | world-news | Hindustan Times
Her name is Sophia. She looks a bit like Audrey Hepburn and gives facial expressions while talking. She has an answer for every question. And she is the first robot to be granted citizenship of Saudi Arabia.Sophia is a humanoid robot developed by Hanson Robotics, who is programmed to be witty, was interviewed by business writer Andrew Ross Sorkin at a Future Investment Conference in Riyadh on Tues... [Read More]
Image of Flippy, the hamburger cooking robot, gets its first restaurant gig  |  TechCrunch
Flippy, the hamburger cooking robot, gets its first restaurant gig | TechCrunch
Today at Disrupt SF, we got our first look at Flippy in its final form. Miso Robotics has been showing off its burger-flipping “robotic kitchen assistant” for several months now, but today’s food robotics panel marks the first time we’ve actually seen it put to work in a real-world kitchen.No surprise, Caliburger is the first restaurant to get its hands on a Flippy. The fast casual restaurant has ... [Read More]
Image of Humanoid robots 'breakthrough' as engineers create synthetic muscle that can lift ONE THOUSAND times its own weight - Mirror Online
Humanoid robots 'breakthrough' as engineers create synthetic muscle that can lift ONE THOUSAND times its own weight - Mirror Online
Humanoid robots are a step closer to being lifelike after engineers developed synthetic muscle that can lift a thousand times its own weight, it is claimed.The artificial muscle can also push, pull, bend and twist.Experts say they've overcome one of the final barriers to making lifelike robots and it's the closest artificial material equivalent they have to a natural muscle.The long term plan is f... [Read More]
Image of AI that can tell you how to vote - 'Nigel' knows what's best for you - Computer Business Review
AI that can tell you how to vote - 'Nigel' knows what's best for you - Computer Business Review
Scientists from Kimera Systems have developed a robot that will be able to help users make political decisions.The robot named ‘Nigel’ uses artificial intelligence (AI) to become aware of its user’s life and utilise the information by offering advice to user’s including how to vote.Unlike other AI robots Nigel programmes itself as it goes, rather than teach itself how to perform and effectively ca... [Read More]
Image of Wary of robots taking jobs, Hawaii toys with guaranteed pay - CBS News
Wary of robots taking jobs, Hawaii toys with guaranteed pay - CBS News
HONOLULU — Driverless trucks. Factory robots. Delivery drones. Virtual personal assistants.As technological innovations increasingly edge into the workplace, many people fear that robots and machines are destined to take jobs that human beings have held for decades--a trend that is already happening in stores and factories around the country. For many affected workers, retraining mi... [Read More]
Image of Proposed Rules Would Allow U.S. to Track and Destroy Drones
Proposed Rules Would Allow U.S. to Track and Destroy Drones
The Trump administration is asking Congress to give the federal government sweeping powers to track, hack and destroy any type of drone over domestic soil with a new exception to laws governing surveillance, computer privacy and aircraft protection, according to a document obtained by The New York Times.The document is a 10-page draft and summary of legislation the executive branch circulated amon... [Read More]
Image of The Spy in the Next Pod - WSJ
The Spy in the Next Pod - WSJ
No one exposed to the seductions of the bewitching “Spy in the Wild”—the “Nature” series about an undercover team of robotic creatures transmitting intelligence on the lives and works of members of the animal communities they infiltrated—will be surprised at anything that goes on in this film thick with agents who go by names like Spy Turtle, Spy Dolphin, Spy Squid and Spy Puffer, to name just a f... [Read More]
Image of Russian Humanoid Robot 'Fedor' Learns to Shoot Using Both Arms
Russian Humanoid Robot 'Fedor' Learns to Shoot Using Both Arms
Humanoid robot F.E.D.O.R., set to fly into space in 2021, is now capable of shooting using both of his arms, according to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.“The robot of the F.E.D.O.R. platform showed skills of firing using both arms. Currently the work on fine motor skills and decision algorithms is underway,” Rogozin wrote on his Twitter.According to Rogozin, training to shoot is a way of tea... [Read More]
Image of Amazon is going to kill more American jobs than China did - MarketWatch
Amazon is going to kill more American jobs than China did - MarketWatch
Rex NuttingAmazon.com has been crowing about its plans to create 100,000 American jobs in the next year, but as with other recent job-creation announcements, that figure is meaningless without context.What Amazon AMZN, +0.05%  won’t tell us is that every job created at Amazon destroys one or two or three others. What Jeff Bezos doesn’t want you to know is that Amazon is going to destroy more ... [Read More]
Image of State DMV backs allowing self-driving cars with no human on board - San Francisco Chronicle
State DMV backs allowing self-driving cars with no human on board - San Francisco Chronicle
Self-driving cars with no human behind the wheel — or, for that matter, any steering wheel at all — may soon appear on California’s public roads, under regulations state officials proposed Friday.The rules represent a delicate balance, trying to ensure the safety of a new technology many people don’t trust while avoiding tough restrictions that could send car companies fleeing to other states.Unti... [Read More]
Image of As many as 48 million Twitter accounts aren't people, says study
As many as 48 million Twitter accounts aren't people, says study
A big chunk of those "likes," "retweets," and "followers" lighting up your Twitter account may not be coming from human hands. According to new research from the University of Southern California and Indiana University, up to 15 percent of Twitter accounts are in fact bots rather than people.The research could be troubling news for Twitter, which has struggled to grow its user base in the face of ... [Read More]
Image of Crime-fighting robots could join the UTA police | The Star-Telegram
Crime-fighting robots could join the UTA police | The Star-Telegram
ARLINGTONMaybe someday it will menacingly order citizens to drop their weapons — or else, a la Robocop.But for now, the Knightscope crime-fighting robots, demonstrated for the University of Texas at Arlington Police Department and the media on Thursday, are limited to less aggressive tasks like scanning license plates for unauthorized vehicles or alerting authorities to people in restricted areas.... [Read More]
Image of Bad News: The Government Wants to 'Help' Driverless Car Companies - Reason.com
Bad News: The Government Wants to 'Help' Driverless Car Companies - Reason.com
Google's parent company, Alphabet, revealed in December that an unaccompanied blind man had successfully traveled around Austin, Texas, in one of the company's cars, which had neither a steering wheel nor floor pedals. That same month, Alphabet announced that it is spinning off its self-driving vehicle technology into a new division called Waymo. Also in December, Uber launched an experimental sel... [Read More]
Image of Inside Amazon’s robot-run supermarket that needs just 3 human workers | New York Post
Inside Amazon’s robot-run supermarket that needs just 3 human workers | New York Post
By Josh KosmanIf you’re a robot stealing somebody’s job, it’s best to stay hidden.That’s what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos appears to be thinking, as his Seattle-based web giant has contemplated a two-story, automated grocery store in which a staff of robots on the floor upstairs grabs and bags items for shoppers below.The ground level of the futuristic prototype — a supermarket-sized version of its rece... [Read More]
Image of Impact of job-stealing robots a growing concern at Davos
Impact of job-stealing robots a growing concern at Davos
By Martinne Geller and Ben HirschlerDAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Open markets and global trade have been blamed for job losses over the last decade, but global CEOs say the real culprits are increasingly machines.And while business leaders gathered at the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos relish the productivity gains technology can bring, they warned this week that the collateral damag... [Read More]
Image of Robot kill switches & legal status: MEPs endorse AI proposal — RT Viral
Robot kill switches & legal status: MEPs endorse AI proposal — RT Viral
A European Parliament committee has voted in favor of a draft report that proposes granting legal status to robots, categorizing them as “electronic persons”.The draft report, approved by 17 votes to two and two abstentions by the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs, proposes that “The most sophisticated autonomous robots could be established as having the status of electronic persons w... [Read More]
Image of White House: Robots may take half of our jobs, and we should embrace it - MarketWatch
White House: Robots may take half of our jobs, and we should embrace it - MarketWatch
Artificial intelligence is coming, and policymakers need to prepare the economy for it, the White House said in a report released Wednesday.The report, “Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy,” suggests the U.S. should invest in and develop AI, because it has “many benefits,” education and train Americans for the jobs of the future, and aid workers in the transition and empower them ... [Read More]
Image of Robot takeover begins? Corporate giant Capita replaces staff with automatons — RT UK
Robot takeover begins? Corporate giant Capita replaces staff with automatons — RT UK
Outsourcing giant Capita is to sack 2,000 staff and replace them with robots in a move some fear will be repeated across the economy, leading to more than 1 million job losses.The FTSE 100-listed firm, which collects the BBC license fee and provides services for the NHS, said it needed to ax 2,000 jobs to save money due to poor trading with corporate clients.It said it would use the money it saved... [Read More]
Image of Top-secret Amazon drone filmed zooming through the air above Cambridgeshire testing facility
Top-secret Amazon drone filmed zooming through the air above Cambridgeshire testing facility
AMAZON’S top secret experimental delivery drone has been filmed in action for the first time.The Sun Online’s exclusive footage shows the flying machine zooming through the skies over Amazon’s testing facility in rural Cambridgeshire.The secretive Amazon facility is closely guarded, meaning the cameraman had to watch from nearby public landThe internet giant plans to use drones to deliver packages... [Read More]
Image of Rise of the robot music industry
Rise of the robot music industry
Robotic is not an adjective that many musicians would want applied to their songs but the industry has been fast to embrace data analytics and artificial intelligence to help tailor its services to the increasingly fickle listener. Algorithms are seeping into the music business to help with talent spotting, promotion and even composition in an industry that has been historically resistant to chang... [Read More]
Image of Just Eat robot carries out world's first automated takeaway delivery
Just Eat robot carries out world's first automated takeaway delivery
by JASPER HAMILLA BYTE TO EATBritish woman astonished after answering her door to find that a delivery droid was carrying her kebabA LONDONER has become the first person in the world to recieve a takeaway delivered by a ROBOT.Simone, from Greenwich, ordered some grub from a local Turkish restaurant called Taksim Meze using the Just Eat app.But she was astonished when it turned up aboard a robot bu... [Read More]
Investors see artificial intelligence destroying millions of jobs: poll
LISBON (Reuters) - Investors believe it is "inevitable" that artificial intelligence will destroy millions of jobs and that governments are unprepared for such an impact, according to a survey published on Thursday.Artificial intelligence (AI), or the process by which computers or robots take on tasks that need human intelligence, is one of the key themes of this week's Web Summit in Lisbon.The po... [Read More]