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‘Westworld’s Female Hosts Signal A Shift In Our Fear Of Robots

“Ex Machina toys with a similar undercurrent in which a female robot (Alicia Vikander) learns enough about the men keeping her captive to exploit their weaknesses” reports vice.com. Even previous male robot archetypes, like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator, often fall into this pattern of not overthinking their own programming limitations to the degree that female robots do.What makes these unthinking male warrior robots so scary is that they don’t generally buck their directives.In essence, the idea of robot women gaining agency may be a more reliable catalyst of tension for modern…

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Robots greet customers at world’s first personless bank; Humanoids manage EVERYTHING…

“A bank has opened a branch run entirely by robots, who greet customers and manage accounts, in a world first” writes Kelly-ann Mills for mirror.co.uk. CCB, which is China’s second biggest bank, already has 360 branches across the city, with smart machines appealing to its tech-savvy customers and slashing of staff costs making it a winner for bank bosses.The bank says the new set up will be able to handle 90 per cent of the cash and non-cash demands of traditional banking outlets. “But human bankers are still needed to…

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Report: Amazon Is Making a Robot to Follow You Around the House

“According to a new report from Bloomberg, Amazon is developing robots for use inside the home” writes Brian Feldman for nymag.com. The home-robotics initiative is different from the robots that Amazon is developing to replace its warehouse workers at some point in the near or far future.Bloomberg reports, “People familiar with the project speculate that the Vesta robot could be a sort of mobile Alexa, accompanying customers in parts of their home where they don’t have Echo devices. Source: nymag.com Share This:

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Amazon is following a key lesson of the iPhone to make its domestic home robots a reality

“With the Bloomberg report that Amazon is secretly developing domestic robots, images of our longest-running future fantasies are in the air again” writes Alexei Oreskovic for businessinsider.com. The good news is, your all-purpose, super-intelligent C-3PO robot is coming.A smartphone is a combination of different technologies, all of which evolved separately and according to their own timelines.And to hear the top minds in robotics and artificial intelligence talk, this droid fantasy will almost surely become a reality.And the boxy machines developed by Amazon Robotics (an existing and separate effort from the…

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Amazon’s got a ‘top secret’ plan to put robots in your home by 2019, according to a new report

“To be clear: It doesn’t sound like Amazon’s domestic robot project is intended as a robot butler/maid, a la Rosie from “The Jetsons.”” writes Ben Gilbert for businessinsider.com. The plan, according to Bloomberg, is to start testing the robots in Amazon employee homes by this year, with a potential public rollout in 2019.The Vesta project is distinctly different from Amazon’s other work in robotics, like Amazon Robotics (which focuses on automation rather than consumer products).Amazon’s next big move could be putting a robot — or several robots — into your…

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IRobot stock falls after report that Amazon is working on home robots

“Amazon shares are up 70% and the S&P 500 SPX, +0.06% is up 14%” writes Emily Bary for marketwatch.com. The robot project is code-named Vesta after the Roman goddess of the home, according to several people familiar with the company’s plans.Bloomberg said that it was “unclear what tasks an Amazon robot might perform” but that those familiar with the project speculated that the robot could be “a sort of mobile Alexa.”.  Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Construction Robots Weld, Bolt, and Lift to Beat Worker Shortage

“But construction work is so varied, delicate and complex that the robots are able to handle just 1 percent of overall construction work, according to Masahiro Indo, Shimizu’s managing executive officer, who oversees construction technology” writes Yuri Kageyama for popularmechanics.com. Using robots makes sense in urban construction, where buildings are high-rise and the same work is repeated on each floor. Source: popularmechanics.com Share This:

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Amazon Has a Top-Secret Plan to Build Home Robots

“Amazon Robotics deploys robots in Amazon warehouses to move around goods and originated as a company called Kiva Systems, which Amazon acquired in 2012 for $775 million” writes Brad Stone for bloomberg.com. An Amazon spokesperson said the company doesn’t comment on “rumors and speculation.” It’s unclear what tasks an Amazon robot might perform.Prototypes of the robots have advanced cameras and computer vision software and can navigate through homes like a self-driving car.The project is different than the robots designed by Amazon Robotics, a company subsidiary, in Massachusetts and Germany, people…

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Amazon is reportedly building personal robots which will roll out next year

“Amazon is building smart robots as part of a project named “Vesta,” according to Bloomberg” writes Todd Haselton for cnbc.com. Several other companies already sell robots that can navigate around houses.The report didn’t say what sort of function the robot will have, only suggesting it might have features akin to an Amazon Echo.If Amazon does launch a home robot, it’ll be the company’s latest product that brings it into our homes. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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