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Calls mount for action on ‘killer robots’…

“Gill underscored that a banning killer robots, or even agreement on rules, remained a distant prospect” writes Ben Simon for yahoo.com. Activist group the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots insists human beings must be responsible for the final decision to kill (AFP Photo/CARL COURT) Geneva (AFP) – “Robots are not taking over the world”, the diplomat leading the first official talks on autonomous weapons assured Friday, seeking to ease criticism over slow progress towards restricting the use of so-called “killer robots”.”Ladies and gentlemen, I have news for you: the robots…

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These robots don’t want your job. They want your love.

“Jibo and Kuri are real robots with real artificial intelligence you can really take home (for $900 and $800, respectively)” reports washingtonpost.com. Yet testing these robots with the help of people ages 3 to 75, I was struck by something different.As a tech columnist, I’ve tested all sorts of helpful robots: the kind that vacuum floors, deliver packages or even make martinis.I tested the robots like an anthropologist, introducing them to kids’ playrooms, my own house, and even my parents’ living room.What make Jibo and Kuri one giant leap for…

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Chinese tech giant unveils a smart home speaker to compete with Amazon

“The products, introduced at the Baidu World conference in Beijing, are powered by the company’s DuerOS conversational artificial intelligence technology” writes Source Baidu for cnbc.com. Chinese internet search giant Baidu on Thursday introduced a speaker and two robots as part of its Raven series in a serious push into the highly competitive smart home market. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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‘My date with a sex robot’…

“Will more people be happy to admit they own a sex robot?” writes Image Reuter for mirror.co.uk. Sex robots are becoming the ultimate sex toy, and more acceptable, in the way that “marital aids” have moved on from seedy back-street shops to the high street.I put some of these concerns to Maritsa, Dr Sergi’s wife of 16 years, who also works on developing the sex robots. Source: mirror.co.uk Share This:

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Bossa Nova lands $17.5M funding to roll out robots in retail stores

“Inventory-taking robots could soon become a common sight in supermarket stores across the country, if a company called Bossa Nova Robotics Inc. gets its way” writes George Gilbert for siliconangle.com. Now, with more than $17 million in new funds, Bossa Nova said, it’s ready to expand its engineering and commercial teams with a view to scaling its robots and data services in more stores.The company, whose robots are already being tested in number of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. locations across the country, today closed on a $17.5 million Series B funding round.Essentially,…

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Bossa Nova raises $17.5 million for retail robots that monitor inventory

“Bossa Nova, a company that builds robots to track inventory on store shelves, announced today that it has raised a $17.5 million round of series B funding” writes Blair Hanley Frank for venturebeat.com. This new funding builds on a $14 million round that Bossa Nova announced last year and brings the company’s total amount raised to $41.7 million.The infusion of cash comes at a critical time in Bossa Nova’s history, as the company has already begun deploying its robots inside Walmart stores.The company’s robots are designed to autonomously navigate a store…

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AI will obliterate half of all jobs, starting with white collar, says ex-Google China president

“The white collar jobs are easier to take because they’re pure a quantitative analytical process” writes -kai-fu Lee for cnbc.com. But white collar jobs will go first, he warned.”AI, at the same time, will be a replacement for blue collar and white collar jobs,” said Lee, a renowned Chinese technologist and investor who held positions at Apple and Microsoft in addition to Alphabet’s Google. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Cutting edge tech holds huge promise – so why are British firms not investing?

“Cutting edge research into the artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing and other barely-out-of-sci-fi fields holds plenty of promise but has yet to completely upend the world in which we live” writes Tim Wallace for telegraph.co.uk. The future for artificial intelligence is exotic, alien and powerful.Visions of the future can be inspiring or daunting, depending on your job right now. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Ban on killer robots ‘urgently needed’

“They warn that a preemptive ban on the technology is urgently needed to prevent terrible new weapons of mass destruction” writes Ian Sample for theguardian.com. In August, more than 100 of the world’s leading robotics and AI pioneers called on the UN to ban the development and use of killer robots.In 2015, the UK government opposed an international ban on killer robots.A treaty banning autonomous weapons would prevent large-scale manufacturing of the technology.The short, disturbing film is the latest attempt by campaigners and concerned scientists to highlight the dangers of…

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Forget robots, Ford looks to create ‘bionic’ auto workers

“The company announced this week that some of its workers are currently testing out a new wearable technology called EksoVest, that essentially allows factory workers to function like bionic people” writes Jade Scipioni for foxbusiness.com. While many companies are replacing manufacturing workers with robots to limit costs and injuries, Ford (F) is testing a new solution that could give the automaker the best of both worlds. The company said last year it would begin testing the glove in its factories. Source: foxbusiness.com Share This:

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