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Adidas is closing its high-tech ‘robot’ factories in the US and Germany just 3 years after the first one opened

“Adidas plans to close high-tech “robot” factories in Germany and the United States it launched to bring production closer to customers, saying on Monday deploying some of the technology in Asia would be “more economic and flexible.”” writes Emma Thomasson for businessinsider.com. Adidas started production of shoes largely by robots at its “Speedfactory” in the southern town of Ansbach near its Bavarian headquarters in 2016 and opened another near Atlanta in 2017.The German sportswear company did not give details for why it was closing the facilities, which have proved expensive…

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MIT’s robot army trains together in a video that will mess you up

“What’s more disconcerting than watching MIT’s dog-like Mini Cheetah robot cavort around?” writes Adam Rosenberg for mashable.com. We’ve had concerns about MIT’s robots for some time now, but a new video from the school’s biomimetic robotics lab opens into new levels of terror.This is what the eventual, clearly inevitable robot uprising will look like right in the moment it happens.After a playful bit of robot soccer, the nine Mini Cheetahs gather together like a military unit and start playing a dystopian version of “Simon Says.”.  Source: mashable.com

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Yes, hyena robots are scary. But they’re also a cunning marketing ploy

“In other words, the robot apocalypse narrative speaks to our deepest fears about ourselves” writes Oscar Schwartz for theguardian.com. But with their videos of robot cheetahs and back-flipping androids, Boston Dynamics have exploited this narrative as a marketing tool.The deeper problem, though, is that conflating real robots with make-believe robots distracts and obfuscates questions of agency and responsibility. Source: theguardian.com

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Inside sex robot factory that is churning out ‘hyper-realistic’ dolls…

“A sex robot giant is set to make human-like dolls in a factory that looks like “something out of Westworld”” writes David Rivers for dailystar.co.uk. It comes amid fierce competition among sex robot companies for customers.But incredibly, the company says the production factory resembles a scene from HBO’s popular fictional show Westworld.We recently revealed how Cloud Climax plans to produce a sex robot that breathes using an “AI chest cavity”.And Louie Love, co-founder of Silicone Lovers, says it will be producing sex robots in a factory that looks like this. Source:…

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MIT made an army of tiny, ‘virtually indestructible’ cheetah robots that can backflip and even play with a soccer ball — see them in action in this new video

“MIT recently published a new video of its Mini Cheetah robots, small quadrupedal robots that can run, walk, jump, turn, and backflip” writes Lisa Eadicicco for businessinsider.com. The robots weigh about 20 pounds and researchers claim they are “virtually indestructible,” according to MIT News.MIT also made headlines earlier this year in March when it showcased its miniature robot performing a backflip. Source: businessinsider.com

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The ‘Google of Russia’ has built a fleet of self-driving food delivery robots

“Russia’s answer to Google, has announced it’s bringing out self-driving delivery robots” writes Isobel Asher Hamilton for businessinsider.com. “We are first using Rover with Yandex team members to ensure our delivery robot is as safe, reliable, and user-friendly as possible,” the post says.Russian search engine giant Yandex said in a Medium post that it has retooled the self-driving technology from its autonomous vehicle research to build “Rover,” a little six-wheeled delivery robot the size of a briefcase.Yandex said it plans to integrate the robots with its food-delivery app Yandex.Eats and…

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Sophia the Robot Knows About Cryptocurrencies but Does Not Use Them yet

“The humanoid robot named Sophia returned to the Web Summit stage, where she fielded questions from participants and journalists, including inquiries about blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies” writes Joeri Cant for cointelegraph.com. SingularityNET gained global attention as the technology behind Sophia the robot, developed by Hanson Robotics.Sophia is one of several humanized robots created by Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics, and is powered by artificial intelligence technology and features lightweight polymer plastic called “frubber” (a combination of “face” and “rubber”).Sophia, who will turn four years old in February and who was inspired…

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Amazon and Walmart offer huge discounts on Shark Ion robot vacuums

“Browse through our curated deals page for the latest and most exciting discounts on cordless vacuums, robot vacuums for pet hair, and other tech products” writes Timothy Taylor for digitaltrends.com. One of the companies that offer low to midrange-priced robot vacuums is Shark, and right now the Shark Ion 750 and S87 are available on Amazon and Walmart.The Shark Ion 750 sports a traditional, puck-like shape like other robot vacuums, which helps prevent it from getting stuck underneath furniture. Source: digitaltrends.com

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