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Are robots better baristas? Berkeley’s Bbox café thinks so

“Bbox has outsourced most of the work associated with running a coffee shop to robots or the customers themselves” writes Cirrus Wood for berkeleyside.com. With the opening of Bbox, Berkeley’s first robot café, that list of commonalities is slashed in half.And because robots don’t have the same costs as their human counterparts, Bbox can pass savings along to customers.With a heavy emphasis on speed and savings, Bbox may stretch what many customers imagine of a local coffee shop. Source: berkeleyside.com

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Scientists call for ban on lethal, autonomous robots

“Walsh predicted a new arms race if autonomous robots take on combat roles, as well as the possibility they would eventually be used by police and border agents” writes Follow Ivan Semeniuk for theglobeandmail.com. Mary Wareham of the Washington-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch, said the effort has already made it less palatable for weapons makers to portray the use of killer robots as a benefit.Autonomous computer systems and robots in recent years have demonstrated their ability to perform a remarkable array of complex tasks, from running and jumping to…

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UBS is trying to create ‘super human’ employees by bringing on hundreds of robots

“It’s hard to quantify the financial benefits of implementing robots, Gelvin said” writes Dan Defrancesco for businessinsider.com. UBS is doubling-down on its bet robotics can help empower its back-office employees by freeing them up from boring tasks.The bank currently operates 1,000 robots, the majority of which sit in its operations department. Source: businessinsider.com

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Government officials have no idea how to regulate the growing sex robot industry

“Read more:A new report showed all the different ways that sex robots could be used in society Childlike sex robots are robots, not humans” writes Francis X for businessinsider.com. It is regularly labeled a sex robot, yet when I interviewed its creator, Ricky Ma Tsz Hang, he was quick to clarify that Mark 1 is not intended to be a sex robot.Read more: ‘Sex robots’ are on the rise — and experts say we need to start talking about the consequences Bans on childlike sex robots, however, may be different.The…

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China unleashing killer drones that carry out airstrikes on their own…

“CHINA is aggressively unleashing lethal fully autonomous drones that can carry out targeted military strikes, a think tank has warned” writes Jenny Awford for thesun.co.uk. The killer drones and pilotless aircraft fitted with AK-47 rifles are being exported to Asia, Africa and combat zones in the Middle East.Gregory C Allen, the author of the report, said China is rushing to integrate ever more sophisticated artificial intelligence into weapons and military equipment. Source: thesun.co.uk

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Worried about robots taking your job? You can rest easy … for now

“If you remove the automotive industry you’ll probably be left with no robots anywhere in industry, except for isolated cases.”” writes Anmar Frangoul for cnbc.com. According to one participant in the discussion, chaired by CNBC’s Steve Sedgwick, we’re still “way, way behind having thinking robots … that will do the work of humans.”. Looking at industrial data and where robots are in relation to automation, Pissarides said that the “automotive industry, by far, dominates.The subject of artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential ramifications generates a significant amount of debate and…

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Kylie Jenner Had Her Makeup Done by Robots and Looks So Unrecognizable and Intensely Creepy

“Kylie Jenner is a beauty chameleon, constantly changing her look and dropping new Kylie Cosmetics lip kits so us normies can try to keep up with her” writes Shannon Barbour for cosmopolitan.com. To mark her career in beauty, she and Dazed magazine came up with a few robot-generated makeup looks that are truly wild and pretty creepy.Then, the AI used that information to create different hair and makeup looks for the youngest Jenner, which sounds like the future of getting ready in the morning.For her cover of Issue Zero, Dazed…

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The same basic math concept behind your retirement account’s growth explains why it feels like the robots are taking over

“One of the more pervasive concepts in math that is often counterintuitive and leads to surprising results is exponential growth” writes Finanzen Net Gmbh for businessinsider.com. Exponential growth is key to saving and investing.Kurzweil goes further and suggests that, should the exponential growth of technology continue, the rate of change could become so fast that it escapes our present understanding in a “technological singularity.”. That doubling has led to the exponential growth of computing power in the last several decades that has revolutionized the global economy and our lives.Exponential growth…

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Inside the larps that let human players experience AI life

“When I played Power Button, each of the human / AI pairings made radically different choices” writes Feb Est for theverge.com. It really creates windows of empathy into worlds you ordinarily wouldn’t have any other way of experiencing.” And that was certainly my experience over the course of exploring these AI games.The storyline has six related human characters and four robot employees considering who will manage the BioDome as its creator steps down. Source: theverge.com

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