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Putin calls for worldwide ‘moral rules’ to control AI…

“Inventor Elon Musk , scientist Stephen Hawking , and even 60s rocker Roger Daltrey have sounded warnings about the dangers of artificial intelligence” writes Michael Moran for dailystar.co.uk. “I suggest that the professional community and companies should contemplate drawing up a set of moral rules for interaction between humans and artificial intelligence.Researchers are drawing ever closer to creating a truly self-aware artificial intelligence.Now Russian President Vladimir Putin has added his voice to the call for a set of international guidelines to control the powerful new technology.Speaking at the AI Journey…

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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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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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Wanted: ‘Friendly’ human face for global army of humanoid robots. Apply within.

“That firm, Geomiq, claims its been hired by a mysterious robotics company to put out a call for photo submissions” writes This Story Was for seattletimes.com. More specifically: Are you so fond of your face that you’d like to see it plastered on a global fleet of humanoid robots for years to come?. The blog post doesn’t specify whether designers are seeking a particular age or gender for their robotic face.The reason: said company has developed a humanoid robot that is nearing completion, but still in need of the right…

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Do Robots Or Trade Threaten American Workers More?

“In bringing up job losses from trade, Warren was warning against “bad trade policy,” arguing that “bad policy” tends to disproportionately benefit massive corporations” writes Danielle Kurtzleben for npr.org. What happened post-1999 is that the U.S. normalized trade relations with China, and China entered the World Trade Organization.One is of Burnett’s question and one is of Warren’s contention that trade has driven job losses.That study found that trade accounted for about 13% of manufacturing job losses between 2000 and 2010, while productivity gains accounted for nearly 88%. Source: npr.org

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Wacky robot hotel admits bedside cameras exposed guests to peeping hackers…

“Besides that, according to some reviews for the hotel on TripAdvisor, the robots seem to be entirely useless in practice” reports fastcompany.com. Japan’s famous Henn na Hotel—the one known for quirky antics like dinosaur receptionists and robot staff “layoffs” —says there was “very little risk” that its guests could’ve been spied on via one of its bedside robots.The hotel didn’t respond, and so Vick tweeted it out after 90 days, warning that the bedside robots “can be converted to offer anyone remote camera/mic access to all future guests.” Lovely.According to the hotel,…

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Sphero RVR is a robot car that can merge with your Raspberry Pi

“Sphero RVR is mainly targeted at schools and educational programs, but the $250 robot could be used as a home robot if your kid was into programming” writes Scott Stein for cnet.com. The company’s latest robot, RVR, is something completely different: a rolling rover that can connect to Arduino and Raspberry Pi, or Littlebits pieces (Sphero acquired Littlebits earlier this year), to become a platform for a lot more.The RVR can communicate with other Sphero robots like the Sphero Bolt, possibly making for interesting robotic group-hive experiments.Sphero used to make…

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