ROBOTS

Drones delivering your pizza; humanoid robots nursing your grandmother; factory-sized robots displacing millions of workers—this page covers the trends and news that will guide the future of robots.

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https://sea.pcmag.com/news/29691/california-law-bans-bots-from-pretending-to-be-human
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PCMag
Effective July 1, it will be illegal for bots interacting with California consumers to pretend they're human if they're trying to sell goods, services, or to 'influence a vote in an election.'
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https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/04/13/zoltan-istvan/becoming-transhuman-complicated-future-robot-advanced-sapient-rights
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CATO
Zoltan Istvan describes a complicated future when humans aren't the only sapients around anymore.
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https://www.ibtimes.co.uk/human-machine-life-like-android-robots-japan-show-glimpses-future-1453992
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International Business Times
A new exhibition in Tokyo called \"Android: What is Human?\" is showcasing the world\'s most advanced android robots.
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https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609615/physicists-are-reinventing-the-lens-and-imaging-will-never-be-the-same/
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MIT Technology Review
Lenses are almost as old as civilization itself. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Babylonians all developed lenses made from polished quartz and used them for simple magnification. Later, 17th-century scientists combined lenses to make telescopes and microscopes, instruments that changed our view of the universe and our position within it. Now lenses are being reinvented…
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https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/01/china-is-using-ai-to-tackle-traffic-jams/
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WeForum
Artificial intelligence could unclog China's traffic jams- but legislation and human error still pose barriers to development.
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https://www.Axios.com/robots-food-industry-startups-cb32bd45-5f0b-4840-b3fd-41b70e97ba10.html
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Axios
They're still expensive, but they're nudging open the door to the industry.
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https://theurbandeveloper.com/articles/australian-bricklaying-robot-could-build-30-million-new-homes-globally-
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The Urban Developer
Perth-based Fastbrick Robotics has partnered with strategic business consultants EY-Panthenon to understand the market potential of the Hadrian X.
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https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ban-killer-robots-before-they-become-weapons-of-mass-destruction/
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Scientific American
We need an international agreement to prevent the development of autonomous weapons before they threaten global security
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https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/germ-zapping-robots-how-hollywood-might-kill-coronavirus-fears-set-1295233
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Hollywood Reporter
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https://theconversation.com/how-artificial-intelligence-can-save-journalism-137544
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The Conversation
Journalism is not keeping pace with the evolution of new technologies. Newsrooms need to take advantage of what AI can offer and come up with a new business model.
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https://www.scmp.com/tech/china-tech/article/2128243/alibabas-artificial-intelligence-bot-beats-humans-reading-first
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South China Morning Press
Artificial intelligence bot beats humans at reading in a first for machines
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https://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/iss/canadarm2/canadarm2-spinoff-technology-transforming-surgery-on-earth.asp
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Canadian Space Agency
Synaptive Medical's robotic digital microscope is set to revolutionize neurosurgery.
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https://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/28/magazine/the-robots-are-coming-for-wall-street.html
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The New York Times
Hundreds of financial analysts are being replaced with software. What office jobs are next?
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https://www.theverge.com/2015/10/13/9521453/skycatch-komatsu-drones-construction-autonomous-vehicles
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The Verge
Komatsu is the world’s second largest construction company, a venerable Japanese brand with 94 years of history that sells forklifts and bulldozers to customers around the globe. But in its home...
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https://spectrum.ieee.org/robotics/medical-robots/magnetic-microbots-to-fight-cancer
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IEEE
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http://www.archdaily.com/780512/how-driverless-cars-could-should-and-shouldnt-reshape-our-cities
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Archdaily
In the race to bring driverless cars from a futuristic fantasy to a present-day reality, developers have touted a plethora of advantages, from...
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http://defensetech.org/2014/01/20/navy-helps-fund-3d-printing-of-buildings/
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Defensetech
Add to guns and prosthetic hands something much bigger and heavier forming from the nozzle of a 3D printer — buildings “printed” out of concrete....
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2015/01/23/pentagon-agency-wants-drones-to-hunt-in-packs-like-wolves/
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Washington Post
The U.S. military is preparing for a series of meetings that could shake up how the Pentagon flies its fleet of drone aircraft and move them toward hunting together in packs.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/11/the-guardian-view-on-armed-drones-a-new-code-for-a-new-form-of-warfare
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The Guardian
<strong>Editorial:</strong> Drone warfare is both lethal and real. Governments, including the UK, must stop looking in the other direction. An international legal code is the best hope of a rules-based approach
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https://techcrunch.com/2016/03/21/how-robots-will-reshape-the-us-economy/
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Techcrunch
Few doubt that our future -- both immediate and long term -- will be heavily impacted by robots. With flashy AI technology like IBM’s Watson and Google’s driverless cars stealing headlines and outperforming their human competitors, it’s clear that our economy is bracing for a fundamental shift in how we perform work. What’s less obvious, however, is exactly what the workplace of the future
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https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/hospital-robot-uses-uv-light-to-kill-viruses-and-germs/
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Good News Network
Irish scientists have invented a robot that kills viruses and other germs by emitting UV light—and will be ready for production in one week's time.