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://www.technologyreview.com/2019/07/01/65601/machine-learning-has-been-used-to-automatically-translate-long-lost-languages/
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MIT Technology Review
In 1886, the British archaeologist Arthur Evans came across an ancient stone bearing a curious set of inscriptions in an unknown language. The stone came from the Mediterranean island of Crete, and Evans immediately traveled there to hunt for more evidence. He quickly found numerous stones and tablets bearing similar scripts and dated them from…
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https://singularityhub.com/2018/03/04/why-hasnt-ai-mastered-language-translation/#sm.0000uhujtmo5qe17uci2034tixmtc
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Singularity Hub
The world is experiencing a state of unprecedented connectivity thanks to technology. But language remains a barrier. Even though technological devices can quickly and easily connect, humans from different parts of the world often can’t. Translation software may be the solution, but it isn't yet perfect—here's why.
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https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/robots-create-new-language-work-together-a7636041.html
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Independent
Their communications evolved as the researchers challenged the machines with tougher tasks
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https://www.engadget.com/2014/10/20/robot-kafka-play-the-metamorphosis/?m=false
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Engadget
We've seen robots star in plays before, but the one in a new production of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis doesn't take on a bit role or even a supporting one: it's the show's lead actor.
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2841273/The-hyper-real-robots-replace-receptionists-pop-stars-sex-dolls-Unnervingly-human-androids-coming-future-near-you.html
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Daily Mail Online
Hyper-human robots that can read the news (pictured) and greet people are already being used in Japan. Experts are also predicting a future where people date androids is not so far-fetched.
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https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/comment/ai-could-transform-religious-practice-and-social-norms-1.692679
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The National
Artificial intelligence challenges our understanding of what it means to be alive – and might even make us better human beings, writes Shelina Janmohamed
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https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/google-is-training-machines-to-predict-when-a-patient-will-die
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The Straits Times
SAN FRANCISCO (BLOOMBERG) - A woman with late-stage breast cancer came to a city hospital, fluids already flooding her lungs. She saw two doctors and got a radiology scan. The hospital's computers read her vital signs and estimated a 9.3 per cent chance she would die during her stay.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
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https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/mbybpb/the-death-of-death-v25n4
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Vice
RAADfest is the go-to science conference for immortalists of all stripes.
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https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/professional/the-sewbots-are-coming
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Business of Fashion
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https://www.engadget.com/2018-10-03-disney-spray-painting-drone-replace-scaffolding.html
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Engadget
We've seen some pretty interesting work come out of Disney Research in the past, like techniques for digitally recreating teeth, makeup-projecting lamps, a group AR experience and a stick-like robot that can perform backflips. One of its latest projects is PaintCopter -- a drone that can autonomously spray paint both flat and 3D surfaces. Disney Research says the goal is to be able to paint large
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https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/sep/26/mystic-messenger-dating-simulations-sims-digital-intimacy
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The Guardian
A crop of dating simulations where the goal is to reach a virtual happily ever after have recently become hits. Are they a substitute for human companionship or a new type of digital intimacy?
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https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2019/Q2/using-the-power-of-fluid-for-the-future-of-drones,-flight.html
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Purdue
Billions of dollars are being spent by aviation giants and aerospace startups to create driverless flying vehicles that can meet the growing need for rapid and flexible travel and delivery. Anyone who has tried to navigate major metro areas like New York City or Los Angeles knows the hassles associated with sharing the roads and air with millions of other people.
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https://www.fastcompany.com/90251359/stephen-hawkings-final-papers-say-itll-be-super-rich-superhumans-vs-regular-humans-in-the-future
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Fast Company
Oh, and Earth will be crippled by nuclear war and environmental catastrophes.
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https://www.fastcompany.com/3067632/10-principles-for-design-in-the-age-of-ai
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Fast Company
Yves Béhar shares a new kind of design manifesto.
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https://curiousmatic.com/future-sex-technology-looks-like/
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Curiousmatic
Sex technology may become surprisingly intimate as the future of sex may have more to do with technology than anyone thought.
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https://www.businessinsider.com/7-technologies-that-will-transform-sex-2014-10?curator=MediaREDEF
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Business Insider
The future will make sexting look tame.
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https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-future-of-virtual-sex-1423845474
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The Wall Street Journal
While some expect sex robots to be commonplace in a decade, they may be leapfrogged by ‘neural virtual reality.’
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https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/595971/Sex-Robots-Dolls-Psychology-Relationship-Humans
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Express
SEX with robots will become the social norm within the next 50 years, according to a top academic.
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/women-more-sex-robots-men-8312068
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The Mirror
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3885592/Dawn-Sexbots-new-TV-Westworld-s-future-tourists-romance-robots-just-sick-fantasy-No-soon-buy-androids-talk-touch-feel.html
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Daily Mail
The storyline of new Sky TV drama Westworld, in which lifelike robots are abused for human pleasure, has provoked a host of disturbing questions about violence and sexual exploitation.
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http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/sex-future-brave-new-world-hi-tech-goo-and-virtual-reality-a6865881.html
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The Independent
The annual FutureFest event will this year explore the booming area of scientific innovation in relationships