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Hey Buddy, Can You Give Me a Hand?

February 12th, 2018

Via: Boston Dynamics:

Foxconn Unit to Cut Over 10,000 Jobs as Robotics Take Over

February 10th, 2018

Via: Nikkei: Foxconn’s panel arm Innolux is planning to slash more than 10,000 jobs this year as part of the company’s aggressive efforts to increase the use of automation in manufacturing, said Honorary Chairman Tuan Hsing-Chien on Tuesday. “We will reduce our total workforce to less than 50,000 people by the end of this year, […]

U.S. Army Now Holding Drills With Ground Robots That Shoot

February 9th, 2018

Via: DefenseOne: In a historic first, the Army conducted a live fire exercise with a remote-controlled ground combat vehicle armed with a .50-caliber machine gun. It plans to conduct more exercises with more heavily armed ground robots within the next couple of years. The demonstration was part of the annual Northern Strike exercise, which took […]

Airbus Tests Self-Flying Taxi

February 2nd, 2018

Via: AFP: Airbus said Friday that it had successfully held the first test flights of the Vahana, an electric, pilotless flying vehicle that it hopes will be able to ferry people around cities. The Wednesday flight at a test range in the US state of Oregon lasted just under one minute, with the aircraft lifting […]

Artificial Intelligence Is Going to Supercharge Surveillance

January 29th, 2018

Via: The Verge: Artificial intelligence is giving surveillance cameras digital brains to match their eyes, letting them analyze live video with no humans necessary. This could be good news for public safety, helping police and first responders more easily spot crimes and accidents and have a range of scientific and industrial applications. But it also […]

With Teen Mental Health Deteriorating Over Five Years, There’s a Likely Culprit

January 28th, 2018

“All signs point to the screen.” Via: The Conversation: Around 2012, something started going wrong in the lives of teens. In just the five years between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens who felt useless and joyless – classic symptoms of depression – surged 33 percent in large national surveys. Teen suicide attempts […]

Tesla Gigafactory Production Problems Worse than Previously Disclosed

January 26th, 2018

The Hacker News comments on this are interesting. Via: CNBC: Tesla’s problems with battery production at the company’s Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada, are worse than the company has acknowledged and could cause further delays and quality issues for the new Model 3, according to a number of current and former Tesla employees. These problems include […]

Amazon’s Automated Grocery Store of the Future Opens Monday

January 21st, 2018

haha Via: Reuters: But there have been challenges, according to a person familiar with the matter. These included correctly identifying shoppers with similar body types, the person said. When children were brought into the store during the trial, they caused havoc by moving items to incorrect places, the person added.

GM Drops the Steering Wheel and Gives Robot Driver Control

January 12th, 2018

Via: Bloomberg: Next year, General Motors Co. will no longer need an engineer in the front seat babysitting the robot brain that controls its self-driving Chevrolet Bolt. The steering wheel and pedals will be gone, giving total control to the machine. When GM starts testing its autonomous electric sedan in San Francisco ride-sharing fleets, it’ll […]

New York Times Bullshit Crosses Into Comedy Gold: A.I. and Big Data Could Power a New War on Poverty

January 2nd, 2018

Here’s one for your Not-The-Onion file folder. At the link, there’s a picture of a robot shaking hands with a human. Here’s an idea for a New York Times OpEd: “How to Get a Suntan from a Nuclear Bomb Blast.” For my story idea, they could show a nice mushroom cloud going up into the […]

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