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Amazon Robots Prepare for Christmas

November 19th, 2014

Via: Marketwatch: In its latest bid to boost productivity and speed delivery, Inc. is deploying a robot army. The Seattle online retailer has outfitted several U.S. warehouses with squat, orange, wheeled robots that move stocked shelves to workers, instead of having employees seek items amid long aisles of merchandise, according to people familiar with […]

Crime-Fighting Robots Go On Patrol In Silicon Valley

November 19th, 2014

Get your barf bag ready. Via: CBS: A new kind of security guard is on patrol in Silicon Valley: crime-fighting robots that look like they’re straight out of a sci-fi movie. At first glance, the K5 security robot looks like a cartoonish Star Wars character. “The vast majority of people see it and go, ‘Oh […]

Amazon to Begin Testing Same-Day Delivery Drones in Cambridge

November 13th, 2014

Via: Guardian: Amazon is planning to test drones in Cambridge, England, as the battle to offer consumers same-day deliveries heats up. The US company announced with considerable fanfare late last year that it was considering using drones as a way of dramatically reducing the time it takes to deliver orders to customers. At the time […]

“An Autonomous Weapons Arms Race” Is Underway

November 11th, 2014

Via: New York Times: On a bright fall day last year off the coast of Southern California, an Air Force B-1 bomber launched an experimental missile that may herald the future of warfare. Initially, pilots aboard the plane directed the missile, but halfway to its destination it severed communication with its operators. Alone, without human […]

Malls Fill Vacant Stores With Server Rooms

November 3rd, 2014

Via: Wall Street Journal: The Internet is moving to a shopping center near you. In Fort Wayne, Ind., a vacated Target store is about to be home to rows of computer servers, network routers and Ethernet cables courtesy of a local data-center operator. In Jackson, Miss., a former McRae’s department store will get the same […]

Flesh-and-Blood Advisers Face Threats from Robots

November 3rd, 2014

Via: Reuters: Fidelity and Charles Schwab will be offering automated financial advice that’s low-cost or even free, pushing other advisers to be tech-savvy to compete. Last month, both Charles Schwab Corp and Fidelity Investments unveiled so-called “robo” advice programs that offer free or very cheap algorithm-driven portfolio management to investors. More Teen With Terminal Cancer […]

Google’s Secretive DeepMind Start-Up Unveils A “Neural Turing Machine”

October 30th, 2014

Via: MIT Technology Review: DeepMind has built a neural network that can access an external memory like a conventional Turing machine. The result is a computer that mimics the short-term memory of the human brain. Related: “With Artificial Intelligence, We Are Summoning the Demon”

Lowe’s Hires Robots for the Holidays

October 28th, 2014

If you think it’s just for the “Holidays”, I got a bridge to sell ya. Via: PCMagazine: Lowe’s is hiring some new workers for the holiday season, but they’re not human. The hardware store just announced plans to test customer service robots, which will be able to help you locate items in the store, and […]

Taco Bell Unveils Mobile Ordering

October 28th, 2014

“Cashiers and food service workers: You’re pretty much screwed.” —Seattle Hikes Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour Via: USA Today: Food used to be what drove folks into restaurants. But these days, it’s also increasingly the technology behind it. That’s why two major restaurant chains, Taco Bell and Outback Steakhouse, made marketing waves on Tuesday, […]

‘Ambulance Drone’ Prototype Unveiled in Holland

October 28th, 2014

Via: AFP: A Dutch-based student on Tuesday unveiled a prototype of an “ambulance drone”, a flying defibrillator able to reach heart attack victims within precious life-saving minutes. Developed by Belgian engineering graduate Alec Momont, it can fly at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour (60 miles per hour). “Around 800,000 people suffer a […]

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