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Foxconn Replaces 60,000 Factory Workers with Robots

May 25th, 2016

Via: BBC: Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn has reportedly replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots. One factory has “reduced employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000 thanks to the introduction of robots”, a government official told the South China Morning Post. Xu Yulian, head of publicity for the Kunshan region, added: “More companies are likely to […]

Magic 8-Ball Future Crime Predictor Influencing Decisions About Prison Sentences

May 24th, 2016

Via: ProPublica: Scores like this — known as risk assessments — are increasingly common in courtrooms across the nation. They are used to inform decisions about who can be set free at every stage of the criminal justice system, from assigning bond amounts — as is the case in Fort Lauderdale — to even more […]

Robot Ranchers Monitor Animals on Giant Australian Farms

May 24th, 2016

Via: New Scientist: A two-year trial, which starts next month, will train a “farmbot” to herd livestock, keep an eye on their health, and check they have enough pasture to graze on. Sick and injured animals will be identified using thermal and vision sensors that detect changes in body temperature and walking gait, says Salah […]

How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds – from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist

May 20th, 2016

Via: Medium: Western Culture is built around ideals of individual choice and freedom. Millions of us fiercely defend our right to make “free” choices, while we ignore how we’re manipulated upstream by limited menus we didn’t choose. This is exactly what magicians do. They give people the illusion of free choice while architecting the menu […]

Google, Apple, Tesla Veterans: Startup Developing Self-Driving Truck Kits

May 17th, 2016

Via: The Verge: Former employees of Google, Apple, Tesla, Cruise Automation, and others — 40 people in total — have formed a new San Francisco-based company called Otto with the goal of turning commercial trucks into self-driving freight haulers. Prominent staffers include former Google Maps lead Lior Ron and Anthony Levandowski of Google’s self-driving car […]

Battelle Fielding 100 Drone Zappers to Pentagon, Homeland Security

May 17th, 2016

Via: Defense Tech: The military has turned to a directed energy frequency jammer mounted on an assault rifle-type frame to deal with the growing threat of small drones to military bases and troops in the field. Officials of Battelle, the non-profit research and development organization based in Columbus, Ohio, said Monday the Defense Department and […]

Pentagon Wants AI to Read Social Media and Draw Up Lists of People for Lethal Autonomous Robots to Kill

May 16th, 2016

Via: Medium: “LARs [lethal autonomous robots] have the unique potential to operate at a tempo faster than humans can possibly achieve and to lethally strike even when communications links have been severed. Autonomous targeting technology will likely proliferate to nations and groups around the world. To prevent being surpassed by rivals, the United States should […]

Wendy’s Installing Self-Service Ordering Kiosks in 6,000-Plus Restaurants

May 13th, 2016

2014: Notice how companies in Seattle have between three and seven years to start paying the $15/hour rate? *wink* And now… Via: IBD: Wendy’s (WEN) said that self-service ordering kiosks will be made available across its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of the year as minimum wage hikes and a tight labor market push […]

Volvo’s Self-Driving Program Will Have Redundancy For Everything

May 11th, 2016

Via: IEEE: Next year Volvo will do something no other company has tried: it will put 100 fully self-driving cars in the hands of customers. The tests, which will begin small and ramp up slowly, are to be held in Gothenberg, Sweden and in London. It’s a lot harder than it may seem. True, the […]

Nimble-Fingered Robot Outperforms the Best Human Surgeons

May 10th, 2016

Via: MIT Technology Review: A robot surgeon has been taught to perform a delicate procedure—stitching soft tissue together with a needle and thread—more precisely and reliably than even the best human doctor. The Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR), developed by researchers at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C., uses an advanced 3-D imaging system […]

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