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The Driverless Truck Is Coming, and It’s Going to Automate Millions of Jobs

April 26th, 2016

Via: Tech Crunch: A convoy of self-driving trucks recently drove across Europe and arrived at the Port of Rotterdam. No technology will automate away more jobs — or drive more economic efficiency — than the driverless truck. Shipping a full truckload from L.A. to New York costs around $4,500 today, with labor representing 75 percent […]

Robot Longshoremen

April 26th, 2016

Via: Bloomberg: On one end of a dock at America’s busiest port, tractor-trailers haul containers through dense, stop-and-go traffic. Sometimes they collide. Sometimes the drivers must wait, diesel engines idling, as piles are unstacked to find the specific container they need. A few hundred yards away, advanced algorithms select the most efficient pathway for autonomous […]

Japan’s Next Generation of Farmers Could Be Robots

April 23rd, 2016

Via: Bloomberg: As the average age of farmers globally creeps higher and retirement looms, Japan has a solution: robots and driver-less tractors. The Group-of-Seven agriculture ministers meet in Japan’s northern prefecture of Niigata this weekend for the first time in seven years to discuss how to meet increasing food demand as aging farmers retire without […]

U.S. to Sail Submarine Drones in South China Sea

April 18th, 2016

Via: Financial Times: As it watches China build up its presence in the South China Sea, one reclaimed island at a time, the US military is betting on a new technology to help retain its edge — submarine drones. During the past six months, the Pentagon has started to talk publicly about a once-secret programme […]

Pentagon Touts “Loyal Wingman” for Combat Jets

April 15th, 2016

If your trillion dollar F-35 boondoggle can’t fight, why not throw a magic-8 ball brain into older fighters that can? Via: Flightglobal: US Air Force plans to insert a “brain” into current-generation fighter jets to create autonomous flying wingmen paired with the Lockheed Martin F-35 were given a bump today, with the Pentagon’s second-in-charge saying […]

Google Owned Schaft Unveils New Bipedal Robot

April 9th, 2016

Via: IEEE: Right now, the New Economic Summit (NEST) 2016 conference is going on in Tokyo, Japan. One of the keynote speakers is Andy Rubin. Rubin was in charge of Google’s robotics program in 2013, when the company (now Alphabet) acquired a fistful of some of the most capable and interesting robotics companies in the […]

Crewless ‘Drone Ships’ Will be Sailing the Seas by 2020

April 9th, 2016

Via: Telegraph: Remote-controlled “drone ships” will be plying the sealanes without crews on board by the end of the decade, according to Rolls-Royce. The FTSE 100 company best known for its aircraft engines is heading a consortium working to develop the technology needed for ships controlled from land bases, making them cheaper to run. “This […]

‘The Police Could be Controlling Your Self-Driving Car’

April 3rd, 2016

Late library books? Unvaccinated children? Offensive comments on Facebook? Better keep your bicycle handy. Sarcasm. Sort of. Via: MarketWatch: More intrusive controls may be called for to deal with crime. For instance, high-speed chases could become a thing of the past. The vehicles of drunk/drugged individuals who insist on doing their own driving could be […]

Where’s the Lane? Self-Driving Cars Confused by Shabby U.S. Roadways

April 2nd, 2016

*har* Via: Reuters: Volvo’s North American CEO, Lex Kerssemakers, lost his cool as the automaker’s semi-autonomous prototype sporadically refused to drive itself during a press event at the Los Angeles Auto Show. “It can’t find the lane markings!” Kerssemakers griped to Mayor Eric Garcetti, who was at the wheel. “You need to paint the bloody […]

America’s Million-Doctor Shortage Is Right Around the Corner

April 2nd, 2016

Via: MarketWatch: The doctor is disappearing in America. And by most projections, it’s only going to get worse — the U.S. could lose as many as 1 million doctors by 2025, according to a Association of American Medical Colleges report. Primary-care physicians will account for as much as one-third of that shortage, meaning the doctor […]

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