Posts Tagged ‘robots’

Rights for Robots! Maybe.

September 12, 2017

When machines become conscious, will we need to grant them rights? A video by  by Kurzgesagt (German for “in a nutshell”).
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Job Deletion: A Feature, Not a Bug?

September 4, 2017

Job Deletion: A Feature, Not a Bug?

Happy Labor Day.

“We are being afflicted with a new disease of which some readers may not yet have heard the name, but of which they will hear a great deal in the years to come – namely, technological unemployment. This means unemployment due to our discovery of means of economising the use of labour outrunning the pace at which we can find new uses for labour.” — John Maynard Keynes, 1930

“Today we’re living in those years to come, and it’s hard to go a week without some story about how all the jobs will soon belong to artificial intelligence or machine learning or however else we’re describing the automatons. Keynes was right to see it coming, but he didn’t exactly nail the implications.” — Malcolm Harris, 2017

More:

“A Jobless Future Everyone Can Love,” Malcolm Harris, Pacific Standard

“AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs,” Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Pieria

“Jobs aren’t the solution to America’s problems—they’re the cause,” James Livingston, Quartz

“A robot tax rises from American center of tech industry,” Janie Har, Associated Press

“What the Industrial Revolution really tells us about the future of automation and work,” Moshe Y. Vardi, The Conversation

“Work In The Digital Society,” Social Europe

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Snooker-Playing Robot

November 27, 2016

Robots won’t just take your job, they’ll beat you at billiards. This ABB robot cheats at snooker, then does a victory dance. Twice.

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German Robot Grills Sausage

August 2, 2016

German Robot Grills Sausage
German engineers have built a robot that grills brätwurst because of course they would. The FZI Research Center for IT at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology hooked a robotic arm to a laptop to create BratWurst Bot, which grills, flips, and plates sausages.
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Driverless Bus

April 14, 2016

Driverless Bus

A robotic bus in Trikala, Greece, is serving city passengers for free. In the first six months of operation there have been no accidents or complaints about rude drivers.

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Domino’s Robot Pizza Delivery

March 25, 2016

Domino's Robot Pizza Delivery

Domino’s R&D lab in Australia, in collaboration with Marathon Robotics, has developed the Domino’s Robotic Unit (DRU) prototype, a self-propelled autonomous unit that will deliver hot pies to your door. DRU is said to be “cheeky and endearing” with “a friendly persona.” Do you still have to tip?

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Robot Religion

February 8, 2015

Robot Religion

“Artificial intelligence and autonomous robots should be encouraged to become religious, a US reverend has said.

Reverend Christopher Benek, associate pastor of Providence Presbyterian Church in Florida, believes advanced forms of artificial intelligence should be welcomed into the Christian faith.

‘I don’t see Christ’s redemption limited to human beings,’ Benek said in an interview with the futurist Zoltan Istvan. ‘It’s redemption to all of creation, even AI.’

‘If AI is autonomous, then we should encourage it to participate in Christ’s redemptive purposes in the world.'”

— “Florida pastor plans to convert robots to Christianity,” Anthony Cuthbertson, International Business Times

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The Robot Votes Are In!

October 25, 2012

The Robot Votes Are In!
17,000 members of the technosphere voted, and the best robots won. On Thursday night the Robot Hall of Fame inducted three new members: Aldebaran Robotics’ NAO humanoid, iRobot’s PackBot bomb disposal robot, Boston Dynamics’ four-legged BigDog and Pixar’s fictional WALL-E.

Special mention: NASA Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity; iRobot’s Roomba vacuum cleaner; the da Vinci Surgical System; Huey, Dewey and Louie from the film “Silent Running”; and T-800 from “The Terminator” series.

More:

“Meet the Hall of Fame’s robot rookies,” Alan Boyle, NBC News

“Robot Hall of Fame® Inducts NAO, Packbot, BigDog and WALL-E” (press release)

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Vote for the Robot of Your Choice!

August 21, 2012

Vote for the Robot of Your Choice!

It’s time to vote for the robot of your choice! No, not Democratic or Republican ones, we mean the metal kind. The Carnegie Science Center wants you to elect this year’s inductee for the Robot Hall of Fame.

 The digital polls close September 30, 2012, so Vote Now! (one robot per category, please). The election is powered by Carnegie Mellon University so absolutely nothing cangowrongcangowrongcangowrongcangowrongcangowrongcangowrongcangowrong

Results will be announced at The Robot Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Oct 23, 2012 at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, held in conjunction with the galactic gathering of our mechanized masters, the RoboBusiness Leadership Summit. We’re hoping the banquet will be catered by Chinese robot chefs.

See previous RHoF inductees here.

Related: 

“Who should pay when your robot breaks the law?” George Dvorsky, io9

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Forget Rap Music’s ‘Robot Voice.’ Hire a Robot Singer.

April 28, 2012

Forget Rap Music's 'Robot Voice.' Hire a Robot Singer.
Rapper and producer T-Pain popularized that “robot voice” now infesting the world’s Pop Music recordings. But why imitate a singing robot when you can have a robot vocalist? A Japanese tech company has produced a robot chick singer who is remarkably life-like, at least compared to most of Japan’s aidoru pop stars. Of course, the most animated members of J-Pop girl groups are really digital animations.

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