November 14, 2012

Techonomy: Can a Robot Steal Your Job?

Michael Miller, PC Magazine

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In a Techonomy panel titled "Where's My Robot?" moderator John Markoff of The New York Times started by suggesting that a better question might be "Where isn't my robot?" In this session, Rodney Brooks of Rethink Robotics talked about the next generation of robotics, while MIT's Andrew McAfee discussed worries that robotics would take jobs from people.

Markoff noted that Google's self-driving car has already gone 300,000 miles, Volvo has said it will have a driverless car in the market by 2014, robots in the form of drones are in the skies of Iraq and Afghanistan, and robots are used routinely in surgery. He's seen a variety of "lights-out"...

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November 6, 2012
We've Built a Self Navigating Flying Robot
Evan Ackerman, Spectrum
Yesterday, we posted about some dirt cheap micro air vehicles on Kickstarter. Cheap hardware is great, but to make it do cool stuff, you usually need expensive (or at least, very clever) software. Researchers at Cornell have come... more ››
November 6, 2012
The Era of Robot Sex
John Niman, Transhumanity
In short, I think that with advanced enough A.I. (but not too advanced, per the above) sex or companion robots could very well become the ideal mates for humans. Human-robot relationships could be purely sexual, or they could... more ››