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As Walmart turns to robots, it’s the human workers who feel like machines

To Walmart executives, the Auto-C self-driving floor scrubber is the future of retail automation – a multimillion-dollar bet that advanced robots will optimize operations, cut costs and revolutionize the American superstore. But to the workers of Walmart Supercenter No. 937 in Marietta, Georgia, the machine has a different label: “Freddy,” named for a janitor the store let go shortly before the Auto-C rolled to life.

Tesla, Uber lag in driverless progress, study says; Ford is tops

The study by Navigant Consulting, a Chicago firm with deep roots in the auto industry, ranked 18 companies that are developing a “full stack” of hardware and software for completely autonomous cars, casting judgments on their progress and prospects.

Ford’s move benefits robots, not workers

Ford’s investment plans highlight how the auto industry is at the vanguard of this brave new robotic world. But make no mistake: The rest of us should be looking over our shoulders.

Researchers developing ‘Idabot’ to bring automation to southern Idaho farming

Researchers in Southwestern Idaho are developing technology for a robot they believe could help specialty crop growers manage their crops and reduce labor costs. The aim of "IdaBot" is a low-cost way to help farmers control input costs through the use of robotic automation, said Northwest Nazarene...

Norman Chad: Automation technology taking over for sportswriters

There’s a sports writing revolution going on out there and it doesn’t involve sportswriters – thanks to “automation technology,” sports articles are now being written by, uh, computers.    Two companies – Durham, N.C.-based Automated Insights and Chicago-based Narrative Science – are aiming to make sportswriters the next dinosaurs. These companies transfer data into written reports, rendering obsolete the ink-stained wretch sitting in a press box eating free hot dogs.