Stories tagged: robots
UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 30, 2019
Doing your job side-by-side with robots isn’t easy. According to their makers, the machines should take on the most mundane and physically strenuous tasks. In reality, they’re also creating new …
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 21, 2019
From diatoms encased in glass to dinoflagellates that can cause toxic algae blooms, phytoplankton are a diverse group of algae that live in the ocean. They serve as the base …
Fri., June 7, 2019
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 …
Sat., May 18, 2019
The first fully autonomous farm equipment is becoming commercially available, which means machines will be able to completely take over a multitude of tasks. Tractors will drive with no farmer …
Tue., April 30, 2019
An unsettling specter haunts the world economy: a future of ubiquitous robots that destroy millions of jobs. But is that realistic?
UPDATED: Sun., March 31, 2019
This is no April Fools’ Day joke: While machines are getting smarter, they still have trouble understanding humor.
UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019
Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Friday showed off robots that will be used at the new National Stadium to provide assistance for fans using wheelchairs.
UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019
Computers will be used for ball/strike calls starting April 28 in the independent Atlantic League, where the distance between home and first will be shortened by 3 inches. The ground …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019
Amazon.com will use robots to deliver packages in the suburbs north of Seattle, its latest experiment to automate the last-mile of delivery that’s a labor-intensive and costly component of buying …
Sun., Aug. 19, 2018
Using two tiny mechanical claws, community members tested out Skagit Regional Health’s new robotic surgery system by unwrapping Starburst candies and moving around mini-rubber rings.
Sun., July 8, 2018
UW Advanced Robotics team is taking its squad of fighting machines to the biggest, most complex student games in the world.
Wed., May 9, 2018
Call it an a-MAZE-ing development: A U.K.-based team of researchers has developed an artificial intelligence program that can learn to take shortcuts through a labyrinth to reach its goal. In …
UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2018
Artificial intelligence has a new challenge: Whether and how to alert people who may not know they’re talking to a robot.
Wed., May 9, 2018
Google CEO Sundar Pichai broke a new barrier in artificial intelligence technology Tuesday when he unveiled a voice assistant that sounds exactly like a human voice.
Sat., April 21, 2018
Ohio crews cleaning up a massive former Cold War-era uranium enrichment plant in Ohio plan this summer to deploy a high-tech helper: an autonomous, radiation-measuring robot that will roll through …
Sun., Jan. 21, 2018
Two artificial intelligence programs created by Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba and Microsoft beat humans on a Stanford University reading comprehension test.
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017
Over the next 13 years, the rising tide of automation will force as many as 70 million workers in the United States to find another way to make money, a …
Wed., Nov. 1, 2017
Banks and hedge funds that rely on artificial intelligence threaten to inject risks into the financial system that could exacerbate a future crisis, according to global regulators.
Thu., Oct. 5, 2017
Spacewalking astronauts worked at giving the International Space Station’s big robot arm a new hand Thursday.
Mon., Sept. 4, 2017
As technological innovations increasingly edge into the workplace, many people fear that robots and machines are destined to take jobs that human beings have held for decades. For many affected …
Sun., Aug. 20, 2017
These robots, and the thousands of Amazonians who build, program and use them, are laying out the next episode in a very old story – the evolving relationship between humans …
Tue., July 18, 2017
Trying to save jobs by protecting old jobs from new technologies and other productivity-enhancing changes is self-defeating.
UPDATED: Fri., June 9, 2017
Japanese internet, solar and technology company SoftBank Group Corp. is buying robotics pioneer Boston Dynamics from Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent.
Fri., May 12, 2017
In just a few years, well-mannered self-driving robotaxis will share the roads with reckless, law-breaking human drivers. The prospect is causing migraines for the people developing the robotaxis.
Sat., April 29, 2017
Who gets to choose the technological future? How does this change us as a society? And what will it mean to be human?
Sat., April 15, 2017
While Silicon Valley touts new robots that will greet you at the airport, deliver Cheetos to your hotel room or get you a pizza in a hurry, other machines have …
Wed., April 5, 2017
A new company called Locus Robotics unveiled a warehouse robotics solution called the LocusBot-first using it for its own business, then selling them to companies that ship everything from housewares …
Fri., March 24, 2017
More than a third of U.S. jobs could be at “high risk” of automation by the early 2030s, a percentage that’s greater than in Britain, Germany and Japan, according to …
Sun., March 5, 2017
Columnist Doug Clark imagines what a robotic version of himself might be like.
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017
With just one “no” vote, the House Transportation Committee has approved a bill to allow “personal delivery robots” to travel on Idaho sidewalks like motorized wheelchairs and Segways. Rep. Melissa …