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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 …


Robots take the wheel as autonomous farm machines hit the field

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 …


Robert J. Samuelson: Who’s afraid of robots – and why

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, 6:24 p.m.

No AI in humor: R2-D2 walks into a bar, doesn’t get the joke

This is no April Fools’ Day joke: While machines are getting smarter, they still have trouble understanding humor.


UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 8:27 p.m.

Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics may become known as the ‘Robot Games’

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, 5 p.m.

Computer to call balls and strikes in minor league

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, 6:54 p.m.

Amazon to test delivery robots on Seattle-area sidewalks

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 …


Skagit Regional Health to offer robotic-assisted surgery

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.


These attack robots and their UW creators will take on the world at RoboMaster competition in China

UW Advanced Robotics team is taking its squad of fighting machines to the biggest, most complex student games in the world.


Scientists make a maze-running artificial intelligence program that learns to take shortcuts

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, 7:23 p.m.

What happens when the robots sound too much like humans?

Artificial intelligence has a new challenge: Whether and how to alert people who may not know they’re talking to a robot.


Google CEO unveils new era of robots that sound like humans

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.


Robot designed for faster, safer uranium plant pipe cleanup

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 …


Microsoft, Alibaba AI programs beat humans in a Stanford reading test

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, 5:37 p.m.

Robots could soon replace nearly a third of the U.S. workforce

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 …


Robots in finance bring new risks to stability, regulators warn

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.


Spacewalkers installing new hand on station’s robot arm

Spacewalking astronauts worked at giving the International Space Station’s big robot arm a new hand Thursday.


Fear of robots taking jobs spurs a bold idea: guaranteed pay

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 …


Amazons robots: Job destroyers or dance partners?

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 …


Robert J. Samuelson: Job threat of robots overblown

Trying to save jobs by protecting old jobs from new technologies and other productivity-enhancing changes is self-defeating.


UPDATED: Fri., June 9, 2017, 6:38 p.m.

SoftBank buys robotics leader Boston Dynamics from Alphabet

Japanese internet, solar and technology company SoftBank Group Corp. is buying robotics pioneer Boston Dynamics from Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent.


What’s holding back self-driving cars? Human drivers

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.


Harrop: Can we think our way past robots?

Who gets to choose the technological future? How does this change us as a society? And what will it mean to be human?


While some robots learn to deliver pizza, these are saving lives

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 …


Robots enlist humans to win the warehouse war Amazon started

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 …


Robots could take over 38 percent of US jobs within about 15 years, report says

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 …


Doug Clark: The robots are coming for our jobs, even us newspeople

Columnist Doug Clark imagines what a robotic version of himself might be like.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 10:02 p.m.

Bill allowing robots to travel on Idaho sidewalks wins House committee approval

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 …


What labor shortage? Robot apple pickers on the way

Worry over ag labor shortages could be a thing of the past if two engineering firms hit goals to market robotic fruit-picking machines by 2019.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, 7:08 a.m.

Robots and artificial intelligence set to upend the art of making a sale

Softbank Robotics has a vision of a world in which many retailers incorporate artificial intelligence technology into brick-and-mortar stores, in which it feels normal and reflexive for you to approach …