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Warehouse robots might just make tedious jobs a thing of the past

Warehouse jobs will become a thing of the past as a result of new technologies that are both revolutionizing and speeding up the process of shipping goods, including warehouse-borne drones.

5 useful robots that will make your annoying chores fun again

While we aren't living in any 'Jetsons' apartments just yet, home automation has come long away since its humble beginnings. With these robotic servants, we could soon say goodbye to common household chores.

I, for one, welcome our new automated robot overlords

Automation isn’t a bad thing; we’re not going to be attacked by vacuums, after all, and there are plenty of conveniences it supplies. But are we reaching a tipping point where we start to trust computers and robots more than humans?
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Shape-shifting, remote-controlled microsurgeon robots come to life

A team of researchers from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and ETH Zurich have taken on Richard Feynman’s challenge, building remote-controlled microrobots designed to enter the body, deliver drugs, and perform…
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Robot grillmaster feeds and delights party of German bratwurst lovers

A robotic grillmaster selects, places, grills bratwurst and serves them on plates at a party in Germany. The device successfully fills up empty spaces on the grill and entertains guests.
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Ingestible ‘Origami Robots’ may one day perform microsurgery inside you 2:43

Researchers have developed a swallowable robot capable of unfolding inside someone's stomach and then patching wounds, dislodging foreign objects, or even potentially carrying out microsurgery on soft tissue.

Ford’s genius co-bots can build cars, make coffee, and even give massages

At a production facility in Cologne, Germany, Ford is using machines called co-bots to help fit shock absorbers onto Fiestas. The co-bots work alongside humans and can even be programmed to make coffee.
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Robot got swagger — human-like stride is more natural and saves energy, too

Independent robot movement usually looks hulking and plodding. Not so with Georgia Tech AMBER Lab's swaggering DURUS robot. DURUS steps down on its heel and pushes off with its toes, and does it all with a jaunty stride.

Not all jobs equally threatened by robotics in next decade — how about yours?

A McKinsey & Company report predicts change in most jobs due to automation in the next decade. Rather than being the most vulnerable, the lowest paid and least skilled jobs may be safest. Automation costs will demand a reasonably fast…
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Crawling robot is helping reveal locomotion secrets from 360 million years ago

A team of physicists, biologists, and roboticists have built a robot to help explore how the first animals crawled on land 360 million years ago -- modeling it on the African mudskipper fish, which is able to propel itself in both…