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Microsoft CEO’s 10 Laws for AI (and humans, too)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella addressed what he believes are necessary principles or goals for artificial intelligence and humans. Rather than just predicting what life will be like with AI, we should create it based on guiding principles.
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Could Walmart replace shopping carts with robots?

Budgee is a cute basket-carrying robotic helper that's designed to follow you around the store as you shop, and it could be coming to a Walmart near you.
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Good news, robots! Humans like you more when they build you themselves

In a society that’s wary of automation and where most things come preassembled, the study offers a means for robots to win our hearts, even as they take our jobs.
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Astronomers want to deploy 5,000 tiny robots to help build a 3D map of the universe

“DESI will enable us to measure the distance of up to 40 million galaxies over 5 years,” Parker Fagrelius, manager of the project at Berkeley Lab, tells Digital Trends.
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Pepper the friendly robot has started a new job

Pepper the friendly robot is a rather busy bot. On sale for a year now, it's already been put to work in phone stores, train stations, and departments stores. And now it's been signed up by a couple of hospitals in Belgium.
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Robot workers are showing up in malls, hotels, and parking lots

Robots capable of autonomous movement while completing assigned tasks are beginning to appear on sidewalks and in parking lots, hotels, and stores. Used for security, delivery, and inventory, they may also displace humans who currently do…

Asus wheels out Zenbo, a cute home robot that seems too good to be true

With great gusto and showmanship, Asus chairman Jonney Shih on Monday unveiled Zenbo, a home robot that will only cost you $600. The talented machine can perform a myriad of functions and promises to be the "robot of your dreams."

iPhone builder Foxconn just replaced 60,000 employees with robots

Apple supplier Foxconn has terminated 60,000 employees at it's factory in Kunshan, China, in favor of robot workers, according to a recent report. The report also says that other factories in the area are likely to follow suit.
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Your next pair of Adidas sneakers could be made by robots

Adidas is bringing some of its manufacturing back to the homeland with an ultra-modern, 15,000 square-foot facility named "Speedfactory" in Ansbach, Germany,
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Watch the Navy’s LOCUST launcher fire reconaissance drones like they’re missiles

Not to be outdone by the military’s other branches, the Navy has developed swarming drones at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The drones can be launched into flight in single file, but in quick succession, before grouping…
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Harvard scientists just figured out how to make their robotic bee 'perch' on objects to save energy

At less than four thousandths of an ounce, the RoboBee is tinier than a real bee, and small even for MAV standards. Its size enables the machine to perch on surfaces using electrostatic adhesion.

The world's first smart ping pong robot wants to turn you into a champion

Trainerbot is “the world’s first smart ping pong robot” that claims to simulate specific shots and games to help players at any level practice and get better.