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Latest significant advancements in automation. Reporting on the far-reaching impacts of improvements in automation on society and humanity.

And Now…Even Miners Are Getting Robots

As the 33 Chilean miners, trapped for two months beneath ground in 2010, reminded us, mining is dangerous business. And other factors, such as labor shortages and deposits that are increasingly harder to get...

Towers Of Vegetables Go Up As Singapore Builds First Vertical Farm

Short on arable land? One solution would be to plant…up. Singapore, a small country that imports most of its food, has now begun selling vegetables from its first vertical farm. And even while they’re...

Didn’t Get The Job? A Computer May Be To Blame

Robots continue to invade the workplace. But these bots aren’t going to sift through mountains of paperwork or fetch a pair of scissors for you. On the contrary, it is you who will have...

Forget Robo-Cop, Here Comes Robo-Security Guard

You know those movies where the thieves wait until the security guard falls asleep to break into the art gallery? Well, those days are over, now that the Vigilus robotic security guard has been...

New Video Of Army’s Alpha Dog Robot: “This Thing Is Awesome”

For the last decade now Boston Dynamics has continuously provided some of the best two- and four-legged walking robots on the planet, and they're continuing this trend with their latest version of Alpha Dog. Most...

Google’s Self-Driving Cars On The Road Toward Approval In California

Google's efforts toward getting more self-driving cars on the road just scored a big victory: the California Senate unanimously passed a bill favoring autonomous vehicle operation on the roads of the Golden State. Though the bill...

Honda’s Miimo Robot Is Roomba For Your Lawn

It’s an automated, household robot. Small, round, even kind of cute, it circles to and fro, cheerfully tending to its job so you don’t have to. No, I’m not talking about Roomba. I’m talking...
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Chinese Noodle-Slicing Robot

Normally when we talk about China’s plans to phase out human workers with automation we’re referring to factory assembly line workers. But one innovator is applying the efficiency, precision, and stamina of robots to...
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Google’s Self-Driving Car Passes 300,000 Miles, Employees To Start Commuting With It

The collective odometer of Google’s self-driving cars has just passed 300,000 miles. The engineering team celebrated with an announcement that they now feel the car has been proven safe enough for team members to...
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Interview: Federico Pistono, Author of “Robots Will Steal Your Job But That’s OK”

The author of “Robots will steal your job, but that’s OK,” is taking it to the next level. Back in January we spoke with the computer scientist/artist/social activist, Federico Pistono, about how automation is...

Dozens Of Underwater Drones Deployed To The Waters Of Iran

What to do when international talks begin falling apart? Send a fleet of unmanned submersibles in preparation for a waterway showdown. As US talks with Iran over their nuclear program began to sour and...

Kurzweil Talks About Achievable Immortality On PBS NewsHour

Economists are known for investing enormous time making predictions about the near future, usually by following predictable cycles and extrapolating from trends of the recent past. But emerging exponential and convergent technologies seem to...

Stunning Progress in Technology Brings The Death of Unskilled Labor

As part of the online web series Which Way Next, hosted by Singularity University, Vivek Wadhwa, VP of Academics and Innovation, sat down with Carl Bass, CEO at Autodesk, to explore some of the...
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RoboJelly, The Unmanned Underwater Vehicle That Uses Water For Fuel

These are the kinds of jellyfish you don’t need to be afraid of. They look and swim like jellyfish, but they're actually water-dwelling fuel cells attached to an artificial muscle, and they might just...
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Inventor Of Biochip That Makes 10,000 Simultaneous Measurements Wins “Oscar For Inventors” – And $500,000

An inventor used the same principles of an integrated circuit to develop a ‘biochip’ that can perform nearly 10,000 independent simultaneous measurements – orders of magnitude above and beyond pipetting scientists in the lab....

Canon Camera Factory To Go Fully Automated, Phase Out Human Workers

In the second Star Wars prequel, Attack Of The Clones, C3PO walks into a droid factory and exclaims, "Machines building machines? How perverse!" Although it may be an abomination to a fictional robot, for the...
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Meet ROBOT-Rx, The Robot Pharmacist Doling Out 350 Million Doses Per Year

Come to think of it, why do we still have pharmacists? I mean, how hard is it to count by “twos”? I’m just kidding of course. You probably want that extra pair of human...

Green Light For Google’s Driverless Car As It Receives First Autonomous License

We knew Nevada was serious about becoming the first state to adopt driverless cars when the governor signed a law last year requiring the state to come up with regulations by which to authorize...
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Better, Faster, and Cheaper – These Robots Are Invading Car Manufacturing Plants

Does anyone doubt that it really is just a matter of time before human assembly line workers are a thing of the past? And automakers are doing their best to gain a competitive edge...
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SushiBot Serves Up An Order Of 3,600 Per Hour

Talk about “fast food,” a Japanese company just unveiled its SushiBot at the World Food and Beverage Expo in Tokyo. The countertop-sized robot makes the chef’s job easier by balling rice up into the...
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First User Of Google’s Self-Driving Car Is Legally Blind

Google has released a video taken in January of the first user of it's self-driving car, Daniel "Steve" Mahan, who is 95 percent blind. The video shows Steve casually sitting in the driver seat...

Amazon Goes Robotic, Acquires Kiva Systems, Makers Of The Warehouse Robot

In a move that makes so much sense one wonders why it didn’t happen sooner, Amazon has acquired Kiva Systems, makers of the warehouse robot. The acquisition, which took place on Monday, cost $775...
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Meet The Author Of “Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That’s OK”

Growth is a good thing, right? It’s the buzzword on seemingly every politician’s lips, the answer to our economic woes. You know this if you watched President Obama’s latest State of the Union Address....
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A Look At BMW’s Semi-Autonomous Driving Car

While robotic cars have a ways to go yet before rolling (themselves) out onto showroom floors, BMW is incorporating driver assistance features into its cars that drivers can use – and they can sell...
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A Drop-In Solution for Replacing Human Labor? Kawada’s Nextage Robot

Automation poses a real threat to the factory worker – two armed robots like Nextage can perform many of the same tasks as a human, but only take as much money to run as...
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Seafaring Robots Begin Record-Breaking, 300-Day Journey Halfway Around The World (video)

Meet Piccard Maru, Fontaine Maru, Benjamin, and Papa Mau, the four sea-faring robots that set out from San Francisco November 17th for a 300-day journey that will take them to Australia and Japan. Named...

Robotic Labor Taking Over the World? You Bet – Here Are the Details

Let's not be silly here, robots don't want to kill all humans...they just want to take all their jobs. The accelerating rise in robot labor of the past decade, and its expansion into all...

Pre-Cog Is Real – New Software Stops Crime Before It Happens

The police officers arrived at the parking garage in downtown Santa Cruz and spotted two women behaving suspiciously. No crime had been committed, but peering through the windows of the parked cars was sketchy enough....
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World’s Largest Electronics Manufacturer Foxconn Wants 1 Million More Robots In 3 Years. Bye-bye Human Labor

Cheap labor isn't cheap enough for the world's largest electronics manufacturer. Terry Gou, the CEO of Foxconn recently told employees that they would be replacing human workers with one million robots over the...

World’s Largest Model Airport Completed In Hamburg, Germany -150 Square Meters Costing $4.8 Million

The world belongs to the energetic. If they be dreamers too, then theirs will be a beautiful world. Frederik and Gerrit Braun, energetic twin brothers with no shortage of dreams, have just finished construction of...
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Look Out Humans – This FRIDA Robot From ABB Will Take Your Factory Job

If a human worker can do it, why not a robot? Swiss robotics giant ABB recently unveiled a new concept robot that showcases how the company is aiming to have humanoid machines work side...
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Robots Take Over Hospital Pharmacy as Human Pill-Counting Talents Go To Waste (VIDEO)

A new pharmacy supplying medicine to the UCSF Medical Center is currently under the control of a handful of Swiss and Canadian robots that won’t let the pharmacists handle the medications directly. Housed within...

CNBC Gives 5 Minutes to Robots vs Economy Debate (video)

How important are robots? Well, that depends, how important is your job, the economy, and the future of world stability? As automation plays an increasingly important role in manufacturing, it continues to expand into...
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Robot Domination: Automated Factory Sorts, Seals, and Ships With Little Human Contact

Robots are claiming an ever increasing portion of the manufacturing pie, and they don't even like pie. The latest example of the rise of automated factory is all about adding some robotic spice to...
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Take a Ride Inside Google’s Robot Car – Great New Video

Dammit, I really need to attend TED. The annual Technology Entertainment Design conference always has tons of great presenters, but this year they also had something better: Google's autonomous car. On a specially designed...
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Volvo’s New Pedestrian Detector Brakes Car For You (video)

"By 2020, nobody shall be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo" -- Volvo's Vision2020 Statement In the next decade Volvo wants to end car fatalities. The first step to that goal is giving...
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Dodge Commercial: We Will Never Let Computers Drive Our Cars (video)

What's the newest way to sell a Dodge Charger? Tell buyers that it's only available for humans. In a strange, presumably tongue-in-cheek, commercial Dodge tells its prospective customers that the automotive company is all...
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Happy Valentine’s Day From the Automated Chocolate Factory (video)

Chocolate sales are likely to reach nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars in the US alone this Valentine's day. As we prepare to consume that mountain of confectionary bliss, we should think about the...

Automation Domination: Robotic Hydroponic Lettuce Farm in Belgium

The steady march of industrial automation continues to envelop the world. Many of us have a quaint early 20th century vision of agriculture, but the truth is that the farmer of the 21st century...

Holding Signs on the Side of the Road – Robots Take That Job, Too

You've surely seen them: the men and women standing alongside a highway holding a sign that entreats you to "Act Now" and "Save 50%" at some local venue. Well, those people might lose their...

Robot Domination – Look At The Making of a Memory Card

Every product in your home tells a story. Listening to the memory card in your camera or computer will give you a sneak peak into the international world of automated manufacturing. Lexar Media is...

A Robot Stole My Job: Automation in the Recession

Are robots creating a jobless recovery? A recent forecast by the UCLA Anderson School of Business echoes a common refrain in economic circles: as the economy recovers, jobs might not. The report, released last...

Japan’s Robot Picks Only the Ripest Strawberries (video)

It takes more than a green thumb to be a great farmer, super-human vision helps as well. The Institute of Agricultural Machinery at Japan's National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, along with SI Seiko,...

AI Journalist Covers Every Division I College Basketball Team

It's a good day for sports fans, but a weird one for sports writers. North Carolina-based startup Statsheet has launched 347 new websites, one for every Division I college basketball team in the US....

Dairy Farms Go Robotic, Cows Have Never Been Happier (video)

Be careful, humans: cows and robots have learned how to work together - who knows what this union could produce if we let it flourish unchecked. Lely, an international agriculture corporation recently unveiled their...

Use Your iPad to Call a Robot Taxi To Drive You Around Berlin!

In the future, not only will you not have to drive your car, you won't even have to own it. Researchers at the Free University of Berlin have developed an autonomous taxi that...

Google’s New Robot Car Raises Hopes, Reality Will Dash Them Soon

Google shocked the world this weekend by announcing that not only was it developing robot car technology, but that its fleet of autonomous cars had already racked up 140,000 miles driving experience. As described...

Hospital To Lay Off Workers, Hires Robots Instead

Is your company feeling the pains of the recession? Robots may be the cure. El Camino Hospital in Silicon Valley is looking to cut expenses, so they've invested in 19 Aethon TUG robots. These...

The Robot Hospital of the Future, Coming Soon To Scotland

From the first day the Forth Valley Royal Hospital opens in August it will be a shining example of the power of robotics. That's because the new £300 million Scottish hospital will feature a...

Robotics Industries: We’re Creating Jobs, Helping the Economy

The Robotics Industries Association wants to remind the American public that automation can create jobs for people just as easily as others worry they may take them away. President Jeff Burnstein recently wrote an...

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