25% of the police force in Dubai, UAE is going to be made up of robots by 2030, the country has announced. On May 24, Dubai launched a new police robot that can send video to a command center, forward reported crimes, settle fines, and speak nine languages.
A robot created at the University of Oxford in the UK has demonstrated it's capable of assisting with eye surgeries. The robot, known as R2D2, passed a clinical trial for retinal surgery, a very delicate procedure. R2D2 outperformed its human counterparts.
A robot created at MIT can use 3D printing technology to form an entire building in under 14 hours. The 3D printing system uses a large robotic arm attached to a smaller precision arm. Concrete or spray insulating material can be extruded from the arm.
Tesla has received a large shipment of production robots that'll play a major role in the assembly of its Model 3 electric vehicle. Leaked images from Tesla's Fremont factory revealed the hundreds of Kuku robots the company has recently received and is now installing.
Up to 38% of American jobs are at risk of being automated by the early 2030s, according to a Price Waterhouse Cooper report. The report found the US is likely to be more affected by automation in the coming 15 years than the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan.
Weeks after the appearance of a leaked video showing Boston Dynamics' new Handle robot, the company has officially unveiled it. Handle is 6.5-feet tall, capable of vertically jumping 4 feet, and can travel at 9 mph. The robot was initially leaked earlier this month.
To deal with the negative impact of automation on human employment, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has proposed taxing robots. Speaking with Quartz, Gates said robots could be taxed to cover the costs of retraining and other expenses like child and senior care.
Merging with machines is necessary for humans if the species hopes to remain relevant in the age of AI, says Elon Musk. He discussed the need for brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) at the World Government Summit in Dubai, stating they'll address certain problems.
Boston Dynamics is working on a new robot that gets around faster than any other model. The Handle is the company's first wheeled robot. Because of how fast the unit can move and some of its other unique qualities, it was called "potentially nightmare-inducing."
Foxconn's manufacturing efforts employ hundreds of thousands of people, creating a massive expense that the company would love to do without and is actively working to get rid of. Dai Jia-peng says there is a three-phase plan to automate the factories.
A report from the White House says the country needs to invest in a stronger social safety net in order to deal with the impact of automation. The Obama Administration believes robotics and related technologies "have the potential to disrupt" the lives of millions.
The UN is taking action on autonomous weapons before they have a chance to influence the battlefield. It has agreed to formally discuss their legality and place in warfare over a period of two weeks at the 2017 UN convention in Geneva. A ban will be discussed.
Uber's primary business isn't always going to be providing a platform that connects human drivers and human passengers. Instead, CEO Travis Kalanick says Uber is "at the very beginning stages" of turning into a "robotics company." Kalanick is referencing autonomous vehicles.
Beginning this winter, Toyota will sell a "cuddly companion" robot known as the Kirobo Mini in Japan. The robot can fit in your hand and respond to your emotions. It'll be sold for $392 through Toyota dealerships. Included with the robot is a craddle for your car.
We're only five years out from robots replacing 6% of US jobs, according to a new report from Forrester's Bryan Hopkins. The sectors that'll be most affected include transportation, logistics, customer service, and consumer services. AI and cognitive technologies are on the rise.
Adidas' robot-filled Speedfactory in Germany will be replicated in the United States, the shoe maker has revealed. A new Speedfactory will open in Atlanta next year and it will be used to quickly make shoes for the US market. It is a 74,000 square foot facility.
SoftBank will begin selling Pepper in Taiwan later this year, making it one of the first markets to receive the robot. Foxconn subsidiary Perobot is handling orders in the country and it will cost around $16,000 for three years of use. Preorders may begin in the US soon.
Ford is testing a new assembly line robot and it has released a short video demonstrating how the robots can help workers with building cars, making coffee, and getting a head massage (though mainly building cars.) This robot was built by Ford and KUKA Roboter GmbH.
A robot capable of forming emotional bonds with humans is being developed by Sony. Kaz Hirai, Sony's CEO, discussed the robot at a corporate strategy meeting in Tokyo. To work on robotics, the company has established a new robot-centric group inside the company.
After playing against and beating multiple Go players, Google's AlphaGo is set to face off against the world's best Go player, Ke Jie. The competition will take place sometime this year. Ke had said he wasn't interested in playing against AlphaGo, but that recently changed.