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Bots replacing office workers drive big valuations

10:12 am PDT • September 29, 2018

A lot of people still get paid to sit in offices and do repetitive tasks. In recent years, however, employers have been pushing harder to find ways to outsource that…

Bots replacing office workers drive big valuations

As tasks wane, skills rise

1:00 pm PDT • September 20, 2018

The way we work is changing. People possess the innate ability to innovate and evolve in the jobs that they do, and new technologies — from the wheel to steam…

As tasks wane, skills rise

Humans already find it unnerving enough when extremely alien-looking robots are kicked and interfered with, so one can only imagine how much worse it will be when they make unbroken…

This robot maintains tender, unnerving eye contact

Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro makes robots in Osaka. His latest robot, Ibuki, is one for the nightmare catalog: It’s a robotic 10-year-old boy that can move on little tank treads and…

Ibuki is the 10-year-old robot child that will haunt your dreams

You may remember last week that Boston Dynamics’ latest robot has learned to open doors. Seems like at this point you don’t want to anger them. They will find you.…

Humans sow seeds of destruction by abusing poor robot just trying to walk through a door

Since Isaac Asimov first laid out the three laws of robotics in 1942, human safety has been the No. 1 concern of the inventors, innovators and futurists who have pondered…

Veo Robotics raises $12 million for its vision of a harmonious human-robot workplace

Robots increasingly have to interact with ordinary (that is to say, human-focused) objects and environments, and part of that is imitating the extremely delicate and complex human grip. A new…

Robots will touch more tenderly when they wear this sensitive skin

Robots are going to have to work together if they want to destroy us, their soft, fallible masters. But the current paradigm of having a Skynet-like (or rather, Zerglike) overmind…

Modular, self-healing robot swarms are definitely a great idea

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has a surprisingly naive take on the issue of AI and robots replacing human jobs. He said that human obsolescence is “not even on our radar…

We need a New Deal to address the economic risks of automation

As global poverty continues to decline, another issue emerges: According to the World Economic Forum, rising income inequality and the polarization of societies pose a risk to the global economy,…

Is technology contributing to increased inequality?

Are we living in historically unprecedented times for job loss? Or is this part of a cycle that predates even the Industrial Revolution? Is it possible to retrain our workforce…

Technology is killing jobs, and only technology can save them

When someone invents a robot specifically made to drill into the skulls of unconscious, immobile humans, you’d be forgiven for feeling a natural reaction along the lines of “for the…

Seriously, this skull-drilling robot is good news for humanity
AI

Teaching robots how to trust

5:44 am PST • March 9, 2017

The word “trust” pops up a lot in conversations about human-robot interactions. In recent years, it’s crossed an important threshold from the philosophical fodder of sci-fi novels into real-world concern.…

Teaching robots how to trust

The real political divide is education

10:00 am PST • December 30, 2016

The two main political parties in this country are about to face a challenge that will create a complete realignment as politicians are forced to choose between robots and people.…

The real political divide is education
AI

Robots, jobs and the human fear of change

11:00 am PST • December 3, 2016

When it comes to technology’s impact on the economy, there continues to be concern that robots and other advances will lead to unemployment. But what does history really tell us…

Robots, jobs and the human fear of change

All right, don’t panic, but computers have created their own secret language and are probably talking about us right now. Well, that’s kind of an oversimplification, and the last part…

Google’s AI translation tool seems to have invented its own secret internal language

The man versus machine dichotomy has been a staple of pop culture for decades. From 2001: A Space Odyssey to Blade Runner to Terminator to The Matrix and beyond, film…

How combined human and computer intelligence will redefine jobs

There is no denying that the U.S. and Canada have been losing jobs to offshore competition for almost half a century. From 2000-2010 alone, 5.6 million jobs disappeared. Interestingly, though,…

Industrial robots will replace manufacturing jobs — and that’s a good thing

In as little time as a decade, affordable robots that can bottle-feed babies, change diapers and put a child to sleep might be here. The human-machine bond that a new…

Will the coming robot nanny era turn us into technophiles?
AI

Investing in AI offers more rewards than risks

8:00 pm PDT • September 24, 2016

It’s difficult to predict how artificial intelligence technology will change over the next 10 to 20 years, but there are plenty of gains to be made. By 2018, robots will…

Investing in AI offers more rewards than risks

You know how sometimes you look at a piece of research and think, “I suppose it’s an interesting technical problem, but isn’t teaching an AI to hunt and kill humans…

Scientists teach machines to hunt and kill humans — in Doom deathmatch mode

Understanding the economy of the crowd

12:00 pm PDT • September 4, 2016

When you think about crowdsourced work, you probably think about Mechanical Turk and, maybe, Uber. On the one hand, an anonymous platform where people feel like mechanical parts. On the…

Understanding the economy of the crowd

For many people, the robot-populated future is a zero-sum game; it’s either going to be us or them running things. Headlines are rife with dire predictions: “Robots will take over…

How computer-assisted art will help humans embrace the rise of the robots

I was challenged recently to “name one job in the future that won’t be automated.” I was stumped. I couldn’t think of one job that someday won’t be dehumanized. That…

The diagnosis and the cure of automation

One might ask why we would ever want to create robots that can do human work when we have so many people who need jobs. The goal of robotics should…

The assimilation of robots into the workforce as peers, not replacements

Leading venture capitalists, scientists and CEOs all have the same prediction for AI: machines will take jobs away, “eat the world” and, ultimately, overthrow humanity. These histrionics have driven a…

Only the privileged fear a robot revolution

A recent Pew report found that a majority of Americans believe that most human jobs could be automated by 2065. It’s no wonder, then, that talk about technological unemployment is…

Let’s start getting excited about robots taking our jobs

Is nothing sacred? The rugged trails that over history have been trod by cowboys, gauchos, ranch hands, and in Australia, swagmen, are now to be presided over by cold, calculating…

SwagBot will autonomously roll them little dogies along rough Australian ranchlands

While more and more jobs are being forfeited to robots and artificial intelligence, is it conceivable to convey to machines a responsibility as complicated as cybersecurity? The topic is being…

Exploiting machine learning in cybersecurity

In my recent travels through Singapore, I witnessed all that this city-state is doing to become a “Smart Nation.” My trip was instructive on many levels, but the primary point…

The social side of autonomous cars and technological disruption