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PICTURES / CLIPART :
- ROBOTS :
"Collected here are a handful of images of our recent robotic past, and perhaps a glimpse into the near future." (32 photos total)
- MORE ROBOTS
"Collected here are a handful of recent photographs of robotics in use around the world. (36 photos total)
Affective computing: How 'emotional machines' are about to take over our lives - 15 January 2016
"From robots knowing our desires to wristbands that help autistic children speak – the way we engage with technology is changing, finds Madhumita Murgia."
Google’s Demis Hassabis – misuse of artificial intelligence 'could do harm' - Article + Video - 16 September 2015
It is a technology so powerful that - on a distant day well into the future - it could mean computers that are able to advise on the best way to treat patients, tackle climate change or feed the poor..."
Intelligent Machines: New York's super smart AI couple - 16 September 2015
"If you thought that wandering round a party trying to "network" with people was awkward, try making small talk with a machine.
I recently went to New York to meet two - a virtual assistant dubbed Amelia owned by IPsoft and the IBM-owned cognitive platform Watson."
My day with a robot - Article + Video - 15 September 2015
"I spent a day this week showing my new friend Harry Nao around my office..."
'Killer robots' to be debated at UN - 9 May 2014
"Killer robots will be debated during an informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva.
Two robotics experts, Prof Ronald Arkin and Prof Noel Sharkey, will debate the efficacy and necessity of killer robots.
The meeting will be held during the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW)...
This will be the first time that the issue of killer robots, or lethal autonomous weapons systems, will be addressed within the CCW."
Related stories :
- MP aims to target 'killer robots' - 16 JUNE 2013, WALES
- New campaign urges killer robots ban - 23 APRIL 2013, UK
- Robot warriors: Lethal machines coming of age - 04 MARCH 2013, MAGAZINE
Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
"The first multilateral talks on killer robots open at the United Nations in Geneva (UN) at 10:00 on Tuesday, 13 May 2014."
- Google Puts Money on Robots, Using the Man Behind Android - 4 December 2013
- The History of Robotics (sciencekids.co.nz)
"This timeline features a number of historic events of the past as well as recent developments that have helped shape the world of robots and technology in general..."
THE TECH MUSEUM :
Robots exhibition at the Science Museum, London – in pictures - 7 February 2017
"A new exhibition opening on 8 February, Robots is a collection of over 100 objects ranging from 16th century automata
to cutting-edge ‘emotional’ robots"."
Russian 'runaway robot' causes traffic jam - 16 June 2016
"The escaped robot spent more than half an hour in the middle of a busy road...
Scientists at the Promobot laboratories in Perm had been teaching the machine how to move around independently,
but it broke free after an engineer forgot to shut a gate..."
World's first robot gallery guide: led by a high-tech Furby, it's hard to know what to look at - 27 May 2016
"Next week Aggie the robot begins tours of Perth’s Art Gallery of Western Australia.
But relax human guides – she isn’t ready to take your job just yet."
Researchers teach robots to 'feel pain' - 26 May 2016
"Researchers from Germany are developing an artificial nervous system aimed at teaching robots how to feel pain.
As well as allowing robots to quickly respond to potential damage to their systems, it could also protect humans
who are increasingly working alongside them. "
Foxconn replaces '60,000 factory workers with robots - 25 May 2016
"Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn has reportedly replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots...
China is investing heavily in a robot workforce."
Chinese Restaurants Fire Robot Servers, Forestalling Robot Apocalypse - 12 April 2016
"Not all the robots got fired.
This one is serving dishes in a restaurant in Shenyang, China, on March 15, 2016.
Integrated with sensors, navigation hardware and user interface technology,
this 140-centimeter (4.6 foot) tall robot is able to hold and serve
up to 7 kilograms (15.4 pounds) of food or beverage at once."
Man crushed to death by robot at car factory - 2 July 2015
"A worker at a Volkswagen factory in Germany has died, after a robot grabbed him and crushed him against a metal plate...
Heiko Hillwig, from Volkswagen, blamed "human error" rather than the robot...
He said: ... "It normally operates within a confined area at the plant, grabbing auto parts and manipulating them". "
CES 2015: The robots moving in to your house - 8 January 2015
CES 2015: World's biggest tech show in pictures - 8 January 2015
+ In pictures: Hi-tech, high fashion?
+ Healing the sick at CES 2015
+ Is VR about to become a reality?
+ Wearable tech vanishes at CES
- Totally Unscientific Test Determines Fastest Toy Robot in the UK + a video (technabob.com)
"The Gadget Show staged a foot race among various toy robots from all over the world in Manchester, England. The robots were controlled by audience members, which led to utter chaos. Some robots eventually made it to the finish line."
"is an international robotics competition founded in 1997.
The aim is to develop autonomous soccer robots with the intention of promoting research and education in the field of artificial intelligence.
The name RoboCup is a contraction of the competition's full name, "Robot Soccer World Cup".
But there are many other stages of the competition such as "Search and Rescue" and "Robot Dancing".
- Robot Olympics held in China - 23 June 2010
"Walking, running and even dancing humanoid robots have been pitted against each other at the International Huro Olympic Games in northern China. Nineteen international teams travelled to Harbin to put their robots to the test in 17 disciplines. The games run for three days..."
- Man and Robot: where will the story end? - 9 October 2013
"They can already perform operations, provide companionship and fight wars. But should robots be given the power of thought? And rights? Will Storr reports."
IN THE FUTURE :
- Robots that take people's jobs should pay taxes, says Bill Gates - 20 February 2017
"Mr Gates is not the first to mull the issue. Last week, the European Parliament rejected a proposal for a tax on robot owners,
the proceeds of which would retrain the workers who had lost their jobs."
+ Jobs for robots | How the rise of automation is taking hold
Instant diagnosis by smartphone: how artificial intelligence can save lives - 8 August 2016
"Drones that pick inaccessible crops and mobile phones that give medical advice are two of the ways AI can transform life in the developing world.
Artificial intelligence (AI) will be a “game changer” in improving the lives of the world’s poor, according to the New York-based technology entrepreneur Jack Hidary. He says the technology needed to revolutionise inefficient, ineffective food and healthcare systems in developing countries is well within grasp."
How artificial intelligence will transform your business - 12 July 2016
"Computer intelligence will overturn everything from medicine to the stock market and the revolution is only just beginning."
Losing control: The dangers of killer robots - 16 June 2016
"New technology could lead humans to relinquish control over decisions to use lethal force.
As artificial intelligence advances, the possibility that machines could independently select and fire on targets is fast approaching.
Fully autonomous weapons, also known as “killer robots,” are quickly moving from the realm of science fiction toward reality."
- Will we ever pilot giant robots? - Article + Photos - 10 June 2016
"Ever fancied strapping yourself into a robotic suit to wage battle – or even lift heavy objects?
Getting such a device off the drawing board might be a huge challenge."
- Could a robot write a novel? - 22 January 2015
"It sounds like a science-fiction fantasy: researchers are using artificial intelligence to produce novels and short stories.
But are they any good? Hephzibah Anderson finds out."
- Famous scientist says A.I. could destroy us (December 09, 2014) - a lesson with AUDIO
"Professor Stephen Hawking, one of the world's most renowned scientists, has warned that robots and machines with artificial intelligence could one day mean the end of us all."
Ebola-tackling robots to be discussed by the White House - Article + Video - 7 November 2014
"Robots have been working in disaster zones since 9/11. They can reach remote and dangerous locations
and operate in places people can't go, including the rubble of the Fukushima nuclear power plant."
The rise of human-like robots, cars and drones - 29 October 2014
"Should we add more humour and humanity to our gadgets? David Robson reports on a new breed of machine designed to make us love them, and discovers whether robots can make you laugh..."
Are we ready for the rise of social robots? - 16 October 2014
"Social robots are coming, but will we enjoy their company? Chris Baraniuk explains why it might not always be easy to adjust to our new companions, and how it’ll change us."
- Will we ever… create intelligent robots?
"Walking, talking androids have been a sci-fi staple for decades, but as John Pavlus reports building one in reality is still a matter of getting the right parts and smarts."
- Real-world beaming: The risk of avatar and robot crime - with a video
"First it was the telephone, then web cameras and Skype, now remote "presence" is about to take another big step forward
- raising some urgent legal and ethical questions."
See: The law and ethics of beaming
- Robots and Avatars – our colleagues and playmates of the future.
"Led and conceived by body>data>space, this innovative project explores how young people will work and play with new representational
forms of themselves and others in virtual and physical life in the next 10-15 years.
It examines multi-identity evolutions of today’s younger generations within the context of a world in which virtual and physical spaces
are increasingly blended..."