Saudi Arabia Is First Country to Give Citizenship to Robot- Text + Audio + Videos - 05 November 2017
"Saudi Arabia says it has become the first country in the world to grant citizenship to a robot.
The female robot, named Sophia, is presented as an example of how robot technology and artificial intelligence will make machines more human-like." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
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." (BBC)
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..." (BBC)
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..."
"15 July 2017 - The closing plenary introduces the new NGA Chair, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and his "Ahead of the Curve" initiative,
and features the official NGA 2017 Summer Meeting interview with Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX (starting @ 23:27)."
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..." (BBC)
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. " (BBC)
"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". " (BBC)
"is an international robotics competition founded in 1997.
The aim is to develop autonomoussoccer 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". (Wikipedia)
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..." (BBC)
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." (telegraph.co.uk)
Can robots coexist with humans? - with pictures and a video - 20 September 2017
"With advances in artificial intelligence forging ahead, it’s time to think seriously about how we see robots fitting into our society."
A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm
A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the first law
A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the first or second law
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 (telegraph.co.uk)
Will jobs exist in 2050? - 13 October 2016
"Sophisticated machines are fast outpacing jobs. What does this mean for the future of work? And if there are no jobs, what we will do with our time?" (theguardian.com)
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." (telegraph.co.uk)
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." (theconversation.com)
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." (BBC)
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." (BBC)
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." (breakingnewsenglish.com)
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." (BBC)
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..." (BBC)
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." (BBC)
... not science fiction "There could come a day when you can swallow a tiny robot,
and it will travel through your bloodstream to repair what ails you..."
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 (BBC)
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..." (robotsandavatars.net)