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« on: January 20, 2017, 01:29:14 PM »
2017-01-18 - Six-wheeled robots are about to start delivering food in the US:
http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/18/14300054/food-delivery-robots-postmates-doordash-us-launch

Quote: "A small number of Americans will soon be able to have food and other goods delivered to them by an adorable semi-autonomous robot. Starship Technologies announced the first two commercial partnerships for its ground-based delivery robots in the US today — one with DoorDash in Redwood City, California, and one with Postmates in Washington, DC. The commercial trials will see these services start making deliveries in the coming weeks using Starship’s six-wheeled robots within a four-mile-wide test area in each city."
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Re: BOTS - Your Move !
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2017, 01:55:32 PM »
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BOTS - Latest WEBBOTS report from Clif High
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2017, 02:21:58 PM »
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Re: BOTS
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2017, 06:42:27 PM »
2017-02-02 - Google's Boston Dynamics unveils 'nightmare-inducing' wheeled robot:
http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/2/1/14468126/boston-dynamics-new-wheeled-robot-handle
http://www.sott.net/article/341387-Googles-Boston-Dynamics-unveils-nightmare-inducing-wheeled-robot
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Re: BOTS
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2017, 08:29:27 AM »
2017-02-11 - Extremely high radiation breaks down Fukushima clean-up robot:
http://www.rt.com/news/377025-fukushima-radiation-breaks-robot/
http://www.sott.net/article/342362-Extremely-high-radiation-breaks-down-Fukushima-clean-up-robot-at-damaged-nuclear-reactor
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Re: BOTS
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2017, 04:44:23 PM »
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Re: BOTS
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2017, 04:53:13 PM »
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BOTS-Many Think Robots Would Make Better Politicians Than Humans
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2017, 03:10:30 PM »
Would you like to see your representative/member of Parliament/prime minister/president replaced by a robot? If you answered “Yes,” “Hell yes!”, “When can the robot start?” or any other form of affirmative, you’re part of a sizable minority that thinks this is a good idea and could actually happen very soon. Are you ready for the Robotic Party? Mayor Bender? President C-3PO?

According to a new poll in the UK by the software firm OpenText, 26 percent of those surveyed chose a robot or some form of artificial intelligence technology over human politicians when asked who or what would make better government decisions. Even more interesting, 66 percent of the  respondents predicted that robots will actually be working in government jobs by 2037 and 16 percent gave the frightening (or maybe not) forecast of AI politicians within the next two years.

Would you let a robot running for office shake your hand? Kiss your baby? Do Asimov’s Laws of Robotics say anything about keeping campaign promises?

Mark Bridger, vice president at OpenText, said in an interview with Computer Business Review that he believes the “opportunity for innovation and change is limitless.” That sounds like a typical campaign slogan for a human politician (and vaguely familiar). While it makes sense and has been proven to be true already in the businesses of manufacturing, health care and retail, is government really a “business” that can benefit from robotics?

Transhumanist politician, former presidential candidate and possible 2018 California gubernatorial candidate Zoltan Istvan thinks so.

How would someone who believes robots could make good political leaders do in an election against a robot? Would he have to resort to finding videos of the mechanical candidate in compromising positions with a sexbot?

Zoltan touches on the good points of a robot politician – straight decision making based on facts, not outside influence. That may work when it comes to building roads or determining taxes, but what about issues that involve competing beliefs and value judgments – issues like climate change, same sex marriage or abortion? Can artificial intelligence ever be programmed to make moral decisions as good as, let alone better than, a human?

A good person to ask might be one standing in the road facing an oncoming driverless car.

That may be why 35 percent of those polled think it’s impossible for a robot to be in a government job. This is more than the 26 percent who think it’s possible, but it leaves 39 percent undecided. Are they waiting for R2-D2 to announce its candidacy?

Would you vote for a robot? Would a robot vote for a human?

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2017/03/many-think-robots-would-make-better-politicians-than-humans/

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BOTS - Robot/Human marriage now REAL
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2017, 12:00:00 PM »
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2084389/chinese-engineer-marries-robot-after-failing-find-human-wife

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BOTS - Companies Have Begun Implanting Microchips in Workers
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2017, 04:35:03 AM »
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(ANTIMEDIA) Sweden — Craving more of a science fiction-style existence? Perhaps you should seek a job with one of the companies at Epicenter, an employment hub in Sweden.

The Associated Press reported Monday that companies there have begun implanting microchips in their employees, marking the first time the practice has been used on a broad scale.

“What could pass for a dystopian vision of the workplace is almost routine at the Swedish start-up hub Epicenter,” AP reports. “The company offers to implant its workers and start-up members with microchips the size of grains of rice that function as swipe cards: to open doors, operate printers or buy smoothies with a wave of the hand.”

Epicenter, home to more than 100 companies and about 2,000 workers, began offering the implants in January of 2015. Now, about 150 workers have been chipped.

“The biggest benefit, I think, is convenience,” Patrick Mesterson, Epicenter co-founder, told AP. “It basically replaces a lot of things you have, other communication devices, whether it be credit cards or keys.”

A “body hacker” shows up at your office, ready with a preloaded syringe. He injects the chip into the fleshy part of the hand near the thumb. Now you’re a cyborg.

The chips use near-field communication technology, the same as in credit cards. When swiped by a reader a few inches away, data flows via electromagnetic waves. The chips are passive, meaning they contain information but can’t read other devices.

The technology isn’t new. Such chips are used for things such as tracking deliveries and virtual dog collars. And there have been other, isolated cases of companies chipping their employees in the past.

But Epicenter is bringing it to a whole new level, and workers there seem alright with the idea. In the article, the general attitude is perhaps best captured by the comment of one 25-year-old worker:

“I want to be part of the future.”
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BOTS - Disney Files Patent for Creepy ‘Soft Humanoid Robots’
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2017, 10:04:18 AM »
The Orlando Sentinel  is reporting that Disney has filed a patent application for “soft humanoid robots “designed for reducing collision impacts during human interaction.” Yeah, yeah, I know. It’s Disney, right? What could go wrong? Well, according to the patent filing, a lot:

    The inventors recognized that there was a need for robots that can safely interact with humans and, particularly, with children. To physically interact with children, the inventors understood that the robot should be soft and durable. […] However, it has proven difficult to provide wholly safe interactions between humans and robots simply by operating these humanoid and other robots with controlled movements.

Wait, what? Where have these Disney Imagineers been living? Don’t they watch Westworld? Or The Simpsons? We all know robots exist for one reason and one reason only: to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.

According to theme park writer Jim Hill, the dream of having a park full of autonomous terrifying robotic creatures is nothing new to Disney, who have had robots inhabiting their parks for decades:

    It’s hard to know why Disney decides to file for a patent, but they have been looking at soft-body robots since ‘Big Hero.’ Disney is still terrified that even with this soft technology, a robot could accidentally harm a child. They do a lot of testing.

Ok, sure. Testing is one thing, but a creepy 7-foot-tall Baymax robot putting his arms around your toddler is another.

Disney doesn’t exactly have a perfect track record with its animatronics, either. Their robotic abominations malfunction or break more often than the smiling, dancing people in mouse suits might have you think.

Well, if we’re going to be taken over by robots (which some of our best scientific minds claim is inevitable and possibly coming sooner than we think), they might as well be soft, cuddly Disney characters. Sure, an unstoppable robot might soon crush your skull in its cold, metal hands, but at least you’ll have a nice smiling mouse face as the last thing you ever see.

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

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Re: BOTS
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2017, 03:22:24 PM »
2017-04-13 - Chinese firm halves worker costs by hiring army of robots to sort out 200,000 packages a day:
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2086662/chinese-firm-cuts-costs-hiring-army-robots-sort-out-200000
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BOTS - FEDOR learns to shoot
« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2017, 02:58:51 PM »
Jump to the 1 min mark of the vid

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If you start by saying that you’re not building a Terminator, you shouldn’t be surprised when everyone thinks you’re hiding the fact that you’re building a Terminator … especially if you’re Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin tweeting (yes, Russian leaders tweet too) about a video of FEDOR, a humanoid robot capable of accurately firing automatic weapons with both hands. This can’t be good news.

FEDOR stands for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, a somewhat scary name (Final what?) for a humanoid robot developed by Android Technics and the Advanced Research Fund for the Russian space program. In 2021, FEDOR will be the sole passenger on Russia’s planned new spacecraft, the Federatsiya. Fedor and Federatsiya sound like the names of a happy Russian couple but Federatsiya is actually the long-awaited replacement for the workhorse Soyuz capsule that dates back to the 1960s.

So, why does a robot spaceship pilot need to be able to fire guns with both hands? Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin tweets again:

Robot FEDOR showed the ability to shoot from both hands. Fine motor skills and decision-making algorithms are still being improved. Shooting exercises is a method of teaching the robot to set priorities and make instant decisions.

Why keep going back to the guns, Dmitry? FEDOR can also drive a car that it started on its own with a key, use various tools, screw in a light bulb (before you ask, it takes two FEDORs to screw in a light bulb … one to turn the bulb and one to kill anyone who tries to stop it) and do pushups. These skills are promoted as beneficial for FEDOR’s other job as a rescue robot for extreme conditions.

Pushups? Light bulbs? That doesn’t sound so bad, does it? Vladimir Solntsev, general director of Russian rocket-making corporation Energia, thinks it’s a good idea.

    Our involvement in the FEDOR-based space robot project will bring us to the next level in the development of robotic technologies.

What might that next level be? Here’s what the Android Technics CEO sees:.

    The self-learning procedure is not incorporated in the model, which is now being demonstrated. In the future, it will necessarily appear because self-learning is a major direction of the development of autonomous robotics.

A self-learning robot with guns in both hands. This can’t be good news.

    We are not creating a Terminator.   Really ?

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2017/04/russian-humanoid-robot-fires-guns-with-both-hands/

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BOTS Robots Are Preparing to Fill 200,000 Vacant Construction Jobs
« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2017, 12:16:19 PM »


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Though many fear the unemployment that could follow the widespread adoption of automated systems, they could be a welcome addition to the construction industry, which currently suffers from a lack of workers and stagnant productivity levels.
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Automation has long been considered the harbinger of future unemployment, and experts have predicted that the widespread adoption of artificially intelligent (AI) software and smart machines could lead to thousands or even millions of people losing their jobs.

However, that may not be the case in the construction industry. In fact, with a growing shortage in labor, it’s one sector that’s particularly well-suited for an automation takeover.

According to a report released by McKinsey & Company earlier this year, the world of construction suffers from productivity levels that haven’t really gone up much since 1945. The report also showed that 98 percent of huge construction projects end up going over budget and that the industry has proven resistant to technological upgrades. Furthermore, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that almost 200,000 construction jobs were unfilled in the United States alone as of February 2017.

To sum, a lingering inefficiency seems to plague the industry, and it could be remedied through the use of automated systems and machines.
NEW JOBS, BETTER LIVES

A number of AI-powered systems that could help alleviate the construction industry’s woes are currently in development. These include a mobile construction worker, as well as a mobile 3D-printer, both of which are capable of adjusting to their immediate environment. Almost always, these AI construction systems are able to finish their tasks more efficiently and quickly than their human counterparts, so construction seems to be a nice fit for automation.

Some critics are wary of this kind of intelligent automation because they view it as an attempt to replace human workers. While it’s true that automated systems might cause some unemployment, they could also lead to the creation of new jobs that we haven’t really needed before, such as providing maintenance for these automated systems.

Still others argue that automation, coupled with universal basic income (UBI), would free people to pursue other meaningful endeavors, such as content creation. This pairing could also give people time to learn more and to tackle larger issues, so before we dismiss automation as a negative, we must consider all possibilities.

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BOTS - Security Robot Dies in DC Office Fountain
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2017, 11:14:45 AM »
http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2017/07/security-robot-dies-in-dc-office-fountain/

Just hours after Tesla and SpaceX CEO and all-around futurist Elon Musk spoke at the National Governors Association meeting in Rhode Island and warned the politicians that artificial intelligence poses an “existential threat” to human civilization, a security robot working outside a Washington, D.C. office building drowned in a fountain. Was it a malfunction? Was it the stress of guarding unappreciative humans who may turn on it upon orders from their Lord Elon? What do other robots and AI think? If it’s a suicide, does this mean that robots have already achieved an existential level and Musk’s warning is closer than we think? Will the movie based on this incident be a sci-fi action film or a comedy?

The autonomous Knightscope K5 had only been on patrol for a few days at its job outside the Washington Harbour office and retail complex in Georgetown where it is responsible for spotting misdemeanors, citing parking violations and identifying known criminals using its GPS, lasers, sensors, cameras and facial recognition software. On July 17th, employees at the building tweeted that the 300-pound, 5-foot-tall bullet-shaped droid was dead in the water … literally.





    Our D.C. office building got a security robot. It drowned itself. We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots.
    — Bilal Farooqui (@bilalfarooqui)

What happened? The K5 certainly has enough equipment to handle any emergency … a 360-degree video camera array, sensitive microphones that can identify gunshots, air quality sensors, thermal imaging capability, a siren and a phone to call for help. Perhaps the phone directory had call 911 but not the suicide hotline number? Did the engineers forget to put in an edge sensor for steps? Even a Roomba has one of those. Did K5 turn it off itself? Why

Human security officers rushed in, first to insure that no humans were hurt – no one was – and then to tend to the robot, which had no pulse and no identifiable spot to place the defibrillator paddles. Knightscope issued a perfunctory statement saying it was investigating this “isolated event” and was rushing a replacement, to the consternation of office workers hoping to park free for a few days.

Was this “isolated event” just an accident that can be fixed with a sensor? The K5 robots have been having problems lately with one knocking down a child at a mall and another being knocked down itself by a drunk. Is K5 robotically depressed because it sees these ‘imperfections’ continuing due to robots being built by imperfect humans? Is the solution to let AI built robots? Is this what Musk is warning about?

Is this what Douglas Adams’ robot Marvin was warning about?
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