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The robots are coming... for our jobs! Why the human workforce is at risk. Automation and commoditisation. Leaked Video Shows New "Nightmare Inducing Robot" In Brief A leaked video from Boston Dynamics shows the company's new robot, Handle, a bipedal bot on wheels capable of impressive balance.The bot, which its creators call "nightmare inducing," is more flexible than its predecessors, and can carry heavier objects.

Leaked Video Shows New "Nightmare Inducing Robot"

Boston Dynamics, the robotics company behind the famous Atlas bot, has a new addition to its line up of two-legged machines. Robots are taking over oil rigs as roughnecks become expendable – The Denver Post. By David Wethe, Bloomberg News The robot on an oil drillship in the Gulf of Mexico made it easier for Mark Rodgers to do his job stringing together heavy, dirty pipes.

Robots are taking over oil rigs as roughnecks become expendable – The Denver Post

It could also be a reason he’s not working there today. The Iron Roughneck, made by National Oilwell Varco Inc., automates the repetitive and dangerous task of connecting hundreds of segments of drill pipe as they’re shoved through miles of ocean water and oil-bearing rock. Give robots 'personhood' status, EU committee argues. The European parliament has urged the drafting of a set of regulations to govern the use and creation of robots and artificial intelligence, including a form of “electronic personhood” to ensure rights and responsibilities for the most capable AI.

Give robots 'personhood' status, EU committee argues

In a 17-2 vote, with two abstentions, the parliament’s legal affairs committee passed the report, which outlines one possible framework for regulation. “A growing number of areas of our daily lives are increasingly affected by robotics,” said the report’s author, Luxembourgish MEP Mady Delvaux. “In order to address this reality and to ensure that robots are and will remain in the service of humans, we urgently need to create a robust European legal framework”.

As the pace of technological advancements grows, just what jobs – if any – will we be doing in the future? As much as a consensus between futurists, philosophers, entrepreneurs and technologists is possible, there is bad news and good news regarding the jobs market 20 years hence.

As the pace of technological advancements grows, just what jobs – if any – will we be doing in the future?

The bad news is that as many as 60 per cent of the jobs that exist now – ranging from blue collar to quite posh ones – will disappear. The good news is that virtual reality headsets will likely be very cheap indeed. "I do think one maybe dystopian scenario is that people are going to spend a lot more time in VR environments, and that kind of thing," said Martin Ford, a prominent Silicon Valley entrepreneur, futurist and author. Mr Ford's contention that quite soon millions of people around the world will be forced to swap gainful employment for mindless gaming distraction represents the new mainstream position among those whose task it is to forecast employment and business trends. AI And Robots Won’t Take Your Job For Decades—Probably. Growing up we’re frequently told by our parents and teachers to "speak up" and "let ourselves be heard.

AI And Robots Won’t Take Your Job For Decades—Probably

" While you should speak up if something is bothering you or if you have something meaningful to say, these instructions serve to idealize the assertive person who's perceived as the life of the party, or the successful go-getter. While there is nothing wrong with being assertive and talkative, there's a problem when those people have nothing to say.

The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own. The Defense Department is designing robotic fighter jets that would fly into combat alongside manned aircraft.

The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own

It has tested missiles that can decide what to attack, and it has built ships that can hunt for enemy submarines, stalking those it finds over thousands of miles, without any help from humans. “If Stanley Kubrick directed ‘Dr. Real-Life RoboCop: Dubai's Police Force is Getting Android Reinforcements Next Year. In Brief This real-life Robocop goes full android and can even shake your hand.

Real-Life RoboCop: Dubai's Police Force is Getting Android Reinforcements Next Year

This bot is the latest development in automatic policing and with the rapid advancements in AI, there's plenty more to come. Excuse Me, Officer… Dubai will soon find robot cops patrolling its streets. Where machines could replace humans. The technical potential for automation differs dramatically across sectors and activities.

Where machines could replace humans

As automation technologies such as machine learning and robotics play an increasingly great role in everyday life, their potential effect on the workplace has, unsurprisingly, become a major focus of research and public concern. The discussion tends toward a Manichean guessing game: which jobs will or won’t be replaced by machines?

In fact, as our research has begun to show, the story is more nuanced. While automation will eliminate very few occupations entirely in the next decade, it will affect portions of almost all jobs to a greater or lesser degree, depending on the type of work they entail. Automation, now going beyond routine manufacturing activities, has the potential, as least with regard to its technical feasibility, to transform sectors such as healthcare and finance, which involve a substantial share of knowledge work. Video Understanding automation potential. Robots Could Be Performing a Third of U.S. Surgeries by 2021.

In Brief Robots are most commonly used in hospitals for aiding surgeons in performing operating room tasks.

Robots Could Be Performing a Third of U.S. Surgeries by 2021

Top hospitals invest on robotic-assisted surgical systems with the goal of providing better and more cost-effective care. Robot Use in Hospitals Grows Lately, robots are being used by hospitals to perform a multitude of tasks — from delivering medicine to patients, to working alongside surgeons and assisting them in complex and delicate procedures. Because of their precision and inability to feel weariness that may cause muscle tremors, robots are perfect assistants to surgeons in carrying out such meticulous jobs in the operating room.

As robotic surgery continues to grow, experts predict that, within the period of five years, robots will dominate the operating rooms in the United States. Paying the Price. Robot factories could threaten jobs of millions of garment workers. The jobs of nearly 90% of garment and footwear workers in Cambodia and Vietnam are at risk from automated assembly lines – or “sewbots” – according to a new report from the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Robot factories could threaten jobs of millions of garment workers

There are 9 million people, mostly young women, dependent upon jobs in textiles, garments, and footwear within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) economic area, which includes Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. These are the workers the ILO identifies as most susceptible to losing their jobs to the new robot workforce. Sewbots are unlikely to appear in factories in Asia, the report says, but will be installed in destination markets like Europe and the US.

It is such a big threat that the ILO urges Asean countries to start planning to diversify to “avoid considerable setbacks in development”. Foxconn has replaced 60,000 workers with robots. Foxconn has been designing robotic arms for use in its factory for years, but the precision wasn’t good enough for them to fully replace workers until now.

In one of its factories, Foxconn has deployed robots to replace 60,000 of its 110,000 person workforce. Foxconn says the initial investment in robots will reduce labor costs considerably in the long run. The company (which makes products for Apple, Samsung, Sony, and others) denies that the introduction of robots will result in fewer jobs for humans. Bio-Robots: Animal-Inspired Machines. Graphene elastomer could create soft, tactile robots to help care for elderly people. A new sponge-like material, discovered by Monash researchers, could have diverse and valuable real-life applications. Why Computers Aren't Going to Steal Everyone's Jobs. Automation isn’t just for blue-collar workers anymore.

Computers are now taking over tasks performed by professional workers, raising fears of massive unemployment. Some people, such as the MIT professors Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, identify automation as a cause of the slow recovery from the Great Recession and the “hollowing out of the middle class.” Others see white-collar automation as causing a level of persistent technological unemployment that demands policies that would redistribute wealth. Robot panic is in full swing. Rise of the Robots Will Eliminate More Than 5 Million Jobs. Over five million jobs will be lost by 2020 as a result of developments in genetics, artificial intelligence, robotics and other technological change, according to World Economic Forum research. About 7 million jobs will be lost and 2 million gained as a result of technological change in 15 major developed and emerging economies, WEF founder Klaus Schwab and managing board member Richard Samans said in "The Future of Jobs.

" The findings are taken from a survey of 15 economies covering about 1.9 billion workers, or about 65 percent of the world’s total workforce. The blurred lines between physical, digital and biological spheres amount to a Fourth Industrial Revolution, according to the WEF, which will address the idea as the idea at its annual meeting of policy makers, academics and economists in Davos, Switzerland. Jobs Warning. Four fundamentals of workplace automation. Zdnet. Earlier this month, and to much fanfare, Toyota announced that it would establish the Toyota Research Institute in Silicon Valley to advance its AI and robotics research. The car maker will inject $1 billion over the next five years, adding to a $50 million investment in AI research it made with MIT and Stanford in September.

Meet Dash and OSHbot: the robot workers who might steal your job. Dash and OSHbot are both hard-working employees in demand. Dash serves guests in a Silicon Valley hotel, while OSHbot works as a retail assistant in downtown San Jose, California.

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University graduate wins James Dyson Award for 3D-printed prosthetic hand. The origin of the robot species. Robots learn to evolve and improve - BBC News. The Robotification of Society is Coming. A LEGO Mindstorms robot. Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Traditional industrial robots are rigid — mostly metal — and are fast, precise and powerful. Robot check-in: The hotel concierge goes hi-tech - BBC News. The machines may soon be taking over the reception desk. Intelligent Robots Must Uphold Human Rights. There is a strong possibility that in the not-too-distant future, artificial intelligences (AIs), perhaps in the form of robots, will become capable of sentient thought.

We Can Now Build Autonomous Killing Machines. And That's a Very, Very Bad Idea. Clearpath Robotics was founded six years ago by three college buddies with a passion for building stuff. Its 80 employees specialize in all-terrain test rigs like the Husky, a stout four-wheeled robot vehicle used by researchers within the Department of Defense. World's smallest nanomotor could power cell-sized nanobots for drug delivery. Why is Google secretly assembling an army of robots? They can run faster than Usain Bolt, jump 30ft in the air and are almost indestructible. NASA's Space Station Robot Gets Legs. A Chatbot Has 'Passed' The Turing Test For The First Time. Should Robotics Companies Help The Workers They Displace? Self-Assembling Robots Are Here, And They Are Awesome.

Researchers Create Thousand Strong Swarm Of Bots That Can Assemble Into Complex Shapes. Big robot fleet takes to UK waters.