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Medical robotics: Would you trust a robot with a scalpel? Driverless cars?

Medical robotics: Would you trust a robot with a scalpel?

Google has already wheeled one out. Robo-cops? Robot farmers are the future of agriculture, says government. Will robot feet in near-future time walk upon England's mountains green?

Robot farmers are the future of agriculture, says government

Rise of the robots: how long do we have until they take our jobs? They have mastered the art of poker, helped write a cookbook and can cope with a basic conversation.

Rise of the robots: how long do we have until they take our jobs?

The decision by a Japanese bank to staff their frontdesk with a bevy of robots is just the latest in a series of advances and predictions that at times appear to suggest we will all be replaced, professionally and socially, by automatons. Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, has estimated that robots will reach human levels of intelligence by 2029, purportedly leaving us about 14 years to reign supreme. Amazon banks on rise of the robots to speed online orders to customers. Augmented humans: 'In five years you’ll see exoskeletons on the building site' Visions of humans running around in exoskeletons able to move faster, jump higher and hit harder from films such as Tom Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow are no longer science fiction but a hidden reality right now.

Augmented humans: 'In five years you’ll see exoskeletons on the building site'

What started out as a military application helping soldiers carry large loads has spawned into applications in medicine, rehabilitation, construction and in the near future, possibly even sports. Man fitted with robotic hand wired directly into his brain can 'feel' again. A new advanced robotic hand that is wired directly into the brain has been successfully tested, allowing paralysed man to “feel”.

Man fitted with robotic hand wired directly into his brain can 'feel' again

The hand, developed by the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins university, is part of a research project into advanced replacement limbs funded by the US military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa). The 28-year-old man, who has been paralysed for more than a decade after a spinal-cord injury, had electrodes from the prosthetic hand inserted into his sensory and motor cortexes. This allowed him to both control the hand with thought and sense when the fingers of the hand were touched individually. Sensors in the hand detect pressure applied to any of the fingers and create electrical signals to mimic touch sensations.

When blindfolded, the volunteer could determine which finger on the hand was touched with nearly 100% accuracy, according to Darpa. Burger Robot Poised to Disrupt Fast Food Industry. I saw the future of work in a San Francisco garage two years ago.

Burger Robot Poised to Disrupt Fast Food Industry

Or rather, I was in proximity to the future of work, but happened to be looking the other direction. At the time, I was visiting a space startup building satellites behind a carport. Robot chef that can cook any of 2,000 meals at tap of a button to go on sale in 2017. It’s nowhere near on the scale of the hundreds of thousands of miles that Google’s autonomous vehicles have travelled in California and Austin, but the UK has got its own driverless cars.

Robot chef that can cook any of 2,000 meals at tap of a button to go on sale in 2017

Announced earlier this year, the scheme is seeing a number of different vehicles being tested in the country. There’s off-road pods, a passenger shuttle and even a military jeep. Prime Minister David Cameron has now responded to a list of recommendations about how the cars should be developed in the country. His response touches on the importance of driverless cars for the country’s economy and ensuring the “short, medium and long-term future of the automotive sector”. But his response also gives an indication about a possible regulatory approach to those who can drive the cars (a code of conduct for testing has already been drawn-up).

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High skill. Self-Driving Trucks Are Going to Hit Us Like a Human-Driven Truck — Basic income. Self-driving Freightliner Inspiration rolls out on public roads in Nevada - CNET. LAS VEGAS -- Truckmaker Freightliner's newest commercial big rig can steer and drive itself, while the driver relaxes and enjoys the ride.

Self-driving Freightliner Inspiration rolls out on public roads in Nevada - CNET

No, I'm not talking about Autobot Ultra Magnus. It's the Freightliner Inspiration Truck, the first ever self-driving commercial truck to receive a road license plate for autonomous operation on public highways. "Ninety percent of commercial truck accidents are due to driver error and one in eight of those are due to driver fatigue," states Freightliner head of Trucks and Buses Wolfgang Bernhard at an unveiling today at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 6 Problems Facing Driverless Cars - ClickMechanic.

Self-driving cars could be in 30 US cities by 2017: Pilot project aims for mass roll out of driverless vehicles - but how safe are they? Ten US cities will roll out automated vehicle pilot projects this yearThe first is Tampa, Florida, with 20 other locations following next yearCompany behind the pilot says it's not ready to announce full locationsPilots will be focused on areas such as campuses, parks and airportsNo accidents have so far taken place, but Corey Clothier, who is running the pilots, told DailyMail.com that an injury is inevitable By Ellie Zolfagharifard For Dailymail.com Published: 00:29 GMT, 6 March 2015 | Updated: 15:05 GMT, 6 March 2015.

Self-driving cars could be in 30 US cities by 2017: Pilot project aims for mass roll out of driverless vehicles - but how safe are they?

Volvo Will Test Self-Driving Cars With Real Customers in 2017. When it comes to self-driving cars, 2020 is gonna be a big year.

Volvo Will Test Self-Driving Cars With Real Customers in 2017

That’s the deadline Nissan and Mercedes-Benz have given themselves for putting cars with autonomous features on the market, and it’s roughly when we expect so see robo-rides from Audi and maybe even Google on sale. For Volvo, 2020 represents something different. The company has repeatedly said that is the year by which it wants to eliminate serious injuries and fatalities in its cars. The surest way to stop crashes? Eliminate human drivers. 15 humanoid robots who will do your work for you - Photo Galleries. Robotic Waitress Serves Food In China - Business Insider. Robot learns to cook pizza by watching videos on the internet - Trending. If the robots ever actually do rise up and take our jobs, we may only have ourselves to blame — at least those of us who share information about how to perform specific human tasks online.

Meet PR2, a cognition-enabled autonomous service bot that has essentially been "teaching" itself to cook with the help of videos and recipes found on the internet. This specific bot is one of several being used by a multifaceted team of European researchers who aim to enable robots "to competently perform everyday human-scale manipulation activities, both in human working and living environments. " Launched in 2012, the EU-funded initiative is called the RoboHow project and involves researchers from at least nine universities across Europe. "Instead of programming a robot to perform precise movements, the goal is for a person to simply tell a robot what to do," reads a piece published in the MIT Technology Review earlier this week. " Robots cleaning up at Auckland Airport. Robots are now cleaning Auckland Airport. Three robot cleaners, the AeroBot, HydroBot and Duobot are scrubbing, vacuuming and sweeping throughout the international terminal.

The machines made by United States company Intellibot Robots use sonar to sense and avoid obstacles along the way, and have their "flight path" programmed to travel along a planned route. They are the size of a small child and are programmed to stop instantly if someone jumps on them or tries to tamper with them. Cleaning company OCS says the robots will complement the work done by its 200-plus staff at the airport rather than lead to job losses. EU is creating a "Wikipedia for robots" - Business Insider. Will Your Job Be Done By A Machine? : Planet Money. 101 Endangered Jobs by 2030. Business owners today are actively deciding whether their next hire should be a person or a machine. After all, machines can work in the dark and don’t come with decades of HR case law requiring time off for holidays, personal illness, excessive overtime, chronic stress or anxiety. If you’ve not heard the phrase “technological unemployment,” brace yourself; you’ll be hearing it a lot over the coming years.

The Top Jobs In 10 Years Might Not Be What You Expect. Wasp's 3D printers produce low-cost houses made from mud. A need to address a lack of housing for the globe's growing population has turned up some eye-catching efforts, blending creative architecture with new, sustainable technologies. And it is increasingly looking like 3D printing could have a role to play. Italian firm Wasp is the latest to explore the potential of additive manufacturing in this area, developing a super-sized 3D printer capable of producing low-cost housing made from mud. Mud brick homes aren't new, and have a certain appeal for the environmentally conscious due to their low carbon footprint and sustainable nature. The AI Revolution: Road to Superintelligence. The AI Revolution: Our Immortality or Extinction.

Terrific Tech: 10 Futuristic Advances in Robotics.