Robo-evolution in action, researchers unveil self-healing transformer robots
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This could be a revolutionary breakthrough that guides the future of robotic evolution and design and its impact shouldn’t be under estimated   Like we humans every robot on Earth, and off Earth, like, for example, the anti-gravity robots on the International Space Station... Read more
World’s first autonomous robot Dentist implants two teeth into a patient
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Globally there’s a huge shortage of qualified dentists, but in the future that might not be a problem now that robots are on the case…   We’ve all volunteered for weird things in our lives, whether it’s something we want to do or not... Read more
New synthetic muscle breakthrough will create better, nimbler robots
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We know robots are strong, but now a new synthetic muscle breakthrough means that one day they’ll be dexterous too, and that means another set of jobs could be automated   This week a group of researchers from the Columbia University announced that they’ve managed... Read more
San Fransisco mulls introducing America’s first “Robot Tax”
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the level of automation around the world increases governments are increasingly considering taxing robots, and, more specifically, machines that “automate” human jobs   Artificial Intelligence (AI), robots and other Robotic Process Automation (RPA) tools are now handling more and more of the work... Read more
This new sewing robot will put 168 million children out of work
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Making a robot that can sew, and complete an entire garment, is hard, but inventors are now cracking the code and one day they’ll help put illegal sweatshops out of business   The first robot that can sew together a complete item of clothing could put an end... Read more
Farmers in the future will “shepherd herds of robots”
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots sat in the doldrums for years without much happening but now, fuelled by AI and advance Machine vision capabilities they’re suddenly coming on leaps and bounds   The farmworker toiling in a field in Lincolnshire on a recent morning is happy to work... Read more
South Korea introduces the world’s first “Robot Tax”
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Experts and governments are predicting that a rising tide of automation will have a dramatic impact on today’s workforce and lower tax receipts, and taxing the machines and robots driving the revolution is becoming an increasingly popular idea   South Korea has introduced what... Read more
Is this the first recorded incident of Robo-Suicide?
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day AI and robots might actually have feelings, and then this won’t be as funny…   Most science fiction films are famous for portraying Androids as wannabe humans, whether it’s Data from Star Trek, the freaky one from Aliens, or the nerdy looking... Read more
Hawaii becomes first US state to pass a bill supporting Universal Basic Income
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s hoped that Universal Basic Income will act as a support net for individuals who loose their jobs to automation, and Hawaii’s state legislature now officially support the idea   As automation continues to bite into the global workforce, whether it’s taking jobs on... Read more
Goldman Sachs is automating IPO’s and finance
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Organisations in the financial services industry have the money, resources and financial need to automate and increasingly no stone is being left unturned   Goldman Sachs, and, it has to be said most banks and financial services organisations are on an automation tear at the... Read more
Mine hunting drones can now detect mines from the air
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to detect explosives and mines from the air is a game changer that will help save lives and this is just the first in a long line of new developments   A little while ago I wrote an article about an MQ-9... Read more
Boeing teams up with America’s biggest ship builder to build autonomous subs
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of warfare is autonomous, but undersea, autonomous drones and submarines have a lot of civilian capabilities too   A year after DARPA launched its own fully autonomous mine hunter and a few months after they announced they plan on building  American undersea... Read more
Dubai’s first Robocop starts active duty
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It is inevitable that robots will take a more dominant role in our society and by rolling out the world’s first robot police force Dubai has taken the first big step   Almost two years after their initial announcement the world’s first robot policeman... Read more
Meet the robot that’s fifty times faster than a brain surgeon
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots integrated with AI and Machine Vision are becoming increasingly capable surgeons and one day they’ll save thousands of lives   Earlier this week scientists in the US revealed a new robotic drill that can cut, excuse the pun, the most sensitive brain surgeries down from... Read more
Meet the new harvesting robots that can pick 10,000 apples an hour
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Jobs that require precision and dexterity have long been protected against automation because robots could mimic the behaviour of humans accurately or fast enough, but now all that’s changing   Harvesting Washington State’s vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of temporary farmworkers, but that could... Read more
Amazon is on track be the world’s first fully automated fulfilment company
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The combination of “old school” robotics and new AI and Machine Vision technologies is helping robotics companies automate increasingly complex tasks that were once thought to be the exclusive domain of humans   By the time you’ve picked your Amazon parcel up off of... Read more
World’s biggest meat producer begins rolling out robot butchers
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Lower cost robots are increasingly being augmented with advanced AI and that’s accelerating the rate at which human jobs are being automated   Robots, which might get actual rights later this year when the EU votes on the issue, have been improving a lot... Read more
US General: ‘Swarms of autonomous Hunter-Killer drones will lead Marines into battle’
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The automation of war, and warfare, is accelerating as countries race to embrace new AI powered autonomous platforms   The US Marines, who recently announced they want their own fully autonomous F-35’s are getting their “Low Cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Swarming Technology” platform, also... Read more
The USAF turned an F-16 fighter jet into the world’s most advanced drone
  WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Militaries around the world are weaponising AI and drones to create semi, or fully, autonomous weapons platforms and the pace of development is accelerating   Earlier this week the US Air Force (USAF) announced that it has managed to turn  an F-16 fighter... Read more
Meet the robot that wants to replace fork lift truck drivers
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Forklift drivers have so far been lucky to escape the clutches of automation, but now that could be about to change   It seems to be all go in the world of warehouses. Robot pickers can now pick goods as fast, and as accurately... Read more
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