Dubai rolls out autonomous police cars to go alongside its robot police officers

Dubai rolls out autonomous police cars to go alongside its robot police officers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology is changing the world of law enforcement and it’s important to experiment with new ideas that provide low visibility but highly effective policing.   A couple of weeks ago, and following on from the deployment of the regions first robot police officer at the Dubai...

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The world’s most advanced robot just learnt Parkour

The world’s most advanced robot just learnt Parkour

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Humans evolve at a biological rate, technology evolves at an exponential rate, and ATLAS is improving all the time.   The majority of people like to assume that one day we will live, work and eat alongside robots in perfect harmony in the happy knowledge...

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Lockheed will build America’s next generation of autonomous submarines

Lockheed will build America’s next generation of autonomous submarines

WHY THIS MATTERS It is inevitable that more of the world’s military platforms will become autonomous, and America’s submarines are about to get a huge upgrade.   As part of its plan to turn undersea drones from remote controlled tools and toys into fully enrolled members of the fleet, last...

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World first as drones and robots plant, tend and harvest their own crops

World first as drones and robots plant, tend and harvest their own crops

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It was only a matter of time before robots autonomously grew and harvested their own crops, and now it’s happened   The Agricultural industry is going through a revolution, whether it’s thanks to organisations like DARPA who are formulating new genetic solutions that can re-vitalise...

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Robo-evolution in action, researchers unveil self-healing transformer robots

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 (ISS)...

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World’s first autonomous robot Dentist implants two teeth into a patient

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 and...

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New synthetic muscle breakthrough will create better, nimbler robots

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 to...

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San Fransisco mulls introducing America’s first “Robot Tax”

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 that...

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This new sewing robot will put 168 million children out of work

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 to sweatshop...

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Farmers in the future will “shepherd herds of robots”

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 nights...

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South Korea introduces the world’s first “Robot Tax”

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 is...

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Is this the first recorded incident of Robo-Suicide?

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 one...

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Hawaii becomes first US state to pass a bill supporting Universal Basic Income

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 Wall...

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Goldman Sachs is automating IPO’s and finance

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 moment, whether...

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Mine hunting drones can now detect mines from the air

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 Reaper...

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Boeing teams up with America’s biggest ship builder to build autonomous subs

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 drone...

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Dubai’s first Robocop starts active duty

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 has...

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Meet the robot that’s fifty times faster than a brain surgeon

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 two...

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Meet the new harvesting robots that can pick 10,000 apples an hour

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 all...

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Amazon is on track be the world’s first fully automated fulfilment company

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 your...

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