Europe will debate robot rights, ethics and AI kill switches in February

Europe will debate robot rights, ethics and AI kill switches in February

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Machines are increasingly becoming autonomous and intelligent and it’s one of the greatest dangers humanity has ever faced, later this year law makers in Europe will finally determine how we govern, monitor, manage and tax them in order to minimise the damage to society.  ...

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New EU report recommends Universal Basic Income for all 27 member states

New EU report recommends Universal Basic Income for all 27 member states

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The rise of robotics and new, intelligent AI automation systems that threaten Blue and White collar jobs is spurring governments around the world into action, so far a Universal Basic Income is the only idea they seem to have to dampen societal unrest and poverty....

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Robots to get legal recognition as Europe votes to classify them as ‘Electronic persons’

Robots to get legal recognition as Europe votes to classify them as ‘Electronic persons’

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The move by the EU to classify robots as “Electronic persons” is a watershed moment. It signifies a significant attitude shift in policy and the way that new robo-systems are viewed, and paves the way for new laws and new regulations.   With robots and...

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Finland rolls out its universal basic income scheme to 2,000 citizens

Finland rolls out its universal basic income scheme to 2,000 citizens

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As technology replaces and automates more jobs governments are experimenting with universal basic incomes as a means to keep people out of poverty, now Finland has taken the plunge.   It’s January 2017, and as promised, Finlands government is now rolling out it’s ambitious Universal Basic...

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As machines replace jobs new White House report prioritises education

As machines replace jobs new White House report prioritises education

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As analysts predict that more jobs will be replaced by automation and machines a new White House report plays down Universal Basic Incomes and prioritises investment and education.   A new 55 page White House report that investigates the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation...

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Huge Pacific Rim robot to help clean up Fukushima nuclear disaster site

Huge Pacific Rim robot to help clean up Fukushima nuclear disaster site

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots have a multitude of applications but up until now most of them have been quite small, a new mech from a Korean company just broke the mould.   This week a team in Seoul demonstrated a 13 ft (4m) tall robot, or “mech,” that, unlike it’s diminutive...

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New breakthrough will give prosthetic limbs a human sense of touch

New breakthrough will give prosthetic limbs a human sense of touch

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many people take the sense of touch for granted but for those people with neurodegenerative disorders, or who have prosthetic limbs, it’s the sense they miss the most, now a new breakthrough could give them, as well as future robots, that sense of touch back....

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Nimble Atlas robot ups its game again to conquer tricky terrain

Nimble Atlas robot ups its game again to conquer tricky terrain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We take many of the things we do as humans for granted, such as balancing, but our bodies make thousands of adjustments every second just standing still and getting a robot to mimic what comes naturally to us isn’t as easy as you think  ...

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Drones get new eyes in the sky with Echodynes miniature radar

Drones get new eyes in the sky with Echodynes miniature radar

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more and more drones clutter the skies systems that can detect, and avoid other airborne obstacles become more crucial   Echodyne, a US based materials Radar company, want to see a day when radar equipped drones fill the skies and deliver your packages and...

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The US Marines want to build a fully autonomous F-35

The US Marines want to build a fully autonomous F-35

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As weapons systems, and war, become more autonomous it is inevitable that the US, Chinese, Indian and Russian military will continue to push the boundaries of unmanned combat.   The US Marine Corps is in the looking to obtaining what it calls a “mega-drone” that...

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Urban Aero shows off its first fully autonomous flying taxi

Urban Aero shows off its first fully autonomous flying taxi

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Companies are increasingly scaling up drone technology and their associated energy and control systems in the new race to take passengers to the skies and back, but the Cormorant is the first to demonstrate full autonomy.   Nine years ago the AirMule was simply a...

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US Navy stands up the worlds first fully autonomous drone squadron

US Navy stands up the worlds first fully autonomous drone squadron

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When you look across the spectrum of military developments it is clear that nation states are now committed to creating fully autonomous military platforms, the only question left to answer is when will they make their own “Kill” decisions.   The time when the US...

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ISS SPHERE drones learn to see and fly around in space all by themselves

ISS SPHERE drones learn to see and fly around in space all by themselves

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This new milestone will help to pave the way for fully autonomous drones, and vehicles, that can navigate their surroundings without the need for any specific maps or navigation aids.   During an experiment this week on board the International Space Station (ISS) a small drone,...

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Baidu launches a medical chatbot to help Chinese doctors diagnose patients

Baidu launches a medical chatbot to help Chinese doctors diagnose patients

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Melody could one day replace your GP – once it’s matured.   The doctor will see you now. Chinese search engine company Baidu has announced the release of Melody – a chatbot powered by increasingly powerful artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities that lives inside the existing Baidu Doctor app...

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Google teaches robots to learn from each other using a hive mind

Google teaches robots to learn from each other using a hive mind

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots learning from other robots will ultimately mean robots will learn new skills faster, accelerating the robot revolution.   The robots of the world are uniting – and that’s either a great thing or a terrifying thing depending on your view. Google has a plan to...

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Japanese company Spread set to open worlds first fully autonomous farm in 2017

Japanese company Spread set to open worlds first fully autonomous farm in 2017

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The only humans these Lettuces see will be the one who eats them.   The Japanese lettuce production company Spread believes the farmers of the future will be robots – so much so that Spread is creating the world’s first farm manned entirely by robots. Instead of relying on...

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Amazons drones will recharge themselves using street lamposts

Amazons drones will recharge themselves using street lamposts

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Amazons new patent could change the look of your community forever.   It looks like Amazon is finally answering a fundamental question about its long awaited delivery drones – where will they land? And a possible answer, according to a recent patent filing that they put...

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Stanford’s humanoid robotic diver recovers treasures from King Louis XIV’s flagship

Stanford’s humanoid robotic diver recovers treasures from King Louis XIV’s flagship

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Built to go where human divers can’t Stanfords OceanOne takes the plunge.   Oussama Khatib held his breath as he swam through the wreck of La Lune, 100 meters below the Mediterranean. The flagship of King Louis XIV sank here in 1664, 20 miles off...

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London boroughs new face of customer services is a bot

London boroughs new face of customer services is a bot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The London borough of Enfield has enlisted artificial intelligence Amelia to take on customer service tasks for its residents starting late this year.   Developed by IPSoft, Amelia is a cognitive agent – that’s bot to you, I and most people, capable of automating certain...

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An AI Bot posing as a Teaching Assistant fooled students for five months

An AI Bot posing as a Teaching Assistant fooled students for five months

A quiet revolution is coming, one that will eventually turn every industry into a dumb pipe and flip the world of commerce, decision making, jobs and transactions on their heads. Here come the Bots. Earlier this year Eric Wilson who was taking an online Artificial Intelligence course at  Georgia Institute of Technology...

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