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The robots of CES are a joke

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The robots of the future are, well, still figuring things out.

That was the overwhelming takeaway from CES, the world’s largest tech convention, held this past week in Las Vegas. From a laundry-folding bot that couldn’t fold laundry, to an AI-powered helper that refused to help, to an in-home mechanical maid that kept dropping stuff, the dream of robotic friends making our lives easier is clearly a long way off. 

But apparently no one bothered to communicate that fact to the exhibitors and companies showcasing their latest contributions to the technology-fueled utopian delusion that is CES. Both corporate behemoth and niche manufacturer alike demoed a series of robots that, while (for the most part) slickly packaged, failed to deliver on their core promise — whatever it happened to be.  Read more…

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While you were doing, whatever, the world’s first giant robot duel happened

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Where were you on the day of the world’s first giant robot duel? 

Maybe you were working at your desk, brushing your teeth, labouring over your tax return, ironing the perfect pleat in tomorrow’s pants.

Meanwhile, giant robots were chainsawing other to shreds in a Japanese shed.

The world’s first giant combat robot duel just happened on Tuesday, Oct. 17, pitting America and Japan against each other in a Twitch-livestreamed battle for the ages.

Representing the United States, two epic robots from MegaBots Inc., founded by Matt Oehrlein and Gui Cavalcanti. Representing Japan, pilot Kogoro Kurata from Suidobashi Heavy Industry. The challenge was issued two years ago, on one condition: Japan wanted to fight hand-to-hand combat. Oh. Man. Challenge accepted. Read more…

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The giant robot battle of your dreams is actually happening

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Yes, this is real. Two gigantic robots will battle each other Gundam-style for our amusement — and it will be streamed.

On Oct. 17, the colossal robots Eagle Prime and Kuratas will meet in a violent duel. 

At least, that’s when you can watch a stream of their battle that will last for days. The robots, which are piloted by humans, will attempt to topple each other. 

This match has been two years in the making. In 2015, Megabots Inc. — a group of U.S. engineers that endeavor to build massive “fighting robots of science fiction, video games and movies” — challenged the Japanese robot Kuratas, built by Suidobashi Heavy Industries.  Read more…

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Leave cleaning to the Dark Side with the help of these Star Wars vacuums

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For anyone who’s ever dreamed about using The Force to clean their house, here’s some exciting news. Samsung has just released a pair of Star Wars POWERbot™ vacuums that are available for pre-order starting Oct. 10.

The Star Wars vacuums come in both a Darth Vader and Stormtrooper model, which means that cleaning your floors is officially a job for the Dark Side. Both limited edition vacuums feature a suction power capacity of 10 watts and a 290mm-wide brush — that’s 42 percent larger than conventional 204mm brushes. A sensor on the top of the vacuum scans the room and then maps out the space to calculate the most efficient path. Read more…

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Stern little Stormtrooper robot uses AR and facial recognition to help you deal with rebel scum

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Want to uphold the First Order and deal with some rebel scum from your own room?

In the same week we’ve seen the new trailer for The Last Jedi, AI and humanoid robotic company UBTECH has released a new Star Wars Stormtrooper robot. It’ll come with an augmented reality app, and can take voice commands, do facial recognition and even sentry patrolling.

The First Order Stormtrooper Robot’s AR app mode is supported by a voice activated command feature so you can issue direct verbal orders to your robot, launch “attacks” and tackle those pesky rebels through the app interface. Read more…

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Most people worry robots will replace human jobs, just not their own

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Robots may be driving cars, appealing tickets, and working construction, but they don’t have a whole lot of popular support.

That’s according to a new Pew Research study Wednesday that found around twice as many people were worried rather than enthusiastic about the prospect of more automation and artificial intelligence. Around a third of people surveyed welcomed these potential job killers, while 72 percent had a dimmer view.

This makes sense; most people work jobs that could one day be displaced by robots, according to various studies. And while some experts argue that more technology could create more jobs than it kills, it’s understandable to be wary of any economic sea change. Read more…

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Found At E Minor: This adorable little robot will melt your heart, and cut your weeds at the same time

Weeding is one of the most time-consuming and bothersome gardening tasks there are. Luckily, there’s a ruthless, methodical, and (let’s face it) adorable robot to take care of the dirty … Read more

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Elon Musk and 115 other experts ask the UN to ban killer robots in open letter

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Elon Musk, Google DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman, and 114 other leading AI and robotics experts have joined together to ask the UN to ban the use of so-called killer robots in an open letter published today.

The group is concerned about the potential use of lethal autonomous weapons and how they might be applied in the future, and they penned a short note released by the Future of Life Institute. The text was made public to kick off the opening of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2017) in Melbourne, Australia, according to a press release.

“Lethal autonomous weapons” refers to the drones, autonomous machine guns, tanks, and other forms of weaponry controlled by AI on next-generation battlefields.  Read more…

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DARPA wants to give you a glimpse inside the AI brain

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Does the thought of giving Siri more power unsettle you? What about self-driving cars — do you feel uneasy about letting a computer take the wheel?

If you answered yes, you’re not alone. As AI systems become more functional and widespread, a large segment of the public has been slow to trust the tech. A highly publicized study last year called the ethics of self-driving cars into question, concluding that most people wouldn’t want to ride in the cars because they don’t trust the systems making the decisions.

That’s one of the reasons why the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently handed eight Oregon State University computer science professors a $6.5 million research grant to work on a project to help make robots, cars, and other tech powered by AI more trustworthy for doubters.   Read more…

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