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Noriko Arai: Can a robot pass a university entrance exam? | TED Talk | TED.com - 0 views

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    "How can we help kids excel at the things that humans will always do better than AI?" Great talk - she also presented at recent IB conference in Yokohama.
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How the internet found a better way than illegible squiggles to prove you're not a robo... - 0 views

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    "The company has revealed the latest evolution of the Captcha (short, sort of, for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart), which aims to do away with any interruption at all: the new, "invisible reCaptcha" aims to tell whether a given visitor is a robot or not purely by analysing their browsing behaviour. Barring a short wait while the system does its job, a typical human visitor shouldn't have to do anything else to prove they're not a robot."
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Robot monitors in homes of elderly people can predict falls, says study | Technology | ... - 0 views

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    "The study found that when a person's gait-speed dropped by 5cm/second within a week, this was a sign that they were at increased risk of a fall - in fact, 86% had a fall within three weeks when such a drop in walking speed was observed. By contrast, the elderly residents who had no change in walking speed had a background probability of falling of 19.5%."
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When Intelligent Machines Cause Accidents, Who Is Legally Responsible? - 0 views

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    "Currently, the law treats machines as if they were all created equal, as simple consumer products. In most cases, when an accident occurs, standards of strict product liability law apply. In other words, unless a consumer uses a product in an outrageous way or grossly ignores safety warnings, the manufacturer is automatically considered at fault."
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Robot outwits "I am not a Robot" Captcha / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "And so it begins..."
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Baby robot unveiled in Japan as number of childless couples grows | Technology | The Gu... - 0 views

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    "The baby automaton joins a growing list of companion robots, such as the upcoming Jibo - designed by robotics experts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and resembling a swivelling lamp - and Paro, a robot baby seal marketed by Japanese company Intelligent System as a therapeutic machine to soothe elderly dementia sufferers. Around a quarter of Japan's population is over 65 with a dearth of care workers putting a strain on social services."
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'This is awful': robot can keep children occupied for hours without supervision | Techn... - 0 views

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    ""Robots are a great educational tool for children. It inspires them to learn about science and engineering," Sharkey told the Guardian in March. "But there are significant dangers in having robots mind our children. They do not have the sensitivity or understanding needed for childcare." "
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'Harmful' robot aims to spark AI debate - BBC News - 0 views

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    "A robot that can decide whether or not to inflict pain has been built by roboticist and artist Alexander Reben from the University of Berkeley, California.

    The basic machine is capable of pricking a finger but is programmed not to do so every time it can."
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Humanoid diving robot hunts for sunken treasure in French shipwreck | Technology | The ... - 0 views

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    ""The human can provide the robot with intuition, expertise and cognitive abilities. The robot can do things in areas too dangerous for a human, while the human is still there," he told Stanford News last week."
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Multimillion dollar humanoid robot doesn't make for a good cleaner | Technology | The G... - 0 views

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    "Atlas is a semi-autonomous system. The operator tells the robot where to be and what position to take, such as where to put its hands on a vacuum cleaner, and then the robot comes up with a plan of how to do that. For some chores Atlas's actions are logical and human-like. Others require re-thinking of how to get the job done in a way that its quite different to the way a person would perform the action."
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Autonomous weapons: UN delay could open door to robot wars, say experts | Science | The... - 0 views

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    ""China wanted to discuss 'existing and emerging technologies' but the wording insisted on by the US and the UK is that it is only about emerging technologies," said Noel Sharkey, a professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield and co-founder of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, a coalition of robotics experts who are campaigning against the military use of robots."
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What Happens to Humans When Machines Do All the Work? | GOOD - 0 views

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    "As soon as 20 years from now, 45 percent of American jobs may be performed by computers, as many as 10 million self-driving cars will be on the roads, and robots-computerized machines-will infiltrate almost every arena of our daily lives, from healthcare to energy production."
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Robot swarms: scientists work to harness the power of the insect world | Technology | T... - 0 views

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    "The hive mentality is inspiring the latest advances in technology and the US military is already experimenting with swarms of robotic boats and aircrafts"
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Sword-wielding robot samurai are coming, and this video proves it - 0 views

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    "Sure, it's a cool display of human-tracked motion into a robotic mechanism, but if you aren't seeing the scary place this samurai robot demo is going, you're probably just being really optimistic."
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Human Vs. Robot: Bricklaying Robot Can Place 1,000 Bricks an Hour - Singularity HUB - 0 views

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    ""We have absolutely nothing against bricklayers," Pivac says. "The problem is the average age of bricklayers is going up and it's difficult to attract new young people to the trade."

    There's a debate on about the future of automation-what it means that machines may be able to match humans at virtually any task. For now, robots are nowhere near that advanced."
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Try, Robot: Darpa contest sends new humanoids into 'nuclear reactor' | Technology | The... - 0 views

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    "Engineers tried to help, but no robots could navigate the hazardous terrain and disaster ensued, rendering a huge area around the plant uninhabitable after toxic steam exploded into the skies. The radioactive leftovers are still emitting a million watts of heat."
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Japanese bank introduces robot workers to deal with customers in branches | World news ... - 0 views

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    "The 120-centimetre-tall android already works as a shop assistant at SoftBank mobile phone outlets in Tokyo - a move its chief executive, Masayoshi Son, described as a "baby step on our dream to make a robot that can understand a person's feelings, and then autonomously take action"."
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Microsoft, Artificial Intelligence, and The Robot Apocalypse - 0 views

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    "Microsoft showcased a line of new autonomous robots, called K5, as security guards for one of its campuses. And though the robots looked nothing like Arnold Schwarzenegger, the machine - developed by Knightscope - is impressive and intimidating. Standing 5 feet tall, weighing 300 pounds, and equipped with HD cameras, sensors, alarms, artificial intelligence, and WiFi, it's one incredible piece of technology."
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Robot doctors, online lawyers and automated architects: the future of the professions? ... - 0 views

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    "Advances in technology have long been recognised as a threat to manual labour. Now highly skilled, knowledge-based jobs that were once regarded as safe could be at risk. How will they adapt to the digital age?"
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SociBot: the 'social robot' that knows how you feel | Art and design | theguardian.com - 0 views

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    "While capable of mimicking others, the SociBot's slightly sinister side comes from the fact that it is also watching you. Equipped with two cameras in its head and a depth sensor in its chest, it can detect gestures and movements, as well as judge your emotions by mapping the position of your features over a series of internal templates."
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