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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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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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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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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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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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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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