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Foxconn To Replace Human Workers With One Million Robots - IEEE Spectrum - 0 views

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    Foxconn, an electronics manufacturer from Taiwan with huge factories in China, generates about 40 percent of the global consumer electronics revenue by creating things like iPhones and computer components on giant assembly lines staffed by humans. Until recently, you'd probably never heard of Foxconn, but a series of worker suicides made us all take a hard look at where our electronics were coming from. Foxconn has made some improvements (including nets around tall buildings), but by all accounts, the core of the problem (the work) remains "repetitive, exhausting, and alienating."
    Yesterday, Foxconn announced (at an employee dance party of all places) that they're planning on buying some robots to replace their human workforce. And by some robots, they mean one million robots over the next three years. So for every one robot Foxconn currently has working at their manufacturing plants, they're going to buy a hundred more.
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Apple co-founder: Humans will be one day be pets for robots | DVICE - 0 views

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    On DVICE and other tech blogs, we're all always speculating which robot will emerge as the first real automated servant. According to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, maybe we've got that backwards - maybe it's the robots who will have human pets.
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Studying child-mother interactions to design robots with social skills | KurzweilAI - 0 views

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    University of Miami (UM) developmental psychologists and computer scientists from the University of California in San Diego (UC San Diego) are studying infant-mother interactions and working to implement their findings in a baby robot capable of learning social skills. The objectives are to help unravel the mysteries of human cognitive development and reach new the frontiers in robotics.

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Robots created that develop emotions in interaction with humans - 0 views

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    The first prototype robots capable of developing emotions as they interact with their human caregivers and expressing a whole range of emotions have been finalized by researchers.
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Virtual walkers lead the way for robots - tech - 06 August 2010 - New Scientist - 0 views

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    Given a few simple rules and some major computing power, animated characters adopt a human-like gait - and soon robots could too
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