Robots

Desperate for workers, aging Japan turns to robots for healthcare

In America and other aging societies around the world, it has become common for the elderly to be cared for by their graying children or older workers. That’s largely because the younger labor force is shrinking, and few want to do such low-paying, back-aching work. Japan sees an answer in robots. At Minami Tsukuba nursing …

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Why Facebook’s AI guru isn’t scared of killer robots

“But until we have a hint of a beginning of a design, with some visible path towards autonomous AI systems with non-trivial intelligence, we are arguing about the sex of angels.” Yann LeCun. There’s yet another online debate raging between world-renowned AI experts. This time it’s the big one: will AI rise up and murder …

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How Do We Get More Girls Into STEM? Build Confidence (and Robots)

Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce today but hold only a quarter of the science and engineering jobs. With careers of the future heavily concentrated in STEM fields, it’s unacceptable for women to be left out of the space. Not only do employers need to have the largest possible pool of …

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Amazon’s Vesta no-show highlights the challenges of home robots

You’d think Amazon would be the one to shake up a product category that has chewed up and spit out startups and corporate giants alike, but the company’s next flagship robot seemingly remains a work in progress. At a press event in downtown Seattle, some expected Amazon to preview a home robot that’s reportedly like …

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