Robots are getting more social, but humans may not be ready

BOSTON — Personal home robots that can socialize with people are starting to roll out of the laboratory and into our living rooms and kitchens. But are humans ready to invite them into their lives? It’s taken decades of research to build robots even a fraction as sophisticated as those featured in popular science fiction….
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Personalized ‘deep learning’ equips robots for autism therapy

Researchers have now developed a type of personalized machine learning that helps robots estimate the engagement and interest of each child during these interactions, using data that are unique to that child. Armed with this personalized ‘deep learning’ network, the robots’ perception of the children’s responses agreed with assessments by human experts, with a correlation score of 60 percent.
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Construction robots weld, bolt, lift to beat worker shortage

TOKYO (AP) — Robots that can weld, lift and bolt are being developed to help bridge labor shortages at Japanese construction sites, though their use will be limited to night shifts when no human workers will be nearby due to safety and regulatory concerns.
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Elon Musk blames robots for delays on Tesla’s Model 3

The problem with Tesla’s Model 3 assembly line? Too many robots. Elon Musk admitted that production snags for Tesla’s mass-market Model 3 electric car are partly the result of “excessive automation” at the company’s Fremont, Calif., factory. “Yes, excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake,” Musk tweeted Friday afternoon. “To be precise, my mistake. Humans…
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Robots in Japan are now making coffee

TOKYO — Japan has a new cafe where customers can enjoy coffee brewed and served by a robot barista. The robot named Sawyer debuted this week at Henna Cafe in Tokyo’s downtown business and shopping district of Shibuya. The shop’s name in Japanese means “strange cafe.” The single-armed robot scans a ticket purchased from a…
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Robots could climb into old mines to prevent toxic spills

DENVER — Crumbling mine tunnels awash with polluted waters perforate the Colorado mountains and scientists may one day send robots creeping through the pitch-black passages to study the mysterious currents that sometimes burst to the surface with devastating effects. One such disaster happened at the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado in 2015, when…
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‘Transgender’ sex robots are coming to a bedroom near you

“Transgender” sex robots could be a new and exotic way to spice things up in your bedroom. The Sun has learned that the Californian start-up responsible for the female Harmony sex droid is now considering a trans version too. Realbotix has been constantly in the news in recent months thanks to its revolutionary robot sexual…
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New Car Updates, Robots Dominate Annual Technology Show

Mayfield Robotics’ Kuri home robot is surrounded by attendees during CES Unveiled at CES International Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The smartphones and other small machines that used to dominate the annual CES gadget show have been overshadowed in recent years by bigger mobile devices: namely, automobiles.

Auto companies typically save more practical announcements about new cars, trucks and SUVs for the upcoming Detroit auto show. But major automakers like Toyota, Kia, Hyundai and Ford have a noticeable presence at this week’s tech showcase in Las Vegas. CES is a chance for carmakers and suppliers of automotive parts and software to display their wilder and far-out ideas.

Among the highlights Monday:

— Toyota says it’s developing self-driving mini-buses that can serve as bite-sized stores. These vehicles will drive themselves to places where potential buyers can try on clothes or shoes or pick through flea market items. The project is still in the conceptual stage, with testing expected in the 2020s.

— Automotive supplier Bosch wants to help guide drivers to vacant parking spots in as many as 20 U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Miami and Boston. The company says it will be working with automakers on the initiative but didn’t say which ones. As cars drive by, they will automatically recognize and measure gaps between parked cars and transmit that data to a digital map.

In other developments at CES:

— TV manufacturers are showcasing new models — all with acronyms to set their sets apart. One feature called HDR10+ by Samsung and HDR 10 Pro by LG takes what’s known as high dynamic range and adjusts settings for each frame, instead of having levels set for the entire video at once. Meanwhile, quantum-dot technology promises more accurate colors. Samsung calls its version QLED, while Hisense has QDEF.

— As LG unveiled its lineup of smart appliances, executive David VanderWaal quickly lost rapport with his on-stage partner, the cute voice-activated assistant CLOi. After a greeting, CLOi stopped responding while continuing to blink its digital eyes. VanderWaal shrugged it off, saying, “even robots have bad days.”

— HTC is upgrading its headsets for exploring virtual worlds. HTC says the new Vive Pro has better resolution and audio and weighs less than its existing VR model. The Taiwanese company hasn’t yet revealed cost or shipping dates. There’s also a wireless option coming this summer. The Vive competes with Facebook’s Oculus among high-end systems, but these haven’t been as widely used as smartphone-based headsets such as Samsung’s Gear VR and Google’s Daydream.

And beyond CES:

— Toy maker VTech has agreed to pay $ 650,000 to settle charges it violated a law protecting children’s privacy. The Federal Trade Commission says VTech collected personal information from children without getting consent from a verified parent and didn’t do enough to protect the data it collected. Such toys have become popular, and companies are expected to unveil more toys and other internet-connected gadgets at the CES tech show in Las Vegas this week.

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Will Black Workers Be Replaced By Robots?

If automation is the future of the workforce, where does that leave black workers, who tend to have the types of jobs that may become obsolete thanks to advances in technology?

That’s the question posed by Race and Jobs at High Risk to Automation, a new data brief from The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

With more than 31% of Latino workers and 27% of African American workers concentrated in occupations at high risk to automation, the report’s conclusion is that “automation will have a significant effect on African American and Latino workers.” In contrast, those same occupations account for ​24% of White workers and 20% of Asian American workers.

Joint Center looked at the 30 U.S. jobs that employ the most people and are most likely to be replaced by automation in the next 10 to 20 years. The top 10 of those jobs were grounds maintenance workers, receptionists and information clerks, accountants and auditors, construction laborers, waiters and waitresses, cooks, secretaries and administrative assistants, cashiers, and retail salespeople.

The report showed that “African American workers are overrepresented in particular jobs with a high risk of being eliminated or fundamentally changed by automation.” For example, compared to white workers, black workers are over three times more likely to be security guards, bus drivers, and taxi drivers/chauffeurs.

There are upsides to automation, the report notes, such as the creation of new jobs and a lower cost for goods and services. However there are some areas that black workers should be particularly concerned about:

Automation could fall hardest on low-income workers.

Even many who assert that automation will increase overall employment opportunities recognize that absent intervention the impact of automation could fall hardest on low-income, lower-skilled, and less-educated workers. The White House Council of Economic Advisors, for example, found that “83% of jobs making less than $ 20 per hour would come under pressure from automation,” compared to only “4% of jobs making above $ 40 per hour.”

African American communities face unique challenges in labor transitions​.

While automation will create new types of jobs, the African American community faces a unique combination of well-documented challenges that make it particularly vulnerable in labor market transitions. These challenges include: 1) an average household net worth that is one tenth that of whites (making periods without income particularly difficult); 2) implicit bias in hiring and evaluation; 3) residential and educational segregation; 4) transportation challenges; 5) lower rates of digital readiness; and 6) and limitations in social networks.

Automation could increase racial inequality.

Recognizing that a disproportionate share of African American and Latino workers are employed in jobs that are at high risk to automation, ​automation could increase racial inequality. ​Displacement of half of the African American workers in just the 30 largest occupations at high risk to automation without transitioning them into new employment opportunities could increase the African American unemployment rate from 7.5% to over 20%.

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Amazon’s deal of the day gets you one of the best-rated robots vacuums for just $135

Best Robot Vacuum Under $  200

Vacuuming is easily the most aggregating chore we have to deal with in our day-to-day lives. There are so many better things you could be doing with your time, and the worst part is that you’re never really done. By the time you finish vacuuming your home, your family has already started to make a mess again. That’s what makes robot vacuums so great — they do the work for you and they never complain when people make a mess again.

Of course, not all robot vacuums are created equal. Some can cost almost $ 1,000, which makes a lot of consumers think that you need to spend that much in order to get a decent product. Well, we assure you that’s not the case at all. The ILIFE A4s Robot Vacuum Cleaner is one of the best-rated robot vacuums on Amazon, and it costs just $ 199.99. It’s worth every penny, but right now it’s Amazon’s deal of the day, dropping the price to just $ 134.99 for a limited time.

The ILIFE A4s is designed to adapt to different types of floors without sacrificing suction at all. It can handle wood floors, laminate, tile, and even low-pile area rugs with no problems at all. It’s packed with sensors so it can navigate around obstacles and under chairs or beds with no problem, and it also won’t take any spills down stairs. Best of all, our two favorite features are that it automatically returns to its base to recharge, and it has a high-quality motor that’s far quieter than any other robot vacuums in this class.

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  • Multiple smart sensors avoid bumping around or falling off stairs. The A4s even cleans under beds, along the walls and around the clutter… Dirt cannot hide.
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UN panel agrees to move ahead with debate on ‘killer robots’

GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. panel agreed Friday to move ahead with talks to define and possibly set limits on weapons that can kill without human involvement, as human rights groups said governments are moving too slowly to keep up with advances in artificial intelligence that could put computers in control one day.
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Scientists invent robots that ‘team up’ to form larger robots

Thanks to incredible advancements in artificial intelligence robots have quickly become man’s best friend, but getting them to actually work together is still a tough challenge to overcome. The way that most of even the most intelligent robots are built leads them to want to kind of do their own thing, but a team of…
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Former Facebook exec fears robots will destroy society within 30 years

A former Facebook executive has quit his job and now lives as a recluse in the wilderness — because he is convinced that machines will take over the world. Antonio Garcia Martinez worked as a project manager for the social media giant in Silicon Valley but became terrified by the relentless march of technology. He…
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Elon Musk Warns That Robots Might Kill Us All

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