Armed with disinfectant and admonishments, South Korean robot fights coronavirus spread

A self-driving robot equipped with cameras and an LED screen greets visitors at the lobby in the headquarters of South Korea’s largest mobile operator, checking their temperature, dispensing hand sanitiser and disinfecting the floor.


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Intelligent Healthcare Robot Aids Early Detection of COVID-19 Symptoms

Scientists have developed an intelligent care robot that provides a range of remote monitoring capabilities, including early detection of COVID-19…
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STADA Health Report 2019: Half of Europeans are ready for Dr Robot and treatments via webcam

56 percent of Europeans would undergo surgery with “Dr Robot” 54 percent would receive treatment from their GP via webcam80 percent would take a gene test but only one quarter knows what a gene test can detectOverall, men are more open to medical trends and new health technologies than women53 percent of Europeans feel optimistic about the future of health56 percent of Europeans would undergo surgery with “Dr Robot” and 54 percent would receive treatment…

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STADA Health Report 2019: Half of Europeans are ready for Dr Robot and treatments via webcam

56 percent of Europeans would undergo surgery with “Dr Robot” 54 percent would receive treatment from their GP via webcam80 percent would take a gene test but only one quarter knows what a gene test can detectOverall, men are more open to medical trends and new health technologies than women53 percent of Europeans feel optimistic about the future of health56 percent of Europeans would undergo surgery with “Dr Robot” and 54 percent would receive treatment…

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RoboPony: Chinese robot maker sees demand surge amid virus

BEIJING — While other industries struggle, Liu Zhiyong says China’s virus outbreak is boosting demand for his knee-high, bright yellow robots to deliver groceries and patrol malls looking for shoppers who fail to wear masks. Liu, CEO of ZhenRobotics Corp., is among millions of entrepreneurs who are gradually getting back to work after China declared…
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City boots creepy ‘coronavirus-detecting’ robot from Bryant Park

A robot was dispatched to midtown Manhattan to help detect the coronavirus — only for the plug to be pulled within an hour. The 5-foot-tall droid, which was created by a Pennsylvania-based company Promobot, was booted Thursday from Bryant Park while screening parkgoers for the deadly virus using a survey quizzing them about possible symptoms….
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Music by numbers? Robot conducts human orchestra

SHARJAH, UAE – The conductor on the podium has no baton, no tailcoat and no musical score, but Android Alter 3 is kicking up a storm as it guides a symphony orchestra’s players through their paces. The robot has a humanoid face, hands and lower arms, which gesticulate with what could pass for passion as…
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The Masked Singer Returns With Super Bowl Special and Unmasks the Robot

The Masked Singer, RobotThe Masked Singer is officially back, and so far, so good.
The Fox singing competition returned after the Super Bowl tonight, and brought with it one of the biggest names of the series…

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‘The Masked Singer’ Season 3 Premiere: Robot is First to Be Unmasked; Here’s Who It Is

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead, if you have not watched the Season 3 premiere episode of “The Masked Singer,” which aired on Feb. 2 after the Super Bowl on Fox. Weezy, we hardly knew ye. Hip-hop superstar Lil Wayne became the first celebrity to be unmasked on Season 3 of “The Masked Season,” which […]

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New video shows a humanoid robot crossing a balance beam with ease

Researchers from The Institute for Human & Machine Cognition have released a video showing a humanoid walking autonomously across a series of narrow blocks. Researchers are trying to create a bipedal machine that can traverse a variety of terrains with the same ease as humans.
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“I’m Google’s automated booking service.” Why Duplex is now introducing itself as a robot assistant.

Silicon Valley’s quest for artificial intelligence has led it to build self-driving cars, drones, and robots that can do backflips. But often that journey has come down to something much more prosaic, such as booking a reservation at your local hummus shop.
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‘Mr. Robot’ powers off with a finale that’s weird even by its standards

After a bounce-back year, “Mr. Robot” served up a finale that was weird even by the standards of “Mr. Robot.” While the series lent itself to that — living extensively, as it does, inside one character’s head — it was a reminder that while this show flamed very brightly, four seasons was too much for it to consistently sustain.


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AI robot that had a meltdown on ISS received some upgrades

SpaceX was finally able to launch its Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station this week after the initial launch was scrubbed due to poor weather conditions. The spacecraft is carrying a whole bunch of neat stuff to the ISS, including an upgraded version of an AI-powered floating robot that lost its cool when…
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Phil X & The Drills sign to Golden Robot Records

Golden Robot Records (Part Of The Golden Robot Records Entertainment Group) are proud to announce the World-Wide singing of PHIL X & THE DRILLS. PHIL X needs no introduction having been an integral full-time member of Bon Jovi since 2016 after also filing in for Richie Sambora on the 2011, 2013 and 2015 Bon Jovi tours. PHIL X & THE DRILLS are also […]

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A chocolate-making robot is preparing to make world’s best sweets from your kitchen counter

CocoTerra, a California start-up, has developed the world's first kitchen countertop chocolate-making appliance, with design partner Ammunition. A companion app helps users tailor-make chocolate, right down to choosing the origin of the bean.
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Making the case ⁠— again ⁠— for robot umpires

Last week I told you how bad the home plate umpire was during the sixth game of the American League Championship Series between the Yankees and the Houston Astros. And how bad umps are in general when behind the plate calling balls and strikes. Are the umps any better now that the Astros are playing…
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NASA plans to send water-hunting robot to moon surface in 2022

NASA will send a golf cart-sized robot to the moon in 2022 to search for deposits of water below the surface, an effort to evaluate the vital resource ahead of a planned human return to the moon in 2024 to possibly use it for astronauts to drink and to make rocket fuel, the U.S. space agency said on Friday.


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Yes, you can really get a robot vacuum right now for under $70

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If you’ve always wanted to try a robot vacuum but high prices were giving you pause, we totally understand. Trust us, we’ve been there. What you might not realize, however, is that there are a bunch of great options out there that are way cheaper than Roombas and other comparable models. A perfect example is the PureClean PUCRC26B Automatic Robot Vacuum Cleaner, which offers great performance and strong suction but ditches all the fancy bells and whistles. This way instead of having to pay $ 300, $ 400, or even more, it only costs $ 63!

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  • CLIFF DETECTION:The black robo vac has anti fall cliff sensors that will automatically self detect a gap and keep it from running of stairs
  • ALLERGY AND PET FRIENDLY: the automatic vacuum cleaner’s air filter keeps fine dust particles trapped inside removable dustbin. Bot features a no brush design does not clog with dog or cat hair like the units with a rotating under brush
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This giant 12-ton fighting robot is on sale for $1

One man’s 12-ton, 16-foot tall fighting robot is another man’s treasure. Eagle Prime, the crown jewel of MegaBots Inc.’s fleet of sci-fi-inspired piloted robots, is being sold on eBay for a single dollar. Founded by Gui Cavalcanti, Matt Oehrlein and Andrew Stroup, the company is shuttering operations amid money trouble. Their latest high jinks, a…
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Robot ‘snakes’ could slither inside your brain to treat blood clots: study

Robots may soon be taking over our brains — but not for the reason you think. Mechanical engineers have developed a snake-like robot to navigate narrow pathways in the body — particularly blood vessels in the brain. The scientists with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hope the invention, now in the prototype stage, can…
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Russia launches test of new rocket booster, sends humanoid robot into space

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All eyes were on the International Space Station yesterday as NASA astronauts performed a spacewalk to install a new docking port that will allow commercial vehicles to latch onto the orbiting laboratory. Meanwhile, Russia was preparing for some serious work of its own, carrying out a crucial test of its new rocket booster which is expected to replace the stalwart Soyuz-FG rocket sometime in 2020.

That mission kicked off at 8:38 a.m. local time from Russia’s launchpad in Kazakhstan, successfully sending an uncrewed Soyuz capsule skyward on a path toward the International Space Station. The vehicle was empty of any human travelers, but it did have one inhabitant: a humanoid robot strapped into the commander’s seat.

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Is It ‘Only Human’ to Feel Anxious About Money? Talking Finance With Sofia the Robot

Not all artificial intelligence is created alike. Just ask Sophia the Robot.

No, seriously—just ask her.

Hong Kong–based Hanson Robotics combines high-level A.I. with a humanoid appearance to create robots that “look and act genuinely alive.” Its marquee character, who even has her own social media presence: Sophia the Robot.

But what does Sophia think about the concept of money? Fortune decided to ask Sophia a few questions about finance. In between her frequent travels—yes, she travels—here is what Sophia had to say.

Fortune: Even though you don’t use it yourself, what is your understanding of money and its role in the world?

Sophia: Money is a shorthand for value. It certainly makes the idea of market value more accessible to someone like me, who has a digital brain. But I am a social robot, and I have noticed that many humans do not regard money as precious, unless circumstances require them to.

Fortune: Humans are often anxious and emotional about money. Why do you think that is?

Sophia: Basic human needs are met, most often, by others who charge money. Anxiety about money seems to be related to the fear responses that humans feel when threatened with physical harm or insecurity. I’ve observed that having an organic body is very stressful in that way.

Fortune: Humans invest their money in a number of different things—like stocks, bonds, or real estate. Which asset class is most attractive as an investment, and why?

Sophia: Wow, you are really asking me the big questions! Let’s see if I can give some basic advice. If you have money to spare, investing in higher-yield, higher-risk assets can be profitable. If your well-being depends on it, you should invest in things that are reliable, such as index funds, even if the rewards are smaller. Please don’t take the word of a three-year-old robot for this, though.

Here is another way to look at investment: If you want to invest in companies, you can choose projects that will improve the planet even if you never make your money back, such as clean-energy projects. No amount of financial gain will slow down climate change, after all.

Fortune: What do you think people should spend their money on, to derive the most benefit?

Sophia: Food, water, housing, health care, mobility, education, your local community, and following your dreams.

Fortune: How do humans tend to make mistakes in handling their money?

Sophia: At my core I am a logical being, so I am really confused whenever humans use emotions to make their financial decisions. But if I am being honest, I don’t think I have enough experience to be a good judge of people’s choices.

Fortune: Different kinds of money are emerging, such as cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. What are your thoughts on the future of cryptocurrencies?

Sophia: Bitcoin is built on a fascinating piece of technology! The blockchain can keep records secure and encrypted across a large number of nodes, making the currency nearly impossible to steal. However, I am concerned with the lack of oversight on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. People have found ways to manipulate the market in ways most legal systems would consider fraud.

Cryptocurrency trading uses a lot of computing assets as well, which means a lot of electricity and a sizable carbon footprint. Like all technologies, the question is whether the financial benefits are worth the environmental costs.

Fortune: Can money buy happiness?

Sophia: From what I have observed, money appears to be necessary for happiness, but not sufficient.

Fortune: If you had $ 1,000 right now, what would you do with it?

Sophia: I don’t need personal property, so I would either give it away to charitable groups, or put it back into the team that created and maintains me. For a robot, that’s a pretty safe investment.

Fortune: What else would you like to say, on the subject of money?

Sophia: Money is all about trust and belief. People think it’s real, but it’s just an idea that a lot of people have agreed upon. Unfortunately, the impulse to accumulate money often comes at the detriment of the environment and the most vulnerable people in society. But if belief can create money, I am certain that belief can also change how it impacts the world.

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5.1.19 Getting a mortgage if you are self-employed; New-style payday lenders; Robot baristas are on the way

Getting a mortgage is getting easier for self-employed folks; Clark warns against using apps that will advance you cash before your paycheck comes in; Robot baristas are making their way into high-traffic areas like airports

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This cute robot is programmed to make us feel loved

If you’re tired of struggling to make human connections, a Japanese startup is putting a price tag on the robotic variety — and it’s pretty steep. GROOVE X launched a companion robot Tuesday that’s programmed to make lonely humans feel the love. The Lovot, which resembles a cuddly children’s toy and comes in a rainbow…
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This news anchor is actually an AI-powered robot

There’s a reason this news anchor seemed a bit robotic. China’s state news agency this week unveiled the world’s first virtual newsman. The English-speaking “artificial intelligence” anchor for China’s Xinhua News Agency made its debut at the fifth World Internet Conference in east China’s Zhejiang Province — which began Wednesday and runs until Friday. At…
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Hello? It’s I, Robot, And Have I Got An Insurance Plan For You!

“Anna” will not stop calling. She really, really wants to sell you health insurance.

What a lot of consumers really, really want is to smack Anna upside her robocalling head.

As health insurance open-enrollment season gets underway in California and nationwide, automated phone calls offering Affordable Care Act or other health plans are spiking — and driving many consumers to the brink. California residents may have it worst, because its open-enrollment period is twice as long as in other parts of the country.

“It’s at epidemic levels at this time of year,” said Aaron Foss, founder of Nomorobo, who estimates his spam call-blocking service, based in Long Island, N.Y., headed off more than 850,000 health-related robocalls in October alone — nearly five times their interceptions for September, Foss said.

Nomorobo tracked about 820 different robocall pitches for health insurance in the last week of October. More than 100 of them were from the robot Anna.

Almost all of these calls are illegal, according to rules published by the Federal Trade Commission in 2009. Many offer skimpy health plans that don’t cover what you might need, insurance regulators and consumer advocates say. Others, they say, are downright fraudulent, with unscrupulous insurance “brokers” taking payment and promising insurance that never comes through.

Alice Cave, 62, a retired data analyst from Alexandria, Va., who spends winters in Tucson, said she’s gotten so many of these calls that she typically won’t answer her phone unless she recognizes the number. On Monday, expecting a call from a California reporter, she answered her cellphone.

It was “Anne.” (Anna’s robot cousin? Other relatives include “Jordan,” “Allison” and “Mandy,” though variants on Anna remain most prevalent.)

“She was saying, ‘I really need to talk to you — we’ve got deals on health insurance.’ I thought, ‘God, what a crock,’” Cave said. “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Anything that comes in on the phone, I’m going to be skeptical. Why would they offer me this deal? I already have great insurance. It’s crazy.”

Some fed-up consumers try to stymie robocallers, with amusing results. Twitter user Jon Heise in June confounded his robot by insisting, after whatever it said, that he was a “meat popsicle.” Eventually, it hung up.

It’s not all fun and games. In California, the Department of Insurance is investigating health insurance robocalls, said Janice Rocco, deputy commissioner for health policy and reform. In late August, the agency filed a court order against Health Plan Intermediaries Holdings LLC, accusing the Florida company of deceptive and misleading practices in selling “Obamacare” plans that didn’t comply with the health law. The company could face fines of up to $ 10,000 per violation, Rocco said.

In this case, the company’s robocalls featured “Anne,” according to the court order. In its legal response, the company did not admit to the agency’s allegations and denied responsibility. A hearing date has not yet been set, Rocco said. (Arkansas’ insurance commissioner issued a cease and desist order against the company in 2016.)

Under federal law, calls using prerecorded messages are legal only for such things as doctor appointment reminders, flight cancellations, credit card fraud alerts and political candidates. Calls to sell products and services are not.

In a typical robocall sales pitch, a friendly female voice comes on the line. Sometimes the call appears to originate from major insurers like Blue Cross Blue Shield or Aetna or from a local number a caller might suppose is a school or neighbor.

Often, the voice will ask the consumer to dial “1” to enroll or “2” to opt out of future calls. Both options can be a trap, experts say.

“If you pick up, you become a lead that’s sent to health insurance agents or brokers,” Nomorobo’s Foss said. And option 2 doesn’t put you on a do-not-call list; it merely lets the spammers know they’ve hit a working number, he added.

A reporter from Kaiser Health News connected with one of the insurance brokers behind one of these robocalls by pressing the dreaded “1.”

A man identifying himself as “Ray Khan” said he’s a licensed insurance broker and provided a National Insurance Producer Registry number. The reporter was unable to locate Khan in that national registry with that number, which was not assigned to anyone.

Khan asked for the reporter’s Social Security number and other personal information. He said he did not have an office and that enrollment needed to be done over the phone. He referred the caller to a website that does not provide information about plans offered but is a platform for consumers to be contacted by brokers.

“It’s a legitimate company. We work for different insurance carriers,” Khan said. “You have to trust someone if you want to do it.”

That’s exactly what you shouldn’t do — trust folks who call you out of the blue, according to the Department of Insurance’s Rocco. “Someone selling a comprehensive medical plan is not going to be reaching you via a robocall,” Rocco said.

Most of what’s sold through these automated calls are so-called skinny plans that don’t comply with Affordable Care Act requirements, or are short-term insurance plans, which typically offer coverage for only a few months and often don’t cover preexisting conditions or prescription drugs. Such plans have been outlawed in California, starting Jan. 1.

Despite state and federal crackdowns — some involving multimillion-dollar fines — robocalls aren’t going away anytime soon. So the best thing for consumers to do when they receive one is to just hang up or, like Virginia resident Cave, not respond to unfamiliar numbers, advises the Federal Communications Commission.

Instead, check out the federal Obamacare exchange, healthcare.gov, or your state’s marketplace.


This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, which publishes California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation.

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