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Robots could wipe out another 6 million retail jobs

Is the mall dead? Robots have already cost millions of factory jobs across the nation. Next up could be jobs at your local stores. Between 6 million to 7.5 million existing jobs are at risk of being replaced over the course of the next 10 years by some form of automation, according to a new study this week from by financial services firm Cornerstone Capital Group. That represents at least 38% of the current retail work force, which consists of 16 million workers. Retail could actually lose a greater proportion ...

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Why the Surge in Violence Against Robots Matters

In the midst of fulminating about an approaching robot apocalypse, a strange and disturbing counter trend is taking place: the rise of violence against robots. While fears of robots often turn upon suppositions that are still largely unproven, such as whether robots will achieve super-intelligence or come to dominate the workplace, the latter phenomena is fast accruing a solid and tangible corpus of evidence. At least three important questions emerge from the consideration of violence against robots– is it a real trend, is it worth caring about, and what, if anything, ...

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Week in tech: Bullied robots, 'flying cars' and apps for addicts

This app wants to reprogram your addiction Some weeks you just want to unwind with a few cocktails and beat up a robot. Since that can land you in jail, try decompressing with a look back on some tech news you may have missed. Technology for good Let’s start with the good. These startups are tackling addiction in an effort to destigmatize it and pioneer new ways of prevention and treatment. They’re using machine learning, apps, and online support networks to offer modern alternatives to AA. Meanwhile, Monday was Holocaust ...

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Robots hit the streets — and the streets hit back

This robot will deliver your groceries Man vs. machine has taken on a new wrinkle. As robots begin to appear on sidewalks and streets, they’re being hazed and bullied. Last week, a drunken man allegedly tipped over a 300-pound security robot in Mountain View, California. The incident kicked off a spree of cheeky, only-in-2017 headlines: “Armless robot loses fight to drunk man” and “Security robot beat up in parking lot, police say.” If a robot is getting hassled in the heart of Silicon Valley, what happens when machines venture outside ...

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U.S. workers face higher risk of being replaced by robots. Here's why

Fujifilm’s secret to survival Millions of workers around the world are at risk of losing their jobs to robots — but Americans should be particularly worried. Thirty-eight percent of jobs in the U.S. are at high risk of being replaced by robots and artificial intelligence over the next 15 years, according to a new report by PwC. Meanwhile, only 30% of jobs in the U.K. are similarly endangered. The same level of risk applies to only 21% of positions in Japan. The U.S. and U.K. labor markets are both dominated ...

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We can’t see inside Fukushima Daiichi because all our robots keep dying

Tepco, the utility company tasked with overseeing cleanup and waste processing for the former Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, hit another snag this week. Last month, we reported on new findings about Reactor #2 that showed it was far more radioactive inside than previously measured. At the time, we noted that Tepco was working on a new robot that could handle up to 73 sieverts of radiation, but the measured level of 530 sieverts vastly exceeded that tolerance. Now, Tepco has admitted that repeated robot failure is hampering its plan to ...

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LG shows off chore-performing robots and a TV as thin as wallpaper

Faraday Future unveils first production car Humans might welcome a robot revolution, if they’re designed to do our chores. LG (LPL) unveiled on Wednesday at CES 2017 a collection of new robots, including one that makes yard work less of a hassle. The company’s new lawn mower device — LG didn’t share the official product name — is its first non-cleaning robot. It looks a bit like its existing automated vacuum cleaners but trims grass rather than sucking up dust bunnies. The robot is equipped with location sensors to recognize ...

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Robots are developing emotions, thanks to engineers at Honda

Ask a native of Japan to describe the contents of a fishbowl and you’ll likely get a different answer from that of an American. For many years, psychologists have known that the language we speak and the culture we are raised in affect the way we see the world — what we notice, and perhaps just as saliently, what we fail to notice. So it’s not surprising Japanese computer scientists have taken a different tack with AI research than their Western counterparts. In particular, they have focused on the emotional or character ...

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Google’s DeepMind AI gives robots the ability to dream

Following in the wake of recent neuroscientific discoveries revealing the importance of dreams for memory consolidation, Google’s AI company DeepMind is pioneering a new technology which allows robots to dream in order to improve their rate of learning.  Not surprisingly given the company behind the project, the substance of these AI dreams consists primarily of scenes from Atari Video games. DeepMind’s earliest success involved teaching AI to play ancient videos games like Breakout and Asteroids.  But the end game here is for robots to dream about much the same things ...

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