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Grocery Stores Improve Safety by Employing Robots to Detect Spills

A wheeled robot named Marty is rolling into nearly 500 grocery stores to alert employees if it encounters spilled granola, squashed tomatoes or a broken jar of mayonnaise. But there could be a human watching from behind its cartoonish googly …

World Bank: Robots Aren’t Killing Off All Our Jobs Yet

The rise of automation has so far had a negligible impact on jobs at a global scale, the World Bank chief economist said, despite common gloomy predictions that humans are set to be replaced by machines. While advanced economies have …

Whether a Robot Takes Over Your Job Depends on Where you Live

Will robots take your job? The answer depends on where you live. The threat varies “strikingly” between countries and regions, with as many as 40 percent of jobs at “high risk” in Western Slovakia and just 4 percent in the …

Rise of the Robots Comes With Benefits and New Loss, Liability Scenarios

In the new report The Rise of Artificial Intelligence: Future Outlook and Emerging Risks, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) identifies both the benefits and emerging risk concerns around the growing implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in society and industry, …

Society Considers How Robots May Reduce Need for Human Workers

Security guard Eric Leon watches the Knightscope K5 security robot as it glides through the mall, charming shoppers with its blinking blue and white lights. The brawny automaton records video and sounds alerts. According to its maker, it deters mischief …

Researchers Say Popular Robots Dangerously Easy to Hack

Some of the most popular industrial and consumer robots are dangerously easy to hack and could be turned into bugging devices or weapons, IOActive Inc. said. The Seattle-based cybersecurity firm found major security flaws in industrial models sold by Universal …

‘Smart Stores’ Will Have Robots, Interactive Shelves and Mirrors

Tomorrow’s retail stores want to take a page from their online rivals by embracing advanced technology – everything from helpful robots to interactive mirrors to shelves embedded with sensors. The goal: Use these real-world store features to lure shoppers back …

Toyota’s US Robotics Boss Promises AI Technology Within 5 Years

The U.S. robotics expert tapped to head Toyota’s Silicon Valley research company says the $1 billion investment by the giant Japanese automaker will start showing results within five years. Gill Pratt told reporters that the Toyota Research Institute is also …

Forget Apps, Messaging Bots Are What’s Hot Right Now

The robots are coming – to help run your life or sell you stuff – at an online texting service near you. In coming months, users of Facebook’s Messenger app, Microsoft’s Skype and Canada’s Kik can expect to find new …

Trust in Robots During Emergencies May Not Be Wise

In emergencies, people may trust robots too much for their own safety, a new study suggests. In a mock building fire, test subjects followed instructions from an “Emergency Guide Robot” even after the machine had proven itself unreliable – and …