by Charly Triballeau, MSN News
A 400-year-old temple in Japan is attempting to hot-wire interest in Buddhism with a robotic priest it believes will change the face of the religion — despite critics comparing the android to “Frankenstein’s monster.”
The android Kannon, based on the Buddhist deity of mercy, preaches sermons at Kodaiji temple in Kyoto, and its human colleagues predict that with artificial intelligence it could one day acquire unlimited wisdom.
Continue reading Playing god: Japan temple puts faith in robot priest
by Andrew J. Sherman, CNBC @work
By the year 2025, robots and machines driven by artificial intelligence are predicted to perform half of all productive functions in the workplace. What is not clear is whether the robots will have any worker rights.
Continue reading Now is the time to figure out the ethical rights of robots in the workplace
by Tristan Greene, TNW
When it comes to getting a quality education, a robot could do far worse than a program at Yale. Machine learning researchers at the Ivy-League university recently started teaching robots about the nuances of social interaction. And there’s no better place to start than with possessions.
Continue reading Yale teaches robots not to mess with people’s stuff
by Rachel England, engadget
This will all be fine.
Despite our best intentions, keeping a houseplant alive can be a struggle for a lot of us. But that vague wave of sadness you feel when you end up unceremoniously dumping your potted pal in the bin is about to reach a new and slightly disturbing level, as researchers from MIT have found a way to use robotics to tap into plants’ human-like characteristics.
Continue reading MIT researchers create a robot houseplant that moves on its own
by Nick Stockton, WIRED
Robots are coming to take your jog. Or, at least, your walk. Each spring in your step costs your body calories. Robotic assistants could help ease fatigue for people who earn their living on their feet—or who have been hobbled by disease. Continue reading Soft Robot Exosuits Will Give You Springier Steps
by Jon Fingas, Engadget
You won’t always have to deal with humans when ordering food
Starship’s autonomous delivery robots have found work outside of the US, but they’re now ready to come Stateside. DoorDash and Postmates have forged partnerships that will have them respectively test Starship robots in Redwood City, California and Washington, DC. Continue reading DoorDash and Postmates test deliveries with robots
by Lisa-Ann Lee, New Atlas
For those with severe motor disabilities, mind-controlled prostheses have long offered a sliver of hope that they might one day be able to regain some semblance of autonomy. While we’ve seen numerous examples of such prostheses over the years, most involve brain surgery and are still not ready for commercialization. As scientists continue to tinker with neuro circuits, Melbourne-based startup Aubot has skipped past all these complications to launch the Teleport, the world’s first commercially available telepresence robot that can be controlled by thought. Continue reading Brain-controlled robot lets physically challenged see the world
by Ben Schiller, Fast Coexist
More and more people jobs that require workers to follow simple rules and procedures are disappearing—and the people who had them are not going back to work
If you’re looking for long-term job security, then you may want to stick to occupations that prize critical thinking and creativity. Jobs that call on workers to follow strict rules and procedures have been disappearing, putting thousands out of work, sometimes permanently, new research shows. Continue reading Fewer And Fewer Jobs That Robots Can Do Are Being Given To Humans
by robot man, Robotic Gizmos
Robotic surgeons are nothing new. In the future, they will be used to perform eye surgery and other complex operations. Axsis is a dexterous robotic surgeon that can perform cataract surgery. It measures 1.8mm in diameter and has 2 robotic arms to allow surgeons to perform telesurgery. Sensing algorithms minimize human error. Continue reading Axsis Robot Performing Cataract Surgery
by Alexandra Klausner, New York Post
Travelers in the US and Canada may soon be forced to undergo a lie detector test as a standard part of airport security.
The Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real Time (AVATAR) is currently being tested by the Canadian Border Services Agency and the US Department of Homeland Security. Continue reading This lie-detecting robot is the customs officer of the future