US General: ‘Swarms of autonomous Hunter-Killer drones will lead Marines into battle’
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The automation of war, and warfare, is accelerating as countries race to embrace new AI powered autonomous platforms   The US Marines, who recently announced they want their own fully autonomous F-35’s are getting their “Low Cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Swarming Technology” platform, also... Read more
The USAF turned an F-16 fighter jet into the world’s most advanced drone
  WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Militaries around the world are weaponising AI and drones to create semi, or fully, autonomous weapons platforms and the pace of development is accelerating   Earlier this week the US Air Force (USAF) announced that it has managed to turn  an F-16 fighter... Read more
Meet the robot that wants to replace fork lift truck drivers
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Forklift drivers have so far been lucky to escape the clutches of automation, but now that could be about to change   It seems to be all go in the world of warehouses. Robot pickers can now pick goods as fast, and as accurately... Read more
Robots are taking over and automating the world’s mines
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Automation is taking the world’s mining operations by storm, and it will only be a matter of time before the only humans are the ones servicing the machines   Every one of the giant Komatsu 250 ton trucks is the size of a two story... Read more
Locus’s new robots learn to navigate warehouses by themselves
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The process of automating, and replacing more human workers, is paved with small advances like this one   Last week Locus Robotics unveiled a robotic navigation system that lets their LocusBots work more effectively together, and with humans in crowded, bustling warehouses. The LRAN... Read more
Warehouse robot’s upgrade helps it pick goods at human speed
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots are now as fast and accurate as human workers when it comes to identifying and picking goods from warehouse bins and shelves, and that’s a problem if that’s your job   Buried deep within a building in Somerville, Massachusetts, a robot arm spends... Read more
CaliBurger rolls out the world’s first burger flipping robot
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robot manufacturers are increasingly targeting the services sector, and that includes flipping burgers   Flippy, a burger flipping robot has just completed its first day on the job at CaliBurger, a burger chain in California, and in doing so it broke the hearts of tens... Read more
Dubai will start replacing real police officers with robo-cops in May
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As robots, and robo systems, become more capable countries are finding new uses for them, this will be the first time robo-cops are used en masse to assist the public   Dubai is a country, or more specifically an Emirate, that’s not just looking... Read more
DARPA’s TERN drone gives US Marines a new wingman
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most of today’s drones are limited by the distances they can fly and the payloads they can carry, now the US wants an eye in the sky that can help protect, and resupply troops wherever they are   Terns are a family of shorebirds... Read more
F-35 pilots will team with AI to control swarms of drones in mid flight
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Teams of humans, AI’s and drones take center stage in the future of warfare, until that is AI’s replace humans   In the wake of a recent announcement that the US will stand up it’s first fully autonomous drone squadron later this year earlier... Read more
Researchers unveil the first telepathic link between a robot and a human
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One of the biggest problems in manufacturing is having to re-train robots to complete new tasks, but now Robot-Human telepathy could make that problem disappear   Those of you who wish others could read your mind must think it’s Christmas – whether it’s because Zuckerberg... Read more
So long Asimov’s Laws, say hello to the 23 Laws of Robotics
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Whether they’re hardware based, or software based, machines are getting increasingly capable, creative, intelligent and resilient – and that has experts worried, so now they’ve created a new set of laws to try to guide the technology’s development and trajectory   Ever since people... Read more
Robo-lawyers want to automate the entire legal world
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most lawyers and legal professionals agree that their profession hasn’t changed much in hundreds of years, but now artificial intelligence, and the rise of “robo-lawyers” is beginning to change all that   To many people, lawyers, like doctors, optimise the pinnacle of what it... Read more
Accenture automates 17,000 jobs without making anyone redundant
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the age of automation humans are all too often the collateral damage but with vision and careful management that doesn’t always have to be the case   In the past eighteen months one of the world’s largest professional services and technology companies, Accenture,... Read more
Robot sales in 2016 were the best ever
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sales of robots, particularly in China, are booming and analysts expect more of the same in 2017   The rise of automation and its impact on jobs has dominated headlines for a while now, whether it’s because Foxconn are cutting 1.2 million jobs, or... Read more
Norwegian robot learns to self-evolve and 3D print itself in the lab
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF For the first time we are seeing how it’s possible for robots in the future to design and evolve, manufacture and assemble themselves without human input   Experts at the University of Oslo, Norway have discovered a new way for robots to design, evolve and... Read more
Europe will debate robot rights, ethics and AI kill switches in February
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Machines are increasingly becoming autonomous and intelligent and it’s one of the greatest dangers humanity has ever faced, later this year law makers in Europe will finally determine how we govern, monitor, manage and tax them in order to minimise the damage to society... Read more
New EU report recommends Universal Basic Income for all 27 member states
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The rise of robotics and new, intelligent AI automation systems that threaten Blue and White collar jobs is spurring governments around the world into action, so far a Universal Basic Income is the only idea they seem to have to dampen societal unrest and... Read more
Robots to get legal recognition as Europe votes to classify them as ‘Electronic persons’
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The move by the EU to classify robots as “Electronic persons” is a watershed moment. It signifies a significant attitude shift in policy and the way that new robo-systems are viewed, and paves the way for new laws and new regulations   With robots... Read more
Finland rolls out its universal basic income scheme to 2,000 citizens
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As technology replaces and automates more jobs governments are experimenting with universal basic incomes as a means to keep people out of poverty, now Finland has taken the plunge   It’s January 2017, and as promised, Finlands government is now rolling out it’s ambitious Universal... Read more
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