Robotics

Will Robots and Automation Doom Some IT Jobs?

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For decades, at least some economists made the assumption that, for every job lost to a robot or automated process, the evolving economy would add at least a few more. If a robot took your job building widgets, the idea went, you could still get a job (with sufficient retraining) fixing the widget-building robot. But according to The New York Times, there’s an emerging view that automation is weighing down on employment. “This is the biggest challenge of our society… continue…

Future Tech: A Drone Built From Fungus

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When you think “drone,” the first image that pops to mind is probably a metal-and-polymer aircraft, like the ones Amazon plans on using to deliver packages to people. But what if manufacturers could build drones out of something other than metal? What if you could construct an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) out of biological material, specifically a lightweight-but-strong one known as mycelium? The vegetative part of a fungus, mycelium is already under consideration as a building material; the MoMA PS1… continue…

Amazon Hiring Drone Pilots

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If you’re an aerospace engineer with experience in drones, Amazon might have a job for you. According to a handful of recent job postings, the company’s Amazon Prime Air Team wants “flight operations and certification personnel for flight testing our UAS technologies,” including flight operations engineers and senior technical program managers. Click here to find drone-related jobs. For flight operations engineers, desired qualifications include more than five years of lead flight experience, a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering or a… continue…

Watch This Robot Kick Like the ‘Karate Kid’

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Robots: They roll, crawl, walk, and even gallop. But now a Google-built machine has taken the evolution of mechanical movement to the next glorious stage. In the above video, the humanoid Atlas robot (created by Google subsidiary Boston Dynamics) not only balances one-legged on a short pillar of cinder blocks, it also imitates Ralph Macchio’s iconic “crane” pose from the 1984 hit The Karate Kid. Humanity, rejoice! Our robots can now perform selected bits from 80’s movies, for our amusement,… continue…

Meet the Robot Tasked With Tasting Thai Food

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Thailand’s government cares about the quality of the country’s restaurants. It cares so much, in fact, that it’s building a robot capable of sampling Thai cuisine and judging it against a government-mandated standard. In an episode of bureaucratic nomenclature that seems right out of a George Orwell novel—if Orwell had become a celebrity chef instead of a writer of political parables—the Thai government has named the group tasked with designing the robot the “Thai Delicious Committee.” According to The New… continue…

You’ve Seen Drones Fly. Now Watch Them Dance.

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Drones serve a lot of uses these days. The U.S. military relies on flying ones for battlefield activities; hobbyists around the world also send machines skyward, sometimes to take a look at things like Apple’s $5 billion “spaceship” headquarters under construction in northern California. Rolling drones clean our houses and chase our pets around (the latter for fun, of course). Click here for drone-related jobs. But we’re betting you’ve never seen drones dance. Fortunately, Cirque du Soleil, ETH Zurich, and… continue…

Study: Some Workers Prefer Robot Overlords

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We’ve seen a lot of stories lately about how many jobs traditionally done by humans could soon become the domain of robots. Now comes a study from MIT that says while we don’t like the idea of being replaced by robots, we may not have a lot of trouble working for one. Researchers at the school’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab—CSAIL for short—found that human workers preferred it when robots were given control over manufacturing tasks. Click here to… continue…

How Robots Will Take Your Job

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Robots are coming for (some) of your jobs, according to a recent survey of tech experts by Elon University and the Pew Internet Project. The survey, which went out to 1,896 respondents, centered on one question: “Self-driving cars, intelligent digital agents that can act for you, and robots are advancing rapidly. Will networked, automated, artificial intelligence (AI) applications and robotic devices have displaced more jobs than they have created by 2025? Describe your expectation about the degree to which robots,… continue…

10 Top College Robotics Programs

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Love it or fear it, the trend toward building more sophisticated robots isn’t going to abate any time soon. Indeed, given their potential to impact everything from transportation to medicine, the need for engineers skilled in robotics is bound to increase. A tidbit: Mechanical engineering ranked fifth on the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ list of most in-demand bachelor’s degrees. So where do you learn to build robots? Business Insider put together a list of 10 universities where you… continue…

How Would You Respond If Watson Did Your Performance Review?

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An Oxford University study titled The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation? concludes than nearly half of American jobs are at risk of being computerized within two decades. Positions that were once thought immune to the trend could be taken over by computers and robots.­ The first of these professions are in logistics, transportation and administrative support. Jobs like engineering, creativity and social intelligence could potentially be automated in the longer term. Click here to find robotics-related… continue…