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The Robot Doctor Will See You Now : DNews

The Robot Doctor Will See You Now : DNews | Robotics | Scoop.it
The first autonomous navigation remote presence robot has received FDA clearance. ->
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Robot doctor? I guess just getting this approved by the FDA was an accomplishment, with this particular robot being the first of its kind to get approval to work within a hospital setting. however this type of robot will not be performing surgery, but more like bed-side consultations and the like. Though I'm not fully sure I understand why this robot is necessary when there are nurses to do this, not that their jobs will be in jeopardy as this creation does not have the capabilities to  inject medication, however is there really a strong enough need for it? apparently so if they are being implemented in hospitals though I don't see why. 

"The robot allows doctors to consult with patients and hospital staff remotely" which is all fine and good but why is it necessary, I could have understood if this machine allowed the doctor to check in even while he was busy, but the fact is that the doctor would still need to do it remotely, therein not being able to do it if he was busy. So therefore why not just go and actually visit the patient? I understand it's a big step for technology and maybe it does other things that I am not aware of that make it a good addition to a hospital.

But I can imagine a very busy day at the hospital and yes, apparently is has "innovative navigation and mobility technologies" but even then, would it become a burden and get in the way, and are there really enough attributes in this machine that make it worth while.

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In Radical Shift, Robots Work Right Next to Auto Workers | MIT Technology Review

In Radical Shift, Robots Work Right Next to Auto Workers | MIT Technology Review | Robotics | Scoop.it
It used to be too dangerous to have a person work alongside a robot. But at a South Carolina BMW plant, next-generation robots are changing that.
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Smart robots making jobs easier isn't necessarily a bad thing now, as can be seen at the BMW factory where 'man-machine' collaboration is present. They claim that it makes employees more productive so they don't have to do the, not necessarily harder jobs, but jobs better suited to machines where items may be too heavy for a human to lift. However, I think it may become an issue when the 'man' part in 'man-machine' collaboration is no longer necessary.

But they are adamant when they say these machines will not overtake or replace workers, but actually increase their carrers due to the rise of retirement age and the older workers. Which isn't a bad thing either, in fact if smart robots benefit peoples careers then they should be used more often.

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Inflatable Huggable Robots Could Replace Complex Mechanical Automatons

All of those images of a dystopian future where mankind is enslaved by giant robots don't seem so terrifying if these inflatable air-powered alternatives are realized.
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Not so useful now,  but the concept may be utilized in the future or expanded upon such as  an "inflatable cuff that could automatically guide rehab patients through various routines".

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Are Robots About to Take Our Jobs? - National Journal

Are Robots About to Take Our Jobs? - National Journal | Robotics | Scoop.it
Are Robots About to Take Our Jobs? National Journal Economists warn that the amazing technological strides made in recent years—everything from smartphones, to automatons that can work safely on shop floors alongside humans, to driverless...
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New advances in technology, robotics and automatons have resulted in the rise of income throughout the globe however according to Catherine Hollander the advancement of these technologies may be the cause of job loss in the future for the sake of productivity. However according to Paul Beaudry "It would take a game-changing technological advance, such as mass-marketed driverless cars." if this were the case jobs such as taxi drivers would then be replaced along with bus drivers and many other transport-related jobs, jobs that require low skills to perform and have a high possibility of computerization.

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Google Owns a Bunch of Robotics Companies Now. Here’s What They Do.

Google Owns a Bunch of Robotics Companies Now. Here’s What They Do. | Robotics | Scoop.it
(Mark Blinch / Reuters) In December, Google announced that it was going on an acquisition spree — and that it wasn’t buying just any old start-ups. It’s a moonshot for the company, a term used to refer to the kind of long-term, crazy projects for which Google has become famous: driverless cars, the wearable Google Glass computer, weather balloons to bring wireless access to rural communities. In a show of commitment, Google placed one of its top executives — Andy Rubin, who built the successful Android operating system — at the helm. As part of its December announcement, Google disclosed that it had acquired seven robotics companies in the preceding six months;
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Google seems to be getting serious about robotics, buying multiple robotics companies such as Boston dynamics, which is slightly unnerving due to its many military robots such as the 'Big Dog'. however as seen in the past once Google becomes interested in something we can only guess what the outcome will be, similar to when they launched Google glasses (wearable technology). 

So we should keep an eye on them and look forward to what they come out with next.

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Quincy's Bluefin Robotics to help with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 search - Boston Business Journal (blog)

Quincy's Bluefin Robotics to help with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 search - Boston Business Journal (blog) | Robotics | Scoop.it
Quincy's Bluefin Robotics to help with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 search
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As the search for missing airliner Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 continues, equipment from Quincy-based Bluefin Robotics will be helping.
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We lost a plan recently, well somehow the world lost a plane and bluefin robotics autonomous underwater vehicle will be helping to locate it as it is expected to have landed, or crashed off the coast of Western Australia.  These vehicles are used for sea exploration by the navy via sonar.

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Robotics expert to discuss prostate cancer treatment at March 28 ...

Robotics expert to discuss prostate cancer treatment at March 28 ... | Robotics | Scoop.it
“That's because robotic technology offers surgeons better vision, more range of motion and greater precision, factors that are particularly important in delicate cancer surgeries,” said Dr. Rabii Madi, Director of the Center for ...
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Robotics is becoming prevalent in most fields, even medical and therein providing assistance in surgery. Its impressive that over 400 of these surgeries have been  performed.

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An Immersive Virtual Robotics Environment based on ROS - ROS ...

An Immersive Virtual Robotics Environment based on ROS - ROS ... | Robotics | Scoop.it
At the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics at Johns Hopkins University, we have utilized the extensive visualization tools available in ROS to create an immersive virtual reality environment for interacting with ...
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It is evident that robotics is an ever advancing field of study. In this video we can see that through a virtual reality environment utilizing  the Oculus rift (originally a virtual reality headset that was used for gaming), it is now possible to interact with robots through a virtual reality sandbox environment which lets people test their robots before using them in real life. 

This could be a large step forward, not only with construction but also in the medical field for surgical machines.

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