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Japanese Team Dominates Competition to Create Rescue Robots

Japanese Team Dominates Competition to Create Rescue Robots | Where's my Rosie? | Scoop.it
A team of Japanese roboticists was among eight selected to move on to compete for a chance at the $2 million prize in an international competition to pave the way for a new generation of rescue robots.
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Looking forward to the next DARPA challenge.   The follow-on to the first robot car challenge resulted in a quantum leap in capability.  A lot of that was accounted for by human ingenuity.  

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Beware. Scientists are Creating Machines That Can Evolve on Their Own

Beware. Scientists are Creating Machines That Can Evolve on Their Own | Where's my Rosie? | Scoop.it
Or to put it a nicer way, researchers have found a way for robots to grow on their own
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These are the jobs that robots will never steal from us

These are the jobs that robots will never steal from us | Where's my Rosie? | Scoop.it
Robots already took jobs from a whole generation of manual laborers. Now software agents, sophisticated surgery robots, and autonomous devices are encroaching on professional workers too.
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A weak update moving the goalposts, making mostly appeals to ignorance ("I can't see how...) 

A few cases in point:  

Human Advisors:  A whole range of these people are called "middle managers", and they are getting axed in huge numbers, especially in tech companies.  The primary reason is their purpose has been to synthesize and summarize reems of information for consumption by the next level up, and software has made this redudnant.    As employee measurement gets more granular and job requirements more tailored to measurement and analysis systems, the need human evaluation (which brought us such winners as glass ceilings and the old-boy's network) will recede.  Don't get me wrong,  a lot of technology still needs to be invented, but company war chests are being spent on this side of the equation (capital rather than labor) and there's plenty of low-hanging fruit left.

Decision makers:   Robots might always have humans in the loop, so I partially agree with this, but only in the short run.  First, recognize what's being said here -- the human in the loop may only need to make a big decision for a given robot a few times a day.  This would allow a number of human jobs to be deprecated in favor of robots.  One step forward, 22 steps back.   This isn't the case for the kind of robots we've seen to date:  drones require lots of humans to operate, but that's not quite the right model in cost conscious businesses.  

As humans make decisions, they'll be logged and outcomes analyzed, and these will be fed back into decision support software.   Humans are actually pretty bad at many decisions thanks to our 100+ cognitive biases, but software isn't.  In the long run, all but a few of the  decisions will be turned over to machines.  This isn't a bad thing.  Think about how much time you give to tiny little decisions every day that you'd love to hand over someone you trusted to do the right thing.   Anyone who's had the means has done this, which is why we've had secretaries to personal assistants.     

Quality assurance:  software QA, even for usability makes tremendous use of automation.   Why?  Because the top products, especially software, need to be tested end to end with every new change that's made to insure that it is compatible with every other feature already in the product.  This is only possible by automating testing.   To accomodate this, we haven't built smart robots that know what it means to be a human testing software.  Instead,  the process of product development itself is being changed to make it harder and harder to make unusable (read as "untestable" or "hard to test") products.  The fields's still a mess, but the best companies are doing a great job here, taking data from their extensively instrumented software in the field and using it to build better usability models which further constrains their development process and tools.     

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Calligraphy robot mimics the brush strokes of a master artist

Calligraphy robot mimics the brush strokes of a master artist | Where's my Rosie? | Scoop.it
Creating beautiful Japanese calligraphy is an art that requires years of practice to master, but what if a robot could mimic the exact hand movements of the artist, churning out masterpieces like a photocopy machine?
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iRobot Corporation News - The New York Times

iRobot Corporation News - The New York Times | Where's my Rosie? | Scoop.it
iRobot Corporation financial and business news, updates, and information from The New York Times and other leading providers.
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How Foxconn’s Million-Machine ‘Robot Kingdom’ Will Change the Face of Manufacturing | TIME.com

How Foxconn’s Million-Machine ‘Robot Kingdom’ Will Change the Face of Manufacturing | TIME.com | Where's my Rosie? | Scoop.it
Foxconn, pressured by the stresses of rising labor costs and negative media attention over employee suicides, could be reshaping the landscape of manufacturing forever.
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Elderly Say Bring On The Robots -- Just Not As Friends

Elderly Say Bring On The Robots -- Just Not As Friends | Where's my Rosie? | Scoop.it
Older adults are keen on having robot personal assistants help them with laundry and housekeeping, but they draw the line at having a robot help them host a party.
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Origami Robots Run Only on Air | Wired Science | Wired.com

Origami Robots Run Only on Air | Wired Science | Wired.com | Where's my Rosie? | Scoop.it
Powered by nothing more than puffs of air, robots molded from paper and silicone rubber can bend, twist, grip and even lift more than 100 times their weight.
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The robot working-class invasion

The robot working-class invasion | Where's my Rosie? | Scoop.it
A new breed of small but complex ‘learning’ robots are set to revolutionize manufacturing and labour
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Ibis hotels to have robots paint art while they track your sleep: no, that's not creepy at all (video)

Ibis hotels to have robots paint art while they track your sleep: no, that's not creepy at all (video) | Where's my Rosie? | Scoop.it
First they invaded our factories, and now it's our hotel rooms. Is nowhere safe from the robots? In truth, Ibis' upcoming Sleep Art project is very
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Telepresence Robot Gets Boost from Grishin Robotics - Forbes

Telepresence Robot Gets Boost from Grishin Robotics - Forbes | Where's my Rosie? | Scoop.it
VideoGrishin Robotics, the first exclusive robotics venture capital firm, recently made it's first small investment into California-based Double Robotics who created a simple mobile robotic telepresence platform controlled by your iPad.
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Layoffs at Rethink, Boston maker of manufacturing robots

Layoffs at Rethink, Boston maker of manufacturing robots | Where's my Rosie? | Scoop.it
One of Boston's highest-profile robotics startups laid off employees for the first time earlier this week.
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Meet the Marines' Humdrum Toy: A Headless Miniature Pony Robot

Meet the Marines' Humdrum Toy: A Headless Miniature Pony Robot | Where's my Rosie? | Scoop.it
More than a decade of research has gone into creating the Legged Squad Support System, which is equal parts endearing and terrifying.
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Reporters only descend from histrionics long enough to get histrionic about others not getting histrionic.  

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Samsung's new Roboray humanoid robot walks the walk

Samsung's new Roboray humanoid robot walks the walk | Where's my Rosie? | Scoop.it
Samsung revealed a new humanoid robot, Roboray, at IROS 2012, which boasts a more human-like walking style.
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The Logic Behind Bailing Out the Auto Industry: Job Creation With Robotics

The Logic Behind Bailing Out the Auto Industry: Job Creation With Robotics | Where's my Rosie? | Scoop.it
“Today, I’m calling for all of us to come together- private sector, industry, universities, and the government – to spark a renaissance in American manufacturing and help our manufacturers develop the cutting-edge tools they need to compete with anyone...
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Can a Robot Learn to Cook?

Can a Robot Learn to Cook? | Where's my Rosie? | Scoop.it
The art of the perfect chicken soup comes from hands-on experience and social interaction. If robots master that, what separates them from us?
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Brian Despain: When Living and Mechanical Interact

Brian Despain: When Living and Mechanical Interact | Where's my Rosie? | Scoop.it
Brian Despain is a 39 year-old American visual artist. Skilled in 3D modeling, photo-retouching, illustration and graphic design, Brian manages to create in his works an industrialized mystical & unique ...
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Robots Will Soon Assemble Your Ikea Furniture for You

Robots Will Soon Assemble Your Ikea Furniture for You | Where's my Rosie? | Scoop.it
What if you never had to assemble another Malm again? Enter: the robots
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Want to Design and Print a Robot? Autodesk's Newest App Is for You | Wired Design | Wired.com

Want to Design and Print a Robot? Autodesk's Newest App Is for You | Wired Design | Wired.com | Where's my Rosie? | Scoop.it
Today, Autodesk is launching 123D Design. It’s the latest addition to their family of free 3-D modeling applications for the rest of us. 123D Design is a cross-platform 3-D modeling tool — it runs on iOS, Mac, PC, or in a web browser.
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Iran unveils domestically made drone aircraft

Iran unveils domestically made drone aircraft | Where's my Rosie? | Scoop.it
A description of the Iranian-made drone is similar to the US drone which crashed in Iranian territory last year.
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Better, Faster, and Cheaper – These Robots Are Invading Car Manufacturing Plants

Better, Faster, and Cheaper – These Robots Are Invading Car Manufacturing Plants | Where's my Rosie? | Scoop.it
Does anyone doubt that it really is just a matter of time before human assembly line workers are a thing of the past? And automakers are doing their best to gain a competitive edge by roboticizing their manufacturing plants.
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