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This is a media curation page for the PIRatE Lab's AARR Program.  We are developing practical, low cost programs to monitor resources in our coastal zone (the land near the ocean and the ocean near the land) with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs aka "drones") overhead and subtidal Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) .  Enjoy!!  
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Meet the burger-flipping robots that may take over fast food kitchens

Meet the burger-flipping robots that may take over fast food kitchens | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Robotic arms like Flippy from Miso Robotics are getting cheap enough to make financial sense for low-wage work. But there's an argument in the industry.
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Automation could have a disproportionate effect on women's jobs

Automation could have a disproportionate effect on women's jobs | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Automation is expected to make many jobs disappear in the future. And according to a recent study, women are more vulnerable to job loss than men.
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'American Horror Story: Apocalypse' adds robots. Help?!

'American Horror Story: Apocalypse' adds robots. Help?! | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
New episodes of American Horror Story on FX Wednesdays at 10pm ET.
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Robots roam Pechanga Resort Casino to enhance security

One stationary robot and one roving unit are being used to enhance security at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula.
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Ultrasound-powered nanorobots clear bacteria and toxins from blood

Ultrasound-powered nanorobots clear bacteria and toxins from blood | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed tiny ultrasound-powered nanorobots that can swim through blood, removing harmful bacteria and the toxins they produce.


Via Fernando de la Cruz Naranjo Grisales, THE OFFICIAL ANDREASCY, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Tesla in Autopilot mode crashes into parked Laguna Beach police cruiser

A Tesla sedan in "autopilot" mode struck a parked Laguna Beach Police Department vehicle on Tuesday morning, authorities said. 
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Boston Dynamics robot dogs that open doors are going on sale soon - The

Boston Dynamics robot dogs that open doors are going on sale soon - The | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
A dog-like robot could become more common in construction and security settings, its makers say.
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Autonomous Shipping Test Site Opens in Norway

Autonomous Shipping Test Site Opens in Norway | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Norway’s newest autonomous shipping test site is now officially open and ready to support the development of high-tech autonomous maritime solutions.
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World First: Unmanned Autonomous Boat for Offshore Ops

World First: Unmanned Autonomous Boat for Offshore Ops | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
While talk of autonomous operations in the maritime sector have swirled for years, the talk becomes reality as Automated Ships Ltd.
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We went to China's Silicon Valley to see the front lines of the robot wars

We went to China's Silicon Valley to see the front lines of the robot wars | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The lights dimmed inside the Shenzhen Bay Sports Stadium as the countdown to the match began. "Wu, si, san, er, yi!" A chime sounded and two teams of robots sprang into action across a
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How to Beat the Robots

How to Beat the Robots | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Technology leads to growth, but the benefits won’t be automatic, so here are some policies that economists and policy experts think could help workers.
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Some good ideas here.  Not that we should willy-nilly let robots into every sector of our lives, but fighting this innovation at all turns seems to be a fool's errand.  Lets get beyond this debate by re-envisioning what we want to do/where we want to go.
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The moral dilemmas of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The moral dilemmas of the Fourth Industrial Revolution | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it

Should your driverless car value your life over a pedestrian's? Should your Fitbit activity be used against you in a court case? Should we allow drones to become the new paparazzi? Can one patent a human gene?

Scientists are already struggling with such dilemmas. As we enter the new machine age, we need a new set of codified morals to become the global norm. We should put as much emphasis on ethics as we put on fashionable terms like disruption.

This is starting to happen. Last year, America's Carnegie Mellon University announced a new centre studying the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence; under President Obama, the White House published a paper on the same topic; and tech giants including Facebook and Google have announced a partnership to draw up an ethical framework for AI. Both the risks and the opportunities are vast: Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and other experts signed an open letter calling for efforts to ensure AI is beneficial to society:

"The potential benefits are huge, since everything that civilization has to offer is a product of human intelligence; we cannot predict what we might achieve when this intelligence is magnified by the tools AI may provide, but the eradication of disease and poverty are not unfathomable. Because of the great potential of AI, it is important to research how to reap its benefits while avoiding potential pitfalls.


Via Trudy Raymakers, Ivon Prefontaine, PhD, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Stephania Savva, Ph.D
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Trump tells China: Go ahead, keep that U.S. military drone you seized

Trump tells China: Go ahead, keep that U.S. military drone you seized | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
President-elect Donald Trump, however, says the Chinese government should be told “we don't want the drone they stole back” and “let them keep it!”
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This is crazy talk.  The U.S. should let a belligerent take its robots?!?
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The case against Huawei, explained

The case against Huawei, explained | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
ARM has announced it will cutting ties with Huawei, on the heels of similar breaks from Google and Microsoft, a huge problem for China’s biggest phone manufacturer
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This is a nice overview of the tech-related trade hostilities that are manifesting the the tech world.  More expensive/less available drones and robotic technologies are but one aspect of this, but understanding the risks here are important to long-term planning.
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Robots in the field: Farms embrace technology

Robots in the field: Farms embrace technology | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
EAST MEON, England (AP) — Faced with seesawing commodity prices and the pressure to be more efficient and environmentally friendly, farmer Jamie Butler i
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How Robot Hands Are Evolving to Do What Ours Can - The New York Times

How Robot Hands Are Evolving to Do What Ours Can - The New York Times | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
A robotic hand? Four autonomous fingers and a thumb that can do anything your own flesh and blood can do? That is still the stuff of fantasy.

But inside the world’s top artificial intelligence labs, researchers are getting closer to creating robotic hands that can mimic the real thing.

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Amazon began automating warehouses a while ago. Now its machines get desk jobs too

The Amazon workers who command six-figure salaries to negotiate multimillion-dollar deals with major brands are being replaced by software that predicts what shoppers want and how much to charge for it.
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Automation in sales.
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Why Are We So Scared of Robots? 15 Experts Weigh in on What the Real Dangers Are

Why Are We So Scared of Robots? 15 Experts Weigh in on What the Real Dangers Are | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it

"Whether you're excited about it or not, robots and artificial intelligence are an inevitable part of a future that we're fast approaching. Thanks to books and films littered with rogue A.I.s and malevolent robots, some people are understandably a bit frightened by the prospect of a world overrun by such technologies.

They're not alone, as many experts across fields as diverse as technology and economics are also expressing their fears over the rise of the robots. While these fears are certainly valid, it's important to note that these concerns are being voiced in the hopes that technology can be improved, not prohibited.

Here are just some of the pressing concerns regarding robots and A.I.s that experts want to see addressed before the new era of technology commences."


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Humans slapped and shouted at robot cars in two of six DMV crash reports this year

Humans slapped and shouted at robot cars in two of six DMV crash reports this year | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The human response to possible takeover by robot overlords is off to a troubling start.
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Here's When Machines Will Take Your Job, as Predicted by AI Gurus

Here's When Machines Will Take Your Job, as Predicted by AI Gurus | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
An MIT study predicts when artificial intelligence will take over for humans in different occupations.
PIRatE Labs insight:
An interesting piece to provoke discussion.  But almost all of these predictions to date (and those preceding this group) have been wrong.  In particular we underestimate how fast automation and AI replaces "high end" activities such as management and skilled labor.
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Inside the car-eat-car world of self-driving technology

A contentious legal battle between Waymo and Uber shows the brutal competition between companies racing to get autonomous vehicles on the road.
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We have been running down our own LIDAR road (for drones) and it really is the wild west of technology these days.
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Another robot just broke down investigating Fukushima’s record high radiation levels

This is the second one to break down in two weeks
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Another disaster robot killed by radiation.  That environment is fierce!
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From mechanical swans to industrial automata: Robots at the London Science Museum

From mechanical swans to industrial automata: Robots at the London Science Museum | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The new Robots exhibition at London's Science Museum begins with an arresting sight: a baby, pinned to a wall, gently grasping at the air around it. As you walk past this automata, though, yo
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