In our research, we found 3 broad approaches that scholars use to define robots. These are (1) as artificial humans, (2) programmable machines, and (3) machines that can sense, think, and act on the world. None of these approaches offers a definition that works for all of the ways we already use the word. But they’re a start.

Welcome to the Robotic Future, in which we explore the many fascinating machines that are transforming society. And we can’t do that without first defining what a robot even is.

When you hear the word “robot,” the first thing that probably comes to mind is a silvery humanoid, à la The Day the Earth Stood Still or C-3PO (more golden, I guess, but still metallic). But there’s also the Roomba, and autonomous drones, and technically also self-driving cars...

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Google’s latest free gift? Millions of captioned images to help train Artificial Intelligence systems

Google has published two huge datasets that it hopes will accelerate advances in computer vision and video understanding.

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Google’s Open Images dataset consists of nine million links to web images and descriptions of the objects they contain. Image: Google

Google’s latest gift to the public is a dataset of about nine million links to labeled images to help train computer-vision systems.

The dataset, called Open Images, provides links to images on the web that have been annotated with descriptions of objects within the image. It consists of ‘machine-populated’ annotations, as well as annotations validated by humans to weed out false positives.

According to Google Research’s team, the dataset is large enough to enable researchers to use it to train a deep neural network “from scratch”.

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Artificial Intelligent robotic controlled cleaning system for food manufacturers

The University of Nottingham is developing an artificially-intelligent sensor system to clean food manufacturing equipment more precisely. This revolutionary AI-driven monitoring system could lead to greater production capacity and therefore cheaper food prices for consumers.


Food and drink production is the largest manufacturing sector in Britain and the highest industrial user of water at approximately 430 million litres a day.

As current technologies cannot accurately determine exactly how dirty food and drink processing equipment is inside, cleaning can last up to five hours a day – to minimise food safety risks.

Cleaning accounts for 30 per cent of energy and water use and leads to excessive productivity down time and over-use of chemicals, at huge cost to manufa...

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Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Technical Jobs & the future of jobs

Why it’s time to prepare for a world where machines can do your job

Radical changes in employment patterns are on the way as artificial intelligence takes on many routine, repetitive tasks currently performed by people

There are some things that machines are simply better at doing than humans, but humans still have plenty going for them. Here’s a look at how the two are going to work in concert to deliver a more powerful future for IT, and the human race.

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For decades movies have warned of intelligent machines taking our lives while ignoring a more plausible near-future threat: that they will take our jobs.

A growing number of economists and artificial intelligence researchers are recommending that societies prepare for a world where large numbers of jobs are automated.

If they’re right, t...

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Rise of the robots sparks an investment bonanza

Global influx of auto machines set to open one of the brightest new tech markets

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The future is almost here: from machines that can work alongside us to those built with human characteristics that can act as personal assistants or even companions, robots are starting to walk out of the lab and into our lives

An army of robots is on the move.

In warehouses, hospitals and retail stores, and on city streets, industrial parks and the footpaths of college campuses, the first representatives of this new invading force are starting to become apparent.

“The robots are among us,” says Steve Jurvetson, a Silicon Valley investor and a director at Elon Musk’s Tesla and SpaceX companies, which have relied heavily on robotics...

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Hedging your bets against sex robots? AI ‘could result in half of world being unemployed’

Scientist Moshe Vardi informs colleagues that change could come within a matter of just 30 years, with few professions immune to effect of advanced artificial intelligence


Artificial intelligence could put more than half the planet’s population out of a job, a computer scientist says. Photograph: Science Picture Co./Corbis

Machines could put more than half the world’s population out of a job in the next 30 years, according to a computer scientist who said on Saturday that artificial intelligence’s threat to the economy should not be understated.

Expert Moshe Vardi told the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): “We a...

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Killer robots. Invisible drones: not science fiction any more. Welcome to war.

Giving your soldiers superior technology has always been a significant factor in winning wars, but now it’s the technology itself threatening to do the killing.

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Time is running out for the UN to enforce a ban on invisible weapons and killer robots.

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Autonomous killer robots that can hunt down humans and make their own decisions about who to exterminate are not science fiction or a problem for the future. They are a threat now.

Any doubt about that can be removed by reading US Department of Defence budgets covering the past 12 years and by talking to scientists at the forefront of military-funded research. Having done so, the following scenario becomes frighteningly real.

I can assure you a lot more innocent civilians will be killed by drones if we take humans out of...

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Toyota Invests $1 Billion In Artificial Intelligence In US

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President Akio Toyoda of Toyota delivers a speech during a press conference on artificial intelligence in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Toyota is investing $1 billion in a research company it’s setting up in Silicon Valley to develop artificial intelligence and robotics, underlining the Japanese automaker’s determination to lead in futuristic cars that drive themselves and apply the technology to other areas of daily life. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Toyota is investing $1 billion in a research company it’s setting up in Silicon Valley to develop artificial intelligence and robotics, underlining the Japanese automaker’s determination to lead in futuristic cars that drive themselves and apply the technology to other areas of daily life.

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