articles tagged: robotics
the automation paradox in developing nations
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the automation paradox in developing nations

While rapidly accelerating automation should make it easier to modernize nations still mired in poverty, in the real world, it’s upending the economic models on which development experts rely...

why sex robots won’t satisfy incels
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why sex robots won’t satisfy incels

What do sex workers, psychologists, and engineers think about futurists' and pundits' ideas of sci-fi style robot brothels to help angry celibate men?

that’s not what we meant by iron chef…
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that’s not what we meant by iron chef…

The next job in line to get automated seems to be line cooks, raising even more alarms about the future of work and the economy.

how to keep exploring space semi-vicariously
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how to keep exploring space semi-vicariously

To protect ourselves from alien extremes, a NASA plan calls for telepresence from orbit.

and now, here’s electrogonorrhea, the noisy killer
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and now, here’s electrogonorrhea, the noisy killer

Would human-robot relationships really take off when machines are smart enough?

how intelligent can we make our space probes?
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how intelligent can we make our space probes?

We can make our space rovers and probes much smarter than they are today. But we have to get innovative to protect them from alien environments.

can we explore space with unmanned drones?
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can we explore space with unmanned drones?

If we want to really explore alien worlds, our drones and probes should lead the way.

artificial intelligence gets a reality check
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artificial intelligence gets a reality check

Finally, there's a skeptical expert voice addressing the panic about our potential AI overlords.