Russian AK-47 Maker Builds Fully-Automated “Killer Robot”

Elon Musk’s Worst Nightmare: Russian AK-47 Maker Builds Fully-Automated “Killer Robot”:

Predator drone style combat machines are just the tip of the iceberg for what is to come down the line of lethal weaponry and some (like Elon Musk) are worried that when robots are calling the shots, things could get a little out of hand.

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America’s First Robot Bar Opens In Vegas: “Perfect Pours Every Time”

America’s First Robot Bar Opens In Vegas: “Perfect Pours Every Time”:

Here’s a headline that should send a chill through the spine of every bartender and server in America: “Bionic bartenders deployed at Las Vegas Strip bar.”

As we reported last week, Cowen analyst Andrew Charles calculated that McDonald’s “Experience of the Future” strategy  could allow it to replace 2,500 cashiers with “Big Mac ATMs” by the end of 2017 – and another 3,000 in 2018.

Now, in a hint of what’s to come for the nightlife industry, the Las Vegas Sun reports that the a bar relying solely on robot bartenders – the first of its kind in the US – will open on Friday.

Here’s the Sun:

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The Military is Using Human Brain Waves to Teach Robots How to Shoot

The Military is Using Human Brain Waves to Teach Robots How to Shoot:

Modern sensors can see farther than humans. Electronic circuits can shoot faster than nerves and muscles can pull a trigger. Humans still outperform armed robots in knowing what to shoot at — but new research funded in part by the Army may soon narrow that gap.

Researchers from DCS Corp and the Army Research Lab fed datasets of human brain waves into a neural network — a type of artificial intelligence — which learned to recognize when a human is making a targeting decision. They presented their paper on it at the annual Intelligent User Interface conference in Cyprus in March.

Why is this a big deal? Machine learning relies on highly structured data, numbers in rows that software can read. But identifying a target in the chaotic real world is incredibly difficult for computers. The human brain does it easily, structuring data in the form of memories, but not in a language machines can understand. It’s a problem that the military has been grappling with for years.

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Manufacturing Might Come Back to the US, but Robots will Get the Jobs: Apple CEO

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Manufacturing Might Come Back to the US, but Robots will Get the Jobs: Apple CEO:

Robots are the Great Equalizer.

Apple will invest in and promote “advanced manufacturing” in the US, CEO Tim Cook told CNBC’s Jim Cramer on Wednesday after the somewhat uninspiring earnings report. It was one of the ways Apple would create jobs in America, he said. To do that, Apple would put $1 billion in a fund that would invest in “advanced manufacturing” companies.

Apple has already “created two million jobs in America,” he said in the interview. This includes 80,000 jobs at Apple in the US; plus jobs at US suppliers, such as Corning, which makes the glass for the iPhone and iPad, and 3M, which makes adhesives that Apple uses in its devices; plus the “developer community” of almost 1.5 million people who write apps that, as he said, “change the world.”

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Viral Video Shows Chinese Warehouse Where Humans Were Replaced By Robots

Viral Video Shows Chinese Warehouse Where Humans Were Replaced By Robots:

A viral video showing an army of robots – which work 24/7, cut worker costs by half and are 30% more efficient – sorting packages in a warehouse in eastern China is the latest example of how machines are increasingly taking over menial factory work in China.

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Chinese firm halves worker costs by hiring army of robots to sort out 200,000 packages a day

Chinese firm halves worker costs by hiring army of robots to sort out 200,000 packages a day:

The machines are cheaper than human workers and are also more efficient and accurate in sorting out parcels, spokesman says

A viral video showing an army of little orange robots sorting out packages in a warehouse in eastern China is the latest example of how machines are increasingly taking over menial factory work on the mainland.

The behind-the-scenes footage of the self-charging robot army in a sorting centre of Chinese delivery powerhouse Shentong (STO) Express was shared on People’s Daily’s social media accounts on Sunday.

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Meet SAM, Brick Laying Robot That Does The Work Of 6 Humans

Meet SAM, Brick Laying Robot That Does The Work Of 6 Humans:

In the latest installment of our “Dear Bernie” series, posts intended to inform the Vermont Senator about the unintended, negative consequences of minimum wage hikes, we present SAM (Semi-Automated Mason), a brick laying robot designed and engineered by Construction Robotics out of New York.  While SAM can do the work of 6 unionized masons each day, he never requires a break, benefits or a paycheck.

Here’s a look at SAM in action:

Each SAM can be rented at a monthly cost of ~$3,300 according to The SunWith an average efficiency of 3,000 bricks per day, that breaks down to about 4.5 cents per brick.  Meanwhile, using using Bernie’s preferred $15 per hour minimum wage rate, plus benefits, and a daily efficiency of about 500 bricks brings the human labor cost equivalent to roughly 32 cents per brick, or a little over 7x.

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Boston Dynamics reveals ‘nightmare-inducing’ new robot Handle (Video)

Boston Dynamics reveals ‘nightmare-inducing’ new robot Handle

H/t reader squodgy:

“And on and on and on.

Once again it is only the Alternative Media who raise the alarm.

I wonder when Google (who own Boston Dynamics) will re-name them SKYNET?”

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Minimum Wage Massacre: Wendy’s Unleashes 1,000 Robots To Counter Higher Labor Costs

Minimum Wage Massacre: Wendy’s Unleashes 1,000 Robots To Counter Higher Labor Costs:

In yet another awkwardly rational response to government intervention in deciding what’s “fair”, the blowback from minimum wage demanding fast food workers has struck again. Wendy’s plans to install self-ordering kiosks in 1,000 of its stores – 16% of its locations nationwide.

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EU Parliament Committee Votes To Give Robots Rights (And A Kill Switch)

EU Parliament Committee Votes To Give Robots Rights (And A Kill Switch):

Foreseeing a rapidly approaching age of autonomous artificial intelligence, a European Parliament committee has voted to legally bestow electronic personhood to robots. The status includes a detailed list of rights, responsibilities, regulations, and a “kill switch.”

The committee voted by 17 votes to two, with two abstentions, to approve a draft report written by Luxembourg MEP Mady Delvaux, who believes “robots, bots, androids and other manifestations of artificial intelligence” will spawn a new industrial revolution. She wants to establish a European Agency to develop rules for how to govern AI behavior. Specifically, Delvaux writes about how increased levels of autonomy in robot entities will make usual manufacturing liability laws insufficient. It will become necessary, the report states, to be able to hold robots and their manufacturers legally responsible for their acts.

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Rise Of The Machines: Millions Of American Jobs Will Be Wiped Out In The Next Five Years

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Rise Of The Machines: Millions Of American Jobs Will Be Wiped Out In The Next Five Years:

There is a paradigm shift coming and it is about to rewrite everything we know about economics, human labor, and government dependence.

Earlier this week Amazon launched its first Amazon Go store, which allows a customer to walk in, grab the items they want, and simply walk out. Everything is tracked utilizing RFID chips, so the second you step out of the store Amazon knows exactly what you’ve purchased and automatically charges your account:

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Two-Thirds Of Workers In Developing Nations To Be Replaced by Robots, Report Warns

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Two-Thirds Of Workers In Developing Nations To Be Replaced by Robots, Report Warns:

 An alarming new report from the United Nations is the latest in a litany of studies suggesting that the coming age of automation and workforces dominated by robots will be upon us much faster than previously thought. The U.N. now claims two-thirds of the human labor force in developing nations will be replaced by automation.

The U.N. says a Universal Basic Income will be necessary as a stop-gap for the 75% of humans left without work.

Anti-Media previously reported on predictions that half the American workforce could be replaced by automation within the next two decades. Another report’s statistics suggested automated software could fleece 1.7 million truckers of their jobs within a decade.

The U.N.’s UNCTAD report notes that taken on a global scale, we’re seeing“premature deindustrialization.”

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AND NOW: ‘Robotic sex may become addictive as sexbots can’t say no’ – expert

‘Robotic sex may become addictive as sexbots can’t say no’ – expert:

As scientists hold the world’s first conference on sex robots, one expert warns that making love to machines could become addictive.

Robot experts from around the world will converge on Manchester in northern England this week for the Human Choice and Computers Conference, where they will explore the latest research and theories about how humans will engage with robots.

Academics will also touch on moral issues, such as whether sex robots are potentially harmful and should be banned.

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