Robocops Are Coming To London

Robocops Are Coming To London: 

All of Elon Musk’s worst fears are slowly becoming reality.

The Telegraph reports that robocop-type policing techniques are set to replace beat cops within a decade as the use of artificial intelligence becomes more widespread in investigating crimes.

Thames Valley Police said AI computers – which mimic humans by making decisions themselves – could be used to answer 999 calls, detect crimes and identify offenders.

But in one chilling detail that will hopefully be resolved within the next decade or so before robocops become a routine presence in London’s streets, the TVP warned of “bias” in the AI software and a concern that AI computers “might be unable to reason with a human”.

We don’t find further clues about the subject of these biases until much later in the story, when the leader of a civil liberties group – which have been predictably alarmed by plans to automate police forces – pointed to a study showing the machine’s algorithms have shown racial biases, according to the Telegraph.

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New Robotic ‘Smart Crib’ Will Make Your Baby Stop Crying and Finally Go to Sleep

New Robotic ‘Smart Crib’ Will Make Your Baby Stop Crying and Finally Go to Sleep:

Would you trust a robot to rock your baby to sleep? The question likely elicits the chilling vision of a Terminator cradling your child. However, a new product — the Snoo — is, in fact, an automated crib, a high-tech bassinet perfectly calibrated to ‘swaddle’ infants and lull them into slumber. It’s an early entry of automated child care in an age that promises to integrate robotics into the daily fabric of human life.

So, back to the question at hand:

Would you trust a robot to swaddle your child while she sleeps?

The Snoo was developed by renowned pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp, MIT-trained engineers, and Yves Behar, who runs a tech-savvy industrial design firm. The team’s goal was to recreate the sensations of being in the womb by swaddling the infant — restricting their limb movement, a practice some have criticized — and inundating them with white noise. This is accomplished with a sleeper outfit that one mother, Samantha Murphy Kelly, referred to as a “straight jacket” that safely secures the child as the bassinet rocks her to sleep. 

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Former Facebook Exec Warns Society Will Collapse Within 30 Years As Robots Steal Half Of All Jobs

Former Facebook Exec Warns Society Will Collapse Within 30 Years As Robots Steal Half Of All Jobs:

“Within 30 years, half of humanity won’t have a job. It could get ugly. There could be a revolution.

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Amazon Hosts Robotics Competition To Figure Out How To Replace 230,000 Warehouse Workers

Amazon Hosts Robotics Competition To Figure Out How To Replace 230,000 Warehouse Workers:

Amazon has mastered the art of moving bins around a warehouse floor with miniature robotic forklifts, but a solution to automating the simple task of picking individual items out of those bins has remained elusive.  And, with 1,000’s of very expensive, sickly and generally needy humans currently fulfilling that task, you can bet Amazon is eagerly pursuing that solution with some level of urgency.

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Meet Tally: The Grocery Stocking Robot About To Eradicate 1,000’s Of Minimum Wage Jobs

Meet Tally: The Grocery Stocking Robot About To Eradicate 1,000’s Of Minimum Wage Jobs:

With nearly 40,000 grocery stores in the U.S. employing roughly 3.5mm people, most of whom work at or near minimum wage, Bernie’s “Fight for $15” agitators may want to take note of Tally, the grocery stocking robot.

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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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