Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers How small robots may kill the tractor and make farming efficient

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers How small robots may kill the tractor and make farming efficient

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Small Robot Company Agriculture has a reputation of being stuck in the past. In reality, for farmers, their workplaces are a fertile testbed for innovative technology – they were among the first to embrace commercial drone use, and autonomous vehicles that could work effectively (and safely) in confined areas of farmland. Among the latest developments…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Scientists Help Robots ‘Evolve.’ Weirdness Ensues

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Scientists Help Robots ‘Evolve.’ Weirdness Ensues

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Evolution is a trip. On the one hand, it’s a seemingly simple mechanism—those best fitted to their environment have more babies, while less fit individuals don’t reproduce as much, and their genes filter out of the system. But on the other hand (or paw or claw or talon), it has given rise to an astounding…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired New Space Robots Will Fix Satellites, or Maybe Destroy Them

Hexbyte Tech News Wired New Space Robots Will Fix Satellites, or Maybe Destroy Them

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People in the satellite industry are fond of automobile analogies. Like this one: Imagine that you buy a car and need it to run for 15 years, but you can’t change the oil or replace the alternator, let alone refuel it. That, they say, is the state of satellites. Once they’ve slipped the surly bonds…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired How Rude Humanoid Robots Can Mess With Your Head

Hexbyte Tech News Wired How Rude Humanoid Robots Can Mess With Your Head

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Casey ChinThe little humanoid robot’s name is Meccanoid, and it is a scoundrel. The well-meaning human test subject asks the robot: If you were to make a friend, what would you want them to know?“That I’m bored,” Meccanoid says.You’ve read your last complimentary article this month.To read the full article, SUBSCRIBE NOW.If you’re already a…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Why Westerners Fear Robots and the Japanese Do Notn

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Why Westerners Fear Robots and the Japanese Do Notn

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Paper Boat Creative/Getty ImagesAs a Japanese, I grew up watching anime like “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” which depicts a future in which machines and humans merge into cyborg ecstasy. Such programs caused many of us kids to become giddy with dreams of becoming bionic superheroes. Robots have always been part of the Japanese psyche—our hero, Astro…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Robots Can’t Hold Stuff Very Well. But You Can Help

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Robots Can’t Hold Stuff Very Well. But You Can Help

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Imagine, for a moment, the simple act of picking up a playing card from a table. You have a couple of options: Maybe you jam your fingernail under it for leverage, or drag it over the edge of the table. Now imagine a robot trying to do the same thing. Tricky: Most robots don’t have…

Robots Won’t Take Your Job—But They Might Make It Boring

Robots Won’t Take Your Job—But They Might Make It Boring

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Whether they believe robots are going to create or destroy jobs, most experts say that robots are particularly useful for handling “dirty, dangerous and dull” work. They point to jobs like shutting down a leaky nuclear reactor, cleaning sewers , or inspecting electronic components to really drive the point home. Robots don’t get offended, they are cheap to repair when…

If the Robots Come for Our Jobs, What Should the Government Do?

If the Robots Come for Our Jobs, What Should the Government Do?

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Lots of smart technologists and futurists are convinced that we are on the cusp of a world in which artificial intelligence, robotics and other technologies will make a large portion of today’s jobs obsolete. They might be wrong, of course, but the consequences if they’re right would be huge — potentially a defining challenge of the…