Category Archives: Robots

Scientists call for BAN on killer robots as they predict a future where palm-sized drones armed with explosives could hunt people down and kill them without human orders

AI experts have put together a seven-minute film that depicts a terrifying future where tiny killer drones are programmed to carry out mass killings.

Made by an advocacy group called Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, the footage shows palm-sized drones, armed with explosives, finding and attacking people without human supervision.

These tiny drones can kill with ruthless efficiency and campaigners warn a preemptive ban on the technology is needed to stop a new era of horrific mass destruction.

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Three ways robots can save lives in war

Military robots are not all bad.

Sure, there are risks and downsides of weaponised artificial intelligence (AI), but there are upsides too. Robots offer greater precision in attacks, reduced risk of collateral damage to civilians, and reduced risk of “friendly fire”.

AI weapons are not being developed as weapons of mass destruction. They are being developed as weapons of precise destruction. In the right hands, military AI facilitates ever greater precision and ever greater compliance with international humanitarian law.

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These AI bots are so believable, they get more dates than you

“You sound cute, got a picture?”

“Nicole, your [sic] beautiful, are you single?”

“I love you, Jen.”

Those may sound like messages from a dating app, but they’re actually real emails people have sent to customer service representatives at places like car dealerships, insurance companies and education firms.

The problem: Those customer service reps aren’t human. They’re algorithm-powered software programs created by Conversica, a company that specializes in conversational artificial intelligence.

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Chinese engineer ‘marries’ robot after failing to find a human wife

Zheng Jiajia, 31, an artificial intelligence expert who designs and creates robots in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, created the “female” robot at the end of last year, the Qianjiang Evening News reported.

The robot, which he named Yingying, can identify Chinese characters and images and even say a few simple words, the report said.

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US army ‘will have more robot soldiers than humans’ by 2025

 

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 09:  The Terminator robot is seen in the paddock following qualifying for the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 9, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

The US Army has long mooted plans for a robotic revolution and has rolled out autonomous warships as it attempts to stay ahead of competitors such as China and Russia.

John Bassett, who worked for the British spy agency GCHQ for almost two decades, said the US was considering plans to employ thousands of robots by 2025.

The security consultant told a meeting of police and counter-terrorism officials in London: “Intelligent robotic weapons – they are a reality, and they will be much more of a reality by 2030.

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Robots could assemble themselves into ARMIES: New material could lead to swarms of machines that act as a single-minded unit

A new material has been created that can self-assemble into a swarm, acting as a single-minded unit.

The material, which is made up of a set up spheres, is able to automatically arrange into a pattern when exposed to an electric field.

In the future, this could be used to create armies of robots that act as a relentless, single-minded unit.

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Uber hired a robot to patrol its parking lot and it’s way cheaper than a security guard

Uber drivers who pay a visit to the company’s inspection lot near Mission Bay in San Francisco will be met with a rather strange sight: a five-foot-tall, white, egg-shaped robot wheeling around the lot, on the look-out for trouble.


droid-1-992x558Self-Driving Robots To Deliver Food In London

Six-wheeled delivery robots which trundle along at 4mph will soon be used to deliver meals to homes around London.

The self-driving robots can navigate through city streets using a GPS tracker coupled with on-board cameras and sensors.

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