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Trump's Labor pick: no stranger to jobs v. robots
Andrew Puzder has warned that raising the minimum wage only spurs automation.
[CNN Money]

How the octopus is inspiring keyhole surgical tools
The way an octopus moves its limbs is helping inspire the development of soft body robotics.
[BBC]

Connected toys for Christmas on test
Youngsters put five hi-tech gizmos, from robots to racing trucks, through their paces Toys are getting smarter. Whether they are racing cars that “read” the track, robots that teach coding or ground-drones controlled with the swipe of an iPad, these “connected” playthings have been proclaimed as (...)
[The Guardian]

BuzzConf 2016: gaming and tech meets bush doof in country Victoria
Robotics and 3D by day, music festival by night; this could be the only outdoor gig where you’ll fight for laptop charger space It’s 10am and a selection of Australian alpha nerds are emerging from their tents in a former campground outside Ballan in country Victoria. They’re here for BuzzConf, a (...)
[The Guardian]

Genevieve Bell: ‘Humanity’s greatest fear is about being irrelevant’
The anthropologist explains why being scared about AI has more to do with our fear of each other than killer robots Genevieve Bell is an Australian anthropologist who has been working at tech company Intel for 18 years, where she is currently head of sensing and insights. She has given numerous (...)
[The Guardian]

Introducing MekaMon: an Augmented Reality Gaming Experience with Real-Life Robots Designed to Turn Living Rooms Into Battle Zones
Pokemon Go introduced the magic that comes from augmented reality to the world. As fun as it was, it was limited to watching onscreen battles between digital creatures. Now, augmented reality breaks out of the screen with MekaMon : the world's first premium gaming robots that battle in both (...)
[WebWire Consumer electronics]

Populism is only the beginning. Here come the robots.
Read full story for latest details.
[CNN Money]

Japan embraces robots ahead of 2020 Olympics
The robot getting ready to help visitors at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with language translation.
[BBC]

Japan embraces robots ahead of 2020 Olympics
The robot getting ready to help visitors at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with language translation.
[BBC News]

Dike inspection robot with an innovative powertrain
Future robots that continuously inspect our dikes won't come across an electrical charging station every few hours. Using a smart gear box for the robot, a researcher has managed to drastically reduce the energy consumption. The energy-autonomous robot comes (...)
[Science daily]

World's first light-seeking synthetic nanorobot
A team of researchers has developed the world's first light-seeking synthetic nanorobot. With size comparable to a blood cell, those tiny robots have the potential to be injected into patients' bodies, helping surgeons to remove tumors and enabling more precise engineering of targeted (...)
[Science daily]

Insect-like microrobots move just like real insects
Researchers have not only built microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices the size of insects, but have also created them to move just like real insects.
[Science daily]

How a robot could be grandma’s new carer
With an ageing population and care costs rising, robots and smart homes may be a solution. But would you want a plastic dog to look after your loved ones? Sitting in a studio in Kensington, London, the designer Sebastian Conran walks me through a worst-case scenario. “Basically, what it’s looking (...)
[The Guardian]

New U.S. robotics roadmap calls for increased regulations, education and research
A new U.S. Robotics Roadmap calls for better policy frameworks to safely integrate new technologies, such as self-driving cars and commercial drones, into everyday life. The document also advocates for increased research efforts in the field of human-robot interaction to develop intelligent (...)
[Science daily]

For they know not what they do: Study on the robotization of office, service professions
Robots, common in manufacturing jobs, increasingly spread to office professions. Humanoid or human-like robots already perform tasks in hotels, in stores, and in restaurants. They cook, serve, or advise customers. They communicate like humans via speech, gestures, and sometimes even facial (...)
[Science daily]

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