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Robots Step in as Cheap Labor Dries Up in Eastern Europe
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Robots Step in as Cheap Labor Dries Up in Eastern Europe

Factory owners in Eastern European are investing in automation to counter a shortage of workers and rising wages.

Robotic Arm Designed in China Could Help Save Lives on Medical Frontline
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Robotic Arm Designed in China Could Help Save Lives on Medical Frontline

Researchers in China have developed a robot that can perform ultrasounds, take mouth swabs, and listen to sounds made by a patient's organs. 

U.S. Companies Cut Back on Robots in 2019
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U.S. Companies Cut Back on Robots in 2019

U.S. companies installed fewer robots last year compared to 2018, according to a report from the Association for Advancing Automation .

Intel Creates Chip to Control Quantum Computers
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Intel Creates Chip to Control Quantum Computers

Intel has announced a chip designed to control quantum computers by assuming the workload of the many wires that typically connect such systems to controllers. ...

Emotion-Sensing Robot Launches to Assist Space Station Astronauts
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Emotion-Sensing Robot Launches to Assist Space Station Astronauts

A robot with emotion-sensing voice detectors has been launched to the International Space Station.

Driverless Electric Truck Starts Deliveries on Swedish Public Road
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Driverless Electric Truck Starts Deliveries on Swedish Public Road

A driverless electric truck has started delivering freight daily along a public road in Sweden.

Volvo's Self-Driving Car Venture Gets Nod to Test on Swedish Roads
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Volvo's Self-Driving Car Venture Gets Nod to Test on Swedish Roads

A joint venture between Volvo Cars and Veoneer has won approval to begin hands-free testing of its software for self-driving cars on Swedish highways.

At Alibaba's Futuristic Hotel, Robots Deliver Towels and Mix Cocktails
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At Alibaba's Futuristic Hotel, Robots Deliver Towels and Mix Cocktails

A hotel that opened in China last month utilizes robots and a suite of other high-tech tools that drastically reduce the hotel's cost of human labor.

Chinese Tech Investors Flee Silicon Valley as Trump Tightens Scrutiny
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Chinese Tech Investors Flee Silicon Valley as Trump Tightens Scrutiny

New Trump administration policies aimed at curbing China's access to American innovation have all but halted Chinese investment in U.S. technology startups, as...

Playing Catch-­p, Germany Throws Money at AI
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Playing Catch-­p, Germany Throws Money at AI

Germany plans to invest more than 3 billion euros ($3.39 million) by 2025 to beef up its artificial intelligence capabilities and appoint 100 professors to lecture...

U.S. Tech Giants Eye AI Key to Unlock China Push
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U.S. Tech Giants Eye AI Key to Unlock China Push

U.S. technology giants, facing tighter content rules in China and the threat of a trade war, are targeting an easier way into the world's second largest economy—artificial...

Run Your Dishwasher When the Sun Shines: Dynamic Power Pricing Grows
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Run Your Dishwasher When the Sun Shines: Dynamic Power Pricing Grows

One day, the weather could drive your domestic schedule. Your dishwasher springs to life at the windiest time of day. The washing machine starts spinning when the...

Alphabet to Deploy Balloon Internet in Kenya With Telkom in 2019
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Alphabet to Deploy Balloon Internet in Kenya With Telkom in 2019

Alphabet subsidiary Loon plans to deploy a system of balloons to provide high-speed Internet access to rural and suburban populations in Kenya next year.

China's Penetration of Silicon Valley Creates Risks for Startups
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China's Penetration of Silicon Valley Creates Risks for Startups


At Beijing Security Fair, an Arms Race for Surveillance Tech
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At Beijing Security Fair, an Arms Race for Surveillance Tech

It can crack your smartphone password in seconds, rip personal data from call and messaging apps, and peruse your contact book.

In Silicon Valley, Chinese 'Accelerators' Aim to Bring Startups Home
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In Silicon Valley, Chinese 'Accelerators' Aim to Bring Startups Home

Beijing's unslakeable thirst for the latest technology has spurred a proliferation of "accelerators" in Silicon Valley that aim to identify promising startups and...

The Auto Plants of the Future May Have a Surprisingly Human Touch
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The Auto Plants of the Future May Have a Surprisingly Human Touch

Carmakers have big plans for their next generation of factories: smarter designs, artificial intelligence and collaborative robots building a wide range of vehicles...

Chips Down: China Aims to Boost Semiconductors as Trade War Looms
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Chips Down: China Aims to Boost Semiconductors as Trade War Looms

Now, as a trade war with the United States looms, a government decision to accelerate the development of the domestic chip industry underlines how far those goals...

Made in China 2025: Beijing's Big Ambitions from Robots to Chips
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Made in China 2025: Beijing's Big Ambitions from Robots to Chips

China is looking to catch up with rivals like the United States and Germany in high-end technology, making a major push with a "Made in China 2025" strategy that...

Trade War or Not, China Is Closing the Gap on ­.S. in Technology IP Race
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Trade War or Not, China Is Closing the Gap on ­.S. in Technology IP Race

China's rising investment in research and expansion of its higher education system mean that it is fast closing the gap with the United States in intellectual property...
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