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Your Next FedEx Delivery Could Be a Pizza
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Your Next FedEx Delivery Could Be a Pizza

FedEx has unveiled an early model of an autonomous delivery robot.

Is That a Robot? Dr. Bear Bot Helps Care for Kids at Local Hospital
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Is That a Robot? Dr. Bear Bot Helps Care for Kids at Local Hospital

Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C., is the first pediatric hospital to deploy a remote-monitoring virtual liaison robot in its cardiac intensive...

Farmworker vs Robot
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Farmworker vs Robot

Both human and machine have 10 seconds per plant. They must find the ripe strawberries in the leaves, gently twist them off the stems and tuck them into a plastic...

How Analytics are Making Peace Between Fishermen, Turtles
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How Analytics are Making Peace Between Fishermen, Turtles

New predictive analytics technologies are helping researchers protect turtles, albatrosses, whales, and other endangered species from fishermen.

Friendly Nurse or Nightmare-Inducing Machine? How Culture Programs Our Taste in Robots.
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Friendly Nurse or Nightmare-Inducing Machine? How Culture Programs Our Taste in Robots.

Slowly and silently, they glide across the floor wearing bright yellow dresses that look as though they were plucked from a haunted 1920s boarding school.

Boeing's Self-Driving Air Taxi Completes First Test Flight
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Boeing's Self-Driving Air Taxi Completes First Test Flight

A prototype self-driving air taxi from Boeing's research and development unit completed its first flight in Manassas, VA, last week.

George Mason Students Have New Dining Option: Food Delivered by Robots
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George Mason Students Have New Dining Option: Food Delivered by Robots

George Mason University students will soon have a fleet of 25 autonomous wheeled robots delivering meals to them across campus.

Giant Food Stores Will Place Robotic Assistants at 172 Locations
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Giant Food Stores Will Place Robotic Assistants at 172 Locations

Giant Food Stores will install autonomous assistive robots in 172 stores across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

IBM Announces High-Resolution Global Weather Forecast Model
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IBM Announces High-Resolution Global Weather Forecast Model

IBM will roll out a high-resolution weather forecast model this year.

A Fleet of Autonomous Robots Is Making One of the World's Oldest Foods
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A Fleet of Autonomous Robots Is Making One of the World's Oldest Foods

An autonomous, bread-making robotic oven made by Wilkinson Baking of Walla Walla, WA, can produce 235 loaves daily.

Technology Companies Turn to Apprenticeships in Tight Labor Market
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Technology Companies Turn to Apprenticeships in Tight Labor Market

A broad technology industry effort to expand apprenticeships in areas like cybersecurity and software engineering was unveiled this week at CES 2019.

This Artist Is ­sing AI to Paint With His Mind
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This Artist Is ­sing AI to Paint With His Mind

Roboticist Alexander Reben uses artificial intelligence to create works of art.

Inside the Futuristic Restaurant Where a Robot Has Replaced the Bartender
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Inside the Futuristic Restaurant Where a Robot Has Replaced the Bartender

The Cyberdog wine bar in Prague, Czech Republic, is equipped with a robot bartender that serves drinks ordered via a smartphone app.

Shaken by Hype, Self-Driving Leaders Adopt New Strategy: Shutting ­p
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Shaken by Hype, Self-Driving Leaders Adopt New Strategy: Shutting ­p

Three former executives at Google, Tesla and Uber who once raced to be the first to develop self-driving cars have adopted a new strategy: Slow down. And shut up...

We’d Be Crippled by a Cyberattack on Our ­tilities
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We’d Be Crippled by a Cyberattack on Our ­tilities

It's time we come up with a strategy to defend our nation from potentially crippling cyberattacks that would put states at the forefront of the fight.

Tens of Thousands Go Without Home Internet; Here's How San Francisco Wants to Fix It
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Tens of Thousands Go Without Home Internet; Here's How San Francisco Wants to Fix It

San Francisco has proposed a $1.9-billion project to build its own high-speed network, to provide Internet access to more than 100,000 residents who lack home connectivity...

Microsoft Calls for Regulation of Facial Recognition, Saying It's Too Risky to Leave to Tech Industry Alone
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Microsoft Calls for Regulation of Facial Recognition, Saying It's Too Risky to Leave to Tech Industry Alone

Microsoft is calling for government regulation on facial-recognition software, one of its key technologies, saying such artificial intelligence is too important...

SpaceX Is Flying an Artificially Intelligent Robot Named CIMON to the International Space Station
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SpaceX Is Flying an Artificially Intelligent Robot Named CIMON to the International Space Station

An artificially intelligent robot was launched to the International Space Station last week to assist with scientific experiments.

How Spies Can ­se Your Cellphone to Find You, and Eavesdrop on Your Calls and Texts Too
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How Spies Can ­se Your Cellphone to Find You, and Eavesdrop on Your Calls and Texts Too

Surveillance systems that track the locations of cellphone users and spy on their calls, texts and data streams are being turned against Americans as they roam...

The Surprising Return of the Repo Man
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The Surprising Return of the Repo Man

The computer in the spotter car shouted "Hide!," and repo agent Derek Lewis knew that meant to keep driving like nothing had happened.
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