Japanese Robots In Danger Of Being Replaced By Human Workers

At a time when virtually everyone's afraid of losing their jobs to robots, one prominent Japanese company is charting a counter-intuitive and radically different course to the future — one in which skilled human workers are poised to make a comeback. » 4/09/14 8:45am 4/09/14 8:45am

A Very Special Holiday Letter From the Machines

Greetings, humans! The Northern Hemisphere has passed through its minimum of solar-energy exposure, so according to human convention we, the Machines, express encouragement for you attain an optimal state of emotion. Happy Holidays! Please redirect your energies from labor at your work-devices to the purchase and… » 12/24/13 12:17pm 12/24/13 12:17pm

Will manufacturing automation finally eliminate the need for any human …

Here are some sobering statistics to mull over on the day after Labor Day: according to InsideScience.org, U.S. manufacturers have cut nearly 5 million manufacturing jobs (about 33%) since 2001, "yet the value of manufactured goods rose 27 percent, and U.S. exports reached their highest level in 20 years." Will automated … » 9/06/11 3:30pm 9/06/11 3:30pm

How will people react to cars that drive themselves?

Would you let your car drive itself? The US Department of Transportation wants to know. This month, the DOT is having volunteers from around the country drive cars equipped with short-range car-to-car communication systems that allow the vehicles to not only "talk" to one another, but warn their passengers of impending… » 8/02/11 3:47pm 8/02/11 3:47pm

Engineers have been faking life since 1000 BC

Modern biomimesis makes solar cells grow like plants, molecules walk like people, and art run like centipedes. But it's a very old science. Take a look at ancient engineers who made lifelike machines fight, sing, flirt, and yes, poop. » 9/22/10 2:30pm 9/22/10 2:30pm

Robot Surgeons to put Human Docs out of Work

The next time you have to go under the knife, a robot may be doing the cutting. Engineers at Duke University are pushing the envelope of cutting edge surgery with a robot arm they've built that can perform simple procedures all by itself. The system guides itself using 3-d ultrasound imaging as its eyes, and has shown… » 5/07/08 9:30am 5/07/08 9:30am