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US Gov. to Hold Summit to Discuss How to Fight Ebola With Robots, Drones

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Having caused more than 4,500 deaths, the Ebola virus has devastated West Africa and terrified the rest of the word. As the virus continues to spread, the need for research and relief is becoming even more crucial.

In November, the U.S. will hold a summit between government officials and roboticists to deliberate the role robots and drones can play in the fight against Ebola. Read More

Space the Final Frontier

Name NASA’s New Free-Flying Robot and Win $1,000

Name the ISS's new free-flying robot! (Wikipedia)

Need some cash? All you have to do is come up with a really sweet name for NASA’s new space robot.

NASA has teamed up with TopCoder to award $1,000 to whomever comes up with the best name for space agency’s new free-flying robot, NBC News reports. The robot will be sent up to the International Space Station in 2017, by which point we think “North,” “Khaleesi,” and “Kale” might unfortunately be out of style. Read More

the robots are coming

Your Next iPhone Will Probably Be Built By a Robot

Humans, get ready to meet your new coworkers. (Getty)

Three years after announcing its intentions to staff its factories with robots, Foxconn, the Taiwanese company that manufactures Apple products, might finally be putting its plans into action.

The Foxconn robots — or Foxbots, as the company’s calling them — are now in the final stages of testing, and will be used to assemble iPhone products, Foxconn executive Terry Gou reportedly said at a recent shareholder meeting. That means the Foxbots’ assignments will probably include the iPhone 6, rumored to be coming out this fall. Read More

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Man Seriously Suspects Political Opponent Has Been Executed, Replaced by Robot Body Double

Mr. Murray. (timothyraymurray.com)

There’s a polite way and a not-so-polite way to lose a government election. The polite way is to congratulate your opponent and bow out gracefully. The not-so-polite way is to accuse your opponent of being a robot.

The latter is happening in Oklahoma right now, where Timothy Ray Murray, a wannabe member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is contesting recent election results on the grounds that his opponent, incumbent Frank Lucas, was secretly executed in Ukraine and replaced by a robot body double. Mr. Murray, who lost the election with a measly 5.2 percent of votes, seems to think his revelations could give him another shot at the title. Read More

The Singularity is Nigh

These 3D-Printed Robots Can Assemble Themselves When Exposed to Heat

WHAT IS THIS DARK MAGIC? (Screengrab via MIT video)

The only things humans automatically do when it’s hot out are 1. complain and 2. turn on the A/C. We also sweat a lot. It’s far from impressive.

A team at MIT is ensuring that robots will outdo us in the realm of hot-weather activities, as they already do in the areas of factory work and office work (but strangely not ping pong). The team has created a 3D-printed robot that can assemble itself when exposed to heat, The Wire reports. Read More

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Amazon to Add 9,000 Robots to Workforce, Ending Great Robot Depression

Robots, robots everywhere (YouTube).

Were you hoping Amazon would go away so you could stop buying things you don’t need solely because they come in two days? Oh well.

Amazon is about to multiply their robot army times 10, CNN reported.

The online retailing giant announced plans to increase their robot workforce to 10,000 by the end of this year. Currently, Amazon employs 1,000 of the wondrous warehouse machines. Read More