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the robots are coming

Study: People Are More Likely to Open Up to a Talking Computer Than a Human Therapist

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It only takes five minutes with Siri to realize that robots are miserable replacements for help from a real person. But artificial intelligence researchers haven’t given up on making robots that can do something more useful than answering basic trivia and telling us where to hide a body.

A team of researchers created an artificially intelligent robot psychologist named Ellie who can ask probing questions, read emotions with 3D cameras and get through a basic therapy session, the Economist reports. Early experiments are showing that people are more likely to be candid and emotional when they think no one is sitting there judging them. Read More

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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

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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

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V.C. Firm Names Robot To Board of Directors

Make way for one computer! (Wikimedia Commons)

In case you needed more proof that all our jobs will one day be occupied by robots, a Hong Kong V.C. firm has just named an artificial intelligence tool to its board of directors. The company’s also insisting the tool will be treated as an “equal” to the other board members.

Sure, it’s all probably a bid for press — but it’s still pretty funny.

A press release from Aging Analytics UK, a company that conducts research on biotechnology and regenerative medicine, made two announcements this morning: first, that they’ve launched an new A.I. tool called VITAL (Validating Investment Tool for Advancing Life Sciences); and second, that they’ve licensed VITAL to Hong Kong V.C. firm Deep Knowledge Ventures, where the tool will become an “equal member of its Board of Directors.” Read More

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Man Vs. Machine: Ping Pong Pro To Face Off Against Super Powerful Robot

WHO WILL WIN? (YouTube)

In a few weeks, man will face off in an epic battle against machine — in a game of ping pong. 

At the beginning of March, robot manufacturing company KUKA Robotics will open its first plant in Shanghai, China. To celebrate, KUKA has recruited ping pong pro Timo Boll to challenge the company’s fastest robot to a table tennis battle royale, which will ultimately determine whether humans or robots will win the race for world domination. Just kidding. It’ll probably just show that KUKA’s “Agilus” is a really freaking fast-moving and powerful robot. Read More