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A different kind of sign spinner

Oct 11, 2013
Sign spinners at the local bagel shop make minimum wage. That is, if they have a beating heart. Are we about to lose even these low-skilled service jobs -- jumping-around-holding-a-sign-dressed-in-a-silly-costume-while-rapidly-moving-vehicles-speed-by -- to robots? Marketplace’s intrepid labor-trends reporter Mitchell Hartman investigates.
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Can robots create art?

Aug 19, 2013
A continuing goal and a heated debate in the tech world: Can robots truly create art? And what does that even mean?
Posted In: robots, art, Music

The many uses of robot snakes

Mar 27, 2013
A robot snake -- just like the name suggests -- is a long, segmented metal rig. When you toss it, it automatically wraps around whatever it hits.
Posted In: robots, spying, Tech

Your own personal drone

Mar 7, 2013
Ready for your personal drone? A look at what a world of civilian drones with CEO of 3D Robotics, Chris Anderson.
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A robot for every job

Feb 18, 2013
How one little robot named Baxter could take over the last of America's manufacturing jobs.
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Robots that play like Monk, and growth in the online job market

Jan 4, 2013
Elance, a company that uses the web to fix up freelancers, forecasts that one out of four college students in 2013 will earn money through online jobs. Researchers at Georgie Tech are working to create a robot that will improvise music along with humans.
Posted In: working online, robots, Music

Paul Krugman on tech's great divergence

Jan 1, 2013
Economist Paul Krugman talks about a new direction in 'the technology universe' that has taken shape over the last decade.
Posted In: Paul Krugman, Robots Ate My Job, wages, robots

Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn on surviving the rise of the machines

Dec 26, 2012
One of the co-creators of Skype thinks we may be in trouble if we don't start planning for a possible real life "Terminator" plot.
Posted In: skype, Terminator, robots

The robot in the garden -- coming soon

Dec 4, 2012
Nurseries spend a lot of effort moving potted plants and trees from one place to another. Robots may replace low-paying, seasonal, grueling work.
Posted In: robots, Agriculture

Using radio frequency identification tags to track school kids

Sep 10, 2012
Some schools are testing out RFID tags as a way to keep track of kids and bring in extra money.
Posted In: RFID, technology, privacy, robots

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