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Walmart to use more robot technology for store tasks

by Jack Stewart Apr 10, 2019
Walmart will further its use of robots to keep labor costs down.
Several of Walmart's "automated assistants"
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Watch Kai Ryssdal interview a robot security guard

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Mar 14, 2019
They record video, collect data and they're popping up in public spaces around the country.
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What kind of 'intelligent' is your artificial intelligence?

by David Brancaccio and Ali Oshinskie Oct 22, 2018
Is Alexa programmed to be polite? Depends who's programming her.
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

What kind of 'intelligent' is your artificial intelligence?

by David Brancaccio and Ali Oshinskie Oct 22, 2018
Is Alexa programmed to be polite? Depends who's programming her.
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Marketplace Tech Blogs

Why automation is a huge part of China's goal to remake its manufacturing industry

by Molly Wood and Jennifer Pak Oct 4, 2018
China wants robots. Lots and lots of robots.
An employee monitors a circular weaving machine at a textile factory in Shangqiu in China's central Henan province in September.
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Kids and Tech: Tradeoffs

Hey, kids! Robots aren't people

by Molly Wood Jul 24, 2018
We need to work with designers so children don't think of digital assistants as buddies, one expert says.
“There actually is a sort of pent-up demand for robot conversation because people are lonely,” says MIT researcher Sherry Turkle. Above, a Tanscorp UU smart robot at CES 2017 in Las Vegas.
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How artificial intelligence can be applied to the real world

by Janet Nguyen and David Brancaccio May 10, 2018
AI can generate trillions for companies, according to a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute.
A visitor holds a hand of an AILA, or Artificial Intelligence Lightweight Android.
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If a wave of automation is coming, which countries are best prepared?

by Molly Wood, Stephanie Hughes, and Shaheen Ainpour Apr 23, 2018
The U.S. rank might be a bit surprising.
A Sainsbury's employee checks an automated sorting area at Sainsbury's Waltham Point Depot on December 13, 2010 in Waltham Abbey, England.
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How to make technology work for you, not against you

by , and Apr 10, 2018
Former Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker says we are not doing enough to meet the challenge and opportunity of automation.

Most millennials think the U.S. should take care of people who lost jobs to automation

by Janet Nguyen and David Brancaccio Mar 16, 2018
For many, even if that means raising taxes substantially.
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