What will manufacturing look like as companies start to reopen?

May 27, 2020
Even in sectors where demand is high, the coronavirus has slowed production.
More automation could be a solution to crowded, hands-on production lines.
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What happens when a robot can lay bricks?

Jan 23, 2020
The story of how a small band of inventors and engineers built a machine that could lay bricks. It's way harder than it sounds.
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Walmart to use more robot technology for store tasks

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

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?

Oct 22, 2018
Is Alexa programmed to be polite? Depends who's programming her.
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What kind of 'intelligent' is your artificial intelligence?

Oct 22, 2018
Is Alexa programmed to be polite? Depends who's programming her.
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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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Hey, kids! Robots aren't people

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

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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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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