Category: Robotics

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Miso scores $10 million to bring its hamburger-flipping robot to more restaurants

One of many companies working to automate the restaurant business and reduce labor and benefits costs: Pasadena-based hardware startup Miso Robotics just got a big vote of confidence from investors, in the form of a $10 million Series B. This latest windfall led by Acacia Research Corporation brings… Source: Miso scores $10 million to bring its hamburger-flipping robot to more restaurants | TechCrunch

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Autonomous self driving cars’ sensor arrays may be used for intensive public surveillance

Autonomous self-driving cars are continuously surveying their surroundings using an array of sensors and recording this to memory. In the event of an accident of malfunction, this data can be retrieved for analysis. However, this data could also be retrieved as surveillance data – even when the vehicle itself has not been in an crash. Consider, a bike versus human driven car crash at an intersection. Two other vehicles at the intersection are autonomous vehicles...

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Within 20 years, a majority of today’s jobs may be automated

Study finds that 2 in 3 jobs in Las Vegas may be automated by 2035. That’s just the headline. The real story is that 50% or more of jobs in most metro areas at a risk of automation by 2035. Areas in yellow, orange and red indicate where more than 50% of local jobs are at risk of being automated by 2035. Source: Future job automation to hit hardest in low wage metropolitan areas like...

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Major demographic change could lead to more robotics, automation because fewer workers available

This discussion by Charles Schwab & Co highlights that the ratio of workers to non-workers is dropping and may reach 1 to 1 in another 20 years in many parts of the world. When labor is abundant businesses make less investment in “productivity enhancing technology”. Presumably the opposite is true – as labor supply shrinks, businesses will invest in more automation. This comes at a time when the capabilities of automation are increasing rapidly while...

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Wendy’s to install self order kiosks in 1,000 stores #Robots #IOT #Automation #Wendys

This happens when wage and benefit requirements rise as capital costs (robots/automation) fall rapidly: “Wendy’s plans to install self-ordering kiosks in 1,000 of its stores — about 16 percent of its locations — by the end of the year.” Source: Wendy’s to install ordering kiosks in 1,000 stores this year

FedEx seeks to automate much of the package delivery process

FedEx is looking at everything – replacing drivers with autonomous delivery trucks and small robots, integration with Google Echo and Amazon Alexa to request package delivery via voice command, using “platooned” semi-automated truck caravans to reduce the number of drivers and reduce fuel consumption, and more: The shipping giant is investing in autonomous trucks, and is interested in delivery robots and an Alexa app. Source: FedEx Bets on Automation as It Prepares to Fend Off...

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