Robotics

FILE - In this May 24, 2018, file photo, a Boston Dynamics SpotMini robot walks through a conference room during a robotics summit in Boston. Boston Dynamics on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 started selling its four-legged Spot robots online for just under $75,000 each. The agile robots can walk, climb stairs and open doors. But people who buy them online must agree not to arm them or intentionally use them as weapons, among other conditions. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
June 16, 2020 - 1:12 pm
You can now buy one of those unnerving animal-like robots you might have seen on YouTube — so long as you don't plan to use it to harm or intimidate anyone. Boston Dynamics on Tuesday started selling its four-legged Spot robots online for just under $75,000 each. The agile robots can walk, climb...
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FILE - In this Thursday, March 19, 2020 file photo, people stand in an aisle of empty shelves in a supermarket in London, amid panic-buying due to the coronavirus outbreak. A pandemic forcing everyone to stay home could be the perfect moment for online grocery services. In practice, they've been struggling to keep up with a surge in orders, highlighting their limited ability to respond to an unprecedented onslaught of demand. After panic buying left store shelves stripped of staples like pasta, canned goods and toilet paper, many shoppers quickly found online grocery delivery slots almost impossible to come by, too. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
Associated Press
April 07, 2020 - 7:51 am
LONDON (AP) — A pandemic forcing everyone to stay home could be the perfect moment for online grocery services. In practice, they've been struggling to keep up with a surge in orders, highlighting their limited ability to respond to an unprecedented onslaught of demand. After panic buying left...
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Samsung Sero TVs are on display at the Samsung booth during the CES tech show, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Las Vegas. The TVs can rotate to play vertically or horizontally. (AP Photo/John Locher)
January 10, 2020 - 2:05 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Once a hidden and under-the-radar topic, privacy got more attention at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week. Startups now volunteer information about how they’re securing your data and protecting your privacy when you use their heart rate monitor or cuddly robot. Roybi, an...
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Picnic's pizza-making robot makes a pizza at a food vendor's booth during the CES tech show, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
January 09, 2020 - 6:44 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Robots were front and center at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas. One even made pizza. The annual CES technology conference in Las Vegas runs through Friday and offers a forum for companies to unveil their products and services for the coming year. Here are some highlights: PIZZA...
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In this Dec. 17, 2019, photo an Amazon robot sends a package down a chute, transporting packages from workers to chutes that are organized by zip code, at an Amazon warehouse facility in Goodyear, Ariz. The tech giant is still rolling out new models descended from the Kiva line, including the Pegasus, a squarish vehicle with a conveyor belt on top that can be found working the early-morning shift at a warehouse in the Phoenix suburb of Goodyear. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Associated Press
December 30, 2019 - 11:22 am
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Guess who's getting used to working with robots in their everyday lives? The very same warehouse workers once predicted to be losing their jobs to mechanical replacements. But doing your job side-by-side with robots isn't easy. According to their makers, the machines...
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FILE- In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, Anthony Levandowski, head of Uber's self-driving program, speaks about their driverless car in San Francisco. The former Google engineer is being charged with stealing closely guarded secrets that he later sold to Uber as the ride-hailing service scrambled to catch up in the high-stakes race to build robotic vehicles. The indictment filed Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, by the U.S. Attorney's office in San Jose, California, is an offshoot of a lawsuit filed in 2017 by Waymo, a self-driving car pioneer spun off from Google. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
August 27, 2019 - 12:48 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A former Google engineer was charged Tuesday with stealing closely guarded secrets that he later sold to Uber as the ride-hailing service scrambled to catch up in the high-stakes race to build robotic vehicles. The indictment filed by the U.S. Attorney's office in San Jose,...
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In this Thursday, July 18, 2019, photo, robots of mascots of Olympics "Miraitowa," left, and Paralympics "Someity" are shown to the media at Toyota Motor Corp. headquarters in Tokyo. The mascot robots’ eyes change to the images of stars and hearts. The Japanese automaker Toyota, a major Olympic sponsor, is readying various robots for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama)
July 21, 2019 - 9:27 pm
TOKYO (AP) — A cart-like robot scuttles across the field to bring back javelins and discuses. A towering screen-on-wheels is designed for "virtual" attendance. The cute ones are, naturally, the likeness of the Olympic and Paralympic mascots. Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp., a major Olympic...
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In this July 30, 2018 file photo, Anki Inc. CEO Boris Sofman holds Vector, the company's new home robot, in New York. A startup that tried to advance the dream of intelligent robots in the home with its toy robot Cozmo is shutting down. San Francisco-based Anki says it’s laying off its employees on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 after failing to raise enough money to keep the business going. It’s one of several high-profile makers of consumer robots to fold in the past year. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, file)
April 30, 2019 - 4:42 pm
Hopes that the tech industry was on the cusp of rolling personal robots into homes are dimming now that several once-promising consumer robotics companies have shut down. The latest casualty was San Francisco startup Anki, maker of the playful toy robot Cozmo, which upon its release in 2016 seemed...
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April 27, 2019 - 9:07 am
DETROIT (AP) — In a story April 26 about the FIRST Championship robotics competition, The Associated Press reported erroneously the first name of the FIRST president. His name is Don Bossi, not Dan. A corrected version of the story is below: Youth robotics global championship returns to Detroit...
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In this photo taken on Thursday, April 18, 2019, Booker Prize award winning English novelist and screenwriter Ian Russell McEwan talks to Associated Press about his new novel "Machines Like Me" in London. McEwan is fascinated by artificial intelligence. A central character in his new novel is a lifelike android with access to all human knowledge who writes haiku poetry. The book, published in the United States Tuesday, April 23 by Doubleday, looks at the messy relationship between human minds and artificial ones. (AP Photo/Vudi Xhymshiti)
April 23, 2019 - 10:30 am
LONDON (AP) — Ian McEwan is fascinated by artificial intelligence. His new novel, "Machines Like Me," features a lifelike android with access to all human knowledge who writes haiku poetry. In real life, the Booker Prize-winning author is conflicted. He'd be wary of owning a driverless car — "I don...
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