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  • Researchers "have created a huge, in-depth analysis of what jobs are under threat from robots”
  • 35% of all jobs are "likely to have been taken on by robots in the next 20 years"
  • Repetitive skills, data manipulation and entry are at risk; therapists, personal trainers and teachers are safe
  • "Caenator, a Netherlands-based startup, designed the fully automatic machine."
  • "The machine, which is operated using a 32-inch colour touchscreen, contains a freezer box [...] for 25kg of frozen chips."
  • Fries "are dropped directly into an internal deep fat fryer" upon order placement.
  • "Small drones equipped with high-definition and thermal cameras can save time, cut costs and improve safety."
  • "Traditionally roughnecks dangled from a wire, in gale-force winds if needed, to manually log wear and tear on the girders."
  • "Demand for Sky Futures' and Cyberhawk's services [has doubled] in the last year alone. "
  • Japanese team just beat a Chinese team "in a thrilling 1-0 match to take the title of RoboCup champions."
  • RoboCup hopes to "produce a team of autonomous robots that could beat a World Cup-winning team of human soccer players within the next 50 years."
  • Test modeled on philosophical problem "King's Wise Men" addresses a "very tiny slice of self-awareness"
  • Robot recognized sound of its own voice; concluded it was programmed differently from other robots
  • Designer is now working on US Navy funded research teaching robots right vs. wrong
  • 1000 models of Pepper the humanoid robot priced at $1600 with $200 in monthly data and insurance fees sold within 1 minute of consumer launch.
  • "Pepper is designed to read emotions as well as recognize tones of voice and facial expressions in order to interact with humans."
  • "Automaker Volkswagen says a robot has killed a contractor at one of its production plants in Germany."
  • "Heiko Hillwig said Wednesday the 22-year-old was part of a team that was setting up the robot when it grabbed and crushed him against a metal plate."
  • "German news agency dpa reported that prosecutors were considering whether to bring charges, and if so, against whom."
  • Catalin Alexandru Duru broke the official record for the longest flight ever on a hoverboard.
  • Used his own conception of a floating skateboard, a horizontal board powered by two massive fans like a quadcopter
  • Duru flew 905 feet and 2 inches over the surface of Lake Ouareau in Quebec, Canada; observed by Guinness World Records.
  • 24 sq/ft robotic machine stamps custom meat blends, cooks gourmet burger, slices fresh ingredients, assembles and bags burger
  • the "labor savings allow a restaurant to spend approximately twice as much on high quality ingredients and the gourmet cooking techniques make the ingredients taste that much better.”
  • Engineers from Stanford University created miniature robots called "MicroTugs"
  • The strongest of the bots weighs 12 grams and can pull objects 2,000 times heavier than itself, reports the New Scientist. Like "a human dragging a blue whale."
  • 9 gram Bot can climb up vertical walls and carry objects heavier than a kilogram; like "a human hoisting an elephant up ... a building."
  • A drone pilot helped rescue four people who were stranded by floodwaters in a Fort Worth suburb Sunday morning.
  • The drone was used in two separate occasions for two separate purposes, "underscoring the versatility of the emerging technology in search-and-rescue scenarios."
  • The drone helped find a missing truck and delivered rope to two stranded individuals.
  • The robot will begin work on a trial basis at one or two branches of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group this spring
  • Programmed with 19 languages, Nao has a camera on his forehead to analyze emotions
  • Nestle Japan and the Huis Ten Bosch theme park's hotel will experiment with robots this fall
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