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North American companies send in the robots, even as productivity slumps

North American companies send in the robots, even as productivity slumps

Aug 29 (Reuters) – North American companies snapped up a record number of robots in the first half of this year as they struggled to keep factories and warehouses humming in the face of an extremely tight labor market and soaring compensation costs. Companies ordered a record 12,305 machines in the second quarter valued at …

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A West Coast port worker union is fighting robots. The stakes for the supply chain are high

A West Coast port worker union is fighting robots. The stakes for the supply chain are high

Shipping containers are transported by automated guided vehicles (AGV) beside gantry cranes on the dockside at the Delta Terminal, operated by Europe Container Terminals BV (ECT), at the Port of Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images The sight last year of dozens of gigantic container vessels anchored for weeks off the …

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These robots were trained on AI. They became racist and sexist.

These robots were trained on AI. They became racist and sexist.

Comment on this story Comment As part of a recent experiment, scientists asked specially programmed robots to scan blocks with peoples’ faces on them, then put the “criminal” in a box. The robots repeatedly chose a block with a Black man’s face. Those virtual robots, which were programmed with a popular artificial intelligence algorithm, were …

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Cruise’s Robot Car Outages Are Jamming Up San Francisco

Cruise’s Robot Car Outages Are Jamming Up San Francisco

Around midnight on June 28, Calvin Hu was driving with his girlfriend near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park when he pulled up at an intersection behind two white and orange autonomous Chevrolet Bolts operated by Cruise, a subsidiary of General Motors. Another was stopped to his right in the adjacent lane. The light turned green …

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Google AI Claims to Be Sentient in Leaked Transcripts, But Not Everybody Agrees

Google AI Claims to Be Sentient in Leaked Transcripts, But Not Everybody Agrees

A senior software engineer at Google was suspended on Monday (June 13) after sharing transcripts of a conversation with an artificial intelligence (AI) that he claimed to be “sentient”, according to media reports. The engineer, 41-year-old Blake Lemoine, was put on paid leave for breaching Google’s confidentiality policy.   “Google might call this sharing proprietary property. I …

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