Machine World – Phase One

As the new year dawned, I read a report about  consideration of human-like rights for robots, and discussion of requirements for insurance on robots and the inclusion of a “kill switch” in the European Parliament, and as the year has progressed, discussion of the role robots, artificial intelligence, digitization, and automation play in technological unemployment […]

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‘Social Robotics’ Moves Out of the Lab

Can a fleet of social robots effectively interact with patients and staff, and make a difference for cancer patients being treated in a hospital setting? The MOnarCH project (Multi-Robot Cognitive Systems Operating in Hospitals) has ambitious plans to move social robotics forward on several fronts, deploying a fleet of robots designed to “collaborate” with hospital staff, […]

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