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$15 minimum wage for fast food workers? Here's what it means for living wages, food prices and jobs

6/2/2014 - The City Council of Seattle has just approved an ordinance which would raise the minimum wage of workers in that city to $15 an hour.(1) The phase-in takes seven years to complete, with small business given more time to adopt the new wage minimums than large businesses. Because emotions run high...

Scientists warn the rise of AI will lead to extinction of humankind

4/18/2014 - Everything you and I are doing right now to try to save humanity and the planet probably won't matter in a hundred years. That's not my own conclusion; it's the conclusion of computer scientist Steve Omohundro, author of a new paper published in the Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence. His...

Rise of the machines: Google robots, Kurzweil's AI, and why self-aware machines will inevitably seek to destroy humanity

2/26/2014 - In the brilliant techno-thriller fiction novel DAEMON by Daniel Suarez, a collection of clever computer scripts take over corporations, economies and entire governments. AI programs also activate and control vehicles, buildings and critical infrastructure, outmaneuvering the FBI, CIA and even the NSA...

Rise of the machines: Google robots, Kurzweil's AI, and why self-aware machines will inevitably seek to destroy humanity

2/26/2014 - In the brilliant techno-thriller fiction novel DAEMON by Daniel Suarez, a collection of clever computer scripts take over corporations, economies and entire governments. AI programs also activate and control vehicles, buildings and critical infrastructure, outmaneuvering the FBI, CIA and even the NSA...

Do no evil? Google to unveil military robots after acquiring Boston Dynamics

12/29/2013 - By now it should be patently obvious that Google has grown beyond just a simple Web search engine. According to an analysis by Natural News, Google - which has transformed itself into a major media brand, as well as a technology company - has been acquiring other companies at a rapid clip, scooping...

'R2-D2' night watchman robot unveiled for patrolling schools, neighborhoods and more

12/6/2013 - In the age of fast-moving technology and automation comes now another concept that is sure to kill more jobs while raising the level of concern about privacy in the 21st century. A California company, Knightscope, has developed a small robot that it plans to market as a security device. As reported...

Human pee may power future robots

11/19/2013 - Scientists are one step closer to building autonomous waste-fueled robots, according to research published in the journal Bioinspiration & Biomimetics. Researchers from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory have designed a new pump that will allow a robot to power itself with human urine. In the past decade,...

Scientists develop fully bionic 'man' capable of breathing, walking and talking

10/23/2013 - To demonstrate the progress that has been made in the field of medical science, a team of researchers recently unveiled the world's first bionic "man," a human-like robot composed of artificial organs, limbs and other body parts donated from 17 different manufacturers across the globe. According to...

Robotics revolution to replace most human workers in three generations; labor class to be systematically eliminated

9/29/2013 - As much as seventy percent of the human race will become obsolete within just three generations. Why? Because robotics technology is advancing at such a rapid pace that highly-capable humanoid robots with advanced vision recognition and motor coordination systems are going to take over most menial labor...

"Excuse me, are you a robot in the Surveillance State?"

7/13/2013 - "President Barack Obama has ordered federal employees to report suspicious actions of their colleagues based on behavioral profiling techniques that are not scientifically proven to work, according to experts and government documents." (McClatchey News) In 1959, two friends of mine, Carl and Michael,...

Tiny flying insect drones now a reality: See the video of controlled flight

5/10/2013 - It's been more than a decade in the making, but now Harvard University researchers have developed a tiny flying drone that is barely larger than a quarter. Robotics researchers at the Ivy League school have achieved a first, reports Forbes: the creation of robotic insects that are capable of flight....

Meet your future enemy: Pentagon developing humanoid Terminator robots that will soon carry weapons

4/8/2013 - Watch the video embedded below: It reveals the "Petman" humanoid robot funded by the Department of Defense. Like something ripped right out of a sci-fi movie, the robot sweats to regulate body temperature, and it can be dressed in chemical suits, camo or other uniforms to resemble humans. The picture...

Robots to take over jobs in human service industry, increasing the percentage of unemployed Americans

4/3/2013 - The so-called "service industry" - which includes restaurants, entertainment outlets, retail stores and hotels, among other businesses - has traditionally been one of the fastest-growing employment sectors in the country, even in a struggling U.S. economy. But its workforce could be decimated in the...

EU approves funding to build a robotic brain

3/10/2013 - The European Union has approved funding for a project designed to build a robotic brain, the first stepping stone toward constructing robotic humans (androids). "Robots will challenge the way we feel about machines in general," said robotics researcher Danica Kragic of KTH Royal Institute of Technology...

Ohio man charged with shooting police robot that entered his bedroom

3/8/2013 - It's not a zombie apocalypse but it could be the next best - or worst - thing, depending on your point of view, but one thing is for certain: The robots are coming, and with them new laws that will undoubtedly be utilized to protect them. According to the Chillicothe Gazette, a Gannett-owned Ohio...

Military designing killer robots capable of behavioral deception

12/5/2012 - In a Navy-funded study, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have successfully designed robots that are capable of deception. The study is part of a wider trend toward smarter and more autonomous battlefield robots. It was published in the journal IEEE Intelligent Systems. Lead researcher...

First robot rollout to 'assist' the elderly

11/7/2012 - It can be a difficult decision as to what step to take next when our older loved ones begin needing assistance in their daily lives, but a recent study from the Georgia Institute of Technology may make the choice easier. The idea of adding a robot to someone's household might seem far-fetched or futuristic...

Not only spy drones in the sky: Homeland Security has robot spy fish in the water

9/25/2012 - According to U.S. News & World Report, there will be as many as 30,000 drones patrolling American skies in a few years. The Feds claim these unmanned planes will perform border security, disaster relief and, of course, search for supposed terrorists. But they will also be looking down on people and...

Is that a robot on your head? Robotic surgeon does hair transplants

9/30/2011 - Robotics is used in surgical procedures, now even for cosmetic dermatology. Concerned about balding? Hair transplant procedures have been revolutionized to take less time, less medical staff, less cost, and without stitching or sutures. Now all you need to do is trust a robot for your hair transplant...

Military Horror: Proposed Military Robot Would Literally Feed off Dead Battlefield Bodies to Power Itself

11/26/2009 - Controversy erupted when reports emerged that the Pentagon was close to completing a robot designed to forage for its own fuel by consuming "biomass in the environment," raising concerns that the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR) might be intended to fuel itself from the bodies of the dead. The...

Armed, Autonomous Robots "A Threat to Humanity"

8/16/2008 - An artificial intelligence professor has warned that the trend toward creating autonomous killer robots for battlefield use poses "a threat to humanity." Noel Sharkey of the University of Sheffield said that military leaders in several countries "are quite clear that they want autonomous robots as...

Roomba 530 robotic vacuum review by consumer advocate Mike Adams

9/25/2007 - The new Roomba 500 series robotic vacuums are, its manufacturer says, the best robotic vacuums ever made. We decided to buy a Roomba 530 and put it to the test, and today we bring you the results in an exclusive NaturalNews Photo Tour available at http://www.NaturalNews.com/phototour_roomba_530_1.html Why...

Human pharmacists replaced by robot in UK hospital

3/30/2007 - The pharmacy at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, England, has installed a robot to fill patients' prescriptions for them. According to hospital officials, the robot -- which not only fills prescriptions but keeps records as well -- will save the hospital money and its employees time. Jump directly...

Roomba maker launches programmable robot for hobbyists, students

1/11/2007 - The robot-maker iRobot, perhaps best known for its Roomba autonomous vacuum, is giving students and hobbyists the chance to order around their own robots with the programmable "Create." The Create is based on the aforementioned Roomba -- and its floor-mopping cousin Scooba -- and thus comes equipped...

Roomba maker iRobot also developing military robots for Pentagon

12/14/2006 - While civilian consumers can get a taste of the Jetsons' lifestyle with iRobot's Roomba vacuuming, floor washing and floor sweeping robots, the military is also taking advantage of the company's technology, but not to clean the barracks. The iRobot line of military robots includes scout robots that...

Samsung unveils machine-gun-wielding sentry robot that can track, kill humans

12/6/2006 - As a CNET photo caption pointed out, the machine-gun-toting sentry robot recently unveiled by Samsung's Techwin division is the antithesis of Isaac Asimov's three laws of robotics. The Intelligent Surveillance and Guard Robot is a stationary unit armed with a 5.5-millimeter K3 machine gun and a second...

Researchers are teaching robots to interact intelligently with humans

12/4/2006 - Robots have been a part of research labs and automated factories for quite some time, but now some of them are playing hide-and-seek with scientist Alan Schultz. Teaching this robot named George to find a place to hide and then hunt for a human playmate is a new level of human interaction rarely...

The implications of humanoid robots as laborsaving devices are more ominous than most people realize

8/22/2006 - In the not-too-distant future, artificial intelligence will advance to the point where robots can perform useful functions in our everyday lives. But it's not just artificial intelligence that needs to advance in order to enable useful humanoid robots; we also need major advancements in portable power,...

Microsoft Robotics Studio Provides Common Ground for Robotics Innovation (press release)

6/22/2006 - PITTSBURGH (June 20, 2006) -- Today at RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition 2006, Microsoft Corp. showcased the community technology preview (CTP) of a new Windows®-based environment for academic, hobbyist and commercial developers to easily create robotic applications for a wide variety of computing...

U.S. Army tests battlefield robot armed with pump action shotgun; bring on the Terminators!

8/19/2004 - The same company that makes those cute little household vacuuming robots now has a military robot that is equipped with a pump action shotgun capable of firing shotgun rounds and presumably killing enemy combatants (or anyone who happens to be standing in front of the 'bot). The robot is called the...

Surgical robots promise to make surgery less painful; and yet are still medically unnecessary most of the time

8/7/2004 - Surgeons in Australia are excited over new surgical robots they are using to perform surgical operations on patients. These new robots allow surgeons to perform operations with improved precision in a way that reduces post-operative complications and actually requires less staff during the surgical...

Robots being developed to retrieve library books

7/22/2004 - In the future, you may be able to walk right up to your local library robot and tell it what book you want. It will shuffle off, locate the book, lift it off the shelf, and bring it back to you. That's the dream of robot engineers in Spain who are working on developing robots that retrieve books from...

The Top Ten Technologies: #4: Practical Robots

7/14/2004 - Practical robots offer tremendous potential for enhancing the quality of life for humans everywhere. The robotics industry is emerging now, and progress is steady. The world leader in robotics is Japan, which has invested heavily in social robots -- robots that interact with people. The United States,...

IRobot release new Roomba vacuum cleaner that uses minesweeping technology to clean dirt in your home

7/13/2004 - If you enjoy the thought of having a military robot running around your house, go buy a new Roomba. It uses the same technology found in the manufacturer's military robots that are right now helping the U.S. military function as more efficient killing machines in the Middle East. Althought I own an...

Our Future Includes Robot Helpers: But U.S. Lags Behind

10/21/2003 5:23:45 PM - Japan will be cashing in on the robot crazy of the 21st century. We'll have robots mowing our lawns, doing our dishes, sweeping our floors and even preparing our food. Advanced models might even be able to handle tasks like folding clothes and scrubbing kitchen sinks. And you know who will be making...

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