Tagged With Robots

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As someone who digs sports and giant robots, I hope I'm not the only person who is a fan of Real Steel. The 2011 Hugh Jackman film about robot boxing is one of those predictable but fun Hollywood films designed to give you goosebumps. And it really would have done that, had a certain moment not been deleted.

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A new report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development shows the increased use of robots threatens millions of jobs in developing countries. It undermines the advantage of low wages and facilitates the "reshoring" of industries back to industrialised countries.

The solution? Build your own robots, the report says.

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Video: "Work smarter, not harder" should be everyone's mantra. Marek Baczynski certainly abides by it. Why else would he spend hours of trial and error figuring out how to get a drone to change a lightbulb? We can finally add ladders to the list of things robots will eventually replace.

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Agricultural robot Agbot II, designed and built by QUT with support from the Queensland Government, could save Australia's farm sector $1.3 billion a year by reducing the costs of weeding crops by around 90 per cent.

Farmers saw the robot in action at Bundaberg last week, when the fully-autonomous Agbot ll was demonstrated for the first time.

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Progress is a fight between what works the best and what's feasible to manufacture cheaply at scale. Usually the latter wins. It's why we used VHS instead of Betamax. It's why most grocery store produce is utterly tasteless. And it's why we've built a humanoid robot that sweats.