“Rather than turn Family Mart branches into essentially giant vending machines, where products are automatically replaced after a customer selects one for purchase, the plan is to use
remote-control robots, operated by human beings using VR terminals at a separate location.”
Remote-control VR robots to start working in Japanese convenience stores this summer
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One day, maybe sooner than we think, a consideration of the ethics of the treatment of rational, sentient machines might turn out to be more than an abstract academic exercise.
From last June, but still a worthy topic for debate, particularly as the use of robots increases for retirement homes, nursery school programs, hotel reception lobbies… (also the topic of a short story I wrote in 2000 but still haven’t published outside of a grad student journal…)
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“This year was the first to have an AI-designed drug, but by the end of the decade all new drugs could potentially be designed by AI.”
Philip K Dick would have had a field day with this. Imagine what will happen once we start ingesting nanobots…
I, for one, welcome our AI drug overlords.
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Tags: AI, algorithms, Big Brother, computers, drugs, health, medicine, programming, robots, science, technology •
True story: On the first day of our honeymoon, a pigeon shat on the top of my head as we were walking to the mountain hot spa.
I wonder what would come out of robot pigeons 🤔
— Read on
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Right now, engineers have got a dummy rover practising the business of retrieving packaged rock samples. And, yes, the stand-ins really are whiteboard markers.
Yay! Whiteboard markers. Um. OK.
But different agencies and companies are finally working together?
Wait. What’s the catch?
It is, though, going to take more than a decade to achieve.
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“Once you’ve exploited the solar system, there’s nowhere left to go.”
Frankly, the idea that we puny humans could ever even begin to damage the solar system is laughable.
What would be more worrisome is who – or what – would be doing the work. Why hire people if you could make robots to do the work for you?
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