7 thoughts on “Pepper the Robot addresses Parliament

  1. Babysitter says:

    A new study has found that 53% of employed British workers would be happy to work for a robot. https://www.forbes.com/sites/ginaclarke/2018/09/22/would-you-welcome-a-robot-half-of-uk-work-force-say-yes/#6a4b0a944508 Perhaps ironically, nearly 1 in 10 believe that the smart technology company would be more enjoyable company than that of a human colleague. But watch out entrepreneurs, as almost a third of Brits (32%) would welcome a robot CEO.
    And it seems that Millennials are the generation welcoming such radical moves with 8 out of 10 surveyed happy to bring technology into the office whereas only 6% of baby boomers would trust a robot. (Forbes Sept 22, 2018) https://www.forbes.com/sites/ginaclarke/2018/09/22/would-you-welcome-a-robot-half-of-uk-work-force-say-yes/#6a4b0a944508

  2. QT-1 says:

    “Robots learn tasks from people with framework developed by Stanford researchers https://news.stanford.edu/2018/10/26/robots-learn-tasks-people/ “…“The twin frameworks combined can provide a mechanism for AI-assisted human performance of tasks where we can bring humans away from dangerous environments while still retaining a similar level of task execution proficiency,” said postdoctoral fellow Animesh Garg, a member of the team that developed the frameworks. The team envisions that robots will be an integral part of everyday life in the future: helping with household chores, performing repetitive assembly tasks in manufacturing or completing dangerous tasks that may pose a threat to increasingly useless meatbags.”

  3. Survival of the fittest says:

    Rogue Amazon Warehouse Robot Sprays 24 Workers With Bear Repellent : One worker in critical condition but the other meatbags will be released from a hospital within 24 hours. https://futurism.com/amazon-warehouse-robot-bear-repellent
    “This is how the robot uprising finally begins : Combining the latest advances in artificial intelligence with robots could transform manufacturing and warehousing—and take AI to the next level.” (MIT Technology Review) https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611424/this-is-how-the-robot-uprising-finally-begins/

  4. Aibo says:

    According to a Reuters exclusive, Amazon is rolling out specially-made machines that are capable of boxing up orders — a job currently held by thousands of human workers.
    https://futurism.com/amazon-robot-box-orders The CartonWrap robots build cardboard boxes around orders as they come down an assembly line, according Reuters’ sources. Each one processes 600 to 700 boxes per hour — roughly five times as many as a human packer, according to the report. The implications for workers are grim. All told, Reuters estimates, the system could cut more than 1,300 jobs across 55 fulfillment centers in the United States. Ultimately, according to an anonymous source who worked on the new boxing machines, Amazon’s objective is a warehouse so devoid of human workers that it doesn’t even need lights.
    See also “How Amazon automatically tracks and fires warehouse workers for ‘productivity’ : Documents show how the company tracks and terminates workers” https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/25/18516004/amazon-warehouse-fulfillment-centers-productivity-firing-terminations

  5. Roomba says:

    “As Workers Spread Out to Halt the Virus, Robots Fill the Gaps : Social distancing requires rethinking the layout of workplaces. A new breed of robots can help keep factories and warehouses running.” https://www.wired.com/story/workers-spread-halt-virus-robots-fill-gaps/
    “The pandemic is bringing us closer to our robot takeout future” https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/04/the-pandemic-is-bringing-us-closer-to-our-robot-takeout-future/
    “Covid-19: A Good Time for the Robot Takeover” https://www.capitalwatch.com/article-5415-1.html

  6. Update says:

    “Pepper the robot talks to itself to improve its interactions with people” https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/cp-ptr041521.php
    “Thanks to inner speech, Pepper outperformed the international standard functional and moral requirements for collaborative robots–guidelines that machines, from humanoid AI to mechanic arms at the manufacturing line, follow.”
    iScience: “What robots want? Hearing the inner voice of a robot” https://www.cell.com/iscience/fulltext/S2589-0042(21)00339-4
    [This work was supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research]

    • 10HUT says:

      ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Army and Arizona State University researchers identified a set of approaches to help scientists assess how well autonomous systems and humans communicate. https://www.army.mil/article/245474/army_asu_publish_human_autonomy_communication_tips
      These approaches build on transformational scientific research efforts led by the Army’s Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance, which evolved the state of robots from tools to teammates and laid the foundation for much of the service’s existing research into how humans and robots can work together effectively.
      In the recently published Human-Intelligent Systems Integration journal paper Approaches for Assessing Communication in Human-Autonomy Teams, researchers listed 11 critical approaches for assessing communication in human-autonomy teams. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s42454-021-00026-2

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