News tagged with automation

Scientists, lawyers mull effects of home robots

(AP) -- Eric Horvitz illustrates the potential dilemmas of living with robots by telling the story of how he once got stuck in an elevator at Stanford Hospital with a droid the size of a washing machine.

dateDec 05, 2009 in Robotics
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Cooperative cybercars, a question of priorities

(PhysOrg.com) -- European researchers have developed new control systems that let driverless vehicles communicate and cooperate with each other. Could fleets of high throughput rapid transit systems soon be cruising our cities?

dateAug 21, 2009 in Engineering
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Planning factories the right way

The new factory hall has just been completed when the owner realizes that several things have gone wrong. The doors should be on the other side and production will need more space. A new planning guideline will prevent such ...

dateMay 20, 2009 in Engineering
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Researchers Wanted: Humans Need Not Apply?

(PhysOrg.com) -- As science fiction plot lines go, the unintended consequences of yielding tasks too complicated or dangerous for human hands to computers and robots is a popular one. Yet real life scientists ...

dateApr 02, 2009 in Computer Sciences
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