Artificial Service


The future is going high tech, so where might you find a little artificial intelligence?

Recently the International Business Times took a look at the hotel management industry and envisioned the jobs that could one day be taken over by robots. For example the check in area and reception desk.

Experts say there will be a time when you will drive through the gate of a hotel and AI will automatically know it’s you by connecting with your cell phone or facial recognition. From there you will be assigned to a room based on your preferences that you can check into using your phone as a key. The AI will also remember exactly how you like your room and have it all set up for you when you arrive.  read more »

Robotic Common Sense


If robots are poised to take over the world, one man is making sure they do it with a little common sense.

When you were growing up your parents taught you things such as closing the front door behind you, not touching a hot plate or playing in traffic, you know common sense. Now a professor at UC Berkeley is working to make sure robots are raised with the same lessons.

Professor Sergey Levine says machines don't have the benefit of acquired knowledge through things such as school, parenting and social interactions. Instead people have to code in reactions to various scenarios with “if you see this, do that” commands. But Professor Levine says there is a better way to do this.  read more »

Ray the Robot


Making a frantic dash to catch a flight; one airport has found a way to book you some extra time.

Travelers at Dusseldorf airport in Germany no longer have to worry about finding a parking spot on their way out of town. Instead they just pull up and let a robot do the job for them. An airport spokesman says the robot is named Ray and is already on the job. Anyone interested in saving a few minutes of their time can book his services using a smartphone app.

Then they leave their car in a designated area and confirm that it's empty and ready to go. Then ray or one of his cyber colleagues will take the car to one of the parking spaces that are reserved for their use.  read more »

Robotic Satisfaction


The future of the sex industry could get a little stiff.

A science article recently published in the journal “Futures” is taking an intimate look at the future of the sex industry. The article says that in the year 2050 brothels will offer robots instead of people for your disease and guilt free pleasure. And while the paper is meant to paint a fictitious picture of the future the authors say this is a very real possibility.

They say we continue to have intimate relationships with technology and most people can’t live without their favorite gadget. Plus the unusual idea is not without its perks. People wouldn’t have to worry about picking up anything extra and robots would reduce the trafficking of real people for sex work.  read more »

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Terminating Jobs


When California’s former governor said “I’ll be back;” little did we know it would happen so soon.

Jobs are being terminated but it’s not because of downsizing or outsourcing. This problem is a little more robotic. Technology might make things easier but there’s a good chance the convenience you are enjoying put a few people out of work. And according to MSN Money the robots for humans movement is just getting underway. So MSN took a look at the gadgets that are taking over the workforce and the jobs they’re taking with them.  read more »

Robotic Service


Need an extra hand around the house; of the robotic kind?

When it comes to completing simple everyday activities; the average robot falls a few microchips short. But that’s about to change thanks to new software developed by German scientists.

Researchers at the Technical University in Munich are using complex equations to teach robots to learn from their mistakes and perform things humans can easily do. The idea is to install perception, manipulation and reasoning capabilities. This will help the robots learn from their own experiences and bring them one step closer to developing human-like traits.  read more »