UK Robots

A Chinese Railway Station Now Has Its Own Robot 'Sheriff'

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Tech

It’s a vision of the future. In the Zhengzhou East Railways Station in Henan, China, a police robot rolls across the concourse, sniffing out trouble...

Does The Law Think Robots Should Have Human Rights?

Andrew Joint | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Tech
Andrew Joint

The last question is the latest being asked by the EU Commission in the January 2017 report by their Legal Affairs Committee. They want to push forward the debate on if robots, and indeed other AI technology, should be granted 'personhood' status.

The Creators Of The Vespa Have Built An Adorable Robot That Carries Your Shopping For You

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Tech

Robots are getting a bad rep at the moment. If they’re not plotting to wipe out humanity, they’re preparing to take your job. But amid fears of a ...

Will Robots Ruin Or Rule The World?

Ran Berger | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Tech
Ran Berger

But the robots just keep getting smarter. Jobs that we thought humans would always perform are now looking at little less secure. From adult social care and long-haul driving, to company audits and legal advice, the technology is starting to threaten the jobs we created to replace those that technology had already replaced!

Boston Dynamics' New 'Nightmare Inducing' Robot Is Here

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Tech

A leaked video has revealed the latest robot that Boston Dynamics has been working on and if we’re being honest, it’s a little terrifying. Whereas...

This Robot Hand Could Soon Be Packing Your Ocado Order

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Tech

Robots can perform operations, beat Go grandmasters and make perfect cups of coffee. But one task has so far eluded them – picking fruit and veg. Co...

Robot Convinces Google's 'I'm Not A Robot' Tool That It's Not A Robot, Internet Implodes

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 28.01.2017 | UK Tech

Armed with a pair of googly eyes and a touchpad pen, a robot has done the unthinkable. It has convinced Google’s “I’m not a robot” tool that i...

The Future Of Work

Professor Ursula Huws | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Tech
Professor Ursula Huws

Human labour is also used in warehouses, with workers instructed via headsets where to run, with every action timed and monitored. A visitor from another planet watching them at work might think that humans are servants of the technology, rather than technology serving the people.

Technology Is Creating Jobs, Not Just 'Stealing Them'

Matty Mariansky | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Tech
Matty Mariansky

Technology has been "stealing our jobs" since at least the Bronze Age, so it's surprising after all these years that any of us have a job to go to in the mornings. The tired old trope of machines stealing the bread from our children's mouths has been trotted out at intervals since the time of Ned Ludd (at least), and the reason it keeps getting an airing is simple: it plays on our fears and insecurities - and it makes great copy. This does not, however, make it true.

Urban Innovation Predictions For 2017

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics
Peter Madden OBE

What does this year hold for the urban innovation agenda in the UK? Like many others, I completely failed to predict the Brexit vote or the Trump Presidency. But I'm having another go at the crystal ball gazing this year because I still think it's useful to speculate about - and prepare for - the future. So, here are my five predictions for UK cities in 2017.

A Japanese Insurance Firm Is Actually Replacing Its Workers With Artificial Intelligence

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Tech

A Japanese insurance firm is set to replace 34 workers with an artificial intelligence (AI) system, lending weight to fears that robots will decimate ...

Video: Might #AI Save, NOT Destroy Us?

Shivvy Jervis | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Tech
Shivvy Jervis

For each episode of the series, I try to go out on the field and talk to everyday citizens about their most pressing questions to do with the topic we're covering. In this case, a significant amount of people wanted to know if machines could behave ethically, think independently and critically, be used ethically.

2017: Rise Of The Drones, Failure Of The Government

Darren Jones | Posted 01.01.2017 | UK Tech
Darren Jones

The position of the Government therefore needs to be that of an interventionist state - not of the type of generations gone by, but of a strategic, risk sharing state - advocating the policies required for the future, instead of trying to apply the old rules to the new economy.

Zeroes And (Young)Ones: The Future Of Technology In The Classroom

Claire Stead | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Tech
Claire Stead

The days of chalkboards and dusty textbooks in classrooms are long gone. Over the past two decades, technology has slowly crept into the classroom, changing the way students study and access information, and also opened up a whole new world of resources for teachers to utilise.

Pakistani Student Osama Reflects On How Studying In London Enabled Him To Unlock His Full Potential

James Farrell | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Tech
James Farrell

Computing student Osama Rama discusses his passion for robotics which brought him to London. Shortlisted for the Mayor of London's International Student Innovation Award for his robot, Oizuu, Osama is doing a masters course in Computing and AI at Imperial College London.

The Robot Economy: A Caution

Ryan Browne | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Tech
Ryan Browne

While concerns about trade and outsourcing may be genuine, our world leaders will soon have to come to terms with the increasing decline of human productivity output, as the prevalence of machines - which provide much cheaper and more effective solutions for companies around the world - poses a deeply unsettling challenge to the way we model our society.

The Future Of Room Service Is Robots

Malminder Gill | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Tech
Malminder Gill

Following the trademarks of other delivery robots (AKA: drones), delivery innovations like Relay come equipped with mood lighting, touch screens, and even the ability to operate lifts on their own

Sex Robots With 'Lifelike' Genitalia Are Arriving In 2017

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Tech

A robotics expert has predicted that sex robots will reach a whole new realm of realism in 2017. David Levy claims that this new generation of robot w...

Artificial Intelligence Predicts Outcomes Of Human Rights Trials, Study

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Tech

An artificial intelligence (AI) system can predict the outcomes of cases at the European Court of Human Rights to a 79% accuracy, a study found. It’...

Automation: Why Robots Won't Take Our Jobs And Ruin The Global Economy

Roger Bou | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Tech
Roger Bou

Although the introduction of robots to the workforce may ultimately make many jobs redundant, more roles will be created that enable people to develop further professionally. The jobs that are most susceptible to automation are those that are predictable, repetitive and don't require a great deal of social intelligence.

The Royal Navy Is Testing A Robot Army In Scotland Right Now

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Tech

The Royal Navy has begun a massive training exercise involving a huge number of unmanned vehicles in the air, on the surface of the sea and underwater...

High Tech Robot Needs Playground Power To Suceed

Andy Robertson | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Tech
Andy Robertson

We try out a wide variety of robotic toys in our family which vary greatly in both cost and performance. Over the last few years we've enjoyed products like the Sphero remote controlled robot ball at one end of the price spectrum and simple wind up robots at the other.

How The IoT Can Make The World Of Healthcare Smaller - And Fairer

Roger Bou | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Tech
Roger Bou

Of all the areas in which the Internet of Things can revolutionise the world, in my eyes one of the most exciting - with the potential to help some of the most vulnerable people on a massive scale - is healthcare.

What Is A Bot?

Fergus Weldon | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Tech
Fergus Weldon

Ask anyone in the tech industry what the next big thing is and they are very likely to say bots, artificial intelligence or machine learning. Recent advancements in innovation across multiple industries and disciplines have created mass interest, and major investment, in bots - but what exactly are they and what is their full potential?

Why We Must Embrace, Not Fear, The Rise Of Artificial Intelligence

Andy Hood | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Tech
Andy Hood

The implications of artificial intelligence, or "computer systems able to perform tasks requiring human intelligence", have been a discussion point ever since the term was coined back in the 1950's and it continues to generate both wonder and unease in equal measure.