UK Robots

This Robotic Sex Doll Isn't Just Looking For A One Night Stand, She Wants To Meet Your Parents

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Tech

In case you were worried that your robotic sex doll was lacking any actual human emotions, not to worry because your prayers have been answered. Sergi...

After 75 Years, Isaac Asimov's Three Laws Of Robotics Need Updating

The Conversation UK | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Tech
The Conversation UK

With this in mind, a robot could only operate within a very limited sphere and any rational application of the laws would be highly restricted. Even that might not be possible with current technology, as a system that could reason and make decisions based on the laws would need considerable computational power.

It's Time To Embrace AI To Create Smarter Humans

Ather Gattami | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Tech
Ather Gattami

When AI is applied and integrated intelligently within customer communication channels, it is capable of creating personalised and highly relevant dialogue between brand and consumer. It's about using data to help understand how we as customers behave and react, and then using this insight to adapt and create a better experience.

This Mind-Controlled Robot Corrects Itself When It Senses It's Made A Mistake

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Tech

Mind-controlled robots are nothing new, but Baxter is a little different. While most of its rivals require their operators to be trained to think in a...

Is The Robot A Retail Revolutionary? It's More Exciting Than That

James Pepper | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Tech
James Pepper

When you go online to shop for a new coat the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence means you won't immediately be confronted by a bewildering range that takes hours to trawl through and ends up making you unhappy with your indecisiveness.

This Terrifying Robot Laughs In The Face Of Our Weak Human Feet

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Tech

Meet Handle. This is Boston Dynamics’ brand-new robot and if we’re being completely honest it’s probably their scariest yet for a few very simpl...

Where Will The Future Of Artificial Intelligence Take Us?

Vince Lynch | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Tech
Vince Lynch

Predicting a year's worth of trends in a field as explosive as artificial intelligence is a bit like guessing what a human would do if you gave them every superpower all at once. Would they heat up their latte using eye lasers or rob a bank with a cucumber?

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...