Feb 2, 2016

Kyoto-based firm to debut world's first robot-run indoor farm

A Japanese firm said Monday it would open the world’s first fully automated farm with robots handling almost every step of the process, from watering seedlings to harvesting crops. Kyoto-based Spread said the indoor grow house will start operating by the middle of 2017 ...

Jan 30, 2016

Scientists call for ban on autonomous killer robots

The world must act quickly to avert a future in which autonomous robots with artificial intelligence roam the battlefields killing humans, scientists and arms experts warned at an elite gathering in the Swiss Alps. Rules must be agreed to prevent the development of such ...

Development of care robots growing in aging Japan

Jan 27, 2016

Development of care robots growing in aging Japan

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A shortage of nursing-care workers in Japan amid a rapidly aging population is accelerating the development and introduction of robots programmed to perform care-giving tasks. The government is also spurring the trend, calling for the development of robotics-based nursing-care equipment as part of its ...

Jan 12, 2016

Ringerhut to highlight 'gyoza' packing robot

The noodle restaurant chain operator Ringerhut Co. will experiment with a set of robotic arms later this month to place uncooked gyoza dumplings into packages at its outlet in Tokyo’s Kagurazaka district. The Swiss-made robot will be used in the restaurant for a three-month ...

Don't let the friendly face fool you — this croupier has no heart

Dec 15, 2015

Don't let the friendly face fool you — this croupier has no heart

She has an hourglass figure, an unflappable manner and a friendly face. Meet Min, the robot whose creators say could revolutionize card-dealing in the world’s casinos. The svelte brunette is a prototype of a human-like electronic croupier, which Paradise Entertainment Ltd., a Hong Kong-based ...

How can people safely take control from a self-driving car?

Dec 6, 2015

How can people safely take control from a self-driving car?

New cars that can steer and brake themselves risk lulling people in the driver’s seat into a false sense of security — and even to sleep. One way to keep people alert may be providing distractions that are now illegal. That was one surprising ...

International robot show powers up in Tokyo

Dec 2, 2015

International robot show powers up in Tokyo

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The biannual International Robot Exhibition kicked off Wednesday in Tokyo, showcasing the latest advances in robotics — including technology for use in disaster scenarios and in the nursing-care field. With a record 446 firms attending the event at Tokyo Big Sight in Koto Ward, ...