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Sep 13, 2018

EU lawmakers call for global ban on 'killer robots'

The European Parliament on Wednesday passed a resolution calling for an international ban on the development, production and use of "killer robots" — weapons that kill without a human deciding to fire. Autonomous weapons are machines programmed to select and attack targets using artificial intelligence, ...

Sharp's humanoid RoBoHon robot to guide tourists in Kyoto

Sep 11, 2018

Sharp's humanoid RoBoHon robot to guide tourists in Kyoto

Sharp Corp.'s RoBoHon, a small humanoid robot with artificial intelligence features, will accompany tourists in taxis in Kyoto and offer sightseeing guidance in Japanese, Chinese and English starting Sept. 22, the service providers said Tuesday. Sharp, Kyoto-based taxi operator MK Co. and travel agency JTB ...

Aug 29, 2018

Japan turns to classroom robots in bid to boost English skills

English-speaking robots will be helping out in some 500 Japanese classrooms from next year as the country seeks to improve English skills among both children and teachers using artificial intelligence. The education ministry is planning a pilot project costing around ¥250 million ($227,000) to improve ...

Experts assemble for U.N.-hosted meeting on 'killer robots'

/ Aug 28, 2018

Experts assemble for U.N.-hosted meeting on 'killer robots'

Experts from scores of countries are meeting to discuss ways to define and deal with "killer robots" — futuristic weapons systems that could conduct war without human intervention. The weeklong gathering that opened Monday is the second at U.N. offices in Geneva this year to ...

Sony to launch revamped Aibo robot dog in U.S.

/ Aug 24, 2018

Sony to launch revamped Aibo robot dog in U.S.

Sony Corp. plans to start selling its revamped Aibo robot dog in the United States from September following its domestic revival in January. Sony, which regards the new Aibo as symbolizing the revival of its innovative spirit, aims to use the product to raise its ...