Research: Higher robot densities linked to increased productivity

Research has found a link between higher densities of robots in a population and increased levels of productivity.

The study – conducted by supply chain specialists Balloon One – analysed countries with similar levels of manufacturing output and looked at their densities of robots and GDP per hours worked.

The UK, in particular, is falling behind in robot density:

(Credit: Balloon One)

The UK is the glaring example here but, aside from some...

AMP Robotics raises $55 million to advance its waste-reducing mission

Denver-based AMP Robotics has raised $55 million for its AI-powered system which aims to reduce global waste.

Coming off the hottest year on record, with the US experiencing its first-ever “gigafire”, the worst Amazon fires in a decade, and devastating typhoons swamping the Indian subcontinent – to name just a few climate-related disasters – it’s more clear than ever we need to turn words into actions when it comes to reducing our environmental...

LAPD ban facial recognition following alleged unauthorised use

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has banned the use of facial recognition after officers allegedly used it without authorisation.

Facial recognition systems have faced increased scrutiny in recent years due to repeated studies showing they have serious biases.

Wherever facial recognition systems are deployed, the public needs to have faith they’re being used fairly—something which no deployment so far has been able to do.

Public trust in facial...

Q&A: Michelle James, CTIA: On best practice for smart cities and the impact of Covid-19

If you take a look at any news site whose coverage focuses on smart cities - of which IoT News' is a very good example - then you will see many different areas under the microscope, from transportation and driverless cars, to smart buildings, to robotics. Central to making this work, therefore, is a viable plan - and the wireless communications trade association CTIA feels as though it has one.

The association has a smart cities playbook (pdf), which in its own words helps bring...

UK businesses see emerging tech as ‘a cost rather than investment’

For a country with such a history in pioneering technological advancements, it’s concerning that UK businesses consider innovations a hindrance. 

Computers, the World Wide Web, televisions, jet engines, lightbulbs, radars, telephones… all British technological inventions that many of us now take for granted. However, the UK is now falling behind in adopting new technologies.

Research from BT and YouGov found that more than 50 percent of business leaders are not even...

WEF: Inequality likely to worsen as robots set to do half of work by 2025

A report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) predicts that robots will do half of all work tasks by 2025, with inequality likely to worsen as a result.

Concerns about the impact of automation on jobs are not exactly new, but most felt the timeline for significant change would be longer – providing more time for mass reskilling of the workforce.

The pandemic we find ourselves in is creating “a double disruption of jobs” with businesses reducing their employees while...

Japan wants to establish global standards for human-assisting robots

Japan has opened a consultation with the International Standards Organisation (ISO) in a bid to establish standards for human-assisting robots.

Part of the reason for Japan's huge investments into robotics is the country's ageing population. Robots designed to help the elderly are becoming increasingly commonplace.

Japan has already created a national standard for robot-to-human interactions across a large number of settings including medical, commercial, and...

Liberty wins first case banning police use of facial recognition

Human rights group Liberty has won the first international case banning the use of facial recognition technology for policing.

In a judgment today, the Court of Appeal ruled that South Wales Police’s use of facial recognition technology breaches privacy rights, data protection laws, and equality laws.

Liberty launched the case on behalf of Cardiff resident Ed Bridges who was scanned by the technology first on a busy Cardiff high street in December 2017, and again when...

Musk says Neuralink will solve a lot of brain and spine injuries

Elon Musk believes his ambitious computer-to-brain project, Neuralink, will solve a lot of brain and spine injuries.

Neuralink aims to achieve a symbiosis between AI and the human brain. First established in 2016, the project has been relatively quiet despite the company’s ~90 employees clearly working hard behind-the-scenes.

In a call-out on Twitter for engineers to join Neuralink, Musk highlighted what lifechanging results the work could...

Uber hit with lawsuit to reveal how its algorithm works

Uber has been hit with a lawsuit by two British drivers in a bid to reveal how the company’s algorithm works.

The headquarters for Uber in Europe is in Amsterdam, so the drivers have taken their case to a Dutch court.

Uber’s drivers want to know what data is being collected about them – and how it’s being used. The drivers are concerned that Uber’s algorithm isn’t entirely neutral in how it decides who to allocate rides to.

"They want to prove that...