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:

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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...

Hyundai is acquiring lifelike robotics pioneer Boston Dynamics

Hyundai is acquiring Boston Dynamics, a pioneering robotics creator behind the infamous robotic dog ‘Spot’.

Spot went viral for being eerily close to being able to mimic the movements of a real dog. People were quick to note the similarities between Spot and the fictional unstoppable killer robots which appear in an episode of Charlie Brooker’s dystopian TV show Black Mirror.

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Boston Dynamics is famous...

British Army chief: A quarter of soldiers could be robots by 2030

The head of the UK’s military has said that he expects up to a quarter of soldiers could be robots by the 2030s.

Sir Nick Carter – a decorated general with service in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Basra – made the comments to Sky News on Sunday.

“I suspect we could have an army of 120,000, of which 30,000 might be robots,” Sir Nick said.

In a paper called The Internet of Battle Things – published by the US Army Research Laboratory in 2016 – the...

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...