Gmail Wants To Reply To Your Emails For You With Artificial Intelligence

Gmail Wants To Reply To Your Emails For You With Artificial Intelligence

While we’re committed to a future serving as underlings to artificially intelligent lifeforms, we might as well enjoy some of the time-saving benefits, right? Like answering emails on the go — who wants to do that when there other more important things to do, like finally beat level 478 of Sugarsweet Smashtastic Kerplosion? Google wants to take on that task, with artificial intelligence that can read and reply to emails on your smartphone. [More]

Best Buy Testing Robot Customer Service Employees

Best Buy Testing Robot Customer Service Employees

In an era where retail is increasingly moving online, some shoppers still prefer to deal with actual human beings when they go to the store. But the folks at Best Buy believe that some in-store customer service tasks may be best done by automatons. [More]

Toyota Plans To Have Self-Driving Car For The Masses By 2020

Toyota Plans To Have Self-Driving Car For The Masses By 2020

Toyota attempted to break away from the self-driving car fanfare last month by announcing it would instead invest $50 million into creating “life-saving intelligent” vehicles that weren’t necessarily autonomous. Today, the company made it clear that it’s also pursuing the fully driver-less route, revealing plans to release a commercially available self-driving car by 2020. [More]

Awesome Or Annoying?: IT Help Desk Human Answering The Phone Like A Robot

Awesome Or Annoying?: IT Help Desk Human Answering The Phone Like A Robot

It can be hard work manning a help desk and fielding questions from people all day, so we can’t really blame a New York City Health Department employee who’s taken to answering the phone in a robot voice for trying to jazz up his day a little bit. Unfortunately for Mr. Roboto, a judge has suggested he be suspended from work — for the second time — for his monotonous style. [More]

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It’s Not Just You: Robots Are Also Bad At Assembling IKEA Furniture

If you’re the kind of person who’s terribly afraid of the impending robot revolution as well as someone who struggles when it comes to putting together IKEA furniture, we’ve got some good news for you: robots are also pretty bad at it, so maybe that’ll delay the artificial intelligence uprising somewhat. [More]

We Live In A World Where There’s An iPad Waiting In Line To Buy An iPhone 6S

We Live In A World Where There’s An iPad Waiting In Line To Buy An iPhone 6S

What with the inevitable, eventual artificial intelligence revolution always hangin on the horizon, we’re actually sort of surprised that this is the first we’ve heard of a robot holding a spot in line to buy a new iPhone. A woman in Australia sent her mechanical representative to wait for the release of the iPhone 6 at the Apple Store in Sydney, because it’s much better than camping out for hours or even days. And robots don’t even have to leave for bathroom breaks. [More]

Toyota Investing $50M Into “Life-Saving Intelligent” Vehicles

Toyota Investing $50M Into “Life-Saving Intelligent” Vehicles

There’s a lot of talk these days about the inevitable arrival of self-driving cars and the implications they will have on safety, insurance, traffic, and fuel costs, but Toyota has announced an investment in new research to develop “life-saving intelligent” vehicles that aren’t necessarily self-driving, but which could ideally combine the best of the autonomous car with one driven by a real human. [More]

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FCC Approves iRobot Automatic Lawnmower

iRobot, maker of robots that vacuum your carpets and scrub your toilets, wants to bring this same technology to your lawn. The lawn? Yes, humanity might hand over yet another of our annoying chores to our robot pals. While automatic lawn mowers are nothing new, iRobot’s version is. Maybe they can popularize the devices, which haven’t really caught on in this country. [More]

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Not Convinced The Robot Uprising Is Inevitable? Watch This Charger Prototype For Tesla Cars Find Its Target

You know, we’re a little surprised by you, Elon Musk. As a guy who’s said we’re right to be worried about artificial intelligence enslaving the human race, Terminator style, you’d think you wouldn’t go ahead and invent a robot charger that can find its own way to a nearby Tesla and plug in. What’s the next target, our brains?!? [More]

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Robot Driver Continues Time-Honored Tradition Of Totally Freaking Out Drive-Thru Workers

Do you know why we’re so certain the robot uprising is in the future? Because humans just can’t resist the lure of artificial intelligence, even if it’s just to freak out fast food workers at the drive-thru. Which, we must admit, is pretty funny. [More]

Google: Calm Down, Artificial Intelligence Research Won’t Lead To Robot Revolution

Google: Calm Down, Artificial Intelligence Research Won’t Lead To Robot Revolution

For those of you eyeing your smart refrigerators and with suspicion and demanding that Siri tell you her plans to precipitate the downfall of humanity, Google wants everyone to take a chill pill. The company’s head of artificial intelligence research is trying to reassure folks that Google’s work in that field won’t lead to the eventual extermination of the human race by robots. [More]

Feds Give Amazon Approval (Again) To Finally Test Delivery Drones In U.S.

Feds Give Amazon Approval (Again) To Finally Test Delivery Drones In U.S.

It’s finally time for Amazon to take its delivery drones to the sky for testing with the government’s approval: While the Federal Aviation Administration already granted the company permission to test a PrimeAir prototype last month, Amazon had complained that the time the feds took to sign off on the testing rendered the earlier design obsolete. [More]

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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak: “Eventually Computers Will Get Rid Of The Slow Humans”

It isn’t just Elon Musk and your neighbor with the fully functioning bomb shelter who think the robot revolution is not only inevitable, but that computers will win and ultimately, could possibly enslave humanity as a result: Apple co-founder Steve “The Woz” Wozniak is fully confident that artificial intelligence is going to triumph over mankind someday. [More]

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Creator Of Uncanny ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Text Generator Doesn’t See Robots Taking Writers’ Jobs

Amid the Fifty Shades of Grey movie hooplah maybe you’ve found yourself grumbling, “I could’ve written that book.” Sure, maybe, but it’s not just you — there’s a text generator out there right now that does a pretty damn near perfect impersonation of the series. Wait — robots are doing literature (and I use that term lightly) now? ARE WE ALL DOOMED? We chatted with the programmer behind the new Fifty Shades of Grey text generator tool to find out. [More]

Elon Musk Donates $10M To Help Save Humankind From The Robots

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Don’t believe that artificial intelligence will one day rise up against the humans who brought it into being and become robot overlords reigning over Earth like cruel, undying gods? Well, Elon Musk does, and he’s willing to put $10 million where his mouth is in order to safeguard humans from the inevitable robot revolution. [More]

Google Replacing CAPTCHAs With “I’m Not A Robot” Check Box

Google Replacing CAPTCHAs With “I’m Not A Robot” Check Box

Almost every Internet user has come across a CAPTCHA security check — you know, the thing where you have to enter in a jumbled set of letters and numbers, often with lines drawn through them — and had absolutely no idea how to decipher it. This is frustrating and it’s not actually effective, so Google’s reCAPTCHA folks have come up with a new idea: Just asking if you’re a robot. [More]

John Oliver: Lowe’s Robot Won’t Keep Couples From Killing Each Other At Hardware Store

John Oliver: Lowe’s Robot Won’t Keep Couples From Killing Each Other At Hardware Store

Last week, Lowe’s unveiled the test of a customer service robot at one of its Orchard Supply stores and we pointed out that it’s really just doing the job Lowe’s should be asking of its employees. What we were remiss in mentioning is the other important aspect of home-improvement store customer service — preventing married couples from murdering each other while shopping. [More]

Lowe’s New Customer Service Robot Just Sounds Like A Really Good Employee

Lowe’s New Customer Service Robot Just Sounds Like A Really Good Employee

Not so long ago, before the rise of the mega-hardware chains, you could walk into your local home improvement store and find a helpful employee who knew exactly what you needed and where to find it on the shelves. We’ve now reached a point in customer service where Lowe’s has chosen to create a robot to replicate this experience. [More]