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Wendy’s to Introduce More Automation to Dodge Paying Minimum Wage

US fast food chain Wendy’s has admitted that, rather than maintain its current staffing levels at the new minimum wage rate, it will seek to replace staff with self-ordering kiosks and back-of-house automated systems, and cover…

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Restaurants in China Fires Robot Staff for Incompetence

It seems we shouldn’t worry about automation taking away jobs from us humans just yet, with one restaurant in Guangzhou, China being forced to “fire” its robotic staff members for incompetence, while two others with robot…

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Microsoft Populates Skype With Helper-Bots

Your Skype chats could just get a little bit smarter thanks to Microsoft’s new array of assistive helper-bots. These bots were on show at Build 2016, where Microsoft demonstrated how Cortana, as well as a number…

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Mercedes to Replace Factory Robots with Human Workers

With robot dominating manufacturing processes, and estimates suggesting that automation could make up to half the world’s human population unemployed within 30 years, and that one-third of jobs in the UK will be done by robotic…

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VIA Introduces ARTiGO A600 Smart Automation Control System

Smart homes and general smart automation of all sorts of things is one of the wonderful things about the time we currently live in. All the things we (nerds and geeks) have dreamt of building for…

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Japan’s Robot Hotel Has Velociraptor Receptionist

Why open a hotel staffed almost exclusively by robots, with a Velociraptor behind the reception desk? Because Japan, of course. Henn na, or Weird Hotel in English, uses automated systems and human-like automatons – plus one…

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Ultimate Showdown: Industrial Robot vs Sword Master

Robots have become the lifeblood of many industries, their speed, accuracy and constant workflow outmatches their human rivals. Though taken away from the production line, could they match instinct, technique, could you take a bot to…

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Bill Gates Warns That the World Isn’t Prepared For the Impact of Automisation

We are approaching the age of automation, a time in which machines, robots, and software will dominate the labour market. But, unlike the industrial age, which brought with it a plethora of jobs, automation will render…

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Robot Serves Customers in Chinese Restaurant

The BBC reports on the news that robots have taken up the positions of the waiters at a restaurant in China. The robots are presumably designed to replace human waiters and use optical sensors alongside rechargeable…

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McDonald’s to Introduce Touchscreen Ordering in the US

By the end of 2015, McDonald’s hopes to introduce ‘Create Your Own Taste’ touchscreen ordering kiosks in 2,000 of its US restaurants. The touchscreen interface allows customers to customise their order; want a Quarter Pounder with…

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One Third of UK Jobs to Become Automated

In this post-industrial age, the world’s labour market has shifted from machinery making the jobs of people easier and more efficient to automated technology – computerised systems and robotics – that remove the need for people…

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Amazon Announces ‘Echo’ Virtual Assistant & Speaker With Awkward Video

Amazon has announced the ‘Amazon Echo‘ virtual assistant device in an attempt to get into the home automation market. The black tube-like device is designed to sit in a room and be used like the many other…

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Total Stranger Takes Control Of Smart House Due To Huge Security Flaw

  Having home automation systems can be cool, you’ve likely got the basics in place already to have such a system, a smart phone, tablet computer, PC, smart TV, games consoles and such can all be…