San Francisco’s ruling Board of Supervisors has voted to let the city’s police use robots that can kill. The measure permits police to deploy robots equipped with explosives in extreme circumstances. Dr Catherine Connolly, from the group Stop Killer Robots, said the move was a “slippery slope” that could distance humans from killing. The city’s… Read more »
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Source: BBC Technology News Date: January 5th, 2023 Link (to 21 second video): https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-64052740 Discussion In what ways is an MIS major relevant to this type of technology? What sorts of MIS skills would help push this technology beyond looking inside water pipes?
Source: Toronto Daily Star Date: November 4th, 2022 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/grace-humanoid-robot-montreal-seniors-study-1.6623292 Discussion Discussion https://www.cbc.ca/i/caffeine/syndicate/?mediaId=20879396519891 minute videoThe interaction looks very clunky. In what other circumstances might this sort of humanoid technology work? Robots in the workplace will look nothing like this. Robots in the workplace will be Robotic Process Automation, which is basically the same as Excel… Read more »
Source: BBC Date: October 20th, 2022 Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-63100636 Discussion “Mr Musk said the robots would be produced en masse, at a cost lower than $20,000 (£17,900), and be available in three to five years.”Why is this a game-changer for businesses? In what ways does Management Information Systems factor into robotics and robots like Optimus?
Source: Canadian Broadcasting Company Date: April 14th, 2022 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-the-monday-edition-1.6415906/researchers-give-a-robot-hand-the-power-of-touch-designing-a-human-like-fingertip-1.6417499 Discussion “Assistive robots that could help people … who may be old or infirm … [or] need help to get around and need help around the home to give them more of an independent life.” Why is human-like touch (haptic) required for this sort of… Read more »
Source: Boston Dynamics Date: March 9th, 2022 Link to 3 minute 51 second video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsqgBnqWg2Q Discussion What other applications could you put something just like this towards? If you were to set up a business around this technology, what sorts of people would you need in your company to be successful?
Source: Ameca Date: January 19th, 2022 Link to 41 second video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=IPukuYb9xWw&feature=youtu.be Discussion Why is it important to have such a close-to-perfection humanoid robot? The “uncanny valley” is a term used for when a robot (or video) is close to human, but not perfect, and humans just get creeped out by this. Does this cross… Read more »
If you are dreading having to cook your family’s Christmas Day dinner then you are definitely not alone. But for future Christmases there is now a new alternative – get a robot chef to do everything. A number of tech firms are now developing robots that can cook and plate up entire meals, both for… Read more »
If you’re out and about in Toronto and you pass by a Geoffrey, the little pink delivery bots that residents of have come to know and love, you might want to snap one last picture or blow one last kiss, because soon, his kind may be off city streets for good. In a motion that came… Read more »
It’s not like the gun-toting Robocop in the film, but police say this robot is helping to bring crime rates down. Source: BBC Technology News Date: December 10th, 2021 Link to 2 minute 25 second video: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/stories-58841837 Discussion What are some issues with using robots for security? How might you build a business around robotics… Read more »