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1 Little Tally in trial, spots item highs, lows, price goofs 2015-11-12             

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Missing shelf items spell lots of missed opportunities. The customer sees the store is out of animal crackers and leaves, as the store nearby will not only carry the rest of the items on the grocery list but also the missing crackers.

2 Uncanny valley—why we find human-like robots and dolls so creepy 2015-11-11             

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The "uncanny valley" is a characteristic dip in emotional response that happens when we encounter an entity that is almost, but not quite, human. It was first hypothesised in 1970 by Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori who identified that as robots became more human-like, people would find them to be more acceptable and appealing than their mechanical counterparts. But this only held true to up a point. When they were close to, but not quite, human, people developed a sense of unease and discomfort. If human-likeness increased beyond this point, and the became very close to human, the emotional response returned to being positive. It is this distinctive dip in the relationship between human-likeness and emotional response that is called the uncanny valley.

3 Most people want fully autonomous weapons banned 2015-11-11             

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Public opinion is against the use of autonomous weapons capable of identifying and destroying targets without human input, according to a new survey by researchers at the University of British Columbia.

4 Robotic worm for head surgery can cut around corners 2015-11-10             

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Removing tumors from within the inner ear is a very delicate matter that typically requires surgeons to remove the entire mastoid bone. However, in the future, all doctors will need to do is cut a tunnel of 5 mm in diameter through the bone using a miniature robot named NiLiBoRo. The system is capable of adjusting its path while drilling through bone to steer around sensitive tissue such as blood vessels and nerves. Researchers will be displaying the new technology at the Compamed exhibition from November 16-19 in Düsseldorf (Hall 08a, Booth K38).

5 Watch for sidewalk delivery robots from Starship Technologies 2015-11-10             

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Look who or rather what is carrying bags down a busy street. A little robot in the future might be spotted often making its rounds, thanks to Starship Technologies, a company launched by Skype co-founders. The company has announced local-delivery, 40-pound robots. These are self-driving machines. They are intended to be mostly useful for local neighborhood restaurants and retailers.

6 Kirobo Mini robot for drivers part of Toyota Heart Project 2015-11-10             

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What's a little robot that looks like a cute astronaut doing at a car event? Kirobo Mini is a companion robot from Toyota that appeared at the Tokyo Motor Show; it is engineered to make the driver have a better emotional experience when behind the wheel.

7 Robots at the reporting desk 2015-11-10             

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If you've checked out an online news site lately, there's a good chance at least one of the stories you've read was written by a robot. The Associated Press—the world's biggest news organization—churns out almost 5,000 robot-written stories per quarter, and Forbes uses robots to write many of their company earnings reports.

8 How to distinguish lifelike robots from humans 2015-11-10             

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Can you imagine being in front of an android and a human and not able to identify which one is real? Mexican researcher David Silvera-Tawil discovered, after conducting a study in Australia, that exposure to Geminoids robots caused high anxiety and even fear in people.

9 Humans can empathize with robots 2015-11-10             

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Empathy is a basic human ability. We often feel empathy toward and console others in distress. Is it possible for us to emphasize with humanoid robots? Since robots are becoming increasingly popular and common in our daily lives, it is necessary to understand our interaction with robots in social situations.

10 System helps novices design 3-D-printable robotic creatures 2015-11-10             

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Even a novice can design and build a customized walking robot using a 3-D printer and off-the-shelf servo motors with the help of a new design tool developed by Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University.

 
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