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    The video in the link shows a robot walking on blocks like a human.
    Hulking 165-pound humanoid robot delicately 'walks a tightrope' of tiny blocks | Daily Mail Online
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    Ford's self driving car and delivery robot
     
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    Robots playing music?...

     
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    A magazine cover from 1956 and another from 2017 showing the same thing lol...

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    How Robots Are To Take Away Our Jobs And Make Our Living Cheaper

    The fear of robots has been poisoning our lives for many generations. On the picture above you can see the covers of two American magazines with the difference of 60+ years. One would say that things haven’t been moving anywhere. But they have indeed. Because in the recent years robotization has been ousting thousands of people from their warm workplaces.

    Moreover, electronic stuffing of those robots was far less advanced than these days…

    We are well aware of the apocalyptic prophecies for the nearest 20-30 years. They say that tens of millions will lose their workplaces all over the world. Their work will be taken up by robots – faster, higher quality, and cheaper.

    Of course, this model has another side. Higher work efficiency and lower production costs open a highway to price reduction. A similar example is transfer of a number of industries to China, where workforce was cheaper and capital expenditures – lower. This has almost killed light industry in such average countries as Russia, which were not able to compete against Chinese consumer goods neither in prices, nor in unique quality.

    It goes without saying, the USSR weaving, garment, foot-wear etc. factories that were not shut down in 1990-ies are still puffing. And some of their owners feel pretty fair, though you cannot say that about their employees. Nevertheless, thanks to China, among others, the real purchasing power of their meager salaries, is perhaps higher compared to the USSR. At least if translated into consumer goods, equipment, and even food.

    In some sense, robotization is going to pull the prices down in the same way. And there is a future, in which a certain minimum of human needs will be provided by means of a universal basic income paid to everyone. And probably, it will be funded from taxes on robots.

    On the other hand, there will be something exclusive – the workforce and goods. Prices will be determined according to relevant market rules with certain specific features.

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    Robot racism? Yes, says a study showing humans' biases extend to robots

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    Have you ever noticed the popularity of white robots?

    You see them in films like Will Smith's "I, Robot" and Eve from "Wall-E." Real-life examples include Honda's Asimo, UBTECH's Walker, Boston Dynamics' Atlas, and even NASA's Valkyrie robot. All made of shiny white material. And some real-life humanoid robots are modeled after white celebrities, such as Audrey Hepburn and Scarlett Johansson.
    The reason for these shades of technological white may be racism, according to new research.

    "Robots And Racism," a study conducted by the Human Interface Technology Laboratory in New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) and published by the country's University of Canterbury, suggests people perceive physically human-like robots to have a race and therefore apply racial stereotypes to white and black robots.

    Robot designers come from all corners of the world, Bartneck pointed out, yet they still idealize white robots.

    "Human-shaped robots should represent the diversity of humans," Bartneck told The Next Web.

    "Imagine a world in which all Barbie dolls are white. Imagine a world in which all the robots working in Africa or India are white. Further imagine that these robots take over roles that involve authority. Clearly, this would raise concerns about imperialism and white supremacy," Bartneck told CNN. "Robots are not just machines, but they represent humans."

    In a second study, the HIT Lab NZ team added lighter brown robots, finding that as they increased the racial diversity, participants' racial bias toward the robots disappeared altogether. This "potentially means that diversification of robots might lead to a reduction in racial bias towards them," according to that study.

    "This leads me to believe that we have everything to win by offering racial options and nothing to lose," Bartneck told CNN.

    "In the same way that we do want Barbie dolls in all colors and shapes, we also want robots in more than just white."

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    Creepy 450 year old mechanized monk from Spain.

     
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