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Robocalypse? I Think Not.

Predictions of the Robocalypse are everywhere. “Robots Are Winning the Race for Jobs,” headlines The New York Times, which linked workplace automation to the rise of despotic rulers around the world. Elon Musk warns “Robots will do everything better than us.” On one hand, 72 percent of Americans are worried about an automated future (Pew […]

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Bluetooth sharpens teeth for mesh networking flexibility

Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has added support for mesh networks, aimed at creating large-scale device networks for automation, sensor networks, and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. It is another update focused on making Bluetooth a more viable option for IoT and many-to-many device communications. Previous updates have included extended range, increased speed, and better […]

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Automation to hit poorer workers hardest, says report

The proliferation of robots and artificial intelligence into the workplace will make social inequality even worse and lead to significant job losses, according to a report from the Boston Consulting Group. The report says that while automation will affect a broad range of jobs, the rich will be able to retrain and deploy themselves into […]

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World Economic Forum opens “Industry 4.0” center in San Francisco’s Presidio

Can we call it “PresiDavos?” The World Economic Forum — best known for its annual who’s-who gathering of thinkers in Davos, Switzerland — opened its Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco this morning, a new space for accelerating technology and science associated with the current data-driven tech revolution. The center will be a meeting […]

German manufacturing sector more gung-ho on IoT than U.S.

Though the Internet of Things (IoT) is booming in the U.S., German manufacturing leaders expect more IoT in their factories in the future. Yibada reported the results of a recent Boston Consulting Group (BCG) survey of 300 U.S. and German manufacturing executives that showed a much greater enthusiasm for IoT by the Europeans. It found […]

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Comcast adds to smart home offerings with Icontrol

Comcast and Alarm.com have announced an agreement to acquire portions of Icontrol Networks, an 11-year old home security company. The multi-deal involves Comcast purchasing the Icontrol Coverage platform, which already powers the Xfinity Home Screen and back-end servers used to control smart home devices. Comcast will also take control of the wholesale business. See Also: […]

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Can biofeedback get humans and self-driving cars to get along?

Self-driving cars might be available and legal as soon as next year, but questions of whether anyone will purchase them remain prevalent, as 75 percent of Americans are still afraid to ride in an autonomous vehicle. To build trust between the human and a self-driving car, a new Columbia University project wants to enable cars […]

Toyota works on connected cars deep in heart of Texas

Toyota has announced plans to open a new division called Toyota Connected in the United States, focused on building new car technology and humanizing technology added into cars. The new division will be located in Plano, Texas, and will employ around 100 people. Toyota has purchased a 20,000 square foot factory to test the new […]