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On March 18, 2020, a student configures a modified medical robot to screen and observe patients with VIDOC-19 at the Regional Robotics Technology Centre at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP

Can robots help us overcome the coronavirus health crisis and lockdown?

With the enhanced capabilities of today's robots and drones, recent examples from China and Thailand and ongoing research show that they have the potential to help us navigate disasters.
Toys are becoming increasingly advanced, but this can be more of a hindrance than a perk. Pixabay

Robots, AI and drones: when did toys turn into rocket science?

At Christmas shopping, you may have noticed toys are becoming very complex. They fly, hop, jump and follow you around – some even need to be 'connected'. But why are we seeing such technical advances?
A recent study conducted by Brookings Institute researchers found artificial intelligence could “affect work in virtually every occupational group”. However, it’s yet to be seen exactly how jobs will be impacted. SHUTTERSTOCK

Work is a fundamental part of being human. Robots won’t stop us doing it

As machine automation and artificial intelligence surge, there's paranoia our jobs will be overrun by robots. But even if this happens, work won't disappear, because humans need it.
Sexbot Emma, from AI Tech, is advertised as a “real AI you can talk to”. She offers “warm hugs” and will “feel your feelings”. YouTube/Screenshot

Robots with benefits: how sexbots are marketed as companions

Sexbot advertising promises more than just sex toys. It is also trying to sell us a soulmate or trusted friend.
Experts expect AI to contribute approximately $US16 trillion to the global economy by 2030. from www.shutterstock.com

How Australia can make AI work for our economy, and for our people

The idea that robots will take our jobs is not radically new – but artificial intelligence is now completely reorganising the global economy. Australia must act now to keep up with the world.
Children quickly took to the robot and developed a relationship with it. Screenshot Youtube

How a robot called Pink helped teach school children an Aboriginal language

Maitland Lutheran School, of 240 students in rural South Australia, found a way to teach children programming code and an old Aboriginal language. The answer was Pink, the robot.
South Africans with jobs fear that automation could make them redundant. Shutterstock

South Africans are upbeat about new technologies, but worried about jobs

The governments needs to adjust its agenda to take on board concerns voiced by citizens about the impact of technological changes.
The sense of touch is generally measured by a sensor that can translate a pressure upon it into a small electrical signal. Shutterstock

It’s not easy to give a robot a sense of touch

Our sense of touch lets us know how hard or soft something is, how solid or pliable it is to handle. That's an important skill if you want robots to handle things safely.

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