automation stories

 
In a small way, the Roomba represents the dream of putting a robot in every home. Now if it cooked, did your laundry and brought you a beer, it'd be perfect. iRobot's brand new 600 series doesn't do any of that (yet), but the lovable little vac-bot is getting a grip of upgrades without all the added cost.
 
Dog owners are sure to appreciate this convenient gadget that senses when your dog is approaching and sends out a stream of water for your pooch to guzzle whenever they're thirsty. It saves us owners from having to read Fido's mind (that stare could mean anything) and keeps them happy by giving them a fun, safe fountain to use.
 
Chances are you will not have a job in the future. This isn't anything against you personally, or even a comment on the economy. It's just a statement of fact. As technology (and specifically robotics) marches into the future, there will simply less of a need for human workers and all their annoying human-y hang-ups such as "due compensation," "sick time" and "sleep." Futurist Thomas Frey has gone as far to predict that two billion jobs (nearly 50% of all current jobs) will be technologically outmoded by 2030. If this prediction holds true, any child born today will graduate from high school into a radically different world where all human needs are met cheaply, but where there will be little need for actual humans. We've only begun to see the beginning of this new jobless age where all services are filled by robots and other assorted automatons. And this coming iceberg is much bigger than you probably think. Here, we present a list of jobs will be "manned" by robots in the closer-than-you-think future.
 
Amazon recently announced it purchased robot maker Kiva Systems for $775 million. The move will bring an army of little orange robots into Amazon's warehouse-sized fulfillment centers in move that will have the 'bots working alongside humans.
 
The process of cell research is a delicate, hands-on technique critical to the study of human disease and drug research. Until now, the hands have been those of scientists, but now a series of robots have successfully created its first culture in the lab. This huge step forward now frees up scientists to perform new experiments and other tasks, so why hasn't it happened before now?
 
Ed Rogers lives in an apartment that would be a dream for train watchers, but nightmarish for fans of sleeping. He lives right up against the tracks, and sometimes really long, noisy trains come rolling by. His solution? Automatically closing windows, with the help of some tech-savvy know-how and a 3D printer.

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