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The Verge

James Vincent

9 July 2020

United States

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Covid-19 has accelerated technological innovations and robots are being used to minimize the virus’ transmission. Mobile disinfectant units using UV light to break apart the virus’ genetic material are in use at some...

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Kate Knibbs

22 June 2020

Japan

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Robot pet therapy, which uses a social robot designed to look like a small animal, weigh the same as an infant, and communicate in a socially comforting way, is helping isolated seniors find a sense of companionship d...

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Victoria Swyers

31 March 2020

United States

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Can I Recycle This operates via social media profiles where, on Amazon Alexa and Facebook, the AI bot “Green Girl” tells people what materials can or cannot be recycled, helping avoid contamination of legitimate recyc...

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Lilly Smith

26 March 2020

Hubei Province, China

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To keep the doctor-patient contact at a minimum during the coronavirus pandemic, hospitals in China and Thailand are using human-like robots to perform basic medical tasks. The use of robots doesn't just help to keep ...

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Kevin McLaughlin

25 March 2020

United States

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As companies look to stay economically viable and responsive to customers during the coronavirus pandemic, many are beginning to turn to automation as a way to fill jobs that would have humans working too closely toge...

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Miles Wilson

31 December 2019

Maricopa, Arizona, United States

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In Arizona, the use of drones as farming technology is gaining traction. While still in the early stages, drones have shown to help with field mapping and data collection on things like crop conditions, water quality,...

FastCompany

Mark Wilson

20 November 2019

Hamburg, Germany

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An engineering company called Autodesk uses the concept of "generative deisgn" - design facilitated by Artificial Intelligence to create structural renderings unimagined by the human brain - to create lighter and more...

The Christian Science Monitor

Rishika Pardikar

9 May 2019

Bangalore, India

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Separating mixed waste efficiently with technology can help where waste segregation policies are lacking. In Bangalore, India, a machine called Trashbot sorts mixed waste into biodegradable and non-biodegradable compo...

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Nelisiwe Msomi

23 April 2019

South Africa

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In South Africa, public health nurses have a tendency to act more like a parent than a nurse when teenage girls visit the clinic to be tested for HIV, ask for birth control or get antiretroviral treatment. To change t...

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Paul Brinkmann

18 April 2019

Orlando, Florida, United States

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Robots are the newest way to improve efficiency of agriculture in the context of an aging immigrant population of fruit pickers, specifically in the strawberry industry. Harvest CROO is the company behind the robot Be...

Under-Told Stories Project

Fred de Sam Lazaro

17 April 2019

Kigali, Rwanda

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The first of it's kind, a medical drone base has opened in Rwanda that aims to cut down the time it takes to deliver blood from blood banks to hospitals. Serving 21 rural health facilities throughout the region, the a...

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Molly Kendrick

17 April 2019

United States

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Across the globe, governments are spending money on research that could allow artificial intelligence, or AI, to expedite and improve the screening and security processes at passport control. As international travel c...

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Jaclyn Jeffrey-Wilensky

3 April 2019

Santa Clarita, California, United States

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Providing senior citizens with animal-assisted therapy has been known to lessen rates of loneliness while also aiding in brain health by reducing cases as dementia. Because taking care of a living animal is not always...

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Kristin Houser

27 March 2019

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

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The United States Postal Service has launched a drone delivery service that has the potential to save lives due to the time it cuts down on providing medical supplies. Currently, the service is only transporting blood...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

13 March 2019

Nassau, Bahamas

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The Guardian is a robot that uses electric shocks to catch the lionfish, an invasive species that has been detrimental across the Atlantic. The project has transformed into a non-profit called Robots in Service of the...

Futurity News

Sarah McQuate-Washington

13 March 2019

Washington, United States

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Many people across the United State cannot eat unless assisted, but this often leads to feelings of losing independence. To combat this outcome, researchers have developed a robotic assistant that can assess a plate o...

BBC

Chris Baraniuk

4 March 2019

United Kingdom

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Countries around the world have been testing the use of artificial intelligence, or AI, as assistive technology to solving crimes. From creating algorithms that can identify victims of sex trafficking online to develo...

New Atlas

David Szondy

24 February 2019

Anniston, Alabama, United States

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At a US Army facility in Alabama, nine robots, created by Sandia National Laboratories, was able to decommission and recycle army munitions. What has historically been a dangerous job for humans, these robots are able...

Wall Street Journal

Christopher Mims

23 February 2019

Pembroke Pines, Florida, United States

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Research shows that prolonged feelings of loneliness can have unhealthy outcomes, and the likelihood of experiencing loneliness increases as a person ages. To combat this, many technology companies are trying a host o...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

1 February 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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Patients suffering from chronic illnesses can often be overwhelmed with their care routines and doctors typically only have limited time to monitor them. A small robot is changing this narrative, however, by providing...

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Casey Ross

10 January 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

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With little progress made on a successful treatment for Alzheimer's and prices for monitored care and medications rising, several technology companies are focusing on better ways to manage care. Through tactics such a...

The Guardian

Danielle Stephens

19 December 2018

Nigeria

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Temie Giwa-Tubosun is known as the "the blood lady" in Nigeria thanks to her efforts to transport blood to rural communities in East Africa. LifeBank, her blood-delivery start-up, operates in two different cities and ...

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Chia Jie Lin

30 November 2018

Singapore

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The Singapore Police Force is utilizing technology to expand their surveillance efforts with patrol robots and drones. From search and rescue operations to identifying concerning sounds, these tools will support offic...

The New York Times

Melina Delkic

1 November 2018

Queens, New York, United States

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The "maker" movement is a growing trend in education that allows students to learn in a creative, hands-on, project-based way that develops an idea in real time using tools and technology. The annual Maker Faire in Qu...

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Gustavo Solis

29 October 2018

Chula Vista, United States

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Police in Chula Vista, Calif., are using drones to respond to some emergency calls as part of a pilot program between the Federal Aviation Administration, Chula Vista and the city of San Diego. It’s an idea from Ensen...

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