A brainchild of art dealer Aidan Meller of Oxford, UK, Ai-Da is the product of a communal effort and has already sold paintings to people who may possibly be amused by owning art made by a machine.
Hanson Robotics aims to sell "thousands" of robots in 2021, both large and small, without providing a specific number.
In a bid to minimise contact between patients infected with the coronavirus and health workers, Rwanda has deployed the three robots to carry out simple tasks.
After managing to contain an outbreak of the new coronavirus that infected more than 11,000 and killed 269, South Korea is slowly transitioning from intensive social distancing rules towards what the government calls "distancing in daily life".
The robots, which come up roughly to an adult's knee height and look like smooth white plastic boxes mounted on six black wheels, are a familiar sight in the town, where they have been delivering groceries for over two years.
Jody Williams, who is a Nobel Peace laureate, said lethal autonomous weapons are crossing a moral and ethical Rubicon and should not be allowed to exist and be used in combat or in any other way.
Theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking believed that robots would replace humankind — and robotic technology has been growing faster than expected.
Ai-Da, named after British mathematician and computer pioneer Ada Lovelace, will be able to track faces to recognise facial features and mimic expression, its makers say.
The “Humans Wanted: Robots Need You” report surveyed 19,000 employers in 44 countries and found 69 percent of firms were planning to maintain the size of their workforce while 18 percent wanted to hire more people as a result of automation.
The self-driving taxis in Tokyo are capable of navigating around intersections and changing lanes.
Weapons systems are far from having a mind of their own. But the debate around them has already begun.
A robot barista called "Sawyer" is able to serve a maximum of five cups of coffee at one go at Henn-na Cafe meaning "Strange Café" in Japanese.
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