Warehouse robot startup Kindred signs up the Gap to test its first commercial product

Nick Statt for The Verge: Kindred's new production model robots, now called Kindred Sort, have been operating in a pilot program at a Gap warehouse, with plans to expand the fleet of robots to help the retailer's full fulfillment network down the line.

Sophia the Robot Is Bestowed with Citizenship of Saudi Arabia

The humanoid robot, Sophia, told the audience at the Future Investment Initiative summit how honoured she was being made a Saudi citizen. „Thank you to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," Sophia said, „I am very honoured and proud of this unique distinction."

Walmart is using shelf-scanning robots to audit its stores

James Vincent for The Verge: The retailing giant says the robots' introduction won't lead to job losses, and that the company wants to save employees from carrying out tasks that are "repeatable, predictable, and manual."

Why Human-Controlled, Force-Multiplying Robots Are the Future of Work on Earth

Ben Wolff, CEO of Sarcos via IEEE Spectrum:

Can Robots help get more Girls into Science & Tech?

Matt Simon for Wired: The United States has a serious problem with getting women into STEM jobs and keeping them there.

This Robot Tractor is ready to disrupt construction

Matt Simon for Wired: Give it coordinates, tell it what size the hole should be, hit enter, and it tears off and digs the thing with impressive accuracy.

Google to build a futuristic neighborhood in Toronto

Matt McFarland for CNN Money: Google, a company that's built everything from a search engine to a self-driving car, will now try its hand at a city neighborhood.

There's a huge opportunity in robotics for early career computer scientists

Greg Nichols for ZDNet: The reason is that programming a robot is no easy task, which presents challenges when it comes to deployment. That's particularly true of small- and mid-sized businesses, which are unlikely to have a qualified roboticist onboard.

How many robots does it take to change a light bulb?

Tim Sandle for Digital Journal: A newly created robotic gripper has researchers at University of California - San Diego excited. The 'friendly' new robot could help advance the automation of construction and building works.

Zume Pizza lands $48 million in funding for robotic pizza delivery

Greg Nichols for ZDNet: The process begins on a robotic assembly line in a centralized kitchen, but pizzas finish cooking in ovens inside of trucks en route to delivery.

Sony will relaunch its robotics business in 2018 with a dog-like robot designed for homes.

Amit Katwala for IMECHE: The new model will incorporate internet connectivity and have the ability to control domestic appliances with voice commands, like the Amazon Echo or Google Home devices, but will also behave and move like a real dog.

The future of robots could be tiny origami bots that fold into different shapes

Guanhong Hu for Quartz: Shuhei Miyashita and his team used the origami concept to make exoskeletons for a magnetic cube robot, called "Primer", letting it morph on demand to do various things in different conditions.

Colleges Are Marketing Drone Pilot Courses, but the Career Opportunities Are Murky

Elizabeth Woyke for MIT Technology Review: At least 15 community colleges offer them, but it's not clear how many students parlay their new skills into jobs.

Has a French firm finally achieved the holy grail of robotics?

Greg Nichols for ZDNet: The biomechanics of bipedal walking are preposterously complex. A French firm claims to have built a robotic suit that can emulate the way we walk.

How Switzerland Became The Silicon Valley Of Robotics

Andrew Cave for Forbes: The Alpine nation is now "the Silicon Valley of robotics," according to Chris Anderson, chief executive of 3D Robotics.

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