Robots Are Infiltrating More Industries Than You Might Think

The first recorded robot killing of a human was on Jan. 25, 1979 in Flat Rock, Michigan. The victim? Robert Williams, a 25 year old Ford Motor assembly line worker. Williams death was ruled "industrial accident" and it would take an astonishing three decades for governments to even begin regulation of robots.

Since the Dallas police, in an apparent first, used a robot to kill a shooting subject two months ago, the Drone Center at Bard found there are hundreds of police robots across America. But how does that compare with other countries?

According to a new study, the U.S. has the second highest number of operational robots, outranked by only Japan. And Japan's police robots are, in all actuality, drone-catching-drones used to capture suspicious unmanned aircraft... with a net.

Despite having less than 10% the amount of operational robots as the U.S, the U.K. introduced official guidelines for good robot behavior last week at the Social Robotics & AI conference in Oxford. The guidelines, loosely based on acclaimed I, Robot author Isaac Asimov's rules, are “the first step towards embedding ethical values into robotics and AI” according to Alan Winfield, a robotics professor at the University of the West of England.

Meanwhile, American tech CEO Colin Angle believes robots can save ocean ecosystems. On Sunday, his RISE (Robots In Service of the Environment) team spoke with CNN about their automatic vacuum cleaner Roomba which is equipped with a bespoke electrocution device. Angle other company's name: I, Robot.


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