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By Pete Sweeney SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China wants domestic companies to buy more locally made robots to lift productivity, but industry insiders have warned its policies are over-stimulating the market and that robot manufacturers were "coming up like mushrooms." Government officials, worried that productivity growth may have turned negative since 2009, see the promotion of automation as a policy ...

Home improvement chain tests roving robots to help customers find what they're looking for

The robots are coming: Lowe's enlists customer service bots to help shoppers find items

Lowe's is testing whether robots can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find something as simple as a nail.

Lowe's is testing whether robots can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail.

Two giant, menacing robots march toward each other, blasting missiles and six-inch projectiles at over 100 mph ... No, it’s not science fiction, it’s what a Somerville company plans on making reality. Part Transformers, part blockbuster movie “Real Steel” come to life, MegaBots is launching a Kickstarter campaign today to help fund the production of robots that would take ultimate fighting to a ...

Lowe's is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail. Four robots will be tested an Orchard Supply Hardware store owned by Lowe's in San Jose.

New research on machine morality published in the Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence  looks at whether it's considered evil for robots to masquerade as humans. The research team is looking at associations between developers, robots, users and owners to help them identify where ethical accountabilities lies.

Future running robots are likely to resemble ostriches or dinosaurs, new research suggests.

Food giant Nestle said Wednesday that its Japan unit would hire 1,000 robots as sales clerks at stores across the country. The first batch of the robots -- a chatty humanoid called Pepper -- will report to work by the end of this year at outlets that sell coffee capsules and home espresso machines. "From December, they will start selling coffee machines for us at big retail stores," said Nestle ...