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    Panda Express developed a robot wok

    Panda Express As employees are becoming harder to find, fast casual restaurants have been investing in more automation. According to one estimate, the global food technology market is estimated to reach $342 billion by 2027, and there are ample signs that fast food, in particular, is embracing automation. The latest example? Panda Express has rolled out […] More

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    Video conferencing from the Titanic wreck?

    OceanGate Expeditions A researcher has brought video conferencing technology to one of the most remote places on earth: The wreck of the HMS Titanic, which is resting on the seabed 13,000 feet below the surface. “It is as if we can now carry out video conferences from the abyss,” says Alex Waibel, a researcher at […] More

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    Why do college kids get all the cool robots?

    Blendid If you have a kid heading to college in the fall, it might be time to have the talk. It’s okay to experiment, but don’t go crazy for the first robot you meet — you’ll have others. That’s because college campuses are fast emerging as a critical early testing ground for the robotics sector. […] More

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    Mushroom meat and robot chefs: Chipotle's vision for the future of fast food

    Chipotle This past spring, Chipotle announced the launch of a tech-focused venture fund to nurture food and service-oriented technologies. The first round of investments just went out, and the news says a lot about the future of quick service. Through its Cultivate Next venture fund, Chipotle is backing Hyphen, a food service platform designed to help automate kitchens […] More

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    Home ownership? AI may be your best hope

    Architects using a tablet at a construction site. Image: Getty A February National Association of Realtors study cited that record-high home prices combined with record-low inventory have created an affordable housing supply crisis in America. A subsequent study found that a lack of affordable housing is now the country’s biggest obstacle to home buying.  Can […] More

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    Happy birthday: 100,000 robots set to sing for Mars rover

    Husqvarna Yes, it’s a marketing gimmick. Sure, it’s kind of hokey. But darn it if this doesn’t unexpectedly pull at the heartstrings. Husqvarna, the maker of autonomous home lawn mowers that look something like RC tactical assault vehicles from Mad Max times, is releasing an unusual software update to celebrate a lonely robot thousands of […] More

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    Prime Air: Amazon officially rolls out drone delivery to customers

    Amazon It’s official. After years of development announcements, Amazon will be rolling out delivery by drone for Prime customers in areas of California and Texas. While that’s a small slice of customers, for now, this news couldn’t be more important for the commercial drone sector, which has been gathering tons of momentum over the last […] More