DailyDirt: Stop That Robot, It Stole My Job!
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- In Kinshasa, two giant robot traffic cops serve as humanoid traffic lights to direct vehicles and pedestrians... and receive more respect than the flesh-and-blood traffic cops that did the same job previously in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. These robot cops are solar powered and equipped with cameras that can record events (so scofflaws will be sent tickets). [url]
- Technological disruption of the labor market is a growing trend, and a study from Oxford University estimated that 47% of jobs today could be automated in the next couple decades. Governments may find it difficult to address the resulting displaced human labor, but it's an issue that is only going to become more prevalent -- so we'd better start finding solutions soon. [url]
- Sgt. Star is a chatbot for the US Army, and it acts as an automated Army recruiter by answering *any* questions that potential enlistees might have. It's especially good for answering questions that a person might be too embarrassed to ask a real human recruiter, but it's obviously not a perfect replacement. [url]
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