Demand for Robot Cooks Rises as Kitchens Combat COVID-19

HAYWARD — Robots that can cook - from flipping burgers to baking bread - are in growing demand as virus-wary kitchens try to put some distance between workers and customers. Starting this fall, the White Castle burger chain will test a robot arm that can co...
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Risks, Rewards, and Robots: The Future of Work in California

Are robots coming for California’s jobs? In today’s increasingly automated economy, that’s certainly the fear. Technology has always generated economic churn, destroying some jobs and creating others. Already advances have generated a whole new sector of “g...
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Where’s My Robot Lawn Mower? Roomba Maker Has an Answer.

BEDFORD, Mass. — Robot vacuums have now been around long enough that you might watch one bump around a living room and think, why isn't there a robot that could mow my lawn? Turns out, it's not for lack of trying. For more than a decade, iRobot, the company...
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Robots Walk, Talk, Pour Beer, and Take Over CES Tech Show

LAS VEGAS — Robots that walk, talk, pour beer and play pingpong have taken over the CES gadget show in Las Vegas again. Just don't expect to find one in your home any time soon. "Roboticists, I guess, will never give up their dream to build Rosie." — Bilal ...