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From Watson to Siri: As machines replace humans, are they creating inequality too?

Artificially intelligent machines might soon be indistinguishable from human workers. Such advances may be improving our way of life, but could they be creating inequality in our economy?


Photo: Little robots run circles around competition

It is being touted as an endurance event. 26 miles. Four days. 423 laps around a 110-yard indoor racetrack. It’s grueling. It’s nonstop. It’s being covered live on the Internet. It’s also being run by very small robots.


Fear not, humans: Watson the new Jeopardy champion won’t take over the world — yet

Stephen Baker, author of a book on Watson’s Jeopardy performance, explains how the machine works and why we’re not all doomed.


Photo: One giant leap for robots

Robonaut 2 will be tweeting about his adventures aboard the International Space Station.

Building a sneakier robot

If robots weren’t annoying enough already with their beeping and clanging and lack of empathy, now they can lie too.

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