SoftBank unit buys robotics businesses from Alphabet Inc

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp has said that a unit of the company will buy two firms that build walking robots from Alphabet, which would add to the group’s growing artificial intelligence portfolio.The Japanese company will buy Boston Dynamics and Tokyo-based Schaft, which design and manufacture robots that simulate human movement. It did not disclose the terms of the transactions.

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Manual Standing Wheelchair Lets Users Control It Whether Sitting or Upright

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab has developed a new wheelchair that allows its users to switch between a sitting and standing positions while retaining the ability to move and steer the chair in any direction. The fully mechanical device uses bicycle chains to transfer power from a tank tread-like push bars to either the wheels or the system that lifts its user.

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Scientist Found The One Job Robots Will Never Be Able To Take From Us

We’ve heard it all before: For every job a human can do, there’s a robot that can do it better, faster, and without posting whiny memes about the Monday struggle. But when a researcher decided to test a robot’s ability to complete one job requiring a specific kind of creativity, she was pleasantly surprised to find the bot was a bit of a failure.

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