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Robots Wielding Water Knives Are the Future of Farming

JUST AFTER DAWN in the Salinas Valley south of San Francisco, a raucous robot rolls through a field spitting clouds of vapor. It’s cutting...

Don’t Open That Google Doc Unless You’re Positive It’s Legit

IF YOU GET a Google Doc link in your inbox today, scrutinize it carefully before you click—even if it looks like it comes from...

Tax Scams Are Absurdly Common. Here’s How to Protect Yourself

FILING AND PAYING taxes can be frustrating enough without the looming threat of identity theft and refund fraud. But tax scams have become so...
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Veebot, the Robotic Phlebotomist That Makes Drawing Blood Faster (VIDEO)

There are two things that this editor fears about blood draws: the fact that he has deep veins, and the prospect of being stabbed...
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Amazon’s first drone-powered delivery takes 13 minutes from purchase to drop-off

Drone delivery has begun. On Dec. 7, a bag of popcorn, along with an Amazon Fire TV stick, left a Cambridge warehouse in the U.K. and 13 minutes...

This robot-powered restaurant could put fast food workers out of a job

A robot-powered burger joint is coming to San Francisco. In 2012, secretive robotics startup Momentum Machines debuted a machine that could crank out 400 made-to-order...

In booming retail warehouses, robots steadily replace some workers

When Skechers started building a colossal distribution center in Moreno Valley six years ago, backers promised a wave of new jobs. Instead, by the time...

Mexico taking U.S. factory jobs? Blame robots instead

Problem is, factories don’t need as many people as they used to because machines now do so much of the work
       

U.S. to release guidelines on driverless vehicles

Any doubt that driverless cars, trucks and buses are on a fast track to join their human counterparts on the nation’s highways may be knocked aside Tuesday, when the Department of Transportation releases long-awaited guidelines for the development of autonomous cars.

The guidelines, which specify...