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Posted 4 Jan 2013 at 20:34 UTC by steve Share This

Several mainstream news items on robots this week including an interesting piece in the New Yorker titled, Why Making Robots Is So Darn Hard. Meanwhile Salon and the New York Times dragged robots into the growing debate of "profits without prosperity" - the recent phenomenon in which big corporations are making more and more profit but without the traditional increase in general prosperity among corporate employees. In the New York Times article, Robots and Robber Barons, economist Paul Krugman cites robots as one of two possible causes for the problem. Salon, in the article, Robots don't destroy jobs by economist William Lazonick, counters that for every human worker a robot replaces, it adds multiple new job opportunities for humans. The Salon article posits the real problem is not robots but corporate abuse of profits, the fault of humans, not machines. Leaving economics behind, The Swirling Brain pointed us to some cool photos and video of a robot ornithoper made from 3D printed parts. And everybody loves a top ten list, right? The Public Library of Science (PLOS) recently posted a list of Ten Simple Rules for the Open Development of Scientific Software. Know any other robot news, gossip, or amazing facts we should report? Send 'em our way please. Don't forget to follow us on twitter and Facebook. And now you can add us to your Google+ circles too.

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