OPINION - Tech & Science Daily podcast: Humanoid ‘general-purpose’ robots blueprint

Figure says its robot would fill “unsafe and undesirable jobs” (Figure)
Figure says its robot would fill “unsafe and undesirable jobs” (Figure)

A robotics start-up has unveiled concept designs for a “general-purpose” humanoid droid powered by artificial intelligence.

Figure says its aim is to build the “first-of-its kind” commercial worker robot to undertake “unsafe and undesirable jobs”.

The design team includes engineers who have worked for Boston Dynamics and Tesla, while the blueprint features a black and grey human-shaped machine with a computer screen for a face.

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Chris Stott, the Isle of Man tech founder who also runs US lunar data service Lonestar, tells Tech & Science Daily about plans for moon hard drives to backup humanity’s knowledge and legal documents.

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An international team of researchers, including Oxford and Cambridge scientists, found variations in one gene associated with having more children, but also with a shorter fertility window.

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