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El Salvador’s risky move to Bitcoin; future of Singapore patrol robots

Marietje Schaake, International Policy Director at Stanford's Cyber Policy Center, Eurasia Group senior advisor and former MEP, discusses trends in big tech, privacy protection and cyberspace:

El Salvador becomes the first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender. Is this a risky move?

Well, it is unclear who ought to benefit most of the President's move to adopt Bitcoin. Poor shopkeepers, wealthy investors, or he himself. With arguments that remittances are expensive and the future is digital, President Bukele leapt forward. But the immediate value drop of Bitcoin was a live reminder of the cryptocurrencies' volatility. One silver lining is that others can learn from the lessons that El Salvador will learn under this new spotlight.

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Tech initiatives to have machines, not people, cleaning sewers in India

December 12, 2020 7:18 PM

Bandicoot, a machine with a camera-mounted extendable robotic arm, can descend into manholes and scoop out dirt.

To scare off wild bears, Japanese city calls in the 'monster wolf'

November 16, 2020 12:01 PM

TOKYO (NYTIMES) - The wild bears were becoming more than a nuisance, lumbering into a small Japanese city on the northern island of Hokkaido in search of food and increasing the risk of deadly encounters with humans.

Demand for service robots set to surge in China amid Covid-19

October 05, 2020 5:00 AM

With the push of a button, the big white robot lights up and its spindly arms spring to life, grinding coffee beans and boiling a flask of hot water.

Giant Gundam robot in Japan shows off slick moves

September 25, 2020 5:00 AM

YOKOHAMA • A six-storey-high robot - modelled after a character in classic anime series Mobile Suit Gundam - made its first killer moves this week to win the hearts of fans of the Gundam franchise.

Lo and behold, giant Gundam robot returns with slick killer moves in Yokohama

September 24, 2020 6:36 PM

YOKOHAMA - A six-storey-high robot modelled after a character in the classic anime series Mobile Suit Gundam made its first killer moves this week to win the hearts of fans of the Gundam franchise.

Coronavirus and the robot revolution

As COVID-19 continues its global attack, many people are thinking that robots look like a pretty good investment right now.

If you're a company decision-maker spooked by the pandemic's massive disruption of economies and supply chains, greater automation of your production lines has a distinct appeal. Robots don't get paid, demand benefits, commute, take vacation, or go on strike. They also don't take sick leave, ask for PPE, or sneeze on other robots. Also, crucially, you can put robots wherever you like – making it easier to take production back to your home country.

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'I'm cheering for you': Robot welcome at Tokyo quarantine

May 01, 2020 4:07 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Coronavirus quarantine can be lonely, but at one Tokyo hotel converted to accept patients with mild symptoms, a humanoid robot will be there to offer support and encouragement - as well as admonishments and warnings.

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