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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Dec. 17, 2013/ 14 Teves, 5774

Amazon's drones better keep an eye out for Google's robots

By Dave Ross




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Amazon, with its octocopter drones, isn't the only company investigating ways to speed up deliveries. Google's been working on the same problem, only with autonomous cars, and soon, humanoid robots.

John Markoff covers Google for The New York Times.

"I'll tell you I've been inside a Google office, research lab, where I saw two of these Hugo, humanoid robots. So they're experimenting with them right now. These are really impressive sort of robots with two legs and two arms and sensors for eyes. They look like a human being to me," says Markoff. "It's clearly on their agenda to do research with those things, whether that is the ultimate product - in talking to a Google executive, one of the things he said was why should you only have two arms? Why not four? Why not eight?"

Google's robot guru is Andy Rubin, who Markoff says is ready to spend what it takes to make a practical robot.

"Andy is the person who built the Android phone business for Google, and Google has opened their checkbook to let Andy do what he wants to do," says Markoff.

He's described by Markoff as somebody who has a history of turning his hobbies into money-making enterprises.

"He's always been an experimenter. I would go visit him while he was starting the Android business and he purchased himself, out of his own pocket, an $80,000 robot arm, and he was trying to program the robot arm to make espresso," says Markoff.

That's something that Starbucks' Howard Schultz would be very interested in, too.

"I'm watching this very carefully because the labor impact along the entire spectrum of the workforce is very interesting. This generation of robotics is really going to transform the workforce," says Markoff.



If Google succeeds in these driver-less cars and these humanoid robots, then what is left for the rest of us to do?

"That is a great question," says Markoff. "One of the companies that Andy bought, that Google bought, is called Industrial Perception and what they have done is build a robot that loads and unloads trucks, and it's a very simple equation. The person who works for Walmart or Federal Express moves a box about every six seconds. IPI got their contract when they could move boxes every four seconds, which they can do now, and they think they can go to every two seconds.

"So I believe that the task of loading and unloading trucks over the next half decade is going away, and I'm mixed about that," says Markoff. "That's a livelihood for people, but you have to admit it's a tough job, and if there's something more creative and interesting for people to do, I think most people would rather do that."

Why would Google need to unload trucks? Because Markoff says it plans to compete with Amazon.

"I think Google has ambitions that are every bit as big as Amazon's," says Markoff. "They're already experimenting with competing with Amazon. Amazon is restructuring retail in America. I think Google wants to do that too.

"Here in San Francisco, there is a service called Google shopping that they're experimenting with, where I can use my iPhone and I can order something from REI or Whole Foods or any of about a dozen other companies, and some Google employee in a Google car -- not a robot car -- but they'll go buy it for me and they'll show up at my door a couple hours later with that product. To me, that sounds like they're competing pretty directly with Amazon."

(It's) competing with Amazon without having to build Amazon's infrastructure. They just provide the service and use other people's brick-and-mortar stores. Clever.

Amazon is apparently not making money on the products it sells, so Google will sell other companies' products and make its money on the shipping.

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Dave Ross hosts the Morning News on Seattle's KIRO Radio weekdays from 5-9 a.m. He spends his down time tinkering with electronic projects, writing novelty songs, shopping at thrift stores, and playing squash. As an avid hiker, he's earned the title Energizer Bunny from his friends; while they all stop to see stuff along the trail, Dave keeps going and going and going. He enjoys traveling internationally for work and pleasure with memorable stops in Baghdad, Qatar, Israel, Prague, Germany (to cover the Berlin Wall), China, Soviet Union, Niger, Senegal, and Iran.

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Previously:


12/12/13 Has cancer just been cured?
12/05/13 It turns out that our very lives depend on being unhappy
12/04/13 Close your books, and boot up your laptops
12/02/13 What do you do when your dad is a billionaire?
10/25/13 The tale of two websites
10/23/13 Not since Moses
10/21/13 Another reason to sleep
10/21/13 Are you ready for 2020?
10/01/13 The real-life Bionic Man
09/30/13 The pilot exits the F-16 and it takes off without him
09/25/13 Human nature of everyday sadists demonstrated with bug grinder
09/23/13 Don't worry about the Sun, worry about . . .
09/19/13 The most dangerous person to search for on the Internet is . . .
09/18/13 The UN --- and the delicate art of doing nothing
09/16/13 The Internet Must Go!
08/29/13 When hospitals make you sicker
08/28/13 Smarter phone anticipates your behavior before you do
08/27/13 Getting tested for your dream job
08/26/13 A thug tells us how to stop gun trafficking
08/23/13 The better to see you with, Mr. Bad guy
08/22/13 The latest outburst of anarchy
08/21/13 Send al Qeda to crime ridden cities?
08/20/13 How honeybees are keeping men out of prison
08/19/13 Truth about Area 51 finally revealed
08/16/13 If you knew how much it cost to raise a child
08/15/13 The voice in the nursery
08/14/13 When license plates speak
08/13/13 The plant that wouldn't die
08/12/13 Class warfare at 35,000 feet is just fine
08/09/13 Want a good night's sleep? Become homeless
08/08/13 When eating too healthy becomes a problem
08/07/13 The Die Phone
08/06/13 Can't afford a doctor or medicine? There's always the Placebo App
08/05/13 Car prowlers taught lesson with call to mom





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