Davos debates killer robots

Today, Hubo, the robot, was introduced by Oh Jun-Ho, a professor from the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology to the World Economic Forum in Davos. Hubo is designed to interact with his surroundings and perform cleaning activities. His job is working around the house. The outlook for Hubo is that in ten to twenty years, robots will perform tasks considered too dangerous for a human, such as entry into a dangerous area of contamination. The disaster at the Japanese Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in 2011 is an example for the need of a robot. Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images Hubo is a friendly robot, and robots have drawn the interest of this year’s Davos WEF members who have come to see and learn about the new technologies and…


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