30 Sep '16, 12am

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Robots aren’t taking over the planet yet, but they are getting traction on and beyond the factory floor in everything from warehouses to delivery services and Mars. That was the takeaway from the RoboBusiness conference here where it was said Amazon alone now operates as many as 20,000 of its Kiva robots for moving stuff in its warehouses. I ran into WalMart logistics managers there seriously kicking tires on an AI-powered robot, too. Here are a few fascinating factoids I heard: The sex robot industry is already valued at $100 million The exoskeleton market is valued at $500 million Korea already uses robots as prison guards The first suit against a robot was recently filed in San Francisco. (It ran over a toddler’s leg.) More than 1.4 million new industrial robots will be installed in factories around the world by 2019, bringing the total installed base...

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