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Sony opens up internal startup programme to anyone with an idea

Sony Corp, once known for innovations like the Walkman, will begin to back entrepreneurs outside the company with money, marketing support and more as it seeks more breakthroughs.

Amazon's 'collaborative' robots offer peek into the future

Hundreds of orange robots zoom and whiz back and forth like miniature bumper cars – but instead of colliding, they're following a carefully plotted path to transport thousands of items ordered from online giant Amazon.

Inside a huge warehouse on Staten Island thousands of robots are busy distributing thousands of items sold by the giant of online sales, Amazon. — Photos: AFP

Chinese schoolgirl shamed for using robot to write homework. Now everybody wants one

Teen bought device online and was caught out by her mother when she completed her Lunar New Year assignments in record time.

 Attached to a computer by a USB cable, its robotic arm writes text entered using the accompanying software. — SCMP

Robot-made coffee and burgers in San Francisco? How automation is affecting jobs

Nobody’s perfect, not even robots. So at some Bay Area businesses where automation is front and centre, robots still need a helping human hand or two to make sure everything is OK.

California startup paves the way for autonomous driving software

Autonomous driving is all anyone can talk about nowadays. The California-based startup Artisense has a new approach to creating maps for driverless vehicles that could be the cheapest option yet.

Artisense creates a map of the streets by using "cloud-based geospatial intelligence." — Artisense GmbH/dpa

India’s sleepwalking to trouble on builder debt

Five months. That’s how long it takes Country Garden Holdings Co to start selling apartments after acquiring land. A spate of fatal accidents forced the Chinese builder to slow things down a notch last year, but the pace of construction may pick up again when robots start plastering the walls.

EcoWorld to introduce robot service at Eco Nest

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Eco World Development Group Bhd (EcoWorld Malaysia) is set to introduce the country’s first robot guest registration and food delivery system in the third quarter of this year at its Eco Nest serviced apartments.

Eco World Development Group Berhad division general manager Datuk Hoe Mee Ling (second from left) and Dun-Qian Intelligent Hotel Management Co Ltd chief operating officer Sam Wu (fifth from left) signing the document during the memorandum of understanding signing ceremony between Eco World Malaysia with Dun-Qian Hotel Management Co Ltd at Eco Nest, Iskandar Puteri on Feb 17. Looking on are State Women Development and Tourism Committee chairman Liow Cai Tung (third from left), Eco World Malaysia president and chief executive officer Datuk Chang Khim Wah (forth from left).

Johor registered home-sharing properties since last year

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Johor Tourism has been registering home-sharing properties here since November last year, said State Women Deve­lopment and Tourism Committee chairman Liow Cai Tung.

Auto-concierge: Liow (third from left) being briefed by Chang (third from right) on the robots at Eco Nest service apartments. Also present are (from left) Dun-Qian Intelligent Hotel Management Co Ltd Taiwan chairman Vincent Yeh, Eco World Development Group Bhd Divisional General Manager Datuk Hoe Mee Ling and Dun-Qian Intelligent Hotel Management Co Ltd Taiwan’s Sam Wu. — Bernama

EcoWorld teams up with Taiwanese company to set up first intelligent accommodation

ISKANDAR PUTERI: EcoWorld Development Group Bhd (EcoWorld) will lease 50 houses and retail lots to Taiwan intelligent hotel operator Dun-Qian Hotel Management Co Ltd as part of a collaboration to set up the first intelligent accommodation in the country.

Preparing students for jobs that don’t exist

A concerted effort from all parties is needed to preparefor a future employment market