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Robots have revolutionized auto manufacturing, making plants safer and products more reliable — and reducing the number of people involved in the process. But walk inside a modern auto plant, and you'll quickly realize that robots have hardly replaced the human touch — at least, not in some areas.

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At the Russ Research Center in Beavercreek, 30 kids between the ages of 12 and 16 are building robots with the help of mentors.

Cincinnati karaoke bar Tokyo Kitty and The Brooklyn Barge in New York City are beta testing high-tech ways to order and deliver drinks. For Tokyo Kitty, on Race near Fifth Street, your cocktail is delivered by a robot.

Tech Tuesday: Amazon HQ2, social robots

Aug 14, 2018
Visitors interact with the mobile, dexterous, social (MDS) robot Octavia at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) exhibit during Fleet Week New York 2010.
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Columbus is still in the running for Amazon's second headquarters, but the ranks could be pared soon. 


The city has offered the online retail giant a 15-year property tax abatement and a 15-year, 35 percent income-tax refund on withholdings from new full-time employees at Amazon's headquarters.


Today on Tech Tuesday, we consider the chances for Columbus. And we talk about the future of so-called social robots in our homes. 



Procter & Gamble says it plans to ramp up the number of robots it has to a total of 5,000 in the next five years. It now has 3,000, up from 1,000 in 2013. Managers say the reason for the robotic increase is due to advances in vision and gripping, as well as robots that can work alongside people.

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Congress isn’t the only government body looking into Facebook. Now a laundry list of federal agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice, are interested. 

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Flying cars are a thing of the future, but now the future may not be too far off. With new advances in aerospace technology, companies are hoping cars will take flight in the next several years. The Paris Airshow began on Monday and featured flying cars.

Coming up, we'll talk about the future of flying automobiles, robots in the workplace and what's new in technology.

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It's the norm now to hear stories about a robot that can play soccer or answer trivia questions, but can we really bridge the gap between "brain-like" components and the human brain? This hour we'll talk about the trajectory of artificial intelligence, what advancements we've made, and the technology that will form the basis of a brave new world.