robots

The Envirobot robo-eel slithers along the shore for science

The next time you're swimming in Lake Geneva, don't be surprised when you feel something eel-like and yet artificial touch your leg. That would be Envirobot, the latest biomimetic creation from Swiss

Four robot demos you missed at TC Sessions: Robotics

TC Sessions: Robotics featured robots for as far as the eye could see, and several took the stage for special demonstrations. We were honored to play host as these innovative companies and teams showe

MIT’s Cheetah 3 robot is built to save lives

The latest version of MIT’s Cheetah robot made its stage debut today at TC Sessions: Robotics in Cambridge, Mass. It’s a familiar project to anyone who follows the industry with any sort of regula

Does Silicon Valley have a moral responsibility to stop developing robots?

Should Silicon Valley exercise its moral authority to stop developing this job-killing technology? Andrew McAfee, author of "The Second Machine Age" and the just published "Machine, Platform, Crowd"

I watched two robots chat together on stage at a tech event

I got a glimpse into the future world of our robot overlords today. It was nervy at times. I watched two robots go on stage at a tech event to “debate” the future of humanity with each oth

RE2 is making bomb-defusing robots as intuitive to control as your own hands

Within a few minutes, I’ve got one hand grasped gingerly on the zipper. The other is holding the bag’s handle in place. I unzip it slowly, as if performing surgery. There’s none of the pressure

Crunch Report | SoftBank Buys Boston Dynamics

SoftBank is buying Boston Dynamics, Pandora sells 16% of company to SiriusXM and Taylor Swift is coming back to music streaming. All this on Crunch Report.

Draper’s DragonflEye cyber-bug takes flight

Back in January we heard about Draper's efforts to outfit a living dragonfly with a sort of solar-powered mind control backpack. This project, known as DragonflEye, is cruising right along, and the R&

All hail this autonomous stone-stacking robot

Robots are good at a few simple things. They can lift and carry huge objects, fly around like dragonflies, and murder our families while we watch, their cold circuits flitting with nascent feelings of

Nike-backed Grabit has quietly raised $25 million for robots that handle what others can’t grasp

Robot arms have come a long way since the 1960’s when George C. Devol and Joseph Engelberger created the earliest industrial models. Those had two-finger grippers that, in retrospect, look fit to pl

These flat-pack turtlebots will crawl across minefields for safety’s sake

The threat of minefields is an ongoing and horrifying one, and the duty of clearing them is as difficult as it is dangerous. All the more reason, then, that it should be done by robots! A new type of

Postmates CEO will testify before Congress about the promise of robots and drones

Postmates CEO Bastian Lehmann is testifying before Congress tomorrow in a hearing called "Disrupter Series: Delivering to Consumers." The emergence of deliveries via robots and drones has sparked regu

Watch Judah Friedlander explore the future of AI in Judah vs. The Machines

Today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY actor Judah Friedlander, maybe best known for playing Frank Rossitano on 30 Rock, took the stage to announce a new show that will air right here on TechCrunch. Titled J

Is a “robot tax” really an “innovation penalty”?

Steve Cousins Contributor Steve Cousins is founder and CEO of Savioke, which develops and deploys autonomous robots that work in human environments to improve people’s lives. Steve was previously pr

Former White House economic advisor Jason Furman discusses how automation will impact jobs

When it arrived in December, the White House’s report, “Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy” felt like both a parting shot and warning to the incoming administration. That it wa

Robot tutor Musio makes its retail debut in Japan

A cute, robotic language tutor called Musio, has made it from crowdfunding campaign to full-fledged product with a debut in stores this week in Japan. Priced at JPY 98,000 (about US $900), Musio is no

About this stabbing machine

Thank you for joining me, ladies, gentlemen. Researchers have created a "stabbing machine," with which they intend to "simulate stabbing events," with the further intention of getting to the heart of

Seriously, this skull-drilling robot is good news for humanity

When someone invents a robot specifically made to drill into the skulls of unconscious, immobile humans, you'd be forgiven for feeling a natural reaction along the lines of "for the love of God, why?"

Crunch Report | Jay Z Has Arrived

More news about Jay Z's new venture (Arrive), robots that fix their mistakes and Y Combinator launches its MOOC. All this on Crunch Report.

MIT programs a robot to self-correct when a human detects a mistake

In a new video from MIT’s CSAIL department, a smirking industrial robot from Rethink picks up spray paint cans and spools of wire, dropping them in the properly labeled bin. The robot hesitates br
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