robots

  • MegaBots raises $2.4 million to create league of human-piloted, giant fighting robots

    MegaBots raises $2.4 million to create league of human-piloted, giant fighting robots

    Oakland, Calif. startup MegaBots Inc. has raised $2.4 million in seed funding to bring the robot-fighting stuff of manga and anime to a venue near you. According to MegaBots cofounders, Gui Cavalcanti, Matt Oehrlein, and Brinkley Warren, the startup aspires to follow in the footsteps of major sports associations like Formula 1 or UFC. With the seed funding, Warren said, MegaBots will be… Read More

  • Meet the robot that pretends to listen Crunch Network

    Meet the robot that pretends to listen

    We’ve all done it. Cornered at a party by some bore talking about his unimaginative app that will “change the world.” All seemingly convincing excuses to leave have already been used by the rest of the group. The last refuge of the rude scoundrel — the smartphone — is in your jacket pocket in the cloakroom all the way across the room. So you just have to suck it… Read More

  • Robot surgeon outperforms human colleagues doing same procedure

    Robot surgeon outperforms human colleagues doing same procedure

    It’s another victory for the machines: a robotic surgical system outperformed humans and robot-assisted human operators in a soft-tissue procedure, bringing us that much closer to automated medical care (and the robocalypse). Read More

  • Be kind to artificial intelligence Crunch Network

    Be kind to artificial intelligence

    Big innovations come in unexpected bursts. We grow accustomed to life and work as we know it, until something apparently simple brings about bold change. For example, we used phones for 100 years, but making them mobile transformed the world. When individual creativity is enhanced by technical ingenuity, new behaviors and capabilities emerge. Read More

  • Alphabet’s secretive Schaft Inc. shows off new bipedal robot in Tokyo

    Alphabet’s secretive Schaft Inc. shows off new bipedal robot in Tokyo

    There’s a new bot in town (Tokyo, specifically), and while it might not be as cute as Nao, as creepy as Spot and BigDog, or as anthropomorphic as Atlas, it might be more practical than all of them. It walks on two legs, but not like a man, or even a bear. This one, designed by Alphabet-owned Schaft Inc, has its own uniquely robotic form of locomotion. Read More

  • People feel weird about touching robot butts, researchers find

    People feel weird about touching robot butts, researchers find

    How would you feel if a robot asked you to touch its butt? Maybe it sounds like a silly question (actually, there’s no maybe about it), but as robots proliferate and anthropomorphize, it’s actually something that needs to be considered. So scientists at Stanford considered it. Read More

  • Will capitalism survive the robot revolution? Crunch Network

    Will capitalism survive the robot revolution?

    Economic experts are trying to figure out a question that just two decades ago seemed ridiculous: If 90 percent of human jobs are replaced by robots in the next 50 years — something now considered plausible — is capitalism still the ideal economic system to champion? No one is certain about the answer, but the question is making everyone nervous — and forcing people to dig… Read More

  • The real cost of robotics Crunch Network

    The real cost of robotics

    Before we begin, I feel compelled to make an important disclosure: I love robots! Robots are cool. To me, robots are cooler than people, who are only cool occasionally. I especially love industrial robots: They help us “make” things. Now please allow me to make an obvious observation: Like me, many folks think robots in general, and industrial robots in particular, are very cool. Read More

  • How robots will reshape the U.S. economy Crunch Network

    How robots will reshape the U.S. economy

    Few doubt that our future — both immediate and long term — will be heavily impacted by robots. With flashy AI technology like IBM’s Watson and Google’s driverless cars stealing headlines and outperforming their human competitors, it’s clear that our economy is bracing for a fundamental shift in how we perform work. What’s less obvious, however, is exactly… Read More

  • In pursuit of empathetic machines Crunch Network

    In pursuit of empathetic machines

    The universal reaction to Atlas, the newly upgraded next-generation humanoid robot from Boston Dynamics (a company owned by Alphabet), was lots of empathy. Unmindful of being punched, pushed and teased, it focused on finishing tasks in a demo video. People who watched the video responded with comments like “stop bullying” and “say no to bullying.” Read More

  • SoftBank Plans To Open A Store Staffed (Almost) Entirely By Pepper, Its Humanoid Robot

    SoftBank Plans To Open A Store Staffed (Almost) Entirely By Pepper, Its Humanoid Robot

    SoftBank announced today that it will launch an app store to create a software ecosystem for Pepper, its humanoid robot. Perhaps more intriguingly, the company, one of Japan’s largest telecom and Internet firms, also revealed plans for a phone store staffed mainly by Peppers. Read More