robots

HBO’s new show Westworld explores the hedonism and horror of VR

What if you could shoot or screw whoever you wanted without consequences? Would you feel bad about your decisions? Would you pity your victims, even if their digital memories were wiped clean? HBO div

The first episode of the MegaBots webseries takes a wrecking ball to its six-ton robot

Seems like we’ve been waiting forever for the big showdown between Team USA and Japan. We’re seemingly no closer at the moment, but at least the team at MegaBots can offer a bit of good old-fashio

The vivacious, acrobatic Minitaur robot will definitely improve your day

Mondays, as we all know, are the worst. That's why it's important to keep an eye out for heart-warming videos like puppies sliding on hardwood floors, otters holding hands, or energetic robots doing f

Robots pave the way for our sci-fi future now

As robotics begins to leave controlled environments and navigate the real world alongside humans, the question remains: How will this affect the way we interact, work and talk to not only robots, but

Hard questions about bot ethics

Bots are becoming a part of our life. I wake up in the morning and tell Alexa to play my Brazilian samba, I let Amy set my meetings and I check stats and reports in Slack. Bot builders and users alike

MegaBots debuts a trailer for its new web series, outlines its giant fighting robot kit

In the shadow of AT&T Park, two Bay Area-based engineers took to the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF to showcase their plans for a new kind of sports league. Dressed like a matching pair of flamboy

Robin is automating lawn care with robots and putting an end to checks under the doormat

A well-kept lawn is one of the most common mixed blessings with which homeowners can treat/afflict themselves. Robin is a startup looking to take as much pain out of the process as possible, both by i

Pepper the Inflight Service Bot is a multi-lingual flight attendant who doesn’t hate picking up your garbage

At the Disrupt SF Hackathon today in San Francisco, a team of seasoned software engineers unveiled Pepper the Inflight Service Bot, a robot flight attendant that doesn’t hate picking up barf bags, c

Magazino’s TORU inventory-grabbing robot rolls into major German logistics center

If you work in any kind of storage facility or warehouse, there's a better chance every day that you're going to be working alongside robots. Magazino's TORU is a good example of the latest generation

Robots and on-board ovens deliver on Zume’s promise of better pizza

Today, in a world of bacon-wrapped crust and custom-modified Chevys with pizza warmers, being excited about pizza is just not as easy as it used to be. Zume Pizza founder Julia Collins and her Elon Mu

Dyson’s 360 Eye robot vacuum succeeds by seeing more

Dyson’s 360 Eye robot vacuum has been a long time coming to U.S. carpets. The squat little cylinder of a bot first broke cover in September 2014, with a splashy product announcement and a consum

GOAT legs will let future robots handle rough terrain with ease

A Master’s Thesis by CMU’s Simon Kalouche posits a new form of robotic leg, one designed for maximum range of motion and, more importantly, an easily control method for force reduction. In

Having conquered Chess and Go, the robots move to master Foosball

We've come a long way since the days of selecting a CPU player for the other Pong paddle, tank or hand-to-hand combatant. Now the computers are taking it to us, in meatspace, and seemingly no tabletop

How computer-assisted art will help humans embrace the rise of the robots

For many people, the robot-populated future is a zero-sum game; it's either going to be us or them running things. Headlines are rife with dire predictions: “Robots will take over most jobs in 30 ye

Watch wall-walking spiderbots weave ‘impossible’ structures with carbon fiber

Normally, the notion of setting a pair of spiderbots free in your house would seem alarming. But if you knew that they were weaving you a strange and mathematical hammock while you were gone? Suddenly

The diagnosis and the cure of automation

I was challenged recently to “name one job in the future that won’t be automated.” I was stumped. I couldn’t think of one job that someday won’t be dehumanized. That got me thinking about th

The assimilation of robots into the workforce as peers, not replacements

One might ask why we would ever want to create robots that can do human work when we have so many people who need jobs. The goal of robotics should not be to replace humans with robots, but rather to

Let’s start getting excited about robots taking our jobs

A recent Pew report found that a majority of Americans believe that most human jobs could be automated by 2065. It’s no wonder, then, that talk about technological unemployment is becoming increasin

SwagBot will autonomously roll them little dogies along rough Australian ranchlands

Is nothing sacred? The rugged trails that over history have been trod by cowboys, gauchos, ranch hands, and in Australia, swagmen, are now to be presided over by cold, calculating machines. SwagBot is

Police use of robot to kill Dallas shooting suspect is new, but not without precursors

The Dallas police force used a bomb-defusing robot equipped with an explosive device to kill a shooting suspect, police chief David Brown revealed today at a press conference. An explosive was affixed
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