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Digit, Ford’s vision of our future robot overlords, fits in the boot of a car and delivers things

The end of humanity isn't going to come as a result of military robots taking it into their silicon heads to wipe us all out. It's going to be the result of domestic robots doing that very thing. At least, that's how the science fiction goes. And seeing Digit, the creation of Ford and a robotics startup called Agility Robotics, hasn't really assured us that things will go otherwise. But that's mos...[Read More]

Make your own robot Doggo, thanks to Stanford students

We’ve seen enough creepier-than-fiction four (and two) legged robots from Boston Dynamics to know that these critters will rule over humans in the future. And now we can help the takeover start faster by making our own robo-doggos, with a project called Doggo. A group of Stanford students created Doggo, a four-legged bot that can dance, backflip, jump and trot without requiring much fancy hardware...[Read More]

Robotic health care is coming to a hospital near you

In one San Francisco hospital and other places, delivery robots – about the size of a mini-fridge – zip through the hallways delivering pills, bringing lunch to patients and ferrying specimens and medical equipment to different labs

Six ways robots are used today that you probably didn’t know about

Your vacuum cleaner that you leave to do its job while you are away is a robot. It senses the world around it and makes driving decisions as it sucks and sweeps. But your washing machine is not a robot. You tell it how to wash when you select the cycle and it gets on with it. There are grey areas and the definition is debated, but let’s leave it there.

Killer robots already exist, and they’ve been here a very long time

Humans will always make the final decision on whether armed robots can shoot, according to a statement by the US Department of Defense. Their clarification comes amid fears about a new advanced targeting system, known as ATLAS, that will use artificial intelligence in combat vehicles to target and execute threats. While the public may feel uneasy about so-called “killer robots”, the concept is not...[Read More]

Careful how you treat today’s AI: it might take revenge in the future

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are becoming more like us. You can ask Google Home to switch off your bedroom lights, much as you might ask your human partner. When you text inquiries to Amazon online it’s sometimes unclear whether you’re being answered by a human or the company’s chatbot technology.

Can robots ever have a true sense of self? Scientists are making progress

Given that we want to incorporate robots into our social world, it’s no wonder that creating a sense of self in artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the ultimate goals for researchers in the field. If these machines are to be our carers or companions, they must inevitably have an ability to put themselves in our shoes. While scientists are still a long way from creating robots with a human-like ...[Read More]

Robots star in ads, but mislead viewers about technology

Nowhere is the advance of technology more evident than in the rise of robots and artificial intelligence. From smart devices to self-checkout lanes to Netflix recommendations, robots (the hardware) and AI (the software) are everywhere inside the technology of modern society. They’re increasingly common in ads, too: During the 2019 Super Bowl alone, seven ads aired featuring either robots or AI.

A robot that can touch, eat and sleep? The reality of cyborgs like Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel is an interesting and wild ride, jam-packed full of concepts around cybernetics, dystopian futures and cyberpunk themes. The film – in cinemas from today – revolves around Alita (Rosa Salazar), a female cyborg (with original human brain) that is recovered by cybernetic doctor Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) and brought into the world of the future (the film is set in 2563).

Robot carers could help lonely seniors — they’re cheering humans up already

The film Robot and Frank imagined a near-future where robots could do almost everything humans could. The elderly title character was given a “robot butler” to help him continue living on his own. The robot was capable of everything from cooking and cleaning to socialising (and, it turned out, burglary). This kind of science fiction may turn out to be remarkably prescient. As growing numbers of el...[Read More]

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas is now way more athletic than we’ll ever be

Don’t try to run, the robots will be able to find you. At least, that’s the case if someone decides to send Boston Dynamics’ Altas after you. We’ve seen Atlas running through fields, we’ve seen the guy landing backflips, and now Boston Dynamics’ bipedal robot can do parkour. Yeah, we’re doomed. Okay, maybe we’re not doomed. Altas’ creators are ...[Read More]

Sphero launches Bolt, a programmable robot for children

The most influential time for a human to start learning how to program is arguably in the developmental years — try teaching a four-year-old a new language. Now try teaching your grandmother how to use an iPhone. Who won? Now try it again, this time using Sphero’s programmable Bolt robo-ball. We all know Sphero as the folks who allowed some of the most-loved Star Wars droids to come to...[Read More]

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