Today's Incredible Robots Are the Killing Machines of the Future

We love to marvel at the advanced robotics projects funded by the US Department of Defense because they’re so impressively—if clumsily—getting around and doing stuff like real humans. Motherboard’s latest documentary is an important reminder that today’s nerdy research will create the weapons of tomorrow. » 4/16/15 11:40am 4/16/15 11:40am

"Spot" Is a Smaller (More Kickable) Version of Boston Dynamic's Big Dog

We haven't seen much of Boston Dynamic's four-legged self-balancing Big Dog robot since it was last spotted hurling cinder blocks in a lab. And that's maybe because the company's robotic geniuses have been hard at work building a smaller more agile version called Spot that weighs just 160 pounds so it can safely… » 2/09/15 3:30pm 2/09/15 3:30pm

Robot horse gets first taste of real-world action with the US Marines

LS3—the son of the scary quadruped robot also known as Big Dog—has been deployed for the first time during the RIMPAC 2014, the multinational maritime war games in and around the Hawaiian Islands. It looks different from the last time we saw it, more like a big ox than a giant dog. » 7/14/14 4:00pm 7/14/14 4:00pm

Great, Now Robots Can Outsmart Tripwires

Until now, quadraped robots have been a bit like terrifying mechanical sprinters: They go and go and go, but if they run into an obstacle, they're gonna fall like a tangle-legged AT-AT. So because the prospect of bots that can throw cinderblocks and climb buildings wasn't terrifying enough, Italian researchers are … » 7/31/13 11:10am 7/31/13 11:10am