We Aren't Doing Enough to Prepare Ourselves for Robot Love

It's kind of a funny story—kind of. Soldiers are spending so much time with robots on the battlefield these days that they're starting to form relationships with them. They give them names. They give them hugs, a little brotherly love. Soldiers getting attached to their robots would be funny, if it weren't so… » 10/30/13 5:40pm 10/30/13 5:40pm

How To Tell If Your Significant Other Is A Robot

Feeling unloved, but getting plenty of loving? This comic could be interpreted to suggest that such a situation may indicate that your significant other is a robot. [SMBC] » 7/22/10 2:04am 7/22/10 2:04am

True Love Doesn't Rust

Him: a warrior-slave from a forbidden planet. Her: a servant girl from a decent upper-middle class space home. And while their parts may break down from time to time, their love is eternal. » 7/02/10 4:00pm 7/02/10 4:00pm

Robot Programmed to Love Traps Woman in Lab, Hugs Her Repeatedly

It's funny now, but according to Mukflash, a research assistant at Toshiba's Akimu Robotic Research Institute was trapped in a lab by a robot with two 100kg hydraulic arms, only to be hugged repeatedly. Updated » 3/05/09 12:40pm 3/05/09 12:40pm

Sony QRIO Robot Bonds With Tiny Tots

Watch what happens when scientists put a 2-foot-tall Sony QRIO robot together with a bunch of two-year-olds. After spending a couple of weeks with the giggling bot, the kids accepted it into the group—hugging, bonding and interacting with QRIO much like they did with their human playmates. As a control, the… » 11/07/07 9:30am 11/07/07 9:30am

Roomba Driving Owners Crazy with Anthropomorphic Robot Love

A study of 30 Roomba users found the owners of the robotic vacuum cleaner often developing emotional attachments to their little bundles of plastic, metal and wiring. Of the 30 people in the study, 21 of them named their Roombas, 16 of them referred to it as a "he," and some even went so far as to pre-clean the floors… » 10/02/07 4:20pm 10/02/07 4:20pm

Mitsubishi Hiring Out Robots as Receptionists

Robots have long been a mainstay on high-end factory floors, but now they're getting a lot more socially adept, and are even interacting with humans in the workplace. These Mitsubishi robots, named Wakamaru, are being hired out in Japan as receptionists for $1000 a day or $25,000 a year. It turns out these… » 7/13/07 10:22pm 7/13/07 10:22pm