San Francisco A.I. startup Anki has a great reputation for making robot cars you can race with your phone. And considering all three founders got their start at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotic Institute, that’s really no surprise—making little cars you race around a track should be a piece of cake for these guys. But their…
Machines are taking over the world, and some members of the European Parliament aren’t very happy about it. Robots in the EU soon be classed as “electronic persons” if the Parliament adopts a new set of rules on robotics.
Media outlets are reporting that a Russian-built robot escaped from its lab and wandered onto the street causing a traffic jam. We’re hoping it’s just a media stunt—otherwise it could be the first sign of an impending robotic revolt.
German researchers are experimenting with an “artificial robot nervous system” to teach robots how to feel and react to pain, in what might be one of the saddest displays of robot bullying since Boston Dynamics’ Atlas was pushed by a hockey stick.
In March, the Toyota Research Institute bought up Cambridge-based startup Jaybridge Robotics, and according to Tech Insider, they may be expanding with another famous Massachusetts company: Google’s Boston Dynamics, the maker of the Big Dog and Atlas robots.
Earlier this month, Google and Chrysler announced they were working together to build self-driving cars based on the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivan. But Google’s keen to point out that this is still very much experimentation and not the birth of a commercial vehicle.
Birds, bats, and insects can’t fly forever, and neither can microrobotic drones. A new system that taps into the power of static electricity—the same principle that allows a balloon to stick to a wall—now allows robotic insects to land and stick to surfaces, greatly extending their operational life.
Hyundai is developing an exoskeleton that it hopes will eventually become a transportation device. The future will look less like Iron Man, and more like Aliens.
When I asked Johnny Matheny if I could shake his hand, I was admittedly a little nervous. The soft-spoken Floridian lost his lower left arm to cancer eight years back. His new arm—an advanced, mind-controlled prosthetic developed by DARPA—can crush a human human skull like a child squeezing a clementine.
If you’ve ever tried to learn how to spin a pencil in your hand, you’ll know it takes some concerted effort—but it’s even harder for a robot. Now, though, researchers have finally built a ‘bot that can learn to do it.
Robots aren’t renowned for their ability to perform the delicate tasks that humans find straightforward. But the US Army has taken delivery of a new ‘bot that’s really quite handy.
Introducing the Eelume robot, a self-propelled aquatic mechanical snake designed for subsea inspection and repair work.
Stock-taking is one of those awful jobs that robots are primed to take. A Toronto-based company is working hard to make that happen, with a Segway-based robot that rolls down the aisles, scanning as it moves.
The University of Science and Technology of China just revealed a new realistic-looking robot named “Jiajia.” Although the robot itself isn’t a huge leap technologically, it does come with one troubling feature. It’s programmed to say pretty sexist stuff.
First, we taught robots how to walk and keep their balance, even when we tried to push them over. Now we’re teaching them to run?!
It was hailed as the most significant test of machine intelligence since Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov in chess nearly 20 years ago. Google’s AlphaGo has won two of the first three games against grandmaster Lee Sedol in a Go tournament, showing the dramatic extent to which AI has improved over the years. That…
Not so long ago, in our very own Milky Way galaxy, a plucky little droid named BB-8 roamed the hallowed halls of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, rubbing elbows with its robotic brethren. Happily, a photographer was on hand to capture this moment for posterity.
Most of us take the the subtle difference between rough and smooth beneath our fingertips for granted. But a new device could allow amputees to rediscover the same sensation.