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Apocalypse NAO: Are Robots Threatening Your Immortal Soul?

Last week, a Christian college in Matthews, North Carolina unveiled something unprecedented: a humanoid robot whose sole mission is to explore the ethical and theological ramifications of robotics.<p>Expectations, however, should be managed. The bot in question isn’t a clattering machine assembled in …

Robotics

Humanoid robot Nao gets battery, face-detection boost

If you’re on the lookout for the personal robot of your dreams, the cute French robot Nao just got a performance boost.<p>Nao Evolution, the fifth generation of the pint-sized humanoid made by Aldebaran Robotics, has 30 percent better battery performance, improved vision and enhanced obstacle …

A Robot Made Me Do It

Studies suggest we will obey our future robot bosses. But what if a machine asked us to perform a morally objectionable task? Would we?<p>Photo: <i>Her</i>/Annapurna<p>Now, robots are everywhere, seducing us on screen and through screens, stealing our jobs, saving us from our jobs, suggesting to us what to …

Psychology

Interactive robot aids autistic kids in the classroom

A friendly robot programmed to interact and educate kids with autism is officially launched into special-needs classrooms.<p>Nao is a humanoid robot created by Aldebaran Robotics. He wears a jaunty orange headpiece, moves his limbs, dances, and interacts with humans. Nao has held jobs ranging from …

Autism

With This Robotics Program Thriving In Public Schools, It's 'Cool To Make Mistakes Again'

Joe Dixon is Chief Learning Officer of Teq, a professional development company for teachers that aims to "champion the continued evolution of the modern classroom." Lately that means getting lots of robots into the hands of schoolkids.<p>Specifically, Teq is bringing the NAO robot, a small humanoid …

Robotics

The Cutest Robot Ever Just Wants to Make You Happy

A new personal robot in Japan is said to be able to 'read emotions.'<p>Screenshot: SoftBank Group<p>A new robot was revealed today in Japan, and it’s just the most adorable thing. “Pepper,” made by SoftBank (known mainly as a telecoms company), is literally designed to make you happy.<p>According to …

Robotics