Robots you can't outrun

By Andrew Milmoe | Roombas and Asimos are cute and all, until they run faster than you.

Nunchuck Robots? There’s More Than One Reason To Be Worried About Them

Robots. We make them pick up our trash, beat Captcha, solve Rubik’s cubes, and pass the butter. We probably shouldn’t teach them how to wield weapons, lest our uppance come, and yet humans are still teaching robots how to stab us, and now roboticists at the New Jersey Institute of Technology have …

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Watch this robot rock band destroy their instruments

What happens when a mad scientist’s musicbots rebel against their own precision? You get “Automatica”, the latest video from Nigel Stanford, who scored 13 million views controlling water, fire, and lightning with sound in his viral hit “Cymatics”. Stanford tells us “I’m trying to create an online …

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Bad news! Your sex robot may one day rise up and murder you

I know, I know — you’re reading that headline and thinking, wait, what sort of conceivable negative could come with a safe, innocuous sex robot? You’ve been waiting patiently for decades, you’ve kept up with the technological advances, you’ve read or written the fan fiction, and really you’re just …

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Robot performing Japanese funeral rites shows no one's job is safe

When the robot apocalypse comes, robots will be there to say a prayer over your frail human remains, thanks to Japan's Softbank.<p>That's the message …

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116 Experts From 26 Countries Ask UN to Ban Fully Autonomous Weapons Systems

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Google AI expert Mustafa Suleyman are among 116 experts from 26 countries who have signed a letter to the United Nations …

Machine gun-toting drone threatens to change combat forever

In 2015, a video showing a semi-automatic handgun being fired from a custom-built drone went viral, raising concerns for authorities, including the …

A dark data startup you haven’t heard of is spilling secrets to Starbucks, McDonald’s

Photo credit: Pexels.There’s a startup in India quietly crunching enormous amounts of dark data. Quantta Analytics is digesting unstructured data – …

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Dancing robot army is worth a lifetime of nightmares

Who knew that a massive robot dance party could scare the living daylights out of you.<p>These 1,069 harmless (we assume) "Dobi" robots from WL Tech …

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Robots are only taking jobs in a narrow part of the country — but that's affecting all of us

Fears of an imminent robot takeover of the workplace have gained traction after recent advances on self-driving vehicles and increasingly automated factories.<p>Most technology and employment experts, however, are quick to note that mechanization can have a tremendous positive impact on productivity …

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This fast robot will make Adidas shirts cheaper - and kill hundreds of jobs

A robotic sewing system will soon produce hundreds of thousands of shirts for Adidas, which could potentially change textile manufacture.<p>The machine — called a “Sewbot” uses cameras and bots to cut and sew the soft fabric, a task which has eluded other forms of automation. Until now, the task was …

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Silicon Valley luminaries are busily preparing for when robots take over

Until a couple of years ago, Antonio Garcia Martinez was living the dream life: a tech-start up guy in Silicon Valley, surrounded by hip young …

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Team USA tests Eagle Prime ahead of its ‘Giant Robot Duel’

Over two years since it announced its robot battle, MegaBots is testing out the fighting machine it will take to the mechanical blitz. Its latest vid sees it pilot the 12-ton behemoth around an obstacle course. The MK3-class "Eagle Prime," which looks more like ED-209 than an Autobot, is put …

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Come see China's new hexacopters and self-detonating drones

What the People's Liberation Army has up its sleeve.<p>As part of its celebration of the People's Liberation Army, the Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution in Beijing is showing off a range of exciting exhibitions, offering a peek into the PLA's new self-propelled artillery, cruise …

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AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.<p>Bob: “I can can I I everything else.”<p>Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”<p>To you and I, that passage looks like nonsense. But what if I told you this nonsense …

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Norwegians building container ship with hopes of autonomy​ by 2020

Norwegian companies are developing a container ship for hauling fertilizer on short, autonomous legs, with the hopes of grander plans down the line, …

Roomba maker may share maps of users' homes with Google, Amazon or Apple

iRobot’s chief executive says company could share or sell maps of robot vacuum users’ homes to US tech firms as part of smart home and profit push<p>The maker of the Roomba robotic vacuum, iRobot, has found itself embroiled in a privacy row after its chief executive suggested it may begin selling …

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China's forcing its citizens to install a Big Brother app or go to jail

Governments wanting to spy on the people they’re meant to serve is hardly new – but China is taking things to a whole new level by injecting itself into citizens’ phones.<p>Based on articles from Radio Free Asia, Mashable reported last week that authorities in the autonomous region of Xinjiang – home …

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Citigroup is staffing up for a new center that will unleash robotics throughout the bank

Citigroup is staffing up for the robotic revolution.<p>The New York-based financial services giant has plastered online jobs boards advertising roles at a new automation center that will deploy new robotic technology throughout the bank.<p>Mark Costiglio, a Citi spokesperson, declined to comment on the …

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Someday You Could Swallow This Wireless Robot Like A Pill

Battery-free robots are here–and they’re poised to affect everything from design to medicine.<p>In recent years, origami has become a focus and an inspiration for scientists developing light, foldable robots. But these delicate prototypes are often hampered by a serious design challenge: the need for …

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Asimov’s Laws won’t stop robots harming humans so we’ve developed a better solution

How do you stop a robot from hurting people? Many existing robots, such as those assembling cars in factories, shut down immediately when a human …

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Sentient killer robots could go rogue, warns top US general

General Paul Selva says autonomous weapons go against the 'ethics of war'.<p>A top US general has warned against fitting military hardware with …

Spotify Is Accused Of Creating Fake Artists — But What Is A Fake Artist?

The practice of creating music specifically designed to "succeed" on streaming platforms and playlists swirled into a controversy for Spotify this past weekend, after an article written nearly one year ago was resurfaced in a story that mainly focused on how some people are financially "gaming" the …

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This Parkour Robot Easily Bounces Its Way Over Obstacles - MIT Technology Review

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have updated their parkour robot, and the results would make any free-runner green with …

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Germany’s biggest industrial robotics company is working on consumer robots

Thanks to its new owners, Chinese home appliance makers Midea<p>You might not have heard of Kuka, but you’ll almost certainly know its products. The German firm is one of the world’s top manufacturers of industrial robots, and its robot arms are instantly recognizable thanks to their signature orange …

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You have to watch these freakishly fast sumo wrestling bots

Seriously, watch the video<p>If you haven’t seen robot sumo wrestling before, then you’re in for a treat. Trust me. Most robot versions of human sports are underwhelming, but as this video compilation shows, the mechanical take on Japan’s national sport is very fast and very furious. And why? Because …

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Kratos to show low-cost Valkyrie and Mako "wingman" combat drones

Defense company Kratos has announced that it will show two low-cost combat drones at the Paris Air Show next week, offering an insight as to what …

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Dr. Heather Knight is an Assistant Professor of Robotics at Oregon State University. There, her CHARISMA research group uses methods from …

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Alphabet sells off 'BigDog' robot maker Boston Dynamics to Softbank

Firm acquired by Japanese company was put up for sale in early 2016 after Google’s parent company cooled on its military connections<p>Google’s parent company Alphabet has sold robotics firm Boston Dynamics to Japan’s Softbank for an undisclosed sum, over a year after putting it up for sale.<p>As part of …

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