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UK scientists create world’s smallest surgical robot to start a hospital revolution

British-built Versius device will slash costs, improve patient recovery times and help speed up keyhole surgery<p>British scientists have developed the world’s smallest surgical robot which could transform everyday operations for tens of thousands of patients.<p>From a converted pig shed in the …

Robotics

Aslan is a 3D-printed robotic arm that wants to help translate for the deaf

Why it matters to you<p>Aslan could help us communicate with the 70 million people around the world whose mother tongue is ASL.<p>Around 70 million people …

Language

Want to experiment controlling a swarm of robots? Georgia Tech is here to help

Why it matters to you<p>Georgia Tech's Robotarium means anyone can try out their swarm robot code in a world-class research facility.<p>Access to a fully …

Robotics

Meet Method-2, the Korean megabot straight out of sci-fi

This four-metre-tall machine looks intimidating, but it could help clean up nuclear waste<p>Why do I feel so much like Sigourney Weaver?" Jeff Bezos …

Robotics

This Boston Dynamics robot is way smarter than its shelf-stacking fail suggests

Why it matters to you<p>Robot technology is advancing rapidly, but it's still fun to see when things go wrong.<p>No one can doubt the extraordinary …

Robots

Industrial robots in the US are being deployed exactly where you’d expect

They’re concentrated in the Midwest and upper South, and are mostly used in the auto industry<p>More than half of America’s industrial robot population is concentrated in just 10 states in the Midwest and South. This is according to a new report, published by the Brookings Institute, which maps the …

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Why do we like robots more when they mess up?

Probably because we expect technology to be perfect, and it’s reassuring when it isn’t<p>You might have seen the GIF above floating round the ‘net recently. It comes from a recent TED talk given by Boston Dynamics, and shows the company’s latest bipedal Atlas robots failing — delightfully — to perform …

Robots

This tarantula robot is frightening and, perhaps, useful

Commentary: The creators of the spiderlike HEXA robot say that it can be turned by developers into anything they wish. Oh.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Please, I understand that the world is changing and technology is at the forefront …

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Meet Eva, the workplace robot that won’t necessarily steal your job

London startup Automata Technologies is hoping to democratise robotics by installing the technology in workplaces. Is it really nothing to worry about?<p>The technology industry likes to talk about how automation is set to change the world. Chatbots present a new way of interacting with software, …

Robots

Could This Squishy Robot Be the Future of Robotics?

The phones in our pockets might be getting more and more complicated, but many researchers advancing the field of robotics are actually engineering …

Robotics

Will Artificial Intelligence Be Illegal in Europe Next Year?

The upcoming European General Data Protection Regulation imposes strict rules on how to handle personal data, creating a challenge for AI companies everywhere.<p>Many people wonder why Europe is so keen to protect people’s privacy. The reason dates back from WWII, when French and German governments …

Privacy

Edible robot surgeons will cure you from the inside out

Back in 1985, the best robotic surgeon we had was the Puma 560, a manipulator arm just barely more advanced than Rocky Balboa's robo-butler. Just barely. The Puma was nevertheless revolutionary. It was the very first mechanical operator, progenitor to steady-handed robo-surgeons like the DaVinci …

Medicine

South Korea introduces world's first 'robot tax'

South Korea has introduced what is being called the world's first tax on robots amid fears that machines will replace human workers, leading to mass unemployment.<p>The country will limit tax incentives for investments in automated machines as part of a newly proposed revision of its tax laws.<p>It is …

Robots

When Bad Things Happen to Good Robots

On May 10th of this year, an unfortunate message appeared on the blog of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute’s Kermedic Trench Expedition. Nereus, …

Mind

A New Jersey hospital just added a superbug-zapping robot to its staff

Why it matters to you<p>LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robot is now keeping hundreds of hospitals around the world safe from superbugs.<p>Last month was July, …

New Jersey

Robot from Boston Dynamics totally eats it during demo

A robot fail usually sends shockwaves throughout the internet, but a Boston Dynamics demo that went awry last month is just now getting a reaction.<p>At the annual Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders at UMass Lowell, Boston Dynamics presented its humanoid robot, Atlas, performing cool …

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Harvard's tiny robotic arm can make endoscopic surgery safer

Minimally invasive surgery is already amazing as it is, but a team of Harvard scientists have created a device that expands its possible applications even further. They designed a tiny robotic arm that lays flat while the endoscope is moving through narrow passages and pops up to reveal tools …

Robotics

America's Giant Robot Fighter Shows Off Its Moves

We’ve been covering the upcoming world’s first giant robot mega-battle since American colossal-robot-fighting-suit-maker MegaBots threw their big, …

Robots

MegaBots Inc debuts its combat-ready giant fighting robot ... in classic MegaBots style

Team America is ready to go. MegaBots, Inc released a hype-tastic video this morning of its final, combat-ready, 16-foot-tall Eagle Prime machine, …

Robots

Self-Driving Cars Are Confusing Customers—And Spooking Insurance Companies

The great promise of autonomous vehicles, aside from saving you from the tyranny of commuting, is their ability to save lives by replacing stupid …

Transportation

Inside the Subtle Marketing Shift That Changed Roomba's Fortunes

How lowering expectations and downplaying its own technology helped a cutting-edge company reach a whole new customer.<p><i>Let a robot replace you.</i> For years, this was iRobot’s pitch for the Roomba, its robotic vacuum cleaner. And for years it worked well, generating strong annual sales growth for the …

Marketing

Companion Robots Are Here. Just Don't Fall in Love With Them

“Hey, Kuri,” I say. “I love you.”<p>Pause. I brace for rejection, but then the robot lets out a <i>balooop</i> and shimmies back and forth. This, I am to …

Robots

Are creepy-crawly clothing robots the future of fashion?

Last year, a team of researchers from MIT and Stanford showcased a new direction for wearable electronics in the form of mini-robots called Rovables …

Robots

Robots should make money, save money, increase productivity, or deliver entertainment—and let humans be human

The age of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics is upon us, but the current fad of emotional humanoid robots is not headed in the right direction.<p>First, let’s understand what robotics are based on:<p>AI algorithms which are very good at optimization of explicitly defined goals (but cannot create, …

Robots

Cheap Australian robot uses 7 images to ID Amazon products | ZDNet

Robots are close to identifying and packing objects better than humans.<p>Modern robots can't reliably identify and grasp a wide range of objects from …

Robots

NASA puts $14M in funding towards soft robots, flash lidar and other research projects

NASA has announced the latest beneficiaries of its Small Business Technology Transfer program, which solicits and funds small-scale research projects outside the agency but relevant to its interests. Nineteen projects in a variety of fields are being awarded a total of $14.3 million.<p>Those 19 were …

Robotics

'Robot intelligence is dangerous': Expert's warning after Facebook AI 'develop their own language'

Two robots - created by Facebook - have been shut down after developing their own language.<p>It happened while the social media firm was experimenting …

Artificial Intelligence

Roomba creator says it ‘will never sell your data’ after talking about selling your data

Just a few days after musing about the potential to sell mapping data of customers’ homes, the CEO of Roomba maker iRobot has pedaled those claims way back. In a statement provided to <i>ZDNet</i>, company CEO Colin Angle now says that “iRobot will never sell your data.” A company representative said his …

IRobot

How Artificial Intelligence is Helping Feed the Planet

For the last year, NatureSweet Farms has been testing a new monitoring system at one of its tomato farms in Arizona. The ten-camera system employs an …

Artificial Intelligence