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Meet the Robots Who Are Scarily Close to Being Human

Meet the Robots Who Are Scarily Close to Being Human<p>Click To View Slideshow»<p>In his new book, Humanoid author and photographer Max Aguilera-Hellweg …

Robots

These AI bots created their own language to talk to each other

A next step in the development of artificial intelligence.<p>It is now table stakes for artificial intelligence algorithms to “learn” about the world around them. The next level: For AI bots to learn how to talk to each other — and develop their own shared language.<p>New research released last week by …

Artificial Intelligence

The Future Farmers of America Are Robots

Life as an agricultural researcher means planting and monitoring row after row of crops, walking bent over, and crawling hands-and-knees through the …

Agriculture

Drones Are Learning to Land Like Birds

It takes cool new wing tech and the smarts of AI for a drone to execute the landing that nature has already perfected.<p>Although our skies are now filled with quadcopter drones, fixed-wing aircraft have them beat in both speed and endurance—that's why the military's drones don't look like the ones …

Drones

NASA's flat-packed Puffer robot unfurls for rugged terrain

NASA already has robots exploring the surface of Mars, but there are plenty of places these roaming science laboratories cannot go. One day a …

Space

Origami Inspired PUFFER Robots Designed by NASA to Explore Extreme Terrain

Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robots (PUFFER) are origami-inspired robots designed by NASA to explore extreme terrain. The resilient robots can reach …

Robotics

Automating security? Robots can't replace humans in decision loop

While technology can be used for malicious purposes, such as hardware used for DDoS attacks, it's the human that crafts the malware, determines the …

Automation

Scientists want to define just how smart robot surgeons are

For roughly three decades, medical robots have assisted surgeons in the operating theater. They provide a steady hand and can make tiny incisions with pinpoint accuracy. But as robotics improve, a new question has emerged: How should autonomous robots be treated? The US Food and Drug Administration …

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Robots for inspecting pipes could help repair U.S. infrastructure

The amphibious bot will identify the worst problems that need solving first<p>In the next thirty years, some one million miles of pipes in the U.S. are predicted to fail at a replacement cost of more than $1 trillion, according to the American Water Works Association. But optimizing those repairs and …

Robots

Fun Programming Apps Should Actually Be Fun | Co.Design

There’s just one problem: the version we tested didn’t have any actual game to it!<p>So what you’re left with is ultimately a tech demo that’s impressive as heck. By leveraging your smartphone as a sort of eye-in-the-sky, the phone becomes a commander that can actually track and crunch numbers on the …

Programming

iRobot's Roomba robot vacuum adds Clean Map reports and promises Alexa integration

I've been eying the iRobot Roombas for over a year now. The idea of a robot vacuum gliding around my apartment and cleaning up while I'm not around …

Adorable social media robot dog looks like Zuckerberg's pup, natch

What if Mark Zuckerberg's Internet-famous Puli, Beast, could fit in the palm of your hand and only bark or wag his adorable little tail when you get a Facebook like?<p>That's not a Facebook founder fever dream, it's the reality of a new Kickstarter project for the world's only social media robot dog: …

Robots

It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

Igor Mordatch is working to build machines that can carry on a conversation. That’s something so many people are working on. In Silicon Valley, …

Artificial Intelligence

OK Google, your Neato vacuum voice control is way better than Alexa

Google is winning the battle to control Neato's robot vacs.<p>There's a war for control of everything in the smart home and what better pawn to fight over than the friendly little robot vacuum?<p>Robot vacuum maker Neato strives not to pick sides. Having already joined forces with Amazon's Alexa voice …

Robots

Why Dyson is investing in AI and robotics to make better vacuum cleaners

When Dyson unveiled its new hair dryer last year, the UK firm emphasized over and over again the amount of research it had done to develop the product. A thousand miles of “virgin hair” was purchased for testing the $400 Supersonic, four years were dedicated to development, and total R&D spending …

Robots

The Different Robots You Might Meet As You Walk The Streets Of A City

<b>Often seen as futuristic, and maybe a bit silly, robots are already changing urban life.</b><p>Over the past couple of weeks, tech news outlets all seem to be talking about one thing – robots in our cities. Some of these are really interesting, and others a bit hype-filled. And then there are those robots …

Robots

The autonomous robot sub with a really silly name is about to begin its maiden voyage

Why it matters to you<p>Even though it has a silly name, Boaty McBoatface's advanced technologies means oceanographers should soon gain new knowledge …

David Attenborough

The 10 Best Robot Vacuums

A high-tech solution to a household chore that nobody likes.<p>Robot vacuums have become more capable than ever, with today's high-end models offering an appealing blend of cleaning power and smart home functionality. Below are the best options for every budget.

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Robots Could Change the Face of Food Delivery

The next time you order takeout for dinner, the "deliveryperson" who comes to your door may not actually be a human being at all.<p>On Thursday, Starship Technologies went to Washington, D.C., for the latest launch of its robot delivery service, where automatons pick up orders from restaurants and …

Robots

This Burger-Flipping Bot Is Actually Great AI Design

As Don Norman recently wrote, machines should master the repetitive tasks we're not good at. Meet "Flippy."<p>From the The Peach Pit on <i>Bevery Hills, 90201</i> to <i>All That</i>'s Good Burger, the fictional burger joint is a favorite trope of movies and TV series with teenage stars. It's a convenient hangout …

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How baby dolls, mine sweepers and Mars rovers led iRobot to the Roomba

The iRobot museum is located in the main building of its Bedford, Massachusetts headquarters. It’s more of a hallway, really, tucked behind a security door just off the building’s lobby, that sports the words “Cool Stuff.”<p>It’s the first stop for tour groups and field trips, laying out the company’s …

Robots

The Next Frontier In Automation: Self-Driving Wheelchairs

Understanding that mobility is a crucial factor to a person's independence, researchers are outfitting wheelchairs with the same sensor technology as self-driving cars.<p>The same technology that makes self-driving cars possible could also transform wheelchairs.<p>For someone with advanced Lou Gehrig's …

Wheelchairs

3 Robotic Innovations in Healthcare

Your future doctors' visits could be a little more high-tech.<p>Like all industries, healthcare faces plenty of criticism. Professionals must deal with rising costs, stressed staff, deluges of new research and an aging population.<p>Many hospitals and care providers find themselves faced with the …

Robots

Kuri the adorable smart home robot can now detect your face

Kuri, the smart home robot from Bosch internal startup Mayfield Robotics, won a lot of hearts when it debuted at CES in January. Now, the little domestic bot has gained some new abilities, which should help it win minds, too, when it launches officially to pre-order customers later this year.<p>One of …

Robots

“Robotic Nudging” Might Make Us Happier and Less Embarrassed

Robots are going to start pushing you to be nicer to people, through a technique known as “robotic nudging.” That’s according to Ron Arkin, who …

Robots

9 military robots that are totally terrifying … and oddly adorable

The military has always been at the cutting edge of technology, so it should come as no surprise that the most advanced robots in the world are being …

Robots

Cobalt's robot is like a superhuman security guard... but it looks like office furniture

Autonomous car meets security camera in Cobalt's new robot, which was designed by renowned industrial designer Yves Béhar.<p>This week Cobalt came out …

Robots

The six official levels of autonomous vehicles explained

Self-driving cars can mean a number of different things, so the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration adopted a zero-to-5 scale of the …

Driverless Cars

Researchers in Japan just created a tiny, amoeba-inspired robot

Micrometer machines<p>A robot is movement, controlled. This is as true for plane-sized flying machines as it is for micrometer-sized contraptions, like the amoeba-inspired robot recently created by researchers at Japan’s Tohoku University. It isn’t the smallest robot ever made, as there are a few …

Robotics