robots
The Viral Robot Video That’s Freaking Everyone Out Is Totally Fake

Have you seen this video of a very human-looking robot walking up a driveway? It’s gotten a lot of people online freaked out about the coming robot apocalypse. But you can rest easy... for now. This “robot” was created using computer graphics. As in, it’s totally fake. Read More >>

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Bank Boss Believes Hype About AI Workers Decimating the Workforce

The head economist at the Bank of England thinks that the robotic and artificially intelligent workforces of the future could indeed obliterate our puny human jobs en masse, although how a robot is ever going to change an alternator on a 2006 Peugeot we don't yet know. Read More >>

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Robot Peer Pressure Is the Newest Tech Threat to Children

New research shows that children are more likely than adults to give in to peer pressure from robots, a disturbing finding given the rapidly increasing rate at which kids are interacting with socially intelligent machines. Read More >>

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A Where’s Wally-Finding Robot Is Here to Steal Your Toddler’s Only Job

Tired of that smug look of satisfaction on your kid’s face when they’re able to find Wally on a page faster than you can? A creative agency called RedPepper built a robot that levels the Where’s Wally playing field using a camera and machine learning AI to spot the striped traveller in as little as four-and-a-half seconds. Looks like you’re out of a job, little Billy. Read More >>

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I Kind of Want This Tiny Robot to Control My Home

Anki doesn’t think it’s cracked the code and developed the perfect robot to work at the centre of your smart home, but with Vector it feels it’s created a robot adorable enough, and smart enough, to tide you over until the future finally catches up with our desire. Read More >>

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Boston Dynamics Says It Can Build 1,000 Robot Dogs a Year By Mid-2019

Boston Dynamics is preparing to build its terrifying army of robot dogs, according to a Saturday report in Inverse that the company has set a target date of July 2019 as the time it will be ready to manufacture 1,000 of its compact SpotMini models annually. Read More >>

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This Folding Robotic Device Captures Delicate Sea Creatures Without Crushing Them

Our oceans are home to a diverse array of aquatic organisms, a surprising number of which have yet to be discovered. To help in the search for these fascinating creatures, researchers have developed a robotic device capable of capturing even the most delicate deep-sea animals, which it does with a foldable, 12-sided hand. Read More >>

science
My 15 Favourite Science and Tech Books for Smart Beach Reading

Summer is upon us, which means it’s time to put together a reading list, whether it’s for the beach, your cottage, or the hammock in your garden. Here are 15 science and technology books that will keep your nerdy brains engaged and titillated. Read More >>

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Insectoid Microbot Leverages Small-Scale Physics to Swim and Walk Underwater

Inspired by bugs, Harvard’s Ambulatory Microrobot, or HAMR, can run, climb, make sharp turns, and carry small payloads. In the latest upgrade to the system, HAMR has been endowed with the ability to swim, dive down from the surface, and walk underwater—no small task for an object as light as a paperclip. Read More >>

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The International Space Station’s New AI-Powered Bot Is Actually Pretty Cool

Introducing CIMON, a floating, basketball-sized robot that will serve as a companion and assistant to crew members aboard the International Space Station. Infused with artificial intelligence, the floating bot is reminiscent of HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey, but far less evil. We hope. Read More >>

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RIP Asimo, You Useless Robotic Honda Advert

Honda announced yesterday that it would cease development of Asimo, the super cute humanoid that tours the world in the name of stunt marketing. Asimo was 18 years old. Asimo, once heralded as the future of robotics, was barely old enough to buy a beer. But it was always happy to help sell you a Honda automobile. Read More >>

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Disney Has Built Impressive Robot Stunt Doubles That Mean No One Any Harm

Following the debut of the Donald Trump robot that perfectly captured the soul of its namesake, many people are wondering what Disney’s Imagineers will do next. The answer turns out to be autonomous stunt double bots that bring us one giant leap closer to IRL Westworld. Read More >>

technology
This Light-Up HAL 9000 USB Flash Drive Can’t Sing, But Probably Won’t Kill You Either

Master Replicas, makers of some of the finest lightsaber replicas in any galaxy, sadly closed its doors back in 2008. Last year, however, part of its original team opened Master Replicas Group, a new company that’s relaunching with a series of 2001: A Space Odyssey collectibles to start, including a flash drive based on one of Hollywood’s most terrifying villains. Read More >>

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4mph Robot Traffic Cones Could Jazz up the Roadworks of the Future

An infrastructure specialist thinks it might be able to technology-away the problem of roadworks, by rolling out – haha yes literally rolling them out on wheels – a fleet of self-driving traffic cones. Read More >>