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A Guy With a Hockey Stick Is the Only Thing Stopping Door-Opening Robots From Escaping

If last week’s video of Boston Dynamic’s SpotMini robo-dog opening doors all by itself had you worried, don’t be. The bot’s creators have done everything possible to ensure the public’s safety by hiring a guy to thwart the robo-dog’s escape attempts using a hockey stick. Phew! One less thing to stress over. Read More >>

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I Love Watching These Self-Balancing Boxing Robots Beat Each Other Into Submission

The self-balancing technology that powered the overhyped disappointment that was the Segway is finally living up to its full potential with Hexbug’s new VEX Battling Boxing Robots line. You can not only build a pair of robo-pugilists that ride around on hoverboards, you can also fight them using motion controls to knock your opponent’s head clean off. Read More >>

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Freaky Flea-Like Robots Could One Day Flip and Tumble Inside Your Body

These tiny, flipping microbots, currently being developed by researchers at Purdue University, could one day deliver drugs directly inside the body. The magnetically propelled bots are no wider than a pinhead. Read More >>

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I Can’t Stop Laughing at These Ski Robots Falling Down

If you saw that video of a robot skilfully opening a door yesterday, you might think that the robot uprising is just around the corner. But this new video of skiing robots falling on their faces might help you sleep at night. Or at least give you a good laugh. Read More >>

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Boston Dynamics’ Unsettling Robodog Can Now Escape Through (Unlocked) Doors

The first time we saw Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robo-dog in action, it used its gripping arm to help load a dishwasher. But after getting a fancy new yellow coat a few months ago, SpotMini has apparently since learned how to open doors, enabling the robot, and its comrades, to escape a life of servitude. Read More >>

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Ford Files Patent for Autonomous Robocop Car That Learns How to Hide From Drivers

First spotted by Motor 1, the patent—which represents more of a moonshot project than a pending invention—would nonetheless really round out the most dystopian visions of our future. Read More >>

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Ocado Set to Introduce Robot Workers into its Warehouses

The future is here, folks. The robots are going to take over — starting with Ocado's warehouses. Read More >>

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A Creepy, Crawling Robot Baby Reminds Us That Carpets Are Disgusting

To the untrained eye, babies are nothing more than drooling, crying blobs who do basically nothing all day. But a recent study published in Environmental Science & Technology has found that babies are actually drooling, crying blobs who stir up impressive clouds of bacteria, dirt, fungi, and bug bits wherever they crawl. And all it took to figure this out was creating a foil-covered robot baby. Read More >>

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This Robot From the 1930s Will Ease Your Case of the Winter Blues

Winter weather got you down? How about some sweet vintage robot pics to cheer you up? Vintage robot pics on the beaches of California, no less. Read More >>

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CES 2018: I Spoke to the Future and the Future Stared Back at Me, Blankly

The first thing you notice about Sophia, a robot, is the sound she makes. Like a late-90s Pentium processor struggling to load a video, she makes a whirring squeal that fills the room. Sophia talks, too. But what I’ll always remember about my recent conversation with a robot is her stare. Read More >>

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CES 2018: What It’s Like to Play Ping-Pong With a Robot

The first thing that I should say about FORPHEUS is that it’s gentle. The artificially intelligent Ping-Pong tutor built by Omrom is not trying to beat you. It’s not trying to take over the world. FORPHEUS is trying to make you a better Ping-Pong player. I played Ping-Pong with this incredibly futuristic being, and not only do I feel like a better Ping-Pong player, I feel better about the potential for a robot-led future. Read More >>

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This Soft, Self-Healing Robot Mimics How Human Muscles Move

The aim of soft robotics is to create machines that move more like humans—robots that can, say, sensitively grasp delicate objects without crushing them. Engineers have recently created an artificial muscle that can mimic the way the human body’s muscles contract and expand. Read More >>

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A Self-Aware Drone Somehow Doesn’t Spark an Instant Robot Apocalypse in This Scifi Short

Watching Mackenzie Sheppard’s short Donny the Drone, you might assume that the title character (voiced by Guy Pearce) would become a killing machine soon after becoming self-aware. But Donny ain’t Skynet, and every sentient robot doesn’t necessarily have Judgment Day on its mind. Or does it? Read More >>

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Snake-Like Probe to Get Deepest View Yet Into Damaged Fukushima Reactor

A new probe designed specifically to take a deep view of a damaged nuclear reactor at the Fukushima plant was unveiled by Toshiba on Friday. Regrettably, it looks too cute to die. Read More >>

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Japanese Scientists Made a Sweating Robot That Can Finally Pull Off a Sweet Training Montage

Japanese scientists are hard at work trying to create the only kind of robot that matters in this hopeless hellworld: one capable of pulling off an inspirational training montage, glistening robo-muscles and all. Their latest efforts have been detailed in a paper published in Science Robotics earlier this month, complete with videos that show off the robots’ workout routine. Read More >>