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This Artificially Intelligent Robot Composes and Performs Its Own Music

Shimon — a four-armed marimba playing robot — has been around for years, but its developers at Georgia Tech have recently taken this futuristic musical machine to the next level. Using deep learning, the robot can now study large datasets from well-known musicians, and then produce and perform its own original compositions. Read More >>

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These Freaky Robots Were Built From Drinking Straws and Inspired by Spiders

Emulating spiders and bugs, and using drinking straws as basic building blocks, a research team from Harvard University has developed a type of semi-soft robot capable of standing, walking, and even striding across a liquid surface. Say hello to the “arthrobots.” Read More >>

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Alphabet Just Unloaded Its Crazy Robots on Japanese Telecom Softbank

Three years after acquiring the MIT robotics lab Boston Dynamics, makers of Atlas and other scary bots, Alphabet (Google’s parent company) is selling it off to Softbank, a Japanese telecommunications company already known for its less terrifying robots like Pepper that might soon be getting some impressive upgrades. It turns out that posting YouTube videos of nightmare-inducing robots isn’t as profitable as once hoped. Read More >>

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When Will Robots Deserve Human Rights?

Films and TV shows like Blade Runner, Humans, and Westworld, where highly advanced robots have no rights, trouble our conscience. They show us that our behaviours are not just harmful to robots—they also demean and diminish us as a species. We like to think we’re better than the characters on the screen, and that when the time comes, we’ll do the right thing, and treat our intelligent machines with a little more dignity and respect. Read More >>

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This Robotic Exosuit Could Turn You Into a Super Athlete

Researchers from Wyss Institute and Harvard SEAS have developed a soft robotic exosuit that significantly boosts a person’s running performance. The device requires a tether and external power supply to work, but once it becomes portable, it could help athletes run faster and further than before, smashing their existing running records without having to undergo additional training. Read More >>

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Robots Have Started Teaching Other Robots New Skills

In an important advance that takes us one step closer to the inevitable robopocalypse, MIT researchers have developed a system that teaches robots how to acquire new skills—and then teach those skills to different types of robots. Read More >>

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Delivery Robots To Be Trialled In London

We've talked about Starship Technologies' adorabrilliant delivery robots before, and now they're trundling their way to Southwark in a trial for courier Hermes. Read More >>

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Robots Are Already Replacing Human Workers at an Alarming Rate

We all know, or at least suspect, that robots are taking people’s jobs, but new research shows the dramatic degree to which industrial robots are replacing human workers and forcing down wages. Read More >>

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No One Tell This Adorable Little Girl the Truth About Her New Robot Friend

After you watch this video of an adorable little girl named Rayna greeting and hugging a new robot friend, you’ll come to the realisation it will never hug or love her back — because it’s actually a discarded water heater. (Sad!) Shortly after that, you’ll also come to the realisation that kids clearly aren’t being raised with a proper fear and respect of robots. Read More >>

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Rapping Robots Prove at Least One Job is Safe From the Coming Android Apocalypse

Every day there’s a new robot with improved capabilities that promises to eventually take over yet another job. But if you’re heading off to college soon, and want to ensure you’ve selected a career path that’s safe from robo-replacement, this agonisingly awkward video seems to confirm that rapping is not something robots will be good at for a long time. Probably ever, actually. Read More >>

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You Can Shame This Robot With Your Mind When It Screws Up

Like a dog obsessively watching its owners for signs it’s a good pup, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Boston University are now using mind-mapping techniques to help train robots to perform tasks correctly. Read More >>

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Robot Wins World Record For Solving Rubik’s Cube Faster Than You Can Do One Twist

The relentless efforts of robots to make us feel inferior at absolutely everything continues with the news that a robot was awarded a Guinness World Record over the weekend for solving a Rubik's cube faster than most humans can make one twist. Read More >>

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Boston Dynamics’ Newest Robot Moves Like a Donkey on Rollerblades

We got our first glimpse of Boston Dynamics’ newest robot about a month ago after footage leaked from a presentation given by Marc Raibert, the company’s founder. But today we finally have the first official reveal of Handle, and the new video will make you wish you also had wheels instead of feet. Read More >>