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Boston Dynamics’ New Robot Is a Giant Segway Bird That Lives to Suck

Boston Dynamics has released a new video demonstrating one of its newest robots—a birdlike creation that gracefully moves boxes around a warehouse floor like only an avian-Segway-hybrid contraption can. Read More >>

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These New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Shorts Share Tales of Robots, Sinister Pizza, and a Strange Place Called Earth 

Last time we did one of these short film round-ups, we gathered 10 shorts all under 10 minutes. This time, we’ve got seven creator-submitted shorts, most of which run a little longer, but all of which tell some wonderfully twisted tales. So be careful who you go home with, beware that wormhole, and seriously...don’t eat that pizza! Read More >>

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We Need to Talk About this Robo-Dog Companion That Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Helped Design

A company called Tombot thinks it’s come up with a way to improve the quality of life for seniors facing challenges when it comes to being social: a robotic companion dog that behaves and responds like a real pup, but without all the responsibilities of maintaining a living, breathing animal. The company even enlisted the talented folks at the Jim Henson’s Creature Shop to help make the robo-dog look as lifelike as possible. It’s a noble effort, but it also raises lots of questions. Read More >>

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US Army Assures Public That Robot Tank System Adheres to AI Murder Policy

Last month, the US Army put out a call to private companies for ideas about how to improve its planned semi-autonomous, AI-driven targeting system for tanks. In its request, the Army asked for help enabling the Advanced Targeting and Lethality Automated System (ATLAS) to “acquire, identify, and engage targets at least 3X faster than the current manual process.” But that language apparently scared some people who are worried about the rise of AI-powered killing machines. And with good reason. Read More >>

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This Remarkably Agile Robot Hand Teaches Itself How to Handle Objects

In a split second before you reach to pick up an object, your brain pre-calculates all the movements needed to safely reach and grasp it securely. It’s a subconscious approach that’s the result of years of childhood development and learning, and one that robotics researchers are now using for their own creations. Festo’s new BionicSoftHand is not only remarkably dextrous, but using AI, it figures out how to properly hold and manipulate an object before it makes any actual movements. Read More >>

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C.H.E.R.Y./L. the Robot Is Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Unsung Hero

Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has come to an end, and it’s time to celebrate its underappreciated hero. Read More >>

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This Modular Sphero Bot is a Big Step Toward More Customisable Robotics

You probably know Sphero best for licensed toys like the super-cute-but-now defunct BB-8 and other licensed bots. But its latest robot, the RVR (pronounced Rover) pushes forward with the company’s renewed focus on STEAM friendly robots, by adding a modular robot that can keep up with more advanced coders. Read More >>

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This Walking Robot Navigates Using the Sun, No GPS Required

Researchers in France are calling their six-legged creation the “AntBot.” This 9-inch robot doesn’t just skitter around like a desert ant, though—it also borrows their unique navigational skills. Read More >>

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Remote-Controlled Probe Picks up Radioactive Debris at Fukushima for the First Time

Tepco, the state-owned operator of the badly damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, has conducted an important test in which a remote-controlled probe managed to grasp several small grains of radioactive debris, AFP reports. The successful operation marked an important achievement for the company as it prepares for a cleanup operation that could take decades. Read More >>

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Will Tech Workers Rise Up Around Automation, Too?

Over the last year or two, a number of stories have documented both an ascendent drive for representation in the workplace to a growing class consciousness, inspired by labour strikes in other industries and injustices in their own ranks. As such, it occurs to me that the time might be ripe for tech workers to consider how to collectively harness, and maybe organise around, automation for their mutual benefit. Read More >>

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iRobot’s New Robot Lawn Mower Looks Like It’ll Piss Off Your Neighbours

After years of rumours, iRobot’s finally announced its robot lawnmower: the Terra. Now, instead of getting up early and mowing and annoying the neighbours, you can sleep in and let the robot do it for you. On top of being able to mow your lawn, it seems the Terra will borrow quite a few features from iRobot’s successful Roomba vacuum cleaners, including smart mapping. Read More >>

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Touchy, Feely Robots Have Learned to Play Jenga As Well As Humans Can

A steady hand is needed to play a game like Jenga without toppling the tower, but being a successful block-stacker also requires a fine-tuned sense of touch as you try to find the perfect piece to remove. Until recently it meant robots relying solely on visual data weren’t actually great at playing Jenga (yay, humanity!) but by adding a sense of touch, researchers have once again given automatons the advantage. (Never mind.) Read More >>

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Amazon Is Testing Its Cutie-Pie Delivery Robot, Scout

It's adorable robot day today, it seems – and we are good with that. Read More >>

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Gatwick Airport is Trialling Adorable Robot Valets

Flying at Gatwick will soon be way more fun, as a ridiculously sweet robot called Stan will park your car for you. Read More >>