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Westworld Begins to Amp Up With a Charlotte Hale Mary

It’s been an uncharacteristically slow, straightforward start for Westworld’s newest season, but the series is finally returning to its strengths by leaning hard into one of the show’s biggest mysteries: Who the hell is in Delos director Charlotte Hale’s body? Read More >>

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Westworld Returns With a Brand New World (But No West)

The thrilling, enigmatic, occasionally bananas HBO series Westworld is back, although you may not have recognised it. Much like Delores and Bernard, the season three premiere has left the troubled park and its massacre behind for the outside world, where Delores is planning her Host revolution. Unfortunately, it turns out the real world isn’t quite as interesting as the one full of killer robot cowboys. Read More >>

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Westworld’s 25 Biggest Shock Moments By Episode (So Far)

The return of Westworld is nearly here – and while Gizmodo already has a very handy guide to quickly get you up to speed so you can dive right into season three, we also wanted to look back at the most shocking, most monumentally plot-shifting, and otherwise intensely memorable moments of the show so far. Read More >>

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Sues Creator of Nightmarish Robot Lookalike for £7.8 Million, and Wouldn’t You?

The Russian robotics company Promobot – makers of the touchscreen coronavirus robot – piqued horrified curiosity at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show with an animatronic Terminator-era Arnold Schwarzenegger. Rat king in form, robot slave in function, Promobot promises that “‘Arnold Schwarzenegger’ will meet your guests, turn on the light and turn the kettle on.” (It will not do these things manually, since it doesn’t have arms; it is more like a twitchy reanimated head that’s been equipped with a voice assistant and a tablet.) According to Input magazine, Promobot was marketing its victim for $25,000 (£19,385). Read More >>

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Netflix’s Lost in Space Has Been Renewed for One Final Season

It looks like the danger to Will Robinson will be over before too long. Netflix has announced it’s renewed Lost in Space for a third and final season, seeing the Robinson family’s long and tiresome journey to Alpha Centauri come to an end. Read More >>

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Shimon the Singing Robot Is Both Creepy and Captivating

In what looks and sounds like something straight out of a Star Wars movie, a robot named Shimon from Georgia Tech in the US can now sing and compose songs with human collaborators, among many other cool upgrades. Read More >>

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You Can Pretend to Murder This Adorable Robotic Balloon Dog

Unless artist Jeff Koons, known for his giant balloon dog sculptures, decides to get litigious, Moose Toys will be introducing some competition for Sony’s Aibo later this year with Squeakee, the world’s first robotic balloon dog that could potentially put clowns and birthday party entertainers out of business. Read More >>

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This Noodle-Fingered Robot Is a Friend to Jellyfish

Forget flies—this robot is so gentle, it wouldn’t hurt a jellyfish. Read More >>

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Watch Researchers Giggle While They Electrocute a Lifelike Robot Child

It seems we’ve learned absolutely nothing from cautionary tales like the Terminator films, because researchers in Japan have upgraded a robot that looks like a human child with the ability to feel the pain from an electrical charge applied to its skin and wince in pain. Read More >>

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China Using Drones in Increasingly Dystopian Ways to Combat Coronavirus Outbreak

Authorities in China have deployed drones to combat the spread of coronavirus in a variety of ways since the outbreak began, including disinfectant drones and drones that fly around with a loudspeaker to tell people they should keep their masks on. But there’s another way that police in China have started to use drones, and it makes you feel like we live in the future. But maybe not the future we were hoping for. Read More >>

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This Is the Perfect Reason To Spend Tens of Thousands of Dollars on a Robotic Dog

With a price tag of tens of thousands of dollars, Boston Dynamics’ Spot robodog was a tough sell when it officially went on sale last September. A real dog was much cheaper, and arguably more useful, but as an alternative to an electric car, presenter and all-around geek favourite Adam Savage might have found the perfect way to justify buying a robotic dog. Read More >>

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Robot That Can Perform ‘Supermicrosurgery’ Passes First Test in Humans

A surgical robot capable of reconnecting vessels with diameters as tiny as 0.3 millimetres has been tested on human patients, and the results are promising. Read More >>

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A Robotic Swinging Spider-Man is Coming to Disneyland This Summer

After first revealing what many speculated to be robotic stunt doubles several years ago, today the official Disney Parks Blog confirmed that Disney Research’s swinging, posing, self-contained animatronic trapeze artists will be used to create a real-life version of Spider-Man swinging over the upcoming Avengers Campus attraction in Disneyland. Read More >>

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A History of Star Trek’s Uneasy Relationship With Androids

Sci-fi has been fascinated with sentient synthetic life since its earliest days, but Star Trek, in particular, has had quite the tumultuous history with its own consideration of androids and their place in its far future. From classic interpretations of sinister ‘bots to one of the franchise’s most beloved characters, here’s everything you need to know about Star Trek’s androids. Read More >>