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New Japanese humanoid robot cools itself through skeletal sweating
Oct 17, 2016

This sweaty robot can do more push-ups than you can!

Watch this freaky neural-net robot named Alter react to its environment
Aug 9, 2016

Meet Alter, the world's newest neural-network machine from Japan.

Tokyo robotics lab demonstrates artificial muscles on a human skeleton
Jul 11, 2016

Keep doing your cardio in case this experimental robo-skeleton chases you down!

A team of Harvard researchers built a living, robot stingray out of rat hearts
Jul 11, 2016

Sure, robots are a dime a dozen these days — but what about a living stingray built from rat hearts? Yeah, this Harvard team has you covered.

Watch Boston Dynamics' new SpotMini housekeeping robot load the dishwasher
Jun 27, 2016

This dog-like domestic robot can clean your kitchen and bring you a frosty beverage when it's done!

These are the 5 key problems Google is looking to solve with artificial intelligence
Jun 24, 2016

Google has its fingers in just about everything these days, and the tech giant is making a hard push into artificial intelligence. So, what do the brains working on AI view as the biggest problems moving forward?

Ambitious Hong Kong man builds Scarlett Johansson look-alike robot
Apr 4, 2016

Sure, this ScarJo bot is freaky, but it's also an amazing accomplishment.

Check out startling new Boston Dynamics video of its latest ATLAS robot
Feb 24, 2016

Watch the nimble ATLAS retain his balance after a foolish bully tries to shove him over.

Telling robots stories could be the best way to teach them human morality
Feb 18, 2016

Artificial intelligence still has a way to go, but once it does catch up with the human mind, we do want to avoid a Skynet-level situation. Turns out telling our future robot overlords a story could be the best way to teach them about morality.

The most advanced AI in the world still can't pass an 8th grade science test
Feb 16, 2016

There’s no denying artificial intelligence has come a long way in recent years, and movies like Ex Machina hint at where it could be just a few years down the line. But we’re not there yet.

Report: Robots could replace 5 million human jobs by 2020
Jan 18, 2016

It’s been a fear ever since we started putting the most rudimentary of machines together decades ago, and we might be finally reaching a point where it happens — robots are about to start taking human jobs. Possibly a lot of them.

Disney created a wall-climbing robot car that is the Mars rover we always wanted
Dec 30, 2015

Not content to own the box office with Star Wars and Marvel, Disney also has a research arm that cooks up all kinds of bizzaro projects. The latest? A wall-climbing robot car that uses some unique design cues to defy gravity.

Field tests find robotic LS3 military mule too loud to use on an actual battlefield
Dec 29, 2015

Well, this is kind of embarrassing. Boston Dynamics has been working on what essentially equates to a robotic pack mule, dubbed the Legged Squad Support System (LS3), which would help carry supplies and weaponry for soldiers in battle.

NASA roboticist chimes in on how the droids of Star Wars would really fare in space
Dec 8, 2015

The droids are arguably one of the most iconic aspects of Star Wars, but how would those lovable robots actually perform in real-life space exploration?

NASA graciously gifts MIT one of its radical next-gen Valkyrie robots
Nov 20, 2015

Here's one early Christmas surprise you probably won't be seeing under your fir tree.