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  1. Things We Saw Today: Detroit Is Turning Into Gotham City

    Oh, it's for Batman v Superman and not Batkid? Oh well.

    Feast your X-Ray vision or little bat lenses on some tweeted set photos from the Detroit Gotham City filming of Batman v Superman.

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  2. Researchers Unveil a Universal Robot Hivemind That Learns From the Internet

    "OK Google, search 'enslave the humans.'"

    Well, we had a good run, humans, but it's time for our robotic overlords to ascend to their rightful place of dominance. Researchers from several universities are working on a system for robot learning that allows them to bypass being taught by humans and seek out the knowledge they need on the Internet.

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  3. Artist Creates Nude “Blood Robot Selfie” That Simultaneously Amazes and Creeps Us Out

    Congratulations on now having the title of "Weirdest Selfie"

    Have you ever wanted to see a nude self-portrait done in the artists' own blood with the help of a robot? Because Brooklyn-based artist Ted Lawson's piece "Ghost in the Machine (blood robot selfie)" is exactly that. You can see the process Lawson went through to create the work in this video (Probably best skip this one if you're squeamish.)

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  4. NASA Will Basically Play SimAnt With New “Swarmies” Robots

    Filed under "Science" but come on, this is really "Gaming."

    NASA engineers have built four robots nicknamed "Swarmies" to test whether a group of robots can autonomously and effectively scout an area for resources, and they've model the software design after how ants do the same thing. It's like a very complicated, expensive game of SimAnt.

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  5. Massive Swarm of Tiny Robots Built To Study Collective Behavior, Haunt My Dreams

    Nope. Nope nope nope nope nopenopenopenopenope

    There are plenty of examples in the animal kingdom of a group working together to accomplish a single task, so naturally this is a behavior scientists are trying to replicate in robots. Harvard University's Kilobots (one letter away from K-I-L-L-B-O-T-S, I'm on to you, Harvard) can collectively and spontaneously replicate shapes. Watch them in action. Terrifying, nightmarish action.

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  6. Scientists Roll Out Real-Life Transformers Inspired by Origami

    I think they're defective. Where's the transforming sound?

    Scientists who were unhappy with robots being less than or equal to what meets the eye have created their own robots in disguise. Inspired by origami, the little bots can transform from a flat piece of plastic and a pair of motors into a walking robot with just a bit of heat.

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  7. Underdog South Korean Baseball Team Now Filling Its Stands With Cybermen To Simulate Cheering Fans

    Where were these punks at my 8th-grade dance recital?

    The Hanwha Eagles have finished last in their league four out of the previous five years, but that doesn't mean they need to feel bad about themselves. Rather than play for an empty stadium, the South Korean professional baseball team has built an army of slavishly loyal robots to intimidate, er, rally, the Eagle's human fans into displaying enthusiasm.

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  8. Scientists Introduce Adorable Therapy Robot to Nursing Home, Jerry Is Not Impressed

    Oh, Jerry, don't ever change.

    The PARO therapeutic robot is designed to be a sort of companion for patients. It was recently given a five-month test run at the Sunny View Retirement Community. Most patients responded well to PARO, but 92-year-old Jerry Vroom wasn't impressed one bit by the robotic harp seal. Vroom is passive-aggressively manning the front line of the coming robot uprising.

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  9. In Sext Adventure, a Sexting Robot Doesn’t Conform to Your Human Notions of Gender

    "You receive a sext. Are you DTF? Y/N:"

    Can a robot love? The world may never know, but we do know it can sext, thanks to Sext Adventure. Created by Kara Stone and developed by Nadine Lessio, Sext Adventure is a game that is played entirely within text messages on your phone. The bot on the other end takes you through a sexting narrative based on how you respond to it in the style of old school text adventure games—like talking to SmarterChild, but with more racy photos.

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  10. “MacGyver” Robots Use Their Environment to Solve Problems, Lack Mullets

    This is the perfect setup for a MacGyver reboot, Hollywood. Just saying.

    MacGyver was ahead of his time. So ahead, in fact, that robots of the future are being built based on him. Kind of. A video submission was made to the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation with the title "Robots Using Environment Objects as Tools: The ‘MacGyver’ Paradigm for Mobile Manipulation." If you'll excuse me, I have to write a treatment for a MacGyver vs. Mecha-MacGyver script.

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