Disney has filed for a patent for a humanoid, "soft body robot for physical interaction with humans."Read More
Get in the futzin' robot, Suidobashi.
File this one under "headlines we never thought we'd seriously get to write."Read More
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.Read More
What? No caltrops?? Come on!
Welcome to Thunderdome.Read More
This just in: humans are staging another adorable "rebellion."
Breaking news: robots may soon report your breaking news. Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan just unveiled a pair of robots, called Kodomoroid and Otonaroid, that appear extremely human and demonstrate better language skills than a lot of real humans I know—at least, it sounds that way. It's hard to be sure when they're speaking a language I don't understand.Read More
Robots generally make me uncomfortable, but even I'll admit ASIMO is kind of cute. Especially when he screw up.
If anyone was worried that Honda's humanoid ASIMO robot would lead the machines in their inevitable uprising against humankind, it's probably going to be a while. In a demonstration in Tokyo this week ASIMO kept mistaking reporters phones for their hands. It just kept asking "Who wants to ask ASIMO a question?" No one does, ASIMO. They were just trying to take your picture with their phones.Read More
It Goes Ding When There's Stuff
When people begin warning everyone about the dangers of a robot uprising, they tend to get labeled as crackpots. But what if the people warning you are University of Cambridge professors and the co-founder of Skype? That's happening, and they're banking on their clout to be taken seriously. Two Cambridge professors and Jaan Tallinn are teaming up to start the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk and analyze the threat posed by a possible robotic uprising.Read More