Robotics

A Team of Hackers Shows How Frighteningly Easy It Is To Hack Home Robots

Cyber attacks are one of the great threats of our generation. Anyone who's seen Mr. Robot knows that all it takes is one solid hack...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 - 10:29AM

Elon Musk and Other Tech Experts Urge the UN To Ban 'Killer Robots'

The problem with Terminator 2's opening scene is that it makes robot murderbots look incredibly cool. If given the chance, what...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 21 August 2017 - 7:14PM

This Stealth Warship Runs On Linux and Doesn't Need Humans to Defend Itself

In the ongoing fight between Macs and PCs, it's hard to deny that Linux has the biggest actual firepower. Case in point: the USS...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 18 August 2017 - 10:07AM

Check Out the New Combat Drone That Can Fire a Sniper Rifle All By Itself

We all laughed when people started duct-taping knives to Roombas, but the laughter has long since stopped: we're at the point now...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 17 August 2017 - 10:15AM

New Scientific Study Claims Robots Are More Likable When They Make Mistakes

These days, there seems to be a robot suited for just about every task. From writing songs to creating artwork, working as lawyers,...

Chelsea Gohd
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 - 7:23PM

Exclusive: New Photos of the Chainsaw-Equipped Mech That's Challenging Japan to a Giant Robot Fight

This isn't a movie. This isn't a joke. MegaBots, an American company, challenged the Japanese company Suidobashi to a giant robot...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 03 August 2017 - 2:20PM

This Incredibly Precise Robot Arm Can Pick Up (Almost) Anything

There are few jobs more obscure than that of a picker--though 'snake milker' and 'iceberg tower' certainly might hold the title....

Chris Mahon
Friday, 28 July 2017 - 3:37PM

Watch This Inflatable 'Soft Robot' Grow Like a Vine and Move Like a Snake

There are a lot of people out there trying to make robots more human-like, but one group of researchers has created a robot that...

Chelsea Gohd
Thursday, 20 July 2017 - 12:56PM

Watch Salto, the Most Agile Jumping Robot Ever Created

SALTO, which stands for saltatorial locomotion on terrain obstacles, is a tiny little robot with jumping capabilities that would make...

Chelsea Gohd
Friday, 07 July 2017 - 2:07PM

Dubai Is Creating an Autonomous Robo-Car Police Force

Are you a fan of Robocop? We have good news! Terrified of the prospect that artificially intelligent robots could lead to our...

Chelsea Gohd
Thursday, 06 July 2017 - 11:28AM

Watch These Tiny, Lightning-Fast Sumo Robots Fight in the Ring

All martial arts--even video games and fights between giant car-crushing robots--are as much about mental acuity as they are physical...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 23 June 2017 - 11:33AM

Disney Partners With Hanson Robotics to Produce AI-Driven Children's Toys Based on Disney Characters

Robotics has come a long way in the past few decades, but it hasn't come far enough just yet. The Uncanny Valley still looms large,...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 - 12:04PM

Video: The Future of Jobs, Ethics, and Security in the Age of AI

We've spoken about the future of robots and humanity previously, mostly in the context of them stealing our jobs or becoming even...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 - 3:53PM

Watching This Autonomous Multicopter Drone Play Catch Is Awesome

You know, we thought we had lost the capacity to be impressed by weird little quadrocopter-like drones. After seeing a guy skydive off...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 01 June 2017 - 5:04PM

Watch the First Skydive From a Drone

Drones have gone from being novelty remote control helicopters to pieces of dystopian surveillance hardware, but we could never have...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 - 2:14PM

Japanese Company Reveals Doctor Octopus-Style Robot Arms You Control With Your Feet

Do you know what sucks about being human? Our stupid, boring number of limbs. Hands are really great, so why has evolution limited us...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 - 12:17PM

DIY Roboticist Makes a Working Robot Exoskeleton Arm for $100

Everyone knows that the best part of the original Iron Man movie was watching Jeff Bridges yell "Tony Stark was able to build this...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 11 May 2017 - 12:25PM

PatchBOTS Creator Shows You How to Create a Working BB-8 Droid

Last month, we featured a working BB-8 droid created by PatchBOTS, a new YouTube channel focused on creating movie-accurate props and...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 - 4:30PM

Meet the Humans Preparing AI for the Robot Job Revolution

If science fiction has proven anything, it's that humanity is never prepared for the robot uprising. But leaving aside the prospect...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 28 April 2017 - 2:35PM

Artificial Intelligence and 'Westworld': The Future of Robotics at Silicon Valley Comic-Con

Everyone who's watched Westworld is looking forward to a future that looks like this:When in fact, it may look more like this:Today,...

Chris Mahon
Sunday, 23 April 2017 - 6:28PM