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Killer robots, free will and the illusion of control

Shutterstock/Mopic Simon Watson, University of Manchester Control. We all like to think we have it, but is it all just an illusion? It might seem...

SoftWear Automation’s ultra-fast sewbot. (SoftWear Automation)

A new t-shirt sewing robot can make as many shirts per hour as 17 factory workers   Sewing simple items of clothing is one of those...

Man Arrested After Getting Into Fight with 300lb Security Robot

The Knightscope K5 robot doesn’t cut the most imposing frame, looking more like a cross between an advanced portaloo and a fridge-freezer than Robocop,...

Electronic hair could give robots a more human sense of touch

Electronic-skin prototypes are stretchy, thin films that can sense temperature, pressure and even monitor blood oxygen or alcohol levels. But most of these devices...

Meet the World’s First Completely Soft Robot

Researchers use an ingenious design to make a soft robot that moves on its own.   The “octobot” is a squishy little robot that fits in...

Military robots and the future of war

  In this powerful talk, P.W. Singer shows how the widespread use of robots in war is changing the realities of combat. He shows us...

Robot babies from Japan raise all sorts of questions about how...

  Driven by a declining population, a trend for developing robotic babies has emerged in Japan as a means of encouraging couples to become “parents”....

How to build a robot that “sees” with $100 and TensorFlow

Adventures in deep learning, cheap hardware, and object recognition. Object recognition is one of the most exciting areas in machine learning right now. Computers have...

Technology is taking jobs away from men—and reviving a pre-industrial version...

Taking the lead. (Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke)   Many men lost their jobs when technology made them obsolete. The new jobs available were soul-crushing, undignified, and required...

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