Behind the scenes footage shows how the Interstellar robots were made

Though I understand its problems, I still enjoyed the visual ride that was Interstellar. Still, the best thing about the movie might have been the TARS and CASE moving monolith robot machines. Here's a behind the scenes clip that shows how the practical effects of TARS and CASE were made and how they were controlled… » 3/27/15 3:02pm Friday 3:02pm

A.I. Pilots Are Not The Solution To Preventing Airline Disasters

We're still trying to understand the horrific Germanwings tragedy. But already, some people are suggesting it could have been prevented if a computer had been flying the plane. But that's not the solution. We spoke to an expert about why an A.I. pilot would open up an entirely new set of risks and complications. » 3/27/15 11:45am Friday 11:45am

Top 10 Greatest Giant Robots Of All Time

Ah, Giant Robots. Who doesn't love giant mechanical creations stomping around and kicking butt? Over the years there have been many badass robots and mechs that have wormed their way into our hearts, but some are just especially great. So here are our picks for the 10 greatest giant robots, ranked. » 3/20/15 10:12am 3/20/15 10:12am

A Robotic Arm So Advanced It Helps To Build Copies Of Itself

Behold the new UR3 robotic arm. Smaller, lighter, and more nimble than its predecessors, the Universal Robot-built arm can be programmed for a wide variety of tasks — including the construction of its own parts. » 3/17/15 2:40pm 3/17/15 2:40pm

Watch This Bipedal Robot Get Hammered With Dodgeballs

Introducing ATRIAS, a bipedal robot designed and built by Dynamic Robotics Labs. Its developers are optimistic that it'll eventually become the world's fastest two-legged robot. Until then, it'll have to endure the physical abuse typically afforded robots these days. » 3/16/15 3:40pm 3/16/15 3:40pm

An Obsolete Robot Falls In Love With The Model Designed To Replace It

C-29 was content to move packages along the assembly line until one day, when a shiny new model appeared on the opposite side of the conveyer belt. What happens next is extraordinarily sweet — and more than a little sad. » 3/16/15 2:30pm 3/16/15 2:30pm

Activists Stage Anti-AI Protest At SXSW

With chants of "I say robot, you say no-bot!", a group of protesters took to the streets in Austin, Texas to warn against the rise of artificial intelligence. The movement, though small in number, may be the start of a larger trend. » 3/16/15 7:40am 3/16/15 7:40am

Short Film About A Robot Adrift In Space Is A Meditative Work Of Art

The Long Slow Flight of the Ashbot may span just four minutes, but its monologue takes place over millions of years. A robot, floating about in space, contemplates its place in the universe, but only when it receives enough starlight energy to think. » 3/12/15 12:20pm 3/12/15 12:20pm

Politicians Shaking Hands With Robots, Ranked

Politicians love to shake hands with their constituents. It's basically half their job. But over the past two decades we've seen the rise of a surprising new constituency that they need to engage with a firm handshake: Robots. » 3/10/15 3:30pm 3/10/15 3:30pm

Ex Machina Trailer Is A Love Triangle Between Two Men And A Robot

28 Days Later and Sunshine writer Alex Garland's directorial debut attempts to sex up the Turing Test. And it's creepy. Really creepy. Check out the latest trailer for Ex Machina, which sets up the story a bit better than the previous trailers. » 3/03/15 1:55pm 3/03/15 1:55pm

We're Finally Getting To See Eva, A Beautiful Film About Love And Robots

Check out the first U.S. trailer for Eva, a movie about the "first free robot," a small girl named Eva, created in 2041. This Spanish movie contains some incredible visuals — but it also looks like it addresses a lot of important stuff about A.I. and identity. Even in a year of robot movies, this looks like a great… » 2/27/15 11:44am 2/27/15 11:44am

Robot Clock Writing The Time On A Whiteboard Is Weirdly Fun To Watch

Forget hands rotating around a dial or numbers flicking in the dark; this whiteboard-mounted clock erases the time every five minutes and writes the new time. And it's kind of adorable to boot. » 2/20/15 2:47pm 2/20/15 2:47pm

No Matter How Old His Son Got, They Could Always Bond Over Giant Robots

Over the years, they'd disagree over politics and romance and money, but one thing was for certain: whenever they were walking together and spotted one of those two-story robots waiting in its charging station, they would both look up and smile. » 2/17/15 5:00pm 2/17/15 5:00pm

The Best Drone's-Eye-View Shots of The World's Most Wonderful Cities

The world's greatest cities look even more magical from the air — but until recently, only a few people got to have the nimble aerial viewpoint on cities that a drone gives us. Drones have reshaped aerial filming, and created a whole new way of looking at cities. Watch some stunning drone footage of the world's… » 2/12/15 3:00pm 2/12/15 3:00pm

The Photographic History Of Robots As Restaurant Employees

We may think of robotic waitstaff as something that belongs to the future, but the truth is that robots have been serving people at restaurants since the 1980s. How well have these robot servers worked out? Here is a brief history of robot waiters over the last 30 years. » 2/11/15 3:00pm 2/11/15 3:00pm

How NASA Might Use A Robotic Sub To Explore Titan's Methane Seas

At a recent advanced concepts symposium, NASA scientists unveiled a conceptual plan to explore the frigid methane and ethane seas on Saturn's largest moon, Titan, using a robotic submarine. » 2/11/15 1:55pm 2/11/15 1:55pm

Start a Debate About Your Favorite Film Robot With This Robot Supercut

Here's nearly a century of robots on film, from the benignly helpful to evilly destructive. There are a lot of of robots here that are vastly superior to the humans in their movies. » 2/05/15 11:00pm 2/05/15 11:00pm

Watch The U.S. Navy's Fire-Fighting Robot Extinguish Its First Blaze

Called SAFFiR, the Navy's humanoid robot prototype is designed to walk on uneven surfaces, use thermal imaging to locate overheated equipment, and operate a hose to extinguish fires aboard naval vessels. » 2/05/15 12:20pm 2/05/15 12:20pm

Robots Are Now Learning How To Cook By Watching YouTube Videos

DARPA-funded researchers at the University of Maryland have developed a system that enables robot a robot to interpret, learn and perform the tasks demonstrated in YouTube cooking videos. » 1/30/15 1:01pm 1/30/15 1:01pm

Why Is Everyone Being Such A Dick To This Robot?

Story of R32 is a great little film if you want to feel like a bag of hell for the rest of the day. Spoiler warning, everyone is an insufferable prick to this robot and it makes me angry. » 1/21/15 4:10pm 1/21/15 4:10pm