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

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

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

We're fast approaching an era when companies will be able to run themselves. Called Distributed Autonomous Corporations (DACS), they'll utilize cloud robots to manage supply chains without human supervision. But as an article at Aeon asks, will these blockchain-style systems set us free, or just make the rich richer? » 1/27/15 4:00pm 1/27/15 4:00pm

ATLAS, The Pentagon's Humanoid Robot, Just Got A Major Upgrade

Tremble at the sight of the new and improved ATLAS. Redesigned for DARPA by Boston Dynamics, this robot is now stronger, more energy efficient, more dextrous, and quieter than its clunky predecessor. And best of all, it no longer requires a safety tether. » 1/20/15 12:00pm 1/20/15 12:00pm

The First Demonstration Of Self-Propelled Nanobots In A Living Animal

Researchers from the University of California have developed acid-fueled micro-machines capable of traveling and delivering cargo directly inside a living creature. It's a breakthrough that's expected to significantly advance the field of medical nano-robotics. » 1/19/15 7:40am 1/19/15 7:40am

This Hexapod's Appendages Are Made From Robotic Snakes

Though it may look like a spider, the legs of this hexapod are actually made from the same technology that allows for sidewinding robotic snakes. The result is a rather creepy, but surprisingly strong and resilient, "snake monster." » 12/24/14 12:40pm 12/24/14 12:40pm

12 Reasons Robots Will Always Have An Advantage Over Humans

We puny humans can be depressingly fragile and flawed, a realization that's all the more discouraging when we consider the incredible potential for robots. Here are 12 reasons why machines will always have the edge over us meatbags. » 12/16/14 10:00am 12/16/14 10:00am

This Incredibly Advanced Prosthetic Is Powered By Robotics Technology

Borrowing from the same technology that allows modern bipedal robots to walk, researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas have developed powered prosthetics that allow amputees to walk on a moving treadmill almost as fast as an able-bodied person. » 12/05/14 7:20am 12/05/14 7:20am

Your Flying Robotic Waiter Will Be Right With You

Flying quadcopters are scheduled to start serving customers in Singapore restaurants by the end of next year. Sounds great, but do we still need to leave a tip? » 11/28/14 1:40pm 11/28/14 1:40pm

Watch As A Hacker Frees This Telepresence Robot From Its Confinement

A robotics company recently made one of its telepresence units accessible over the Internet for a public demonstration. But to keep it from going astray, the device was confined to an office — an unacceptable constraint that one crafty user interpreted as a challenge. » 11/26/14 7:30am 11/26/14 7:30am

The Most Uncanny Robotic Animals That Humankind Has Ever Invented

Classic robots are absolutely weird, but there can be something unnerving about seeing dogs, snakes, bees, fish, and birds in robotic form. From uncanny headless creatures to mechanical snakes that can squeeze their way up a person's leg, here are the robotic critters we can't stop staring at. » 11/20/14 3:30pm 11/20/14 3:30pm

If I Die In The Robot Uprising, Let It Be By A Katana-Wielding Robot

You could arm your robots with boring old firearms, or you could train your robots to FIGHT WITH KATANAS. If the robot uprising happens, at least we'll be able to admire their precise swordplay ballet before they run us through. » 11/15/14 10:00am 11/15/14 10:00am

Watch the Atlas Robot Show Off Some Mad Balancing Skills

The latest version of IHMC's Atlas has a new trick up its sleeve, one that makes it look like it's auditioning for a part in some kind of future-dystopian version of The Karate Kid. Thankfully, it can only pull off the balancing portion of the Crane Kick, which given the bot's weight and proportions, is still a rather… » 11/10/14 2:20pm 11/10/14 2:20pm

This Adorable Robotic Penguin Is Changing The Way We Study Animals

Observing animals in the wild while not disturbing them is a classic challenge for behavioral ecologists. But as a new study shows, the use of remotely operated robots to observe penguins and seals in their natural habitats can result in significantly lower and shorter stress responses. » 11/03/14 1:00pm 11/03/14 1:00pm

How Universal Basic Income Will Save Us From the Robot Uprising

Robots are poised to eliminate millions of jobs over the coming decades. We have to address the coming epidemic of "technological unemployment" if we're to avoid crippling levels of poverty and societal collapse. Here's how a guaranteed basic income will help — and why it's absolutely inevitable. » 10/31/14 1:00pm 10/31/14 1:00pm

Meet The Man Who's Building Robots For Political Resistance

Right now, we're developing a lot of devices whose sole purpose is to spy or control us. To counter this, an MIT visionary decided to take matters into his own hands by inventing equal and opposite robots to empower people who are being menaced or disempowered by military robotics. » 10/17/14 12:28pm 10/17/14 12:28pm

What If You Awoke One Morning Transformed Into A Robot?

Acclaimed Japanese director Oriza Hirata is releasing a stage production of Kafka's surrealist classic The Metamorphosis. But in this production, our tortured protagonist does not wake to find himself transformed into a bug. Instead, he's an android. And remarkably, an actual robot gets to star in the show. » 10/09/14 7:20am 10/09/14 7:20am

Can Robots Rock? Listen To Music By A Dozen Different All-Robot Bands

From Renaissance-era automata to the latest mechanical metal bands cooked up in robotics labs, humans have been fascinated by robots playing music. But are they any good? Listen to these all-robot musicians and bands and decide for yourself. » 9/30/14 2:46pm 9/30/14 2:46pm