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 β€” including the construction of its own parts. » 3/17/15 2:40pm 3/17/15 2:40pm

How Self-Replicating Spacecraft Could Take Over the Galaxy

Forget about generation ships, suspended animation, or the sudden appearance of a worm hole. The most likely way for aliens to visit us β€” whatever their motive β€” is by sending robotic probes. Here's how swarms of self-replicating spacecraft could someday rule the galaxy. » 11/13/13 10:03am 11/13/13 10:03am

It’s Easier for Aliens to Visit Us Than Previously Thought

A new study suggests that by using the slingshot effect to propel self-replicating probes through interstellar space, an advanced extraterrestrial civilization should be able to visit every corner of the galaxy in a startlingly short amount of time. The Fermi Paradox, it would seem, is alive and well. » 7/25/13 8:15am 7/25/13 8:15am