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How to Get a Robot to (One Day) Do Your Chores

Perhaps the greatest outrage in modern robotics is the continued non-existence of the robot housekeeper. Is it really so much to ask for a robot that sweeps and mops and brings you pills on platters, like Rosie from The Jetsons? Actually, it kind of is a lot to ask: A ...

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This Insect-Sized Flying Robot Is Powered by Lasers

In 1989, two MIT artificial intelligence researchers made a terrifying prediction. “Within a few years,” wrote Rodney Brooks and Anita Flynn, “it will be possible at modest cost to invade a planet with millions of tiny robots.” Their paper “Fast, Cheap and out of Control: A Robot Invasion of the ...

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This New Robot Will Help Keep Hearts Pumping

You don’t want to be among the first human cyborgs. Because doctors won’t be replacing all your limbs with super-strong robotic ones, and they won’t be giving you cameras for eyes. More than likely, they’ll be saving your life by wrapping your heart in a robot. Today in the journal ...

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This Robot Snake Means You No Harm, Really

If you’ve never had a robot snake constrict around your leg, let me tell you, it’s a weird feeling. As it curls its way up your ankle, then shin, then finally wraps around your knee, it gets tighter and tighter. Fortunately, unlike a real snake, it doesn’t have teeth. Unfortunately, ...

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The Guardian GT Is the Most Bonkers Robot on Earth

Like with jetpacks and flying cars, the Power Loader from Aliens is a robot we’ve been promised for a long time. That’d be the exoskeleton that Sigourney Weaver donned to beat the tar out of the movie’s eponymous alien Queen, of course. Jetpacks are kinda here, flying cars … almost, ...

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Lake Erie’s Bottom-Dwelling Robot Fights Toxic Algae Blooms

Satellites do an incredible job of mapping algal blooms, the green mats that spread over lakes and oceans in warm, nutrient-rich summers. But the hypnotic, swirling images from space can’t tell if toxins are lurking in a carpet of cyanobacteria, threatening the safety of water. Ecologists and hydrologists can test ...

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3-D-printed, soft, four legged robot can walk on sand and stone

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed the first soft robot that is capable of walking on rough surfaces, such as sand and pebbles. The 3D-printed, four-legged robot can climb over obstacles and walk on different terrains. Researchers led by Michael Tolley, a mechanical engineering professor at ...

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The Little Robot That Taught the Big Robot a Thing or Two

Your brain is great and all, but it has a serious limitation: You can’t just download new information instantly, like in The Matrix. Robots, however, certainly can. Just imagine a future where they’re hooked up in the cloud—when one of them learns something, they all learn something. Let’s just hope ...

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