• China shows off automated doctors, teachers and combat stars
    Robots that can diagnose diseases, play badminton and wow audiences with their musical skills are among the machines China hopes could revolutionise its economy, with visitors to a Beijing exhibition offered a glimpse of an automated future.

  • Robots as tools and partners in rehabilitation
    In future decades, the need for effective strategies for medical rehabilitation will increase significantly, because patients’ rate of survival after diseases with severe functional deficits, such as a stroke, will increase. Socially assistive robots (SARs) are already being used in rehabilitation for this reason. In the journal Science Robotics, a research team led by neuroscientist Dr. Philipp Kellmeyer of the Freiburg University Medical Center and Prof. Dr. Oliver Müller from the Department of Philosophy of the University of Freiburg, analyzes the improvements necessary to make SARs valuable and trustworthy assistants for medical therapies.

  • Hairy robot
    The University of Texas at Arlington has patented a smart skin, created by a UTA researcher, that will give robots more sensitive tactile feeling than humans.

  • Humanity confronts a defining question: How will AI change us?
    What will happen when we’ve built machines as intelligent as us? According to the experts this incredible feat will be achieved in the year 2062 – a mere 44 years away – which certainly begs the question: what will the world, our jobs, the economy, politics, war, and everyday life and death, look like then?

  • Army's new 3-D printed shape-shifting soft robots crawl, jump, grab
    New 3-D printed robotic structures can squeeze in tight spaces like a crack in the wall of a cave, jump over trip wire or crawl under a vehicle—all complex Army-relevant functions impossible for humans to perform safely.

  • Navajo robotics team heads to international competition
    A team of Navajo high school students from a remote town in southern Utah is building a robot to represent North America in an international robotics competition.

  • Chip labour: Robots replace waiters in China restaurant
    The little robotic waiter wheels up to the table, raises its glass lid to reveal a steaming plate of local Shanghai-style crayfish and announces in low, mechanical tones, “Enjoy your meal.”

  • A kernel of promise in popcorn-powered robots
    Cornell researchers have discovered how to power simple robots with a novel substance that, when heated, can expand more than 10 times in size, change its viscosity by a factor of 10 and transition from regular to highly irregular granules with surprising force.

  • A robotic hand can juggle a cube—with lots of training
    How long does it take a robotic hand to learn to juggle a cube?

  • Students develop free robot programming simulator
    When it comes to programming actual robots, things get very expensive, very quickly.

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