IBM has already built a robot that can school humans in Jeopardy! and now Japanese engineers have built a robot that can best us in another of our most beloved games. The Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory recently posted a video that showed off the latest version of its Janken robot that has been designed to win rock-paper-scissors matches with a 100% success rate. More →
Is there anything that would make you prouder to be an American than seeing an American-built robot defeat a giant Japanese robot in an epic battle? Japan, of course, is the world capital of gigantic robots, which is why defeating them would be such an achievement for American engineers. And all patriotic Americans have a chance to help out our fellow countrymen in this noble endeavor thanks to a new Kickstarter project aimed at funding the toughest, baddest red-white-and-blue robot on the planet. More →
Look: Worries about the implications of artificial intelligence aren’t just the crazy ramblings of survivalist loons. Some of the world’s smartest people — including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak — have all warned to various degrees that we have to be extremely careful with how far we take A.I. lest we end up making The Terminator films into a reality. Over at The Week, James Poulos argues that it’s basically too late to stop the Robopocalypse unless we stop doing research into robotics all together, which is something that he acknowledges just isn’t happening. More →
Sorry, hitchBOT: It looks like you weren’t ready for the U.S.A. after all. hitchBOT, in case you don’t know, was a hitchhiking robot that successfully made its way across Canada, Germany and the Netherlands all thanks to the kindness of strangers who picked it up on the side of the road and took it to various destinations. You may notice we said the robot was a hitchhiker. That’s because the friendly hunk of metal only lasted two weeks hitchhiking in the United States before it was found brutally decapitated and dismembered in Philadelphia. More →
I have seen the future and it is awful. The Associated Press, via The New York Post, has published a dispatch from the Henn na Hotel in Japan, which has recently installed robots to handle every aspect of your stay, including handling your luggage and checking in and out of the hotel. Yes, that’s right: To check into your room, you’ll need to first chat with a creepy she-bot like the one pictured above. More →
The stuff that’s going on in the robotics world these days is absolutely mind blowing. Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the incredible work being done by Boston Dynamics (now owned by Google), what with their impressive fleet of robotic creations that can walk upright like humans, do pushups, and even reach speeds as fast as 28.3 miles per hour in a full on sprint. And, of course, there’s Asimo, the robot from Honda that becomes more human-like with each passing year.
Sometimes, though, the advancements we see in robotics can be a little bit alarming. Case in point: take a look at the following video from the MIT Mechanical Engineering Biomimetic Robotics Lab.
It’s not a secret that Google is interested in robotics and that’s developing its own robots with technology purchased from no less than eight robotics companies. Various video clips have already shown the advancements made by the company but the search giant has an even more interesting robot in the works that could be a literal life saver. More →
The Northeast is preparing to be hit by what may become one of the worst blizzards in the history of the region, with warnings already issued for New England, New York and New Jersey. Heavy snow is expected and dealing with all that snow may become a daunting task in the following days. However, instead of shoveling snow some people are actually thinking of a better way of clearing driveways that involves robots. More →
Remember Boston Dynamics’ robot cheetah that can run at speeds topping 28 mph on a treadmill indoors, and which now belongs to Google? Well, that’s not the only robot cheetah in town, as MIT also has developed a similar robot, MIT News reports. And as seen in an awesome new video, this crazy robotic cheetah can now run around outside without being tethered. More →
When a baseball team hits a slump, it can feel insurmountable at times. It doesn’t help when the fan base isn’t there to support the team either, which was the case for the Hanwha Eagles, a South Korean team which has lost more than 400 times in the last five season, consistently coming in last in their league, reports ABC News. Now that the fans have all but given up on their hometown Eagles, the team is making it easier than ever to show support without actually having to sit through another tragic loss with an ingenious solution: robot fans. More →
SoftBank CEO and Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son has become something of a maverick. He said he bought Sprint because “I am a man, and every man wants to be number one, not number two or number three.” He also convinced Steve Jobs to give him exclusivity for the iPhone in Japan before Apple had even announced the device, and before Son had bought the mobile carrier SoftBank.
Now, he wants to sell you a $2,000 robot. More →