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Robots

Tesla has a massive new structure at its Fremont factory

July 18th, 2017

Tesla’s new battery “Gigafactory” gets so many headlines that it’s easy to forget that the car company does still have another factory. The original Tesla manufacturing facility in Fremont is still where all the cars get built, and new photos show that it’s growing at speed. A report from Electrek shows some distant shots of a new …

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Robotic police are about to start patrolling in Dubai

July 1st, 2017

With the immense wealth of the region, Dubai has quickly become one of the hottest places for companies to test out their newest, wildest future tech. It wasn’t long ago that Dubai announced its plans to get flying taxis off the ground by the end of July, so it’s quite fitting that robotic police — …

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This colonoscopy robot will haunt your dreams

June 15th, 2017

Robots come in all shapes and sizes, but even if your nightmares of an eventual robot takeover of the Earth conjure images of heavily-armed battle droids stomping humans into submission, you haven’t seen the most frightening robot yet. At the 2017 ICRA robotics conference in Singapore, one bot gained a lot of attention for pretty …

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Google finally sold Boston Dynamics, and all its insane robots

June 9th, 2017

Inventor of all manner of awe-inspiring and uber-creepy robots, Boston Dynamics has finally found a buyer. SoftBank, the Japanese Google-alike which has been on a buying spree of late, just announced that it has acquired Boston Dynamics from Google for a undisclosed sum, but you can bet it wasn’t cheap.

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Messing with robots’ self-confidence could prevent the AI apocalypse

June 7th, 2017

In every sci-fi depiction of an eventual robot apocalypse, the mechanical monstrosities move with cold, calculated precision, dispatching or enslaving humanity with a complete lack of sympathy and no second guessing. But what if robots could actually worry? What if mechanical minds didn’t know anything with certainty, and lacked the confidence to push forward with …

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Researchers want these robotic turtles to sweep for landmines in war zones

May 24th, 2017

Landmines are extremely hazardous anywhere they’re deployed, and oftentimes the dangerous weapons remain buried long after military conflicts are resolved or the front lines are pushed in a different direction. Minesweeping is, as you might expect, an deadly task as well, but researchers from Arizona State University think they might have a solution: turtle robots.

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A robot landed a plane, and nothing bad happened

May 19th, 2017

We joke a lot about the eventual robot apocalypse — when mankind will inevitably be enslaved by our very own creations and forced to serve under machine overlords — but the reality is that right now, robots are probably more trustworthy than humans. They can’t be bribed, they aren’t inherently evil, and they behave in …

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Researchers warn that hacked industrial robots could kill in more ways than one

May 17th, 2017

Robotic workers have already revolutionized several different manufacturing industries, and as the tireless machines grow smarter and smarter, the risks posed by hackers continue to ramp up. A new report from Trend Micro and scientists at the Polytechnic University of Milan highlights these risks while pointing out all the subtle and not-so-subtle ways a hacked robotic …