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Chinese firm unveils giant ‘Monkey King’ gladiator robot

May 1st, 2017

The battle of the megabots just got a little more mega. What the world needs now is gladiator robots, so make room for Monkey King. For a couple of years, the geek world has been salivating over a potential battle to the death between a couple of metal monsters — California-based MegaBots’ Mark III and …

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Elon Musk’s lab forced bots to create their own language

March 19th, 2017

Have you ever experienced the dread of overhearing two people, speaking a language you don’t understand, begin laughing wildly? You just have to wonder what it is they’re talking about, and if it’s a joke at your expense. Heck, maybe you even check your teeth to make sure you aren’t walking around with half of …

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Researchers build nightmare spider robot that’s faster than a real bug

February 22nd, 2017

It’s estimated that as much as 30% of the population has some degree of arachnophobia, making it one of the more common fears among humanity. It makes sense of course, given that spiders are creepy, unpredictable, and often very fast movers. Now, robotics researchers have built something that is even scarier. It’s a six-legged robot that …

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The robots are coming (to deliver your groceries)

January 31st, 2017

The future will feature a lot more pizza bots instead of pizza boys if London-based delivery robot maker Starship Technologies has anything to say about it. The robot-focused startup – founded in 2014 by Skype cofounders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis – is on something of a tear at the moment, having just raised $17.2 …

This Chinese woman isn’t real

January 9th, 2017

There’s a very special Chinese “woman” who has become a bit of a celebrity over the past year or so, making public appearances and chatting with countless curious fans. Her name is Jia Jia, and she appeared at a prestigious economic event in Shanghai earlier today. She’s charming, poised, and adept at conversation. She can …