Robots are coming. This much is certain. The robots we have now are just the first tiny soldiers in an army of automated creatures that are coming. Will the robots be friendly? Or will they enslave us—or simply eliminate us?
Right now, it's hard to say. For every cute robot that teaches you how to code, there is a galloping, horrifying creation that you can imagine bearing down on you as you attempt to escape your metallic masters.
That said, this last year did bring us two robots who were falling in love and the first steps toward a robot imagination. An imagination that will hopefully bring our kinds closer, and will not simply be used to think of better ways to torture us.
Call it love in the time of automation: a new project makes two very un-human participants deal with the most human of emotions. It doesn’t always go well.
Huge herds of roaming jellyfish are becoming a huge problem in our ocean, causing millions of dollars in damage and injury and death. The JEROS Robot will hunt them down and kill them.
The WildCat, the latest from running robot makers Boston Dynamics, is the stuff of nightmares.
Robots Bo and Yana could help turn today's kids into a bunch of software engineers. The bigger question: Is programming a fundamental literacy skill for the next generation?
Machines now think in very constrained ways. But scientists are trying to instill our robot-friends with a little more abstract thought. Imagine the implications, before they can, too.
More than two dozen motors attached to the legs and abdomen make this robotic spider terrifyingly life-like. Two brothers in Hong Kong "wanted to see how far [they] could take it."
The winner of the Electrolux Design contest features these tiny, bug-like robots that will do your chores for you. The future can't come soon enough.
The quarter-sized RoboBee looks like a fly, but it was designed to save us from colony collapse disorder. If the bees die, we have a robot backup.
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