Should I have let my daughter marry our robot?

I pride myself on being open-minded. I am a transhumanist, and our culture pushes us to use science and technology to always want to be more than we are. My friends do everything from injecting themselves with self-created genetic treatments to volunteer for brain implants that will integrate artificial intelligence (AI). But when my five-year-old daughter asked to marry our […]

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MIT robot masters the ‘Bottle Cap Challenge’

Over the past week or so, one celebrity after another has stepped up to offer their take on nailing the Bottle Cap Challenge. I thought Mariah Carey’s was particularly funny, as she used one of her signature high notes to seemingly de-cap a bottle. Regular people have likewise offered a number of creative takes on this latest viral Internet sensation, […]

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Ai-Da, the humanoid robot artist, gears up for first solo exhibition

OXFORD, England (Reuters) – Wearing a white blouse and her dark hair hanging loose, Ai-Da looks like any artist at work as she studies her subject and puts pencil to paper. But the beeping from her bionic arm gives her away – Ai-Da is a robot. Described as “the world’s first ultra-realistic AI humanoid robot artist”, Ai-Da opens her first […]

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China’s robot censors working overtime as Tiananmen anniversary nears

BEIJING – It’s the most sensitive day of the year for China’s internet, the anniversary of the bloody June 4 crackdown on pro-democracy protests at Tiananmen Square and with under two weeks to go, China’s robot censors are working overtime. More On: tiananmen square China preps massive censorship ahead of Tiananmen Square massacre anniversary The book that got this publisher […]

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China’s robot censors working overtime as Tiananmen anniversary nears

BEIJING – It’s the most sensitive day of the year for China’s internet, the anniversary of the bloody June 4 crackdown on pro-democracy protests at Tiananmen Square and with under two weeks to go, China’s robot censors are working overtime. More On: tiananmen square China preps massive censorship ahead of Tiananmen Square massacre anniversary The book that got this publisher […]

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Ford’s headless robot could be delivering your pizza by 2021

Ford is working on a way to resolve what self-driving researchers refer to as "the last 50-foot problem." If a driverless car arrives at your house, who's going to carry the package, grocery bags or piping-hot pizza to your doorstep? A Domino’s driverless car trial in the US – but who will bring the pizza to your door? A robot, […]

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Elon Musk promises robot fleet of Tesla taxis by end of 2020

If Elon Musk gets his way, there will be more than a million Tesla vehicles on the road with self-driving technology by the middle of next year — and a national robot taxi service just months after that. Speaking at an investor event Monday, the billionaire CEO said the ride-hailing network would begin building its fleet in the coming months […]

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Toyota’s new robot may be the world’s best 3-point shooter

TOKYO — It can’t dribble, let alone slam dunk, yet Toyota’s basketball robot hardly ever misses a free throw or 3-pointer. The 207-centimeter (six-foot, 10-inch) tall machine made 5 of 8 3-point shots in a demonstration in a Tokyo suburb Monday, a ratio its engineers say is worse than usual. Toyota Motor Corp.’s robot, called Cue 3, computes as a […]

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