Legion of robot dogs display terrifying feat of strength by dragging a truck

Boston Dynamics is back with a new video showcasing the unnerving strength and balance of its legion of robot dogs. The US-based robotics firm has just dropped a new video showing ten SpotMini robot dogs lashed together pulling a truck. Apparently the incline was ‘one degree’ and the truck was parked in neutral. It’s a very large, very heavy object […]

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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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The new Picasso? Meet Ai-Da the robot artist

FALMOUTH, England (Reuters) – Can robots be creative? British gallery owner Aidan Meller hopes to go some way towards answering that question with Ai-Da, who her makers say will be able to draw people from sight with a pencil in her bionic hand. Meller is overseeing the final stages of her construction by engineers at Cornwall-based Engineered Arts. He calls […]

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Meet Amazon Scout, a delivery robot with a human chaperone (for now)

Amazon launched a sidewalk robot delivery service on Wednesday, but it comes with a human chaperone. Interested in Amazon? “Amazon Scout,” a blue-colored, six-wheeled, self-driving cart “the size of a small cooler,” started delivering packages “at a walking pace” in Snohomish County, Washington, according to an Amazon blog post. The pilot program is starting with a handful of autonomous robots […]

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World’s most lifelike robot is revealed to be a Russian man in a costume

Robot Boris starred on a science report for state television showing off his amazing ability to walk, talk and even dance. However, after his startling small screen debut some started to question whether or not Boris was the real deal. The Russian website TJournal was among the first to query the actual technology behind the robot’s impressive performance. They wanted to know […]

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Factory robot malfunctions and impales worker with 10 foot-long steel spikes

The 49-year-old, named as Mr Zhou, was working on the night shift at a porcelain factory in Hunan Hunan province when he was struck by a falling mechanical arm. The accident resulted in him being impaled with foot long, half inch thick metal rods, the People’s Daily reported. He was first taken to a local hospital before he was transferred […]

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How the first-ever sex robot was dreamed up 2,500 years ago by randy ancient Greeks who romped with female statues and dreamed of creating AI lovers

New research has found that randy members of the Mediterranean classical era civilisation were bent on building sex bots some 2500 years ago. In her book, Gods and Robots, Dr Adrienne Mayor delves into the weird world of the Ancient Greeks and finds numerous accounts of romping with statues that come alive. Some ancient Greek men developed “statue lust” whereby […]

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World’s first sex robot for women launched complete with customisable penis, fake stubble and Brad Pitt’s chiselled torso

Henry might appear to be every heterosexual girl’s dream, with his rugged appearance and angular cheekbones which have been compared to a “young Brad Pitt”. But whatever the claims of his performance between the sheets he still can’t take the bins out. However, Henry does come equipped with a silicone penis that can be customised – though it’s not yet […]

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China plans undersea ‘robot colony’ base for unmanned submarine drones in South China Sea

The state-of the-art submarine centre would become the first artificial intelligence colony on Earth, says scientists involved in the bizarre plan. The shock move follows a visit to a deep sea research institute at Sanya, Hainan province by Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this year. During April's visit, he urged scientists and engineers to break new grounds in underwater research, […]

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