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Google DeepMind’s AI Rat Brains Could Make Robots Scurry Like the Real Thing

Rats are incredibly nimble creatures. They can climb up curtains, jump down tall ledges, and scurry across complex terrain—say, your basement stacked with odd-shaped...

Human-Like ‘Bio-Skin’ Gives Robots a Much More Nuanced Sense of Touch

In the middle of the night, when stumbling into the kitchen for a glass of water, I rely on touch. Even in the dark,...

Boston Dynamics Says Farewell to Its Humanoid Atlas Robot—Then Brings It Back Fully Electric

Yesterday, Boston Dynamics announced it was retiring its hydraulic Atlas robot. Atlas has long been the standard bearer of advanced humanoid robots. Over the...

This Robot Predicts When You’ll Smile—Then Grins Back Right on Cue

Comedy clubs are my favorite weekend outings. Rally some friends, grab a few drinks, and when a joke lands for us all—there’s a magical...

Watch an AI Robot Dog Rock an Agility Course It’s Never Seen Before

Robots doing feats of acrobatics might be a great marketing trick, but typically these displays are highly choreographed and painstakingly programmed. Now researchers have...

Amazon’s Billion-Dollar Investment Arm Targets Generative AI in Robotics

Last year, Amazon announced the next step for its growing robotic workforce. A new system, dubbed Sequioa, linked robots from across a warehouse into...

Body Awareness: Scientists Give Robots a Basic Sense of ‘Proprioception’

Many experts believe more general forms of artificial intelligence will be impossible without giving AI a body in the real world. A new approach...

A Google DeepMind AI Just Discovered 380,000 New Materials. This Robot Is Cooking Them Up.

A robot chemist just teamed up with an AI brain to create a trove of new materials. Two collaborative studies from Google DeepMind and the...

Scientists 3D Print a Complex Robotic Hand With Bones, Tendons, and Ligaments

We don’t think twice about using our hands throughout the day for tasks that still thwart sophisticated robots—pouring coffee without spilling when half-awake, folding...

Could Having Robot Coworkers Make Us Lazier? Yep, Pretty Much, Study Says

It's not uncommon for people to take their foot off the pedal at work if they know others will cover for them. And it...

Scientists Pump Up Lab-Grown Muscles for Robots With a New Magnetic Workout

As I’m typing these words, I don’t think about the synchronized muscle contractions that allow my fingers to dance across the keyboard. Or the...

Amazon Robots Take Over Warehouses to Get That Thing You Ordered Even Faster

It's no secret Amazon has been neck-deep in robotics for years. It began with the acquisition of robotics startup Kiva in 2012. Since then,...

Tens of Thousands of People Can Now Order a Waymo Robotaxi Anywhere in San Francisco

On Monday, Waymo announced on X that it's expanding its city-wide, fully autonomous robotaxi service to thousands more riders in San Francisco. The company had...

This Ant-Inspired AI Brain Helps Farm Robots Better Navigate Crops

Picture this: the setting sun paints a cornfield in dazzling hues of amber and gold. Thousands of corn stalks, heavy with cobs and rustling...

Agility’s New Factory Can Crank Out 10,000 Humanoid Robots a Year

Simple robots have long been a manufacturing staple, but more advanced robots—think Boston Dynamics' Atlas—have mostly been bespoke creations in the lab. That's begun...

DeepMind’s ChatGPT-Like Brain for Robots Lets Them Learn From the Internet

Ever since ChatGPT exploded onto the tech scene in November of last year, it’s been helping people write all kinds of material, generate code,...

This Sweaty Robot Can Teach Us How to Survive Extreme Heat

It’s been a hot summer, with heat waves engulfing multiple parts of the world and setting record temperatures in some. We can hope that...

Chipotle’s New Robot Can Prep 25 Pounds of Avocados in Half the Time It Takes a Human

Last year, fast-casual restaurant chain Chipotle brought in a new employee: Chippy the chip-making robot. Chippy was tasked with slicing corn tortillas into triangles,...

This Transformer-Like Robot Can Drive, Fly, Walk, and More

Robots are slowly getting smarter, mostly thanks to advances in artificial intelligence that enable them to learn on their own rather than requiring constant...

DeepMind’s New Self-Improving Robot Is Quick to Adapt and Learn Fresh Skills

Despite rapid advances in artificial intelligence, robots remain stubbornly dumb. But new research from DeepMind suggests the same technology behind large language models (LLMs)...

Silicon Valley Is Reviving the Dream of General-Purpose Humanoid Robots

Robots are nothing new. They build our cars, vacuum our floors, prepare our e-commerce orders, and even help carry out surgeries. But now the...

Robots Could Be Doing Almost Half of Our Household Chores Within a Decade

There are growing fears around the impact automation could have on jobs, but there’s been much less focus on how it could impact unpaid...

Watch This Shape-Shifting Robot Melt to Escape a Cage, Then Reform

Flight. Invisibility. Mind-reading. Super-strength. These powers have mostly been limited to the realms of science fiction and fantasy, though we’re starting to see robots...

CES 2023 Robot Roundup: Bots to Make Our Lives Better, Easier, or Just More Fun

Robots are already helping cook food, do construction work, clean homes, and more. In the future they’ll take over additional tasks—but which ones? At...

This Robot Cook Will Soon Dole Out Perfectly Seasoned Chips at Chipotle

Restaurants have been struggling with labor shortages since the worst days of the pandemic, and the situation doesn’t seem to be getting any better....

Why Household Robots Like Rosie From the ‘Jetsons’ Are Still Out of Reach

With recent advances in artificial intelligence and robotics technology, there is growing interest in developing and marketing household robots capable of handling a variety...

Robots Chop a Few Bucks off the Price of Lunch at This Fully Automated Restaurant

Even before labor shortages and supply chain issues began plaguing the economy, the food service industry was bringing in robots. From flipping burgers to...

Google Gave Its Helper Robots AI Language Skills to Better Work With Humans

People have been dreaming of robot butlers for decades, but one of the biggest barriers has been getting machines to understand our instructions. Google...

Former SpaceX Engineers Are Launching a Startup Where Robots Make Pizzas in 45 Seconds

Who doesn’t love hot, gooey, fresh-out-of-the-oven pizza? If there’s a better food in existence, I for one don’t know about it (though ice cream...

This Robot Dog Has an AI Brain and Taught Itself to Walk in Just an Hour

Ever seen a baby gazelle learn to walk? A fawn, which is basically a mammalian daddy longlegs, scrambles to its feet, falls, stands, and...

Swiss Company to Build an Intercity Network of Tunnels for Robotic Cargo Pods

In the thick of the Covid-19 pandemic, economies around the world all but ground to a halt. Production scaled back, roads went quiet, airports...

A Paralyzed Man Used His Mind to Control Two Robotic Arms to Eat Cake

The man sat still in the chair, staring intently at a piece of cake on the table in front of him. Wires protruded from...

These 3D Printed Millirobots Can Sense and React to Their Surroundings

The millirobot looked like an adorable cartoon vehicle as it expertly navigated a complex maze. It’s a strange creature: the bottom resembles a collapsed...

Scientists Used Human Cells to Make Self-Healing ‘Living Skin’ for Robots

Androids that are part human, part robot are a staple of science fiction. But they're now a step closer to reality after researchers crafted...

A 590-Foot-Tall Dam in China Will Be Built Entirely by Robots

As the world rushes to stop burning fossil fuels and implement more renewable sources of power, there’s a lot of hype around solar and...

Flippy the Fast Food Robot Just Got Hired in 100 Restaurants

Before the pandemic started (ah, those glorious days…) a collective panic was mounting over automation and robots gradually replacing workers in various fields, or...

Sensor-Packed ‘Electronic Skin’ Controls Robots With Haptic Feedback

Being able to beam yourself into a robotic body has all kinds of applications, from the practical to the fanciful. Existing interfaces that could...

This Autonomous Delivery Robot Has External Airbags in Case It Hits a Person

Autonomous delivery was already on multiple companies’ research and development agenda before the pandemic, but when people stopped wanting to leave their homes it...

These Robotic Factories Will Make Supermaterials in Space

By rocket, drone, and giant centrifuge, humans are getting better at hurling just about anything into space. There's a Tesla Roadster cruising around somewhere...

This Robot Tunnels Through Solid Rock by Blasting It With a Jet of Superheated Gas

In science fiction movie, The Core, an intrepid crew journeys to the center of the Earth in a vessel that melts through the planet's...

Robots Evolve Bodies and Brains Like Animals in MIT’s New AI Training Simulator

In their efforts to create smart robots, AI researchers have understandably tended to focus on the brains. But a group from MIT say AI...

Your Holiday Gifts Could Be Shipped by Robot Semi, Courtesy of UPS and Waymo

Between a supply chain full of holes, labor shortages across various sectors of the economy, and rising inflation, it’s shaping up to be a...

This Restaurant Robot Fries Your Food to Perfection With No Human Help

Four and a half years ago, a robot named Flippy made its burger-cooking debut at a fast food restaurant called CaliBurger. The bot consisted...

This Bipedal Drone Robot Can Walk, Fly, Skateboard, and Slackline

Most animals are limited to either walking, flying, or swimming, with a handful of lucky species whose physiology allows them to cross over. A...

Drugs, Robots, and the Pursuit of Pleasure: Why Experts Are Worried About AIs Becoming Addicts

In 1953, a Harvard psychologist thought he discovered pleasure—accidentally—within the cranium of a rat. With an electrode inserted into a specific area of its...

Watch Boston Dynamics’ Atlas Robot Crush a New Parkour Course

At the end of 2020, Boston Dynamics released a spirits-lifting, can’t-watch-without-smiling video of its robots doing a coordinated dance routine. Atlas, Spot, and Handle...

This Robot Taught Itself to Run, Then Proceeded to Knock Out a 5K

In the last few months, robots have learned some pretty cool new skills, including performing a sweet coordinated dance routine and making pizzas from...

Amazon Patented a New Delivery System That Could Have Your Block Crawling With Robots

Amazon’s taking over the world. Or, at least, the US. Even as Jeff Bezos steps down as CEO and hands the reins over to...

Watch Robots Make Pizzas From Start to Finish at an Automated Pizzeria

Four years ago in Mountain View, California, a team of robots was cranking out pizzas on a production line that was almost fully automated....

Scientists Added a Sense of Touch to a Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm

Most people probably underestimate how much our sense of touch helps us navigate the world around us. New research has made it crystal clear...
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