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The US Military Used Lasers To Shoot Down A Drone In 1973

Lasers are the future of warfare. So it might come as a surprise to many Americans that the US military first used a laser to shoot a drone out of the sky as early as 1973.

Remember EATR, The Military Robot That Was Supposed To Eat Humans?

“We completely understand the public’s concern about futuristic robots feeding on the human population, but that is not our mission,” Cyclone’s CEO Harry Schoell said in a press release in 2009.

The Pentagon's Research Arm Is Putting Money Into DNA Manufacturing

The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the governmnet division that tries to take cutting-edge technology and turn it into something the military can use. The agency’s latest target? Genetic engineering.

US Marines Are Sending This Robotic Dog Into Simulated Combat

The battlefield can be one of the most useful places for robots. And now, the US Marines are testing out Spot, a robo dog built by Boston Dynamics to see how helpful the ‘bot could be in combat.

Paralysed Man Successfully Given Prosthetic Hand That Can 'Feel'

A 28 year old man who has been paralysed has been given a new sense of touch following a new breakthrough that saw electrodes places directly into the man’s brain.

A Century-Old Device May Be The Future Of Electronics

There’s a new device in the works over at DARPA, the agency known for pushing the technological envelope with mind-controlled prosthetics and drone-launching submarines. This latest innovation? The vacuum tube. You might remember it from the first time humans invented it, way back in 1904.

Video: The Best Robots Of 2015 Are Still So Hilariously Stupid

Movies like the Terminator series have convinced us that robots are eventually going to kill us all. That’s still eventually going to happen but we’ve got a long way to go before we build a T-1000 or even an Arnold version, because as DARPA’s 2015 Robotics Challenge shows, even the best and smartest robots right now are still so hilariously dumb that they can’t even walk right.

At The DARPA Robotics Challenge, We Saw A Lot Of Robots Fall Over

Yesterday marked the first day of the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, in which elite robots from around the world faced off to compete for $US3.5 million in prizes. We saw some of humanity’s finest bots drive vehicles, remove rubble, cut through walls and climb up stairs.

Everything You Need To Know About Today's DARPA Robotics Challenge

The DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals kick off today in Pomona, California, with 24 teams from around the world competing for $US3.5 million in prizes. We’re here at the event to bring you the latest robotic thrills and spills, but mostly to keep a lookout for any signs of a robot uprising.

A Handy Guide To Every Robot Competing In This Weekend's DARPA Challenge

Having trouble telling Japan’s JAXON from Germany’s Johnny 05? If you have any hope of following along with the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals this weekend, you’re going to need to get up to speed on every robot competing.

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