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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.


The FBI's First Aircraft Were Spy Planes From The Vietnam War

When the FBI first bought its own planes in the 1970s it was a minor scandal. But what’s so shocking about the feds having aircraft? The scandal was that they were originally experimental spy planes used in the Vietnam War.


MIT's Robot Cheetah Now Jumps While Running, So Walls Won't Protect You

MIT has already demonstrated that its incredibly nimble and fast robot cheetah can run free without the need for cables or safety tethers. But now it’s not only able run down its prey out in the open, it can also jump without losing its stride. So when the robot uprising eventually happens, ducking behind a wall isn’t going to help you. Thanks, MIT!


Tiny Lasers On Microchips Could Help Self-Driving Cars 'See' The Road

Since self-driving cars don’t have drivers, the cars have to perceive their surroundings themselves. Lidar is a great option — it’s like radar but with lasers instead of radio waves — but it’s big and pricy. However, a new kind of lidar from DARPA could change that.


This Is How DARPA Thought Today's Tech Would Look In 2001

Video: Touchscreens everywhere, voice-activated software, real-time translation and automated cyber-defences. This may look a lot like present day, but it’s actually DARPA’s vision of current-day technology as predicted in 2001.


This Vampire-Like Suction Device Lets Patients Draw Blood At Home

Patients dealing with cancer or infectious diseases require frequent blood tests to monitor their conditions. And, although important, frequent trips to the doctor to give samples can be very time-consuming. But a small device called the HemoLink that uses gentle vacuum pressure promises to let patients easily draw their own blood at home.


Watch DARPA's Scary Self-Guided Bullets Swerve To Hit Moving Objects

Military researchers at DARPA have been developing ammunition which can change its path in mid-air to ensure it always hits its target. Now, it can even correct itself mid-flight to hit a moving target.