The world's first robot built to control the devastating crown-of-thorns starfish could be transformed into a versatile "robo reef" protector — thanks to the Australian Google Impact Challenge.
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It's here – a world in which helper robots live with us, get us through the day, and yes, become our trusted friend. Science fiction is becoming science fact.
As sci-fi writer William Gibson noted: "The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed."
The demand for helper robots is booming, and academia, industry and the military are working overtime to meet the need as a whole new industry gains momentum.
Summer 2015 marked the failed American odyssey of hitchBOT, the hitchhiking humanoid built for motorists to tote from Salem, Massachusetts, to San Francisco. It got as far as Philly before being torn limb from limb. But in Canada, where people are infinitely friendlier toward roadside robots, the original hitchBOT — which did manage to thumb it cross-country — will be enshrined in a national museum.
Everybody knows that futuristic robots are going to take our jobs. Jobs in food service, farm work, and perhaps most importantly, monarchy.
Will a robot steal your job in the future? NPR has a new tool to check the probability that you'll be replaced by a robot in 20 years. But 20 years is so far away. What about tomorrow? Like, literally tomorrow. We've come up with our own quiz to answer just that.
Video: I wish I had a window with a perfect view of this pack planter robot. I would open it every morning to watch the machine transplant pansies while I have my breakfast — and I would probably be late to work for the rest of my life.
With Luke covering Mobile World Congress 2015 I have spent the last few days holding the reins at Gizmodo HQ as guest Editor. In lieu of an actual introduction, here is a farewell instead, at least until next time.
Video: Dancer Madd Chadd is so, so good at doing the robot that he actually looks more like a frighteningly realistic robot pretending to be a human than a human dancing like a robot. In this latest video, he's sitting down and attempting to eat a sandwich like a robot would and it looks absolutely perfect.