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Your Self-Driving Car Will Be Programmed To Kill You, Deal With It

A recent survey shows that people want self-driving cars to be programmed to minimise casualties during an accident, even if it causes the death of the rider. Trouble is, the same survey shows that people don’t actually want to ride in cars that are programmed this way. That’s obviously a problem — and we’re going to have to get over it.


You Know You Want To Watch This Supercut Of Robots Falling Over

Video: Some people just want to watch the world burn. Or robots fall over. Or something.

Anyway, here’s robots falling over. Enjoy.


Watch This Freakishly Agile Dog-Bot Do The Dishes

Boston Dynamics, better known for the hulking robot brute known as ATLAS, has just revealed a considerably smaller creation that looks like a cross between a golden retriever and a baby giraffe. But forget about it just replacing your family pet: SpotMini looks like it can replace your housecleaner too.


Giz Gadgets: Robot Athletes, Robot Butlers and Robot Citizens

Each new week brings with it an abundance of new gadgets — whether devised by tech giants like Google and Samsung or pushed by hopeful entrepreneurs to Kickstarter, they run the gamut from useful to niche to tech that nobody really needs. This week we’ve got robots galore — whether they’re designed to help humans, in-depth neural networks or just bots gaining their own autonomy.


Robots In Europe Could Become 'Electronic Persons' 

Machines are taking over the world, and some members of the European Parliament aren’t very happy about it. Robots in the EU may soon be classed as “electronic persons” if the Parliament adopts a new set of rules on robotics.


This Robot Luggage Handler Will Give You Even More Time To Stand In A Check-In Line

Every airline claims it has a better solution for the logistical hellscape that is checked luggage, from fancy new RFID tags to charging $$$ to deter the practice entirely. But the only way to never lose a bag again is to completely automate the process. Which is exactly what this adorable robot is designed to do.


Badminton-Playing Robot Will Destroy You On The Court

Table tennis-playing robots that can keep up with the likes of Forrest Gump are impressive, sure. But students and professors at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China took on a greater challenge when they built a badminton-playing robot that can quickly cover an entire court and return almost any shot.


Makita's Robo-Vac Uses Power Tool Batteries To Clean Workshop Floors For Hours

Even the most advanced robotic vacuums are only designed to deal with dust, light dirt and the occasional food scraps. Try to put them to work on the sawdust covered floors in your workshop and you’ll quickly find them clogged and in need of rescue. What you need instead is a robo-vac from a toolmaker like Makita.


This Toy Story Voltron Might Be Cooler Than The Original Voltron

With the Netflix-funded resurrection of Voltron, there’s a renewed interest in toys that all merge together to form a giant menacing mech. But menacing isn’t quite the best way to describe this towering robot made up of transforming characters from Disney’s Toy Story. Cute? Colourful? Must-have? Those are all better.


Disneyland Is Testing New Interactive Droids That Will Roam Its Expanded Star Wars Lands

If you thought Disney’s only reason for buying Lucasfilm was to make more Star Wars movies, you’re way off. The company is also currently in the process of converting parts of Disneyland and Walt Disney World into sprawling Star Wars-themed lands, and it’s already testing some of the new characters it’s designed to interact with guests.


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