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How A Radical 1960s Architect Inspired NASA's Next Great Space Robot 

NASA’s bizarre Super Ball Bot is unlike any robot ever built — it uses a net of wires and rods to move, and could someday explore harsh exoplanets. It also has an unlikely heritage: It was inspired by the ideas of a visionary from the 1960s building floating cities based on the same concept.

It Won't Be Long Before Drones Start Winning Olympic Gold Medals In Table Tennis

Everyone assumes that one day robotic arms will be dominating human opponents at the inevitable Cyber Olympics. If IBM’s research division has anything to say about it, flying drones could pose the bigger threat to mankind’s gold medal dreams.

Hasbro Now Has A Toy Line For Seniors Starting With A Lifelike Robotic Cat

After already conquering demographics including kids, teenagers, and those technically considred adults, Hasbro is reaching out to that last frontier of consumers: seniors, with a new toy line featuring lifelike robotic companion pets that only need affection, not feeding or bathroom breaks.

An AI Program In Japan Just Passed A College Entrance Exam

An artificial intelligence program received such high scores on a standardised test that it’d have an 80% chance of getting into a Japanese university.

How Mark Zuckerberg Is Engineering Facebook To Be More Like Google 

A billion people logged into Facebook on a single Monday this past summer, prompting all sorts of hot, hot theories about where Facebook is headed. Now Mark Zuckerberg has given us some insights, and describes a future for Facebook that sounds… a lot like Google.

Your Poker Face Doesn't Stand A Chance Against This BS-Busting Machine Algorithm 

Think you’re a good liar? Well, soon, the jig might be up: Researchers have developed new technology that reads subtle facial expressions to sniff out bullshit better than humans can.

Reports Of Robots Stealing 50% Of Jobs In The US And UK Are Totally Alarmist

It’s being reported that a Bank of England official forecasts that in the next 10 to 20 years, smart robots will steal 80 million jobs from Americans and 15 million jobs from Britons — over half the workforce of each nation. I smell BS.

How Can Robots Be Better Learners? Program Them To Think Like Human Toddlers

The biggest challenge with robots is enabling them to do many different things in many different situations, instead of just sitting on an assembly line screwing on bottle caps. In fact, programming them to learn like human babies might be the best way to make our robotic friends much more capable.

This Giant Vending Machine Can Dispense Your Next Car

If buying a car all seems a little too complex, relax: you can now walk straight up to a five-storey vending machine to choose your new set of wheels, as if it were a gigantic candy bar.

Bank Of America Wants To Use Robots To Manage Customer's Money

We’re trusting robots with more and more these days: Our luggage, our meals — even our lives on the road. Why not add finances to the list? Bank of America is joining several other banks that want to do just that.

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