Robots

Lots Of People Can't Tweet Because Twitter Thinks We're All Robots

Something at Twitter has gone horribly, hilariously wrong: The social media site has unceremoniously declared us all to be robots. Well, maybe not all of us, but more than a few folks on Gizmodo staff as well as dozens of users across the web. Affected users trying to Tweet from Twitter’s web client are being told their messages “look automated”, and have been blocked to protect other users from “spam and malicious activity”.


'Spot' Is A Smaller (More Kickable) Version Of Boston Dynamic's Big Dog

We haven’t seen much of Boston Dynamic’s four-legged self-balancing Big Dog robot since it was last spotted hurling cinder blocks in a lab. And that’s maybe because the company’s robotic geniuses have been hard at work building a smaller more agile version called Spot that weighs just 160 pounds so it can safely operate both indoors and out.


Despite The Movie, This Mech From The Matrix Revolutions Is Marvellous

It’s pretty clear those Wachowskis didn’t have much of a storyline gameplan for Neo and company after the first Matrix film, but one good thing to come from those two forgettable sequels is threezero’s wonderfully detailed miniature version of the Armoured Personnel Units — or APU for short — from The Matrix Revolutions.


The AI Revolution: How Far Away Are Our Robot Overlords?

Imagine taking a time machine back to 1750 — a time when the world was in a permanent power outage, long-distance communication meant either yelling loudly or firing a cannon in the air, and all transportation ran on hay. When you get there, you retrieve a dude, bring him to 2015, and then walk him around and watch him react to everything.


With BattleBots Return, What Robots Would You Want To Watch Duke It Out?

It’s the classic fan question: Who would win in a fight? Whether Batman versus Superman (Batman only if he had kryptonite gauntlets) or The Hulk versus Hulk Hogan (Gamma rays trumps a horseshoe mustache), fictional fights are favourite pastime of mine.


Oh Great, The Robots Can Ski Now

Up until today, my plan for the robot takeover had been to flee to northern Canada, where deep snow and grizzly bears would keep me safe from Skynet. But not any more, because some smartarse decided to teach the droids to ski. Great work, guys.


BattleBots Is Back In The US After Ten Years And It's Bound To Be Incredible

BattleBots is coming back to US television. This winter, homemade robots will battle to the death on television, just as Asimov intended. They will be faster and stronger than ever before. Which makes sense, because the last time BattleBots was on television was over a decade ago. Imagine what they could do now.


Even Our Balloon Animals Will Soon Be Made By Robots

DARPA’s ATLAS is an impressive feat of robotics engineering, but despite representing the bleeding edge of automatons, it’s slow and clumsy when it comes to doing anything on its own. A better way to make a robot as skilled as a human is to simply put a human in complete control of it, manipulating it remotely like a puppet from a safe distance. That’s what RE2 Robotics thinks is the best approach, and watching the robot arms it developed make a balloon animal is pretty convincing.


MIT's Well On Its Way To Perfecting Auto-Zipping Zippers

Sneaker freaks have their fingers crossed that Nike will be able to deliver power laces in time for when Back to the Future II predicted we’d all be wearing them. But what about the rest of our clothing? Who wants to be bothered zipping up a jacket when your shoes automatically lace themselves? So Adam Whiton and MIT’s Personal Robots Group have already been hard at work developing, and perfecting, automatic zippers.


When This Walking, Swimming Pet Turtle Dies, Just Swap In A New Battery

Pets don’t only help teach kids how to be responsible, they’re also a harsh object lesson in the definitiveness of death — unless you go the robot route. Robo-puppies might not be believable just yet, but this tiny robot turtle looks pretty convincing when swimming around inside a tank. And if you find it just floating there one morning, all you need to do is change the batteries.