Robots

Honda's Asimo Robot Gets A Little Bit Better, A Whole Lot Creepier

It’s been almost 15 years since Honda first introduced Asimo, the company’s attempt to create a humanoid robot that can walk and perform other human-like tasks. But Asimo’s most recent upgrade introduces something unsettling: a pair of dead black eyes and a permanent smirk that leaves the bot looking more like an unsettling china doll with a secret urge to overthrow its creators.


New Old Spice Mandroid Ads Hilariously Embrace The Uncanny Valley

More often than not, man’s attempts to clone itself through robotics has lead to the creation of unsettling, and downright creepy, automatons. So kudos to the folks at Old Spice, or at least its ad agency, for finding a way to hilariously embrace the Uncanny Valley through a series of commercials starring its newest hunk: the Mandroid.


Monster Machines: Australian Solar-Powered Ladybug Might Just Save Global Agriculture

It’s getting increasingly difficult to feed humanity’s seven billion-plus mouths, especially as climate change begins to wreak havoc on the world’s staple crop supplies. While efforts are being made to find hardier alternatives, a research team from the University of Sydney has developed a tool to better manage the crops we’ve already got.


Here's Every Transformers Robot Fight Scene In One Video

Video: Instead of making the Marky Mark Transformers sequel, Michael Bay should have just sent in this sick, non-stop supercut of every single robot fight scene from the Transformers trilogy to theatres. Yep. This video is an orgy of explosive metal on metal battle scenes without any of the pesky humans screwing it up. I would love to see this IMAX.


MOSS Robotics Toy Review: The Easiest Way To Build Your First Robot

When reviewing a building toy it’s impossible not to make comparisons with Lego. Not only are its bricks able to build everything from dinosaurs to X-wings, Lego also offers robotics sets that have been used to make some truly impressive autonomous creations. In that latter category, it finally has some competition.


By 2045, The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans

“Today there’s no legislation regarding how much intelligence a machine can have, how interconnected it can be. If that continues, look at the exponential trend. We will reach the singularity in the timeframe most experts predict. From that point on you’re going to see that the top species will no longer be humans, but machines.”


Microsoft Wants To Patent A Real-Life Dæmon

Microsoft has struggled to keep up in the device marketplace in recent years. So much so that the company is exploring some pretty insane inventions, including a robotic butterfly that talks to wearable devices and responds to its owner’s mood. It’s sort of like your own mechanical dæmon.


How Many Gigabytes Does It Take To Make A Human?

How much information is stored inside a human? Not as much as you think. All you need is a mere 1.5 gigabytes to fit your entire genetic code. Veritasium did the maths in his latest brain tapping video and cooked up that number using bits to understand the molecules that make up a person’s genetic code.


I Wish They Made An Animation Series Out Of These Sci-fi Illustrations

These are the cool monstrous creations of Brian Miller. He recently completed them for The Robot Workshop activity book. Someone should turn his work into a sci-fi animation series a la Samurai Jack.


Bio-Bots Powered By Real Muscle Can Walk On Command

University of Illinois engineers just showed off a new kind of robot that’s half animal, half machine. More specifically, it’s a tiny “bio-bot” that’s powered by actual muscle but supported by 3D-printed hydro-gels. And the best part is that it can be controlled by pulses of electricity.