Before Westworld's Dr Ford and Bernard were entertaining us with their impressive cyborg cowboys, Simone Giertz was delighting the internet with her equally unimpressive and catastrophic robotic creations. So what happens when Giertz tries her hand at building a Westworld automaton? Let's just say season two is going to be extra memorable.
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Over 150 experts in AI, robotics, commerce, law and ethics from 14 countries have signed an open letter denouncing the European Parliament's proposal to grant personhood status to intelligent machines. The EU says the measure will make it easier to figure out who's liable when robots screw up or go rogue, but critics say it's too early to consider robots as persons - and that the law will let manufacturers off the liability hook.
Alright, so I want to stomp around in a giant, mechanised exo-skeleton as much as the next person. And while Furrion's "Prosthesis", a self-described "exo-bionic mobility platform" looks the goods and appears to work as advertised, I believe the company's attempt to get a racing league of these things up and running is, well, misguided.
Top researchers in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) have called for a boycott of the South Korean university KAIST after it opened a lab with the defence firm Hanwha Systems. Even if you're not familiar with KAIST, you might know some of the school's robots. The university won the top prize at the last DARPA Robotics Challenge in 2015 with its highly advanced DRC-HUBO robot.
Video: If the only thing more terrifying to you than a spider is a spider chasing you, you're not going to want to watch this video of Festo's latest creation. Using eight reconfigurable legs, the BionicWheelBot can creepily crawl along the ground, but then transform into a wheel and roll at an alarming speed. Someone find me a gigantic rolled-up newspaper.
It's understandable that you want to be as careful as possible when handling explosive material such as rocket fuel - but manufacturing the volatile mixture requires even more care. So JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, helped create a safer way to mix explosive ingredients by building a working robotic version of human intestines.
Robotics engineers at Guangdong University of Technology's School of Automation in China are bringing us one step - albeit a much larger step - closer to realising Tony Stark's fictitious Iron Man suit. Their new robot features jet-powered feet that greatly improve the bot's balance, agility and capabilities.
Prosthetic hands have gotten increasingly sophisticated. Many can recreate the complex shape and detail of joints and fingers, while powered prostheses allow for independent, wilful movement. But a new study published this week in Science Translational Medicine offers a potential glimpse into the future of the technology: Artificial hands that actually feel like a living limb as they move.
Video: We're already excited for what will undoubtedly be another giant robot smashapalooza when Pacific Rim Uprising hits theatres on March 22. But then someone went and painstakingly recreated the sequel's first trailer using everyone's favourite building toy, and now we're also pining for some official LEGO Jaeger sets.
Video: In any of Earth's other parallel timelines, Nicolas King's parody of the Planet Earth documentary series, showing our planet overrun with migrating herds of Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robodogs, would be an amusing look at our possible future.
About a year ago last March, a robot called the Sub1 solved a Rubik's Cube in 0.637 seconds, earning it the Guinness World Record for being the fastest cube-solving bot. That honour now appears to be in jeopardy, however, as a pair of engineers have demonstrated a new robot that can solve a Rubik's Cube in almost half that time: A mere 0.38 seconds.
Yesterday, Facebook filed a patent for "a self-balancing robot that transitions from a three-wheeled mode to a two-wheeled self-balancing mode" with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Facebook isn't typically thought of a as a hardware company, and the details on what this is intended to do are left vague.
Humans may remain pathetic creatures of meat and bone, but the era of the almighty humanoid terminator is not yet upon us. CNBC recently got an opportunity to test-drive South Korean firm Hankook Mirae Technology's really cool looking Method-2, which just so happens to be the very bipedal robot that aspiring post-apocalyptic warlord Jeff Bezos got into on stage at Amazon's annual robotics conference last year.
Video: If last week's video of Boston Dynamic's SpotMini robo-dog opening doors all by itself had you worried, don't be. The bot's creators have done everything possible to ensure the public's safety by hiring a guy to thwart the robo-dog's escape attempts using a hockey stick. Phew! One less thing to stress over.
We have all heard the dire predictions about robots coming to steal our jobs. Some would even have us believe these silicon bogeymen are coming to kill us. It plays straight into people’s darkest fears about technology.
When futurists talk about things that haven’t happened yet, they are free to parade educated guesses as fact. But before we take their word for it, we might remember the old adage:
… in God we trust, all others bring data.
The Transformers have been reborn again and again since the toys first hit America in 1984, including appearances in several animated series. But if you grew up with the original toys, and were left confused and disappointed when Optimus Prime was turned into a gorilla, the toys from the latest series, Transformers Cyberverse, will definitely appeal to your nostalgic side.