What would you do if you were a billionaire? Elon Musk is trying to get to Mars. Peter Thiel wants to live forever. And Jeff Bezos, well, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos apparently wants to rule the world in a gigantic robot. At least that's the impression you might get from the photos and video taken yesterday.
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NASA is getting ready to melt some space nerd hearts with an adorable little robot named PUFFER — which stands for Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robots — designed to explore alien worlds like Mars and Europa. The "origami-inspired" rover can fold itself to become as small as a smartphone, but will take on an enormous task once it's ready for use.
Video: What's even more unnerving than an artificially intelligent Big Mouth Billy Bass telling you about the weather? That's easy. It's an artificially intelligent animatronic skull telling you about the weather through a set of clacking teeth. The roving eyeballs are the creepiest part.
No matter how you cut it, robots are slowly replacing humans in labour-intensive jobs. We're used to this fact in manufacturing — say, putting cars together — but our mechanical friends are finding there way into more, uh, organic positions, such as the the humble burger chef. Yes, Miso Robotics' "Flippy" has his eye on your gourmet brioche buns.
Today, the Associated Press captured a photo of French President Francois Hollande shaking hands with Leenby, a Cybedroid robot. Hollande, like so many politicians around the world, has been captured on film shaking hands with many robots over the years. And I used to think this was simply a way to appease our future robot overlords. But I have a new theory: Robots don't like the West's new nationalists.
In March of 2014, Sony announced it would stop supporting its impressive line of AIBO robot dogs, leaving many owners heartbroken. Countless toy companies have tried to create similarly capable robot pets since AIBO's demise, but they have all been a disappointment — until now. Despite being a Star Wars toy, Spin Master's new life-size BB-8 might just be the zero-maintenance pet you've always wanted.
The world's richest man and quite possibly the world's first trillionaire Bill Gates reckons the robots that will eventually steal your job should pay tax for the privilege.
Video: When the machines rise up, I'm jumping ship and selling out humanity so fast — we suck, we deserve it. So colour me excited to see this cute ol' robot arm hilariously beat an 'I'm not a robot' CAPTCHA (and then let go of the stylus in a perfect mic drop right after). It's one small step for robots, and one giant leap for the impending revolution.
As machines go, the human body is an extraordinarily efficient one. The way we move — our arm swing, cadence, step length — is all calibrated to minimise energy consumption, allowing the body to get the maximum mileage out of the kilojoules it consumes. But in the burgeoning field of soft robotics, scientists have struggled to replicate this. Scientists imagine that one day, robotic exoskeletons could help sick kids walk and make the elderly stronger, supplying weak bodies with supplemental strength. If only those robotic exteriors could move as efficiently as a healthy human body.
"Robots' autonomy raises the question of their nature in the light of the existing legal categories – of whether they should be regarded as natural persons, legal persons, animals or objects – or whether a new category should be created, with its own specific features and implications as regards the attribution of rights and duties"
This is from a report out of the European parliament, pushing for a set of laws ensuring the rights and responsibilities of robots and artificial intelligence. The laws, which are to voted on in February, could effectively grant human rights to robots.