On the plains of Namibia, millions of tiny termites are building a mound of soil—an 8-foot-tall "lung" for their underground nest. During a year of construction, many termites will live and die, wind and rain will erode the structure, and yet the colony's life-sustaining project will continue.
A new system combines simple control programs to enable fleets of robots -- or other 'multiagent systems' -- to collaborate in unprecedented ways.
Climbing robots that mimic the stickiness of gecko lizard feet could work in space as well as on Earth, ESA has shown, raising the prospect of hull-crawling automatons tending future spacecraft.
If you think with the release of every new i-device the world is getting closer to thought-controlled smart tech and robotic personal assistants, you might be right. And thanks in part to work led by the University of Cincinnati's Anca Ralescu, we may be even closer than you realize.
HP had what was likely one of the best financial analyst meetings this week and the difference between the company this year and last was quite pronounced.
Recently, the global financial market experienced a series of computer glitches that abruptly brought operations to a halt. One reason for these "flash freezes" may be the sudden emergence of mobs of ultrafast robots, which trade on the global markets and operate at speeds beyond human capability, thus overwhelming the system.
If you are an Arsenal supporter that goes without saying, but judging by this first person/robot view at the recent Robocup, our robot overlords will need the next thirty years to catch up to us humans.
You can dive into the science and plenty of action from the last five years that the B-Human team, featured here, has been trying to bend it like Beckham.
Meet Roxxxy the sex robot with a triple XXX. Depending on your view 'she' is either at the cutting edge of the human-robot interface, or a modern reflection on some men's difficulties in relating to real-life partners.
“Hair loss is extremely common in men,” said Dr. Marc Avram of the Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York. “About 50 percent of men will have male pattern hair loss at some point in their life.”Fortunately, there may be hope for some balding men. A new robotic ...
They hope to use lessons from animals, plants and even bacteria to make robotsmore able to operate in the real world alongside humans.One example is iCub, a humanoid robot that can wake at a human touch, canappear to watch their movements intently and even perform dance likemovements with ...
Lawyer robots will one day kill us all while suing us for copyright infringement on our DNA, but until then, it could be that technology is making the profession a little nervous about its role in IT.
Just a few days after rolling out a new IDE (integrated development environment) and an official Robot, Arduino has launched a TFT LCD screen.
Robots will start replacing human brains by 2045 and artificially intelligent machines may be capable of doing anything that humans can, including standing in line for new Apple products.
Campaigners are calling for laws which are similar to Isaac Asimov's first law of robotics to prohibit the use of robots which can kill without a human control switch.
The concept of the flying robot has rarely had positive connotations. Usually the very mention of the words “flying robot” or “drone” leads to talk about government intrusion or terrifying, secret high-tech warfare. Rarely does it conjure images of benign uses (or even mechanical best friends).
A team of US and Chinese scientists has managed to come up with an experimental sensor array that can sense pressure like a human fingertip.
The US Navy has asked scientists at the Virginia Tech College of Engineering to continue the development of a robotic jellyfish for surveillance use.
Urban to take lead role in new sci-fi procedural drama.
Scientists have turned on a web-based database specifically for robots, designed to let them share information about their behavior and environment.
Rolling robots like spiky tumbleweeds could be used to explore the moons of Mars, says a team of NASA, Stanford and MIT engineers.