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Americans are Surprisingly Optimistic About the Future of Technology

Even in an age of security leaks and government surveillance, amazingly, Americans still feel pretty good about the role that technology will play in their lives, according to a new study. However, when you ask them about the specific advances—like bioengineering, wearable tech, drones, and robots—Americans are a bit more wary of welcoming the future. Read More >>

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Tiny Magnetic Robots Might One Day Work on Equally Tiny Assembly Lines

We've successfully engineered giant robot arms for building cars on an assembly line. But smaller mass-produced items—like electronics—still mostly rely on the nimble hands and fingers of a human. Building and controlling robots on a very small scale is still very difficult, but a company called SRI International may have found a clever solution using magnets. Read More >>

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Robot Eyes Replace Your Blank Stare With (Fake) Human Expression

Coming across as a socially functioning human who expresses real emotions can be such a drain. If only there was a high-tech way to replace your flat, expressionless gaze with a digital approximation of human warmth. Well, search no more. AgencyGlass is here. Read More >>

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Anybody With a Printer Can Make These Origami-Inspired Robots

We were promised robots. The future, science fiction told us, would be a world swarming with automatons that did all the jobs we didn't want. But you know what? Robots are really expensive and hard to build. Two MIT scientists want to change all that with inkjet printers and techniques borrowed from origami. Read More >>

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Pocket-Sized Wonder-Printer Would Work its Own Way Across a Page

With what has to be one of the most ambitious Kickstarter projects to come along in a while, the folks behind this Mini Mobile Robotic Printer want to revolutionise the mobile office. Because of instead of carrying a page-wide device that has to pull paper through it, this little marvel will instead print directly on a piece of paper while it rolls around on top of it. Read More >>

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Are Robot Waiters Joining Google's Automaton Army?

Google's continued push into the robotics industry continues, with its latest investment being a stake in Silicon Valley's Savioke, which focuses on service industry machines. Read More >>

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The ATLAS Robot Will Soon be Walking Without a Tether

As impressive as Boston Dynamics' humanoid robot ATLAS moves, it's still not completely free to explore wherever it wants. Thick trunk lines keep it tethered to machinery and pumps that provide power, hydraulic fluids, and of course communications and data. But researchers at MIT are now working to free ATLAS of its leash-like umbilical cord sometime in the next six months. Read More >>

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Suck it, Robots: Toyota is Giving Jobs Back to Humans

My, my, my how the tables have turned. The past few years have seen countless human jobs filled with our less-whiny robot counterparts. But it turns out that, at least for Toyota, the pros of total automation haven't outweighed the cons. Meaning human factory workers are back in business. Read More >>

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Meet Porton Man, the £1.1 Million Robot Soldier Guinea Pig

Looks like Boston Dynamics' super creepy hazmat robot, Petman, just got a new best friend. Say hello to Porton Man, the Ministry of Defence's brand new £1.1 million, animatronic robot pet. Read More >>

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Oh Great, Surgeons Want to Shove These Robot Snakes Down Our Throats

In addition to completely freaking us out, it turns out that the robotic snakes being developed at universities like Carnegie Mellonsome serve some practical purposes as well. A company called Medrobotics Corporation will soon begin marketing robot snake-assisted surgical device designed to crawl down a patient's throat. Yeah, that's far less creepy. Read More >>

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Would You Trust a 3D Printer to Give You a Tattoo?

Feeling brave? How about getting a tattoo? A tattoo from a 3D printer? That's not as ridiculous as it sounds, as a group of students from the ENSCI-Les Ateliers design school in Paris has shown. Armed with some inspiration and a MakerBot 3D printer, they swapped the extruder for a pen to see if the hardware could be used to ink up someone's arm. Read More >>

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This Bionic Kangaroo is Perfect for an Australia-Themed Amusement Park

This week Festo unveiled a bird-inspired wind turbine, but yesterday, the company unveiled a new robotic creation that's a little more recognisable. The world may not have a huge need for a bionic kangaroo—outside of Australian-themed amusement parks—but emulating the marsupial could result in robots with remarkably long endurance. Read More >>

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Computers are Now Able to Teach Each Other Pac-Man

Until now, humans have had one significant advantage over computers and robots: We were the only ones who could teach the machines how to function. Now, researchers at Washington State University have created computers that can teach other computers. And they're using Pac-Man to do it. Read More >>

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Creepy Robot Takes the Form of Your Friends, Knows What You're Thinking

Humans are the worst—there's no denying it. But isolating yourself from the rest of humanity doesn't exactly come with the best track record either. Now, though, you can get the best of both worlds thanks to SociBot-Mini, a depth-sensing, mood-reading, friends'-identity-stealing disembodied robot torso. Read More >>

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£9,500 Talking Robot Uses Your Friend's Face to Add HORRIFYING TOUCH to Voice Calls

SociBot-Mini is a weird little desktop robot, one with a face that's designed to be part display. The USP is that it can load in an image of someone's actual face, then display and animate that while you talk to them, with eyes that follow you about the room. That won't in anyway distress children and animals. Read More >>

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Cyberdyne Ready to Terminate the Tokyo Stock Exchange...

The nuclear-charged "Judgement Day" may have been due on August 29th, 1997 according to Terminator 2, but for a series built around a time paradox, it's safe to say we're not out of the woods yet. Especially as Skynet-mastermind Cyberdyne has just been listed on the Tokyo stock exchange. Read More >>

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