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The Sexbot Revolution is Coming

Abyss Creations, maker of the life-size RealDoll, releases an AI named Harmony on the unsuspecting world as its first step toward personal sex robots. Caitlin Petrakovitz reports: The maker of the RealDoll, a life-size faux-human you can have sex [...]

Meet Mikoto, the Medical Simulation Robot

Tomoko Otake reports: It looks and feels like a real person. It can cough, has a gag reflex and even cry “ouch!” if handled roughly. Meet mikoto, a next-generation medical simulation robot developed for students, young doctors and emergency [...]

Zensho to Use Robots at Outlets

Major restaurant operator Zensho Holdings Co. said Thursday it will develop a customer service system featuring robots in cooperation with Osaka University Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro. The company intends to boost customer numbers by enabling people to [...]

1 in 4 Believe Robots Would Make Better Politicians

The study found that 42 percent of UK consumers believe their job is likely to be replaced by a robot in the next 30 years, while 25 percent think that this could happen within the next 10 years. Hannah Williams writes: The impending robot [...]

Humans Recap: Do the Right Thing

‘It’s time for them to fear us.’ Episode 7 Season 2 Episode 7 Angelica Jade Bastién writes: The moment Hester was introduced earlier this season, it was apparent Humans was headed for a violent reckoning. Throughout this [...]

[VIDEO] Vespa’s New Robot will Carry Your Groceries

Vespa, best known for its stylish scooters, is trying something new. Matt McFarland reports: The Italian company is opening a Boston-based division, called Piaggio Fast Forward, to focus on the future of mobility. Its first creation is Gita, a [...]

Humans Recap: Freedom Denied

Humans Episode 5 Season 1 Episode 5 Angelica Jade Bastién writes: Toward the end of this episode, Hester asks Leo a question with a foregone conclusion: “Has any great change been accomplished, any unjust oppression ever overturned without [...]

Robotic Chefs Are Getting Better

If You Like Fast Food. Jamie Condliffe reports: Cordon Bleu chefs needn’t worry about losing their jobs to robots just yet. But a number of startups think that some straightforward culinary tasks could soon be automated in fast food kitchens. [...]

Humans Recap: Cheating Death

Proximity Season 2 Episode 4 Angelica Jade Bastién writes: Mia and Niska are mirror opposites of one another. While Niska is icy, reserved, and untrusting, Mia is an open wound of emotion. Mia demonstrates a level of care and empathy for human [...]

Robot Race Cars

All electric, 1200+ horsepower, 199 miles per hour, racing on grand prix tracks … and no human on board.  Yep, robot race cars. Oh … and they look absolutely fantastic: At least initially, all the cars will be identical — except [...]

[VIDEO] Boston Dynamics: Introducing ‘Handle’

Handle is a research robot that stands 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4 feet vertically. It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on one battery charge. Handle uses many of the [...]

[VIDEO] Robotica: Building a Sex Robot

Matt McMullen is developing a sex robot that uses technology to create the illusion of sentience. But is it enough to generate real emotions in its user? This is the fifth episode in a Bits video series, called Robotica, examining how robots are [...]

What Happens When Robots Become Role Models

  Children can find their behavior shaped by robotic companions—so let’s not screw them up. Jamie Condliffe writes: When you spend a lot of time with someone, their characteristics can rub off on you. But what happens when that someone is a [...]

Humans Is the Best Robot Show on TV

Forget Westworld. Humans is the most compelling, emotionally resonant robot-centric show on television. Jen Chaney writes: Is it unfair to compare the two just because they happen to deal with the ramifications of artificial intelligence? [...]

Will Machines Ever Become Human?

David Gelernter writes: No. Digital computers won’t; and in the world as we know it, they are the only candidate machines. What does “human” mean? Humans are conscious and intelligent — although it’s curiously easy to imagine one [...]