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This colonoscopy robot will haunt your dreams

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Robots come in all shapes and sizes, but even if your nightmares of an eventual robot takeover of the Earth conjure images of heavily-armed battle droids stomping humans into submission, you haven't seen the most frightening robot yet. At the 2017 ICRA robotics conference in Singapore, one bot gained a lot of attention for pretty obvious reason: it's designed to explore your butt.

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Mike Wehner

June 16th

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Messing with robots’ self-confidence could prevent the AI apocalypse

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In every sci-fi depiction of an eventual robot apocalypse, the mechanical monstrosities move with cold, calculated precision, dispatching or enslaving humanity with a complete lack of sympathy and no second guessing. But what if robots could actually worry? What if mechanical minds didn't know anything with certainty, and lacked the confidence to push forward with risky actions? A team of AI researchers from the University of California at Berkeley think that giving robots built-in anxiety might actually help keep them in line.

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Mike Wehner

June 8th

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Draper’s DragonflEye cyber-bug takes flight

 Back in January we heard about Draper’s efforts to outfit a living dragonfly with a sort of solar-powered mind control backpack. This project, known as DragonflEye, is cruising right along, and the R&D firm just released a video of the modified insect taking flight. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

June 1st

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Draper’s DragonflEye cyber-bug takes flight

 Back in January we heard about Draper’s efforts to outfit a living dragonfly with a sort of solar-powered mind control backpack. This project, known as DragonflEye, is cruising right along, and the R&D firm just released a video of the modified insect taking flight. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

June 1st

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All hail this autonomous stone-stacking robot

 Robots are good at a few simple things. They can lift and carry huge objects, fly around like dragonflies, and murder our families while we watch, their cold circuits flitting with nascent feelings of remorse and anger. But they can’t stack rocks very well. This is because rocks are all different. However, imagine a situation when a robotic arm needs to move rubble or build a foundation… Read More

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John Biggs

June 1st

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These flat-pack turtlebots will crawl across minefields for safety’s sake

 The threat of minefields is an ongoing and horrifying one, and the duty of clearing them is as difficult as it is dangerous. All the more reason, then, that it should be done by robots! A new type of inexpensive, versatile bot modeled after turtles could be a great tool for this and other jobs. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 25th

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Researchers want these robotic turtles to sweep for landmines in war zones

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Landmines are extremely hazardous anywhere they're deployed, and oftentimes the dangerous weapons remain buried long after military conflicts are resolved or the front lines are pushed in a different direction. Minesweeping is, as you might expect, an deadly task as well, but researchers from Arizona State University think they might have a solution: turtle robots.

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Mike Wehner

May 25th

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A robot landed a plane, and nothing bad happened

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We joke a lot about the eventual robot apocalypse — when mankind will inevitably be enslaved by our very own creations and forced to serve under machine overlords — but the reality is that right now, robots are probably more trustworthy than humans. They can't be bribed, they aren't inherently evil, and they behave in a predictable and exact manner the vast majority of the time. That's why DARPA's ALIAS robot might end up in airplane cockpits sooner rather than later, and if the most recent test of the hardware is any indication, everything is going to be just fine.

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Mike Wehner

May 19th

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Researchers warn that hacked industrial robots could kill in more ways than one

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Robotic workers have already revolutionized several different manufacturing industries, and as the tireless machines grow smarter and smarter, the risks posed by hackers continue to ramp up. A new report from Trend Micro and scientists at the Polytechnic University of Milan highlights these risks while pointing out all the subtle and not-so-subtle ways a hacked robotic worker could put human life in danger.

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Mike Wehner

May 18th

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Robots can teach new skills to other robots, which is in no way terrifying

MIT CSAIL Human Teaching Robot

All those movies about robots taking over the world and destroying mankind put some terrifying thoughts into our minds. What if that’ll actually happen in the near future? After all, thanks to the fast advancements in AI and robotics, we’ll see smarter and smarter robots, and droids come out soon. And what if those robots will be able to teach each other new tricks?

Truth be told, we’re not in any Terminator or Matrix kind of danger, but MIT’s CSAIL was able to come up with a way to allow robots to teach skills to other robots.

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Chris Smith

May 11th

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