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You can watch America’s giant fighting robot take on Japan tonight, and wonder where we all went wrong

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It's 2017, the world is in utter chaos, we don't have flying cars or a cure for the common cold, but we do have giant fighting robots. Where did we go wrong? It doesn't matter, obviously, because we have fighting robots now, and you can watch them battle tonight via Twitch. The US-based MegaBots Inc will be taking on their Japanese counterparts, Suidobashi Heavy Industry in a world-first mega-bot battle that has been brewing for years, and nobody really know what's going to happen.

The bots, which have been designed, prototyped, upgraded, and finalized for battle, are some seriously intimidating pieces of machinery. MegaBots' creation, called Eagle Prime, stands an incredible 16 feet tall and weighs in at 12 tons, while the Japanese bot, called Kuratas, weighs in at over four tons and has a lower profile. This is going to be amazing.

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Mike Wehner

October 18th

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Robots will touch more tenderly when they wear this sensitive skin

 Robots increasingly have to interact with ordinary (that is to say, human-focused) objects and environments, and part of that is imitating the extremely delicate and complex human grip. A new type of electronic skin allows a robot to feel not just the pressure from its grip, but whether and in what direction an object is sliding or slipping. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

October 17th

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Robots will touch more tenderly when they wear this sensitive skin

 Robots increasingly have to interact with ordinary (that is to say, human-focused) objects and environments, and part of that is imitating the extremely delicate and complex human grip. A new type of electronic skin allows a robot to feel not just the pressure from its grip, but whether and in what direction an object is sliding or slipping. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

October 17th

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Robots will touch more tenderly when they wear this sensitive skin

 Robots increasingly have to interact with ordinary (that is to say, human-focused) objects and environments, and part of that is imitating the extremely delicate and complex human grip. A new type of electronic skin allows a robot to feel not just the pressure from its grip, but whether and in what direction an object is sliding or slipping. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

October 17th

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Study shows robots are better at slicing humans open than humans are

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Human surgeons are some of the most skilled, precise individuals on the planet, but no amount of training and experience can make them better at slicing human flesh than robots already are. A new study aimed at comparing the steady hand of a human surgeon against the cold precision of the Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR) revealed just how much better a bot really is, and what that means for patients going under its knife.

The research pitted the surgical bot, which is still in active development, against a human surgeons operating on a human analog — in this particular case, it was pig tissue including muscle, fat, and of course skin. The cuts made by both the human doctors and the STAR were judged based on how precise their cuts were as well as how much damage was done to the flesh surrounding the incision. The result? Well, you can probably guess...

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Mike Wehner

October 13th

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Scientists develop shape-shifting ‘skin’ that would give robots the ultimate camouflage

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Humans might think that we have a pretty good handle on camouflage, but in the grand scheme of things we're really just amateurs. A sniper in a ghillie suit might be able to blend into a bush, but when it comes to adapting your look on the fly, octopuses and cuttlefish absolutely put human efforts to shame. That's why scientists have turned to nature in an attempt to create truly amazing robotic camo, and it's already looking really, really amazing.

The new skin-like material mimics that of the cephalopods, which allow the aquatic creatures to raise or lower parts of their skin to create bumps and other shapes. In nature, the animals use this ability to mimic rocks and other features of the sea floor so that they can blend in for hunting or predator evasion purposes. Scientists believe this ability could be extremely useful for robots, and have set about making programmable skin that can take any shape that is needed.

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Mike Wehner

October 13th

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Scientists invent tiny robots that ‘team up’ to form larger robots

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Thanks to incredible advancements in artificial intelligence robots have quickly become man's best friend, but getting them to actually work together is still a tough challenge to overcome. The way that most of even the most intelligent robots are built leads them to want to kind of do their own thing, but a team of researchers has just developed a system that completely changes things and allows their bots to not just coexist, but actually team up and become something even greater.

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Mike Wehner

September 13th

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The Envirobot robo-eel slithers along the shore for science

 The next time you’re swimming in Lake Geneva, don’t be surprised when you feel something eel-like and yet artificial touch your leg. That would be Envirobot, the latest biomimetic creation from Swiss researchers that autonomously swims around bodies of water and tests them for toxins and other factors. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 25th

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Inside the Las Vegas bar where all the bartenders are robots

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Bottoms up, human.

Waiting to greet patrons inside a newly opened bar on the Las Vegas Strip -- across from the Bellagio, in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood -- is yet another reminder that robots are coming. For our jobs, our cars and, it seems, our liquor. The latter, thanks to the Tipsy Robot, a new Las Vegas bar that features two bionic mixologists behind the counter, working in unison to mix and pour drinks.

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Andy Meek

July 21st

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Tesla has a massive new structure at its Fremont factory

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Tesla's new battery "Gigafactory" gets so many headlines that it's easy to forget that the car company does still have another factory. The original Tesla manufacturing facility in Fremont is still where all the cars get built, and new photos show that it's growing at speed.

A report from Electrek shows some distant shots of a new multi-storey building going up on Tesla's property in Fremont. The company hasn't disclosed what it's for, but rampant internet speculation claims that it's a robotic warehouse that could help Tesla hit its wildly ambitious manufacturing goals.

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Chris Mills

July 19th

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