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Elon Musk’s lab forced bots to create their own language

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Have you ever experienced the dread of overhearing two people, speaking a language you don't understand, begin laughing wildly? You just have to wonder what it is they're talking about, and if it's a joke at your expense. Heck, maybe you even check your teeth to make sure you aren't walking around with half of your lunchtime ham sandwich stuck to your gums. Now, thanks to Elon Musk's OpenAI lab, we're one step closer to experiencing the exact same thing, only with software bots doing the talking.

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Mike Wehner

March 19th

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Seriously, this skull-drilling robot is good news for humanity

 When someone invents a robot specifically made to drill into the skulls of unconscious, immobile humans, you’d be forgiven for feeling a natural reaction along the lines of “for the love of god, why?” But trust me, this particular robotic trepanation station is a good idea. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

March 15th

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Teaching robots to adjust their grip the way humans do

robot_manip Pick up that can. Now say you had to put it down on its side rather than its base, how would you go about doing it? Very easily and without thinking about it, no doubt. But simple manipulations like that, which allow us to interact fluidly with objects and environments, are actually incredibly hard for robots to pull off. Researchers at MIT are working to make it a little bit easier. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

March 3rd

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Superintelligent AI explains Softbank’s push to raise a $100BN Vision Fund

masayoshi son Anyone who’s seen Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son give a keynote speech will know he rarely sticks to the standard industry conference playbook. And his turn on the stage at Mobile World Congress this morning was no different, with Son making like Eldon Tyrell and telling delegates about his personal belief in a looming computing Singularity… Read More

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Natasha Lomas

February 27th

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Researchers build nightmare spider robot that’s faster than a real bug

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It's estimated that as much as 30% of the population has some degree of arachnophobia, making it one of the more common fears among humanity. It makes sense of course, given that spiders are creepy, unpredictable, and often very fast movers. Now, robotics researchers have built something that is even scarier. It's a six-legged robot that looks like a spider, but moves faster and more efficiently. Now's the time to start building an apocalypse shelter.

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Mike Wehner

February 23rd

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Cassie the ostrich bot does the bipedal robot chicken walk

cassie_head Bipedal robots are one of the most intensely researched areas of mechanical engineering, and while it’s a notoriously difficult problem, there’s no shortage of material from which to draw inspiration. Cassie, a new robot from Agility Robotics, is a great example of that: its stable yet precise gait and was based on that of birds — specifically, ostriches. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

February 9th

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Rethink Robotics makes its workplace bots easier to train and redeploy

schramberg-sawyer-1 Robots are invaluable tools in the workplace, but they often still require a specialist to train in anything more than elementary tasks. Rethink Robotics is helping improve that situation with a powerful and intuitive new platform for its Sawyer robots called Intera 5. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

February 7th

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Bat Bot is the biomimetic flying soft robot we deserve

bat bot If you’ve ever seen a bat in flight, you know how impressive their aerial acrobatics can be — so impressive that we have yet to successfully imitate it the way we have with locomotion or even bird flight. This impressive new flying robot is the best attempt yet, though it’s still a long way from the “unrivaled agility” of the real thing. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

February 1st

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Vespa creator is launching this weird cargo-carrying personal robot

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Ever wish you had more than two hands? Sometimes carrying all your personal crap around every day is just too much for a person to put up with, or at least that's the feeling that Piaggio is going for with its new cargo bot called Gita. Gita is a big round ball with wheels designed to follow you wherever you need to go, and carry all your stuff for you while you get there.

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Mike Wehner

February 1st

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This Chinese woman isn’t real

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There's a very special Chinese "woman" who has become a bit of a celebrity over the past year or so, making public appearances and chatting with countless curious fans. Her name is Jia Jia, and she appeared at a prestigious economic event in Shanghai earlier today. She's charming, poised, and adept at conversation. She can dish out compliments and dodge awkward romantic advances. She's also completely fake. 

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Mike Wehner

January 9th

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