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Don’t fear the robot-apocalypse, yet

Ah, pity the robots, lonely even when not alone. Largely blind and deaf, they toil away in social isolation. From the frenetic factory line to the bustling warehouse floor, they solder and weld, assemble, pack and palletize, with nary a bleepity-bloop of gossip or grievance passing between them.

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Humanoid Robot Testing by Boston Dynamics

Defense contractor Boston Dynamics has new video of its Terminator-like “PETMAN” robot standing, walking, posing and… wearing a chemical protection suit, for some reason.

The project is funded in part by the Defense Department’s Chemical and Biological Defense program, CNet reported Monday.

For the test seen embedded below, Boston Dynamics says that PETMAN was outfitted


Investor Pumping Billions Into Immortality Research

It may sound like something straight out of a science fiction novel, but Dmitry Itskov, a 35-year-old media mogul, is seeking investors to fund research for technology that will make eternal life possible by transferring human consciousness in an artificial form to avatars (robotic bodies).

“It’s the next space race,” Itskov said at


DARPA: Robot Satellite Salvagers


A research team at the Pentagon has reported launched a new project aimed at harvesting parts from old communication satellites in an attempt to use them to make new ones.

The project, which is being led by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA),


Autonomous Drone Conducts Aircraft Carrier Tests

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A robotic warplane began navigating the deck of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier as a prelude to possible flight tests. The Navy’s X-47B drone rolled around the deck of the USS Harry S. Truman under the guidance of human operators — going through the motions necessary for preparing to


Horrifying Spider Robot

Picture this little item on some near future battlefield, although in a significantly larger form factor chasing you down with the intention of taking you out in some horrible manner.

Can you say “chewed to death”

Or, Consider hundreds of these little devils swarming their way through the landscape equipped with stun contacts, tear gas,


Robot Police Being Developed by Researchers


You’ve double-parked your car to pick something up when a robot rolls up and threatens to give you a ticket. You might laugh, but the thing’s talking with a human voice.

Researchers at Florida International University’s Discovery Lab are working with a member of the U.S. Navy Reserves to build


Brain Controlled Robotic Suit Could Help Reduce Fukushima Cleanup Risk

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Japanese Brain Wave Controlled Robotic Suit May Help Make Fukushima Cleanup Safer

Contrary to popular belief, the horrific nuclear disaster at Fukushima is far from over. Indeed, as Agence France-Presse (AFP) points out, “The decommissioning of the crippled plant is expected to take several decades.”

However, More…

Military Experimenting with 3D Printing

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AN ISOLATED military outpost in the middle of hostile territory is a bad place for your equipment to break down. Replacement parts and fuel either have to be air-dropped or driven through dangerous territory. So the US military plans to make remote operating bases and camps self-sufficient, able to generate their own energy and even


DHS Funding Robot Tuna


No question about it… they’re very good at what they do. But they don’t take well to orders, especially those to carry out inspection work in oily or dangerous environments, or in any kind of harsh environment, for that matter. Still, they’re one of the fastest and most maneuverable creatures on the


DARPA: Cheetah Robot Runs Faster than Fastest Man

Cheetah robot ‘runs faster than fastest man, Usain Bolt’

The Cheetah Robot developed by Boston Dynamics breaks the speed record – Video courtesy of Darpa and Boston Dynamics

A robot called Cheetah has set a new world speed record for legged robots, running faster than the fastest human.

The headless machine, funded by


DARPA: M3 Robotic Actuation Challenge Program

It was only a few months ago that DARPA initiated their ambitious Robotics Challenge that reserves a cash prize for a (probably) humanoid robot that can drive to a disaster area and perform several rescue functions including breaking through rubble and closing off a leaky pipe. But a rescue robot won’t be


CIA’s Robotic Animal Agents

Meet the CIA’s robotic animal agents: Charlie the spy fish and the robo-dragonfly

The CIA recently created accounts on Flickr and YouTube. Most of what’s been uploaded is underwhelming and weirdly mundane — for example, you can learn about a satisfying career as a K-9 bomb-sniffing dog — but


Navy Enlists Hunter Killer Robot for Harbor Security

Take one jet ski, add a remote control and a sonar unit, and you have a new breed of robot warrior. While in harbor, warships make a tempting target for terrorists, because a single diver with an explosive charge can cause massive damage and loss of life. But a new robotic unmanned jet ski, known


Deployment of Robots into Combat

FORT BENNING, Ga. — War would be a lot safer, the Army says, if only more of it were fought by robots.

Articles in this series are examining the recent advances in artificial intelligence and robotics and their potential impact on society. REMOTELY CONTROLLED Some armed robots are operated with video-game-style consoles, helping to keep


Aldebaran Robotics Showing off Level of Functionality

So I didnt hear anyone say that these robots are well on their way to wielding small arms ,bazookas and, causing havoc in enemy occupied neighborhoods overseas, what a thought, I’m supposing their main problem would be endurance, ie. power supply, but once that is overcome in a major way I these little guys easily


DARPA Wants Autonomous Spy Bots

The Pentagon’s risk-taking research agency is kicking off a new program to turn everyday cameras into autonomous ‘bots with problem-solving smarts.

Darpa is already after all kinds of highly intelligent robo-critters. In the past few months, they’ve launched projects to create a real-life C3PO and a surveillance system to pinpoint threats in heaps of visual


Robot Border Guards in Europe

A MIGRANT makes a furtive dash across an unwalled rural section of a national border, only to be confronted by a tracked robot that looks like a tiny combat tank – with a gimballed camera for an eye. As he passes the bug-eyed droid, it follows him and a border guard’s voice booms


Satellite Tending Robot

Dots Representing Objects Orbiting Earth

Robots that rescue failing satellites and push “dead” ones into outer space should be ready in four years, it has emerged. Experts described the development by German scientists as a crucial step in preventing a disaster in the Earth’s crowded orbit.

Last year it was reported that critical


The Protector, Israeli Robotic Attack Craft

The Israeli navy will shortly begin deploying unmanned craft along the Mediterranean coast, particularly off the Hamas-held Gaza Strip in the south and Lebanon in the north where Hezbollah guerrillas operate. [flashvideo filename= /] Video Detailing the Protector Naval UWV These highly maneuverable unmanned surface vehicles, operated by remote control from land stations, can carry


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