Social robot avatar technology will make long-distance communication less alienating, and help us push towards having robots like C-3PO becoming part of our everyday lives, maintains Dr Paul Bremner
The rise of artificial intelligence could put millions of human workers out of jobs - could a basic income be a solution?
The unusual robot takes its design inspiration from the common American cockroach
James Young's new arm is inspired by Big Boss's weaponised bionic limb from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
University claims the social robots could even 'serve as a platform for healthcare services in future'
It's a Christmas miracle
The Foundation for Responsible Robotics this week warned us that we are rushing into a potentially perilous future of autonomous weapons and automated household helpers. Jamie Nimmo asks if the new world will really be so dystopian
Investing in robots would create more, not fewer, jobs for the UK’s embattled manufacturing industry, according to research from Barclays.
The company invested in a big battery firm earlier this year – and could be about to putting its power bricks into cars, says its boss
Academics say half of US jobs could be automated within a decade or two
It's hoped the way they adapt their foraging behavior will help to develop smarter robots
“The goal is to allow robotic systems to benefit from the experience of other robots, paving the way for rapid advances in machine cognition"
Wilkinson let 11 points slip away through missed kicks but valiant Chiefs are seen off thanks to late drop goal
Killzone: Shadow Fall
Robots that carry, sort and see; Google has bought some real talent to kickstart its new division aimed at automating manufacturing and supply chains
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