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Academics say half of US jobs could be automated within a decade or two

Natalie Haynes: Labour leader, please repeat: 'I must stop repeating myself...'

In the world of robotics and computer animation, there is a place called the Uncanny Valley.

The 'Miliband Loop' leaves Labour leader looking like a robot

It has become known as the "Miliband Loop", the robotic interview technique adopted by the Labour leader on television news when attempting to communicate his disapproval of Thursday's mass walkout of public sector workers.

Video: Hospitals seek life-saving robot

Chelsea and Westminster hospital in London are trying to raise £1.5m to buy this, Pluto the surgical robot. http://theplutoappeal.com.

Boxing: Swaggering Haye winds up 'robot' Klitschko

David Haye was back to his smiling best, Wladimir Klitschko was on edge, Vitali Klitschko issued a challenge, Manny Steward lost his cool and Adam Booth only said one word during a lively start to the week for the men involved in Saturday's world heavyweight title fight in Hamburg.

Danny Mills slams England Under-21s as 'robots'

Former England right-back Danny Mills has branded the country's under-21 team a bunch of "robots" who "can't think for themselves" after watching them crash out of the European Championship.

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Robot takes pictures inside the crippled No. 1 reactor at Fukushima.

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Wheelchair users have been amazed by robotic legs which could help them to walk again.

How Britain became a self-service nation

Automated tills have changed the way we shop for ever. Dan Hancox explains how stores and supermarkets have turned us all into their willing workers

The final countdown and the end of an era

The last journey of 'Discovery' represents the grounding of Nasa's ambitions

Leading article: Retreat from the final frontier

The day of the space shuttle is almost over. Discovery, which has completed 38 voyages over the past 27 years, was due to blast off from Cape Canaveral last night, on space warhorse's last ever voyage.

You Are Not a Gadget, By Jaron Lanier

Once a pioneer of virtual-reality technologies and still a designer of digital aids to surgery, Jaron Lanier was there at the birth of our hi-tech dreams. Yet since those early days of rapture, he believes that digital culture has gone so deeply wrong that within it "human creativity and understanding... are treated as worthless".

Two-legged robots to run marathon

A technology company in Japan is organising the world's first marathon for robots.

Compagnie 111:Aurélien Bory, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Aurélien Bory's Sans Objet is a work for two acrobats and a 1970s industrial robot. The human performers, Olivier Alenda and Olivier Boyer, are taut and disciplined, but that robot is the star of the show. It has amazing range and delicacy of movement: flowing and twisting, picking up and setting things down, pulling the floor from under its human partners' feet.

UAE: Camel 'shock jockey' pair held

Undercover agents in Dubai say they have found devices that deliver electric shocks to racing camels to make them run faster.

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