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Watch Korea’s Giant Robot Mobile Suit Take Its First Few Steps

Anyone who has ever watched the anime series Gundam has dreamed of piloting their very own giant robot, or mech suit. If anime isn’t really your jam than you may have had the same thought when watching Pacific Rim or Avatar, both of which feature humans piloting giant robots capable of fantastic feats. And now that thought may soon come to fruition. Korean tech company Hankook Mirae has built a functional prototype of a real-life, human-piloted giant robot, the first of its kind in the…

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Man’s Favourite Foods Are Now Made By Robots: Beer & Bratwurst

Few experiences in life are quite as pleasurable as a cold, delicious beer on a hot summer’s day. If you’re of German descent (or happen to be a meat-eater) the moment of bliss can only be bolstered by a well-made bratwurst, the ideal food pairing to a frothy beer. Enjoyed by many all around the world, both beer and bratwurst are more than just food items, they are a cultural staple. Crafted by even the earliest of civilizations, beer has always been enjoyed by people,…

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European Plan Proposes To Tax Robots As People

We’ve seen them in movies and read about them in science fiction: robots living among us and independently completing tasks typically performed by humans. But now, it seems like Europe has gone one step further with integrating robots into human society. A draft plan proposes that the government starts classifying robots as “electronic persons” and requiring their human owners pay social security for them. The draft motion was created by the European parliament’s committee on legal affairs. The motion also stipulated that companies who opt for robotics instead…

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Google Creates “Big Red Button” To Prevent The Robot Apocalypse

Is the robot apocalypse coming soon? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean researchers aren’t already creating safeguards against what some believe is the inevitable face-off between humans and artificial intelligence. And somewhat indirectly, mega-corporation, Google, is establishing humanity’s first line of defence with an AI “kill switch” that will effectively terminate any Terminator-like situation from ever occurring. British AI company, DeepMind, which was purchased by Google in 2014 on the contingency that the the corporation create an “AI ethics board” to monitor all company-made advancements in…

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Sewer Robots Help Retrieve Waste For Research

Let’s be honest: most of us probably don’t have a clue what goes on in the sewers that run below our streets. And for many of us, we don’t really care to know what happens to the huge amount of waste we collectively dispose of — out of sight, out of mind. But pretty soon, it’s possible that our sewers could welcome a new, unexpected guest who is much more interested in their surroundings than we are. In a new initiative in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Canadian architect Newsha…

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The Ingestible Origami Robot That Operates Right Inside Your Stomach

Ingesting any metal object doesn’t seem like the best of ideas, but sometimes it happens. More often than you would think, actually, as in the U.S. alone 3,500 batteries are swallowed each and every year. Able to burn through internal tissue, ingesting a battery can be dangerous, but altogether difficult to treat. But researchers at MIT have found a solution to the ingestion of a metal object like a battery, and (somewhat counterintuitively) it involves eating another metal object, specifically a newly designed origami-style robot.…

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This Robot Can Teach Itself To Spin A Stick

Not everyone can spin a pencil in their hand, and if you can, you should be proud. It’s no easy feat to coordinate that, and it likely took some practice. Part of the reason why this is no easy feat is because the whole thing has to happen quickly. You move the stick, and the force exerted could cause you to lose control of the pencil. A research group at the University of Washington has created a robot who can pull off this task that…

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6 Newly Designed Ant-Like “Microrobots” Can Move An Entire Car

Teamwork is a powerful force, and no technological innovation proves that sentiment true than the newly created “microrobots” capable of pulling a 3,900-pound car together, but never alone. Designed by a team of researchers from the Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory at Stanford University, the “microTug” robots, as they have been dubbed, weigh in at a mere 3.5 ounces each but can move incredible weights. Modelled after the motions and practices utilized by ants and other natural organisms (aka “biomimicry”), the microrobots work as a…

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Introducing The World’s First “Emotional” Robot Who Knows Exactly How You Feel

For a generation of North Americans, the concept of a robot was directly influenced by Rosie, the mechanical maid of the Jetsons. Viewers of the children’s cartoon saw many fantastic machines in the 22-minute span of the program, but Rosie stole the show. Unlike the other emotionless contraptions owned by the Jetsons, Rosie was a nuanced (for a kids show), sassy, and endearing character. If she wasn’t made of steel, Rosie would effectively be human. And so that’s what viewers assumed where the future of…

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Kamigami: The Origami Robot You Can Build With Your Hands

For the average person, creating a robot isn’t exactly a realistic task to accomplish. We tend to think of robots as monuments of technological advancements, complex creations suited only for the hands of skilled engineers or gigantic corporations. Dash Robotics is reversing that notion with the Kamigami, a robot that can quite literally be built, by hand, by just about anyone. Otherwise known as the “origami robot,” the Kamigami is being marketed as a consumer-friendly robotics project that won’t damage your wallet. Ideal for any…

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