Nov 22, 2016

AIG, Cyberdyne to develop insurance plans to cover wearable robots

U.S.-affiliated insurance firm AIG Japan Holdings K.K. and wearable robot maker Cyberdyne Inc. have formed a business alliance in the nonlife insurance business. Under the tie-up deal announced Monday, the unit of New York-based American International Group Inc. and Cyberdyne will develop and sell ...

Robot-run Henn na Hotel in Nagasaki enters Guinness book

Nov 18, 2016

Robot-run Henn na Hotel in Nagasaki enters Guinness book

The Henn na Hotel in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, has been recognized by Guinness World Records as “the first robot-staffed hotel” in the world, according to the chief of the Huis Ten Bosch theme park. “Our hotel will keep on moving with the evolution of ...

AI robot fails to get into University of Tokyo

Nov 15, 2016

AI robot fails to get into University of Tokyo

A team of researchers has failed to develop a robot smart enough to get into Japan’s top university. The team, with members from the National Institute of Informatics, said Monday it was abandoning the effort began in 2011 to make a robot able to ...

Software 'bots' seen skewing support for Trump on Twitter

Nov 8, 2016

Software 'bots' seen skewing support for Trump on Twitter

Software robots generated a significant number of Twitter messages in support of Donald Trump, distorting the Republican presidential nominee’s backing on the social network, a study showed Monday. The study by University of Southern California computer scientists found that both Trump and Democrat Hillary ...

Robots at center of China's strategy to leapfrog rivals

Oct 25, 2016

Robots at center of China's strategy to leapfrog rivals

The Canbot can say its name, respond to voice commands, and “dance” as it plays Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” Other robots China is displaying at the World Robot Conference can play badminton, sand cell phone cases and sort computer chips. China is showcasing its ...