Blomkamp's sentimental 'Chappie' comes alive

May 20, 2015

Blomkamp's sentimental 'Chappie' comes alive

by Kaori Shoji

‘Chappie” could almost be described as “Three Thugs and a Baby Bot.” Though the story raises Isaac Asimov-like issues of good vs. evil in the context of robot technology and its human creators, philosophy takes a back seat as family sentiments sashay to center ...

U.S. military hopes to enlist tiny, durable Cicada minidrone

May 17, 2015

U.S. military hopes to enlist tiny, durable Cicada minidrone

U.S. military scientists have invented a miniature drone that fits in the palm of a hand, ready to be dropped from the sky like a mobile phone with wings. The “micro air vehicle” is named after the insect that inspired its invention, the cicada, ...

Japan launches organization to promote robot use

May 16, 2015

Japan launches organization to promote robot use

The Japanese government launched an organization Friday to promote the use of robots in cooperation with the private sector. The Robot Revolution Initiative is aimed at promoting cooperation between industry, academia and government to utilize robots in various fields, including manufacturing, agriculture, medical care ...

Daimler debuts self-driving semi-truck

May 6, 2015

Daimler debuts self-driving semi-truck

Its name is “Inspiration,” and Daimler Trucks says it is the first ever self-driving semi-truck licensed to drive on public roads — in this case Nevada’s highways — not only for testing, but business, too. Daimler Trucks North America LLC debuted the self-driving big ...