Stephen Hawking's AI fears stir scientific debate

Dec 7, 2014

Stephen Hawking's AI fears stir scientific debate

There was the psychotic HAL 9000 computer in “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The humanoids that attacked their flesh-and-blood masters in “I, Robot.” And, of course, “The Terminator,” where a robot is sent into the past to kill a woman whose son will end the ...

Dentsu says it's creating robot entertainers

Dec 3, 2014

Dentsu says it's creating robot entertainers

by Kazuaki Nagata

Dentsu Inc. will launch a new business focusing on developing “humanoid robot entertainers,” the major ad agency said. For the first project, the company has created Matsukoroid, a life-size humanoid robot modeled on Matsuko Deluxe, a popular plus-sized cross-dressing TV star. The robot was ...

Dec 3, 2014

Hawking warns AI 'could spell end of human race'

British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that the development of artificial intelligence could mean the end of humanity. In an interview with the BBC, he said such technology could rapidly evolve and overtake mankind, a scenario like that envisaged in the “Terminator” movies. ...

Nov 23, 2014

Can robots help us stop Ebola virus?

The U.S. military has enlisted a new germ-killing weapon in the fight against Ebola: a four-wheeled robot that can disinfect a room in minutes with pulses of ultraviolet light. Resembling a taller, skinnier version of R2D2 from “Star Wars,” the robots are operating at ...

Minamisoma to get top-flight robotics R&D center

| Nov 16, 2014

Minamisoma to get top-flight robotics R&D center

A Tokyo machinery maker will launch a cutting-edge research and development center for robots in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, in April to support the recovery of the disaster-hit prefecture. Kikuchi Seisakusho Co., led by President and CEO Isao Kikuchi, a native of the local village ...

Japan Robot Week offers new approaches to nursing care

Oct 15, 2014

Japan Robot Week offers new approaches to nursing care

by Kazuaki Nagata

Japan Robot Week kicked off Wednesday with a major Tokyo exhibition showcasing new technologies for everything from communications and remote video monitoring to disaster response. Nursing is a prominent theme, with a special display area for products designed to facilitate care for the elderly ...

Rattlesnake repertoire boosts snakelike robot's skills

Oct 12, 2014

Rattlesnake repertoire boosts snakelike robot's skills

How do you make a better snake robot? You study snakes, of course. Researchers have conducted experiments to learn precisely how sidewinder rattlesnakes are able to climb sandy hills, then applied the reptiles’ repertoire to an existing snake robot so it could do the ...