U.N. talks to address pre-emptive strike on 'killer robots'

May 13, 2014

U.N. talks to address pre-emptive strike on 'killer robots'

Armies of Terminator-like warriors fan out across the battlefield, destroying everything in their path, as swarms of fellow robots rain fire from the skies. That dark vision could all too easily shift from science fiction to fact with disastrous consequences for the human race, ...

Pentagon shows off life-size robot

Apr 23, 2014

Pentagon shows off life-size robot

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a firsthand look at a life-size robot Tuesday that resembles Hollywood’s Terminator, the latest experiment by the Pentagon’s high-tech researchers. But unlike the cinematic version, the hulking Atlas robot is designed not as a warrior, but as a ...

Small step is giant leap for NASA's Robonaut

Apr 20, 2014

Small step is giant leap for NASA's Robonaut

Robonaut, the first out-of-this-world humanoid, is finally getting its space legs. For three years, Robonaut has had to manage from the waist up. This new pair of legs means the experimental robot — now stuck on a pedestal — is going mobile at the ...

Robots make progress in probing leaky reactors

Mar 6, 2014

Robots make progress in probing leaky reactors

Research robots of various types are playing significant roles in understanding the situation with crippled reactors 1 to 3 at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. The reactors at the quake- and tsunami-damaged plant run by Tokyo Electric Power Co. are inaccessible because of ...

Kinshasa co-op hopes to conquer world with traffic robots

Mar 3, 2014

Kinshasa co-op hopes to conquer world with traffic robots

Can giant robots with deep voices and massive arms be the answer to easing traffic chaos in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo? A small cooperative, which developed the novel solution and is testing two robots at key intersections, thinks so — ...

Iranian teacher builds robot to teach prayer

Feb 27, 2014

Iranian teacher builds robot to teach prayer

An Iranian schoolteacher has innovated an amusing way of encouraging young children to say their daily prayers — robotics. Akbar Rezaie, 27, attended private robotics classes and learned to develop and assemble customized humanoid robots. He teaches the Quran to boys and girls at ...

U.S. plans to require cars to communicate

Feb 4, 2014

U.S. plans to require cars to communicate

A car might see a deadly crash coming even if its driver doesn’t, the U.S. government says, indicating it will require automakers to equip new vehicles with technology that lets cars warn each other if they are plunging toward peril. The action, whose implementation ...

Wall-climbing robot inspired by a gecko

Jan 11, 2014

Wall-climbing robot inspired by a gecko

A wall-crawling robot inspired by the gecko has taken a small but important step toward a future in space, scientists said earlier this month. The tiny legged prototype could be the forerunner of automatons that crawl along the hulls of spacecraft, cleaning and maintaining ...