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An artist built a robot that stabs humans just to make a point

“People don't realize how much of a visceral reaction like that a robot can give you,” creator Alexander Reben tells Digital Trends. “The anticipation, fear and hesitation are really strong; one person told me the last time…
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UK council's latest staff member is an AI called Amelia

This week the UK’s Enfield council in London announced that it has acquired a new AI program called Amelia, which will be used to answer the questions of local residents.
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Russian robot escapes from lab, disrupts traffic, causes chaos in the streets

“It’s not every day that people meet a robot, I guess,” Oleg Kivokurtsev, Promobot’s co-founder, tells Digital Trends. "There was a small traffic jam and one person called the police."
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Teach your kids how to code with Root: a playful, programmable drawing robot

The idea behind Root is simple: the easiest way to get kids to understand something as abstract as coding is to provide a means of making it relevant in the real world
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Spring-loaded robotic roach can leap over five feet high

A little robot called JumpRoach can scurry around, flip itself upright, and leap over five feet into the air with the help of eight latex bands, a DC motor, and knee-like mechanism.
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Asus wheels out Zenbo, a cute home robot that seems too good to be true

With great gusto and showmanship, Asus chairman Jonney Shih on Monday unveiled Zenbo, a home robot that will only cost you $600. The talented machine can perform a myriad of functions and promises to be the "robot of your dreams."
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Robots may be saying goodbye to a pain-free existence

The unfeeling nature of robots has long been touted as one of their great attributes. But now, a group of German researchers is embarking upon a new mission to gift robots with pain sensors -- or their mechanical equivalents.
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Australian ranchers are turning to farm robots to manage livestock in the Outback

Lack of human resources and remarkable expanse of land in the outback has lead Australian engineers to develop a farmbot designed to herd and monitor livestock, while scanning the ground’s color and texture to determine the…
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This video shows a robot building its very own home

Thanks to a new video released by London's Architectural Association (AA), we have our first glimpse into what it looks like when a robot envisions a home for itself, and proceeds to construct it.
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Creeped out by Disney animatronics? Well, things are about to get real 1:48

Disney Research is working on a "hybrid hydrostatic transmission and human-safe haptic telepresence robot." In essence, this is a machine that moves like man.
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Swallowed a battery? This ingestible origami robot will get it out

Getting to the root of the problem has never looked quite like this in the medical community. Thanks to innovations from MIT, there is now a tiny origami robot capable of performing internal surgery after being swallowed by a…