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Yangyang is an eerie female robot that can talk, smile, shake your hand, and hug you

Yangyang is a female robot that will cause you to marvel at the capabilities of modern technology, creep you out, or remind you of Sarah Palin –- maybe all of the above. The humanoid can talk, blink, smile, shake your hand, and even hug you.

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Watch this tiny robot drag a 45-pound weight across the floor like it’s nothing

A group of mechanical engineers from Stanford University has developed a set of tiny robots capable of lifting/pulling objects hundreds of times their own weight -- including one that can move objects over 1700 times its own weight. That's like you dragging…

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UN told to ban killer robots before they become a reality

Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic have a strong and eye-catching message for the U.N.: “Ban killer robots.” In a 38-page report, the two groups lay out their concerns and propose an international ban on these…

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Amazon’s X Factor-for-robots wants precise packers, not melodic megastars

In its ongoing effort to streamline costs and transform its vast distribution centers into fully automated operations, Amazon is holding a contest to find the perfect robot for picking and packing items that it sells to customers.

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Robots sent into schools to inspire students to code

A new education program called Teach Wonder was launched this month in more than 150 American schools. Wonder Workshop deployed its Dash and Dot robots into 150 US schools to inspire kids to learn to code.

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PancakeBot: The future of breakfast has arrived on Kickstarter

Ever wanted a robot that makes pancakes for you? Well good news -- not only does such a robot exist, it also happens to be on Kickstarter right now for under 200 bucks.

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Meet Robear, a Japanese robot nurse with the face of a bear

With its population aging fast and birth rate falling, Japan is set to call on robots to help care for its senior citizens. A team of researchers in Nagoya recently unveiled the third version of Robear, a robot with a bear's face capable of lifting adults.

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Watch Google’s new robo-dog recover from an unexpected kick

It's been a while since we last saw something from Boston Dynamics, but the company has recently produced a smaller (more kickable) version of its signature four-legged robots, and has released some fresh footage of it in action.

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High-tech hotel will use robot staff to check-in, help guests

Finally taking a solid step forward to a future that includes Will Smith fighting legions of sentient machines, a hotel in Japan has ditched silly humans in favor of a staff of humanoid robots.

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Meet SAFFiR, the Navy’s new humanoid robot firefighter

After keeping the project under wraps for years, the Office of Naval Research has finally released details on it's firefighting robot, SAFFiR.

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Robots can learn how to cook by watching YouTube videos, thanks to DARPA

Give a robot a cooking program and you feed it for a day; teach a robot how to learn by watching how-to cooking videos and you feed it for a lifetime. A DARPA program has enabled robots to learn how to cook by watching YouTube videos.

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Add Wi-Fi and HomeKit compatibility to your Roomba with this clever retrofit

Designed to replace the faceplate of your existing Roomba, Thinking Cleaner connects the bot to your home wireless network and gives it all the features and functionality that iRobot forgot to include

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Remember Wall-E? You could film it for real in Amazon’s new fulfillment centers

Amazon announced that 15,000 robots from Kiva Systems will be deployed in 10 fulfillment centers in order to combat the holiday rush. Don't fret, humans: Amazon will also bring aboard 80,000 seasonal workers.

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