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‘By your command!’ As it turns out, we’re happy to obey robots

The engineer in Africa thinks drivers obey the robots because unlike humans, they can't be reasoned with, bribed or distracted. Run the light and you might get a ticket in the mail. Or arrested. So how far would humans let robots push them?…
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Google and Foxconn team up for robotics development, report says

Though you may not have seen it coming, the idea that Google and Foxconn are reportedly in talks about helping each other out with the development of robotics-related technologies obviously makes a certain amount of sense.

5 tech issues Obama should address in the 2014 State of the Union (but probably won’t)

In addition to health care and income inequality, there are a slew of technology issues President Obama should address during the 2014 State of the Union speech. Here are the top five.
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10 predictions that Isaac Asimov got right 50 years ago (and 5 that he botched)

Back in 1964, Isaac Asimov laid out a set of predictions about what technology would look like 50 years from then. Now that 2014 is finally here, we looked back at his predictions to see which ones he got right, and which ones never came…
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Google robot wins Robotics Challenge Trials

Schaft, a company recently acquired by Google, finished first at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials over the weekend. The event tests robot design for response efforts following natural or man-made disasters.
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Why is Google building a robot army?

Google's acquisition of Boston Dynamics is just the latest in a long series of robotics companies it has been snapping up left and right. So what does Google see in robots ... and should we be scared?
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Autonomous robotic security guards may be headed out into the streets

Barreling ahead into a future that's one-half Minority Report and one-half I, Robot, a company has developed a new type of autonomous robot that can predict crime using an amalgamation of advanced technologies.
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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet, for the week of November 1, 2013

Check out our roundup of the coolest crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

World’s biggest dinosaur takes first steps in 94 million years – digitally, that is

A research team at Manchester University has digitally reconstructed the walking style of the biggest creature ever to have walked the planet, the Argentinosaurus dinosaur. The team says its work could be used in the future development of…

Crowdfunded Play-i programmable robots reaches fundraising goal

Play-i, the maker of programmable robots aimed at kids, has reached its fundraising goal. The company's robots are designed to teach young children the basics of computer programming.

Play-i aims to make programming, robots, and engineering fun for children

Have you wondered if there's a way to get your kid interested in robotics, engineering and programming? You might want to check out a start-up by the name of Play-i, which aims to do just that.