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A recent study shows humans prefer interacting with robots who have flaws

Researchers at the United Kingdom's University of Lincoln just concluded a study which found humans prefer interacting with robots who have the ability to make mistakes and display extreme emotions.
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RoboCoach is a fitness-focused robot helping Singapore’s seniors stay fit

The robots are taking over, at least it might seem that way if you spend most of your time in fitness centers in Singapore. The city-state is now using RoboCoach – a fitness-focused android – to help its oldsters stay in shape.

Volvo wants to replace garbage men with trash-collecting robots

Volvo and other parties have announced a new joint project called ROAR, which stands for Robot-based Autonomous Refuse handling. As you may have guessed, it involves using automated machines for garbage collection.
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A humanoid robot may soon be the first permanent resident on the ISS

A team of researchers in France just completed work on a robot with an autobiographical memory, and it may soon be a permanent member of the ISS.
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This six-legged spider drone can crawl into places quadcopters can’t reach 2:25

Rather than patrolling the skies and giving you a birds-eye view of the world, this beast scuttles along the ground and lets you to explore places that would typically be of reach for an airborne drone.
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Japan is building a fully-automated indoor farm capable of producing 30,000 heads of lettuce per day

Japan's Spread Vegetable Factory is working on a novel way of producing high quantities of lettuce using factory automation. The plant will be able to produce 30,000 heads of lettuce in a single day starting in summer 2017 with a goal of…
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To reduce concussions, Dartmouth now uses robotic tackle dummies during football practice

Two Dartmouth engineering students recently unveiled a robotic tackling dummy they hope can help reduce concussive injuries sustained by football players.
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Researchers develop artificial microfish to detect and neutralize toxins

Besides detection and detoxification, the microbots could be used by doctors to deliver medicine to a targeted area of the body that requires treatment.
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Watch the ATLAS robot take a stroll through the woods and open doors

Earlier this month, Boston Dynamics' founder Marc Reibert gave a presentation at the FAB 11 Conference at MIT -- a presentation that happened to feature some unreleased footage of what the company has been working on lately.

Trends with Benefits: Robot bartenders, lawnmowers, and the holy grail of ear buds

Special guest Eric Tsoi of Pear Design joins us this week to discuss his company's insane new wireless earbuds, plus lawnmowing and beer-delivering robots, and Samsung's sweet new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy Edge Plus.
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U.S. wins another soccer World Cup, this time with humanoid robots

The U.S. has scored another soccer World Cup victory, this time with humanoid robots. The win took place at this year's RoboCup, which has the aim of one day creating a humanoid side capable of taking on a team of human…
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NASA wants to terraform the moon with a fleet of autonomous robots

NASA wants a band of robots to build a hospitable oasis on the moon, and just gave $500k to a project which intends to make this dream a reality.