Robots
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Robots are going to steal 75 million jobs by 2025 — but there’s no need to panic

According to the World Economic Forum, robots and A.I. will take 75 million jobs from hardworking humans by 2025. That's the bad news. The good news is that they will create far more jobs than that.
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Moxi the ‘friendly’ hospital robot wants to help nurses, not replace them

Moxi is a "friendly" hospital robot from Texas-based Diligent Robotics. The wheel-based bot, which begins trials this week, aims to free nurses from routine tasks so they can spend more time with patients.
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The BrambleBee robot promises to help honeybees pollinate flowers

West Virginia University's new BrambleBee machine might look like a warehouse robot, but it can perform an incredibly important job pollinating flowers. Check it out in full action.
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Robots can peer pressure kids, but don’t think for a second that we’re immune

Researchers have demonstrated how kids can be peer pressured by robots, even when this means denying facts which are patently obvious. But don't think for a second that grown adults are immune.
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Strawberry-picking robots could replace human workers in the field

Robotics experts at the U.K.'s University of Essex have teamed up with a British jelly manufacturer to build robots that could replace human workers as strawberry pickers on farms.
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LG’s SuitBot wearable exosuit will give workers the extra strength they need

South Korean tech giant LG has designed a new wearable robot exosuit called SuitBot, intended to enhance users' leg movements to help with activities such as lifting heavy objects.
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Spirit animals: 9 revolutionary robots inspired by real-world creatures

When it comes to solving complex problems in the real world, today's top robot builders often draw on Mother Nature for inspiration. Here are nine of our favorite biomimicking robots.
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Want a peek into the future? Watch these robots 3D print concrete structures

How do you 3D print a large object without having to use an even larger 3D printer? Researchers from Singapore have found a way -- and like the best tech solutions, it involves a pair of robot arms.
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Born to hug: 6 of the weirdest, most outlandish robots humanity has ever created

There are some astonishing robots in existence which promise to change the world as we know it. But there are also a whole lot of weird robotics projects, too. Here are six of the strangest.
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Meet Fusion: A helpful robotic ‘parasite’ that lives on your back

Ever wanted a pair of extra limbs? Researchers at Japan’s Keio University have built Fusion: A robot backpack which allows another person to control a pair of robotic arms on your body.
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Welcome to the uncanny valley: This robot head shows lifelike expressions

SEER is a robot head that is capable of recognizing the facial expressions of the people that it interacts with, and then mirroring their same expression back at them. Check it out.
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Experiment suggests that the best robot bosses could be jerks

Researchers have been investigating how future robot bosses can coax the most productivity out of us flesh-and-blood employees. The sad answer? Quite possibly by behaving like jerks.
Movies & TV

‘American History X’ director wants a robot to star in his next film

American History X director Tony Kaye has announced plans to use a robot actor to play a lead role in 2nd Born, his next film. Instead of using computer-generated effects, the android will be trained in acting techniques for the movie.
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This robot arm could soon recharge your electric car, no driver effort required

Researchers in Austria have developed a smart robotic charger that can automatically plug itself into any electric vehicle, no driver effort required whatsoever. What could be simpler?
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Replaced by robots: 10 jobs that could be hit hard by the A.I. revolution

According to one study, 47 percent of current jobs in the United States could be automated within the next two decades. Here are 10 examples of the kind of employment that refers to.
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Don’t bug out: Spider-like microbots will get under your skin … in a good way

Researchers have created multifunctional microbots using to a new fabrication process that lets them build millimeter-scale machines with micrometer-scale features. They demonstrated their breakthrough with a spider-like model.
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When it comes to bringing you a slice, Pizza Hut’s new robot can’t be topped

Pizza Hut has added a robotic waiter to its staff in South Korea, where it will bring pizza to hungry customers. While it's not the first time the chain has worked with robots, the company that developed the bot also has greater plans.
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This myth-inspired, karate-chopping centaur robot could save your life one day

Taking inspiration from the centaur of Greek mythology, Centauro is a robot that boasts an anthropomorphic upper body and a four-legged base. Did we mention it may one day save your life?