Robots
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SmokeBot robot can see things human firefighters can’t in smoke-filled rooms

Created by researchers in Sweden, SmokeBot is a firefighting robot designed to see and navigate in smoky areas. It could one day be used by firefighters to help assist in search-and-rescue missions. Here's how it works.
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Meet the Italian composer who conducts the world’s biggest all-robot orchestra

For his next album, Italian electronic music producer Leonardo Barbadoro is skipping synthesizers in favor of robots capable of playing real instruments, ranging from piano to percussion. Here's why.
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Half taxidermy, half robot: Why UC Davis built this crazy realistic robo-bird

Researchers at the University of California, Davis are building taxidermy bird robots on wheels, designed to discover more about the mating habits of the survival-challenged sage grouse.
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Festo’s cuttlefish-inspired robot looks like it escaped an alien aquarium

Built by pioneering German automation company Festo, this cuttlefish-inspired robot may look weird, but it's capable of some pretty impressive feats. Check it out in underwater action.
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Why a 19-year-old Bitcoin millionaire built a working Dr. Octopus suit

What would you do if you were a 19-year-old kid with $3.3 million? There are few people more equipped to answer that than teenaged bitcoin millionaire Erik Finman. Here's his answer.
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Starship Technologies gets the cash to make its delivery robot dream a reality

Starship Technologies has raised an additional $25 million to expand its fast-growing fleet of wheeled delivery robots. Next year, it aims to have more than 1,000 of them in action.
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In Boston’s newest restaurant, all the chefs are robots

Four recent MIT graduates just launched a new fast-food restaurant in Boston called Spyce. Its hook? The fact that all the meals are prepared to order by a kitchen full of cutting-edge robots.
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This robot taught itself how to walk and it’s as clumsy as a newborn deer

Created by researchers at the University of Oslo, DyRET is a quadruped robot which has learned how to walk on its own. In doing so, it offers a glimpse at how all future robots may function.
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After nearly three decades, Boston Dynamics will start selling its robots

Boston Dynamics is at it again. The team this week unveiled another version of its versatile dog-like SpotMini robot, which once again features a mechanical arm that gives it a whole new set of skills. It's slated to go on sale next year.
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Stimulating brains with lasers can create ‘Matrix’-like false experiences

At the University of California, researchers have been busy exploring ways to project holograms directly into the brain. Think of it like 'Inception' meets next-generation healthcare.
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Speak to me, robot: Startling Google Duplex demo raises endless concerns

Google Duplex has people (and digital assistants) talking about talking to robots, Google may also be eyeing an entry into the smartwatch market, the latest Boston Dynamics robot is going to need some of those marathoner stickers.
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Scared yet? Boston Dynamics’ humanoid robot can now jog freely

With every new video, Boston Dynamics impresses us with its robotic creations. Its Atlas robot was recently allowed to go for a run in the woods, prompting us regular folks to fear that robot uprising just a little bit more.