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Carlo Ratti designs driverless robotic bar called Guido

February 10th, 2019 at 3:39 am » Comments Off

  Italian architect Carlo Ratti has revealed his concept for an autonomous robotic cafe and bar that would make on-demand cocktails for city-dwellers wherever they are. The driverless drinks cart, called Guido, has a unit with two mechanical arms – one for shaking and stirring and another for pouring and serving – that can accurately […]



Robot dogs are the weirdest package delivery system we’ve seen

January 15th, 2019 at 11:46 am » Comments Off

A mailman’s fever dream at CES 2019 Germany automotive firm Continental is best know for its tires, but at CES 2019 the company is demonstrating something a little different: package delivery by robot dog. As part of its research into the future of mobility, Continental has partnered with robotics company ANYbotics (a spin off from […]



Japan’s latest home robot isn’t useful — it’s designed to be loved

December 24th, 2018 at 12:16 pm » Comments Off

A pair of Lovot robots at their unveiling this week. Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images It’s not been a great year for home robots, with two high-profile projects — Jibo and Kuri — shuttering operations. But a new competitor from Japan is entering the market with a different approach. Lovot, created by Kaname Hayashi, a […]



Bio-inspired swarm robots can form structures without a blueprint

December 22nd, 2018 at 12:41 pm » Comments Off

  Each individual robot is as replaceable and programmable as a biological cell. Hivemind A new network of autonomous swarm robots can work together to form various structures and shapes, all without receiving any big-picture instructions or design blueprints.



These walking robots could help humans get back on their feet again

December 19th, 2018 at 11:19 am » Comments Off

Bipedal robots could explore Mars one day. But first they’re teaching scientists at Caltech’s Amber Lab important lessons about helping humans here on Earth. Watching a robot trip and fall makes my heart sink. The worst part about it? I’m the one responsible. I’m standing in a Pasadena, California, lab filled with bipedal (or two […]



Here are the states where a robot is most likely to steal your job

December 10th, 2018 at 11:13 am » Comments Off

Bad news for workers in the American South and Great Plains: A robot could likely come for your job. A newly released study by fintech company Smart Asset found that those regions are the ones most likely to experience serious job losses due to automation. And, even more disheartening, they’re the ones that appear least […]



Robots will build robots in $150 million Chinese factory

November 5th, 2018 at 10:59 am » Comments Off

Swiss firm ABB is investing big money to conquer the Chinese robotics market. Swiss robotics company ABB has revealed that it’s spending $150 million to build an advanced robotics factory in Shanghai — one that will use robots to build robots. The company will rely on its YuMi single-arm robots, which it once used to […]



Robot masters human balancing act

November 2nd, 2018 at 8:26 am » Comments Off

Mercury, a biped robot developed in Cockrell School of Engineering professor Luis Sentis’ Human Centered Robotics Lab, is able to maintain balance when hit unexpectedly or when force is applied without warning. AUSTIN, Texas — When walking in a crowded place, humans typically aren’t thinking about how we avoid bumping into one another. We are […]



Scientists built a terrifying robot snake that can climb ladders

October 24th, 2018 at 1:32 pm » Comments Off

Snakes and ladders used to be a board game, now it’s an integral part of our shared robot dystopian future. Can’t wait! We tend to oversell the “scariness” of robots, right? The Boston Dynamics robot does a backflip or parkour and we’re cracking jokes about the revolution and our potential robot overlords. But honestly, how […]



The first ever fund managed by a robot is here. So far it’s beating the market

October 23rd, 2018 at 9:25 am » Comments Off

As if professional mutual fund managers didn’t have it hard enough. Not only do they have to contend with the growing popularity of low-cost index funds, which simply buy and hold the entire market, but now here comes another threat: robot stock pickers. That’s right. The San Francisco firm EquBot has launched the first retail […]



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