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UN denounces killer autonomous robots

UN denounces killer autonomous robots

The United Nations spends a lot of time considering things that could be used against humans during times of war. One of the things that the UN has been considering recently are the use of automated robots with weapon systems on the battlefield. The UN is strongly against any use of autonomous robots with the ability to end human life.

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Harvard’s robotic insects fly for the first time

Harvard’s robotic insects fly for the first time

They're a source of fascination for some and paranoia for others - robot insects, which are about the size of your standard house fly and capable of flying in mostly the same fashion. This week the first flight of robotic insects in a Harvard lab was detailed in the journal Science, along with an image of one of the tiny creatures in action, which we have after the jump.

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Bank of Canada reveals polymer note decked out with robot arms

Bank of Canada reveals polymer note decked out with robot arms

Leave it to Canada to roll out an awesome design you can carry on every ($5) bill in your pocket. Earlier today, the Bank of Canada announced its new $5 and $10 polymer bank notes, which are not only among the most secure bills Canada has ever issued, but the lesser denomination also features Canada's awesome robot arms and was unveiled in part by Commander Chris Hadfield of the ISS.

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Driving Miss dAIsy: What Google’s self-driving cars see on the road

Driving Miss dAIsy: What Google’s self-driving cars see on the road

We've been hearing a lot about Google's self-driving car lately, and we're all probably wanting to know how exactly the search giant is able to construct such a thing and drive itself without hitting anything or anyone. A new photo has surfaced that demonstrates what Google's self-driving vehicles see while they're out on the town, and it looks rather frightening.

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Japanese scientists build baseball-playing robot with artifical brain

Japanese scientists build baseball-playing robot with artifical brain

Researchers and scientists at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology have built a robot with quite the sports prowess, although you probably won't see it take the field anytime soon. The robot is able to swing and hit at plastic balls, and can improve its swing over time.

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New robots shed light on origins of sea turtles

New robots shed light on origins of sea turtles

Baby sea turtles have an interesting way of moving across sand and into the ocean, and scientists have been studying these little creatures for quite a while. So much, in fact, that engineers are designing and building robots that replicate the movements of a baby sea turtle in order to better understand the origins of these animals.

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Lego Mindstorms EV3 set to invade classrooms

Lego Mindstorms EV3 set to invade classrooms

Lego isn't all just about fun and games. While most kids love to play around with Star Wars Lego sets and craft their own creations out of the plastic connectors, the company wants to bring Legos into the classroom. Lego has announced that their new Mindstorms EV3 robotic sets will be set for classroom use on August 1.

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Humans have empathy for robots, says study

Humans have empathy for robots, says study

When a human sees the plight of another, we're capable of empathy, and it is a powerful thing. Many science fiction movies and books have asked whether humans can have empathy towards robots, especially as they advance and become more like living beings and less like machines. The answer to this is yes, according to a study conducted by scientists at the University of Duisburg.

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Northrop Grumman unveils latest generation of its CUTLASS unmanned ground vehicle

Northrop Grumman unveils latest generation of its CUTLASS unmanned ground vehicle

Northrop Grumman is one of the largest defense contractors in the United States and the company works on a wide variety of projects for the US military. Many those projects have to do with aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles, but some of the projects aren't designed to fly. Northrop Grumman has announced the launch of its latest generation CUTLASS unmanned ground vehicle.

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Festo shows off BionicOpter robotic dragonfly in video demonstration

Festo shows off BionicOpter robotic dragonfly in video demonstration

Festo has created a fascinating robotic BionicOpter dragonfly that has a semi-opaque blue body and four clear wings, which beat as it flies around the room, pausing as it glides and shifts direction, only to resume beating as the robot dives and rises. We have a video of the robotic dragonfly in action after the break, where you can see it demo'd in a large room.

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Researchers develop tiny robots that mimic ant behavior

Researchers develop tiny robots that mimic ant behavior

New Jersey Institute of Technology's Simon Garnier and other researchers have used tiny robots called "Alices" to mimic the behavior of ants, something they say could help improve modern transportation. Ants are notorious for their colony-wide behavior, acting as one when assembled in groups and using the shortest paths to navigate to their food, forming a so-called superorganism.

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Rapyuta helps robots understand the human world

Rapyuta helps robots understand the human world

European scientists have just launched Raptuya, an online database of information for robots, that helps robots cope in the world of humans. The Raptuya database is part of the European RoboEarth Project, a "World Wide Web for robots". The project is designed so that robots can download information from the internet to learn about their environment, software components, objects and images, and also how to perform certain tasks.

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