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DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge finalists move forward with life-sized humanoid bot

DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge finalists move forward with life-sized humanoid bot

As the next generation in computing springs forth, so too does the robots world - and with it, replacements for human beings in dangerous situations. What the DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge this year is doing is filtering out challengers from across the globe - first from 100 entrants, then down to 26 entrants, then down to a select few or only one team that'll gain the highest prize.

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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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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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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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