Robots

Robotics is the science of creating artificial intelligence. From the simplest of automated machines to the most complex “real” transformers, robots are more ubiquitious than you might imagine.


And here's what we learned: Humans could "get along better" with robots if we incorporated more social cues in the 'bots.

Automated elder care is an inevitability, so let's have fun with the design.

In the battle to stop wildlife poaching, law enforcement officials are increasingly using an army of robotic animals that fool illegal hunters.

Researchers are giving percussionists a hand by creating smart technology that can improvise a beat to play along with a drummer.

In their new footage of Atlas, Boston Dynamics isn't just picking on a robot. They’re demonstrating mastery of some of the most difficult issues in robotics.

They want to help companies figure out how to keep their customers happy.

The elderly make up an increasingly large segment of the population. Robots could fill some needs, but older people are wary of machines having too much control.

And here we thought Sonic had no fear.

Unlike many other industries, construction hasn't yet been revolutionized by automation. But pretty soon, robotic workers may do everything but tote a lunch pail.

A robotic bartender showed how complex it can be to process a drink order — and how that could affect service robot design.

A lot of editors have left the crowdsourced encyclopedia over the last few years. AI could help smooth some of those editorial feathers.

The environmental impact of gasoline-powered taxis is staggering. Robot taxis could help out with that little emissions problem.

Yamaha’s autonomous motorcycle-riding robot is a better rider than you. Or it will be by 2017, anyway.

When rats are huddling to stay warm, scientists say they're actually all part of one, really big rodent superorganism by using simple behavior in complex ways.

Researchers envision a day when robots can build their own offspring.

We think of robots as modern inventions, or maybe even retro creations meant to realize futuristic visions. But automata go back – way back – into history.

If we're ever going to live in a world in which machines behave like people, we humans have some teaching to do. But as this writing robot attests, we're not as far away as you might think.

Get ready to welcome your new robotic coworker. He's careful and friendly, and he's ready to learn. And he could revolutionize the manufacturing industry.

"Hahaha ... we've come to destroy your world!" Or so it must read in the chapter of the "Evil Robot Handbook" on what to say when you first encounter humans. Here are 10 robots you really don't want to mess with.

A robot, at its simplest, is a machine that can perform tasks normally undertaken by people. But when 'bots are too similar to their human creators, they become unsettling. Why is that, exactly?

Got $15? You could build a Kilobot. Got $150? You could build 10 of these small bots, which might make you a robot master.

So you like to complain about your demonic boss, moronic co-workers and fancy company coffee machine that never, ever works? You need to zip it and meet these 10 hard-working bots. They could tell you stories.

Full-size robotic mannequins give birth to robotic babies every day in medical training facilities. How do these mommy mimics prep students for the real deal?

Robots continue to work their way into every aspect of our lives, but these advancements aren't self-sustaining. The fields of robotics, engineering and science depend on a steady pipeline of young minds. And that's where FIRST comes in.

Break things down to the original Latin and the term "manufacturing" is literally a matter of using your hands to make things. These days, those hands often aren't human. So how are robots remaking our world?