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.


Science fiction prepared us for life with robots long before it became a reality. They've already changed the way goods are manufactured, but can they truly change the way human beings live?

Artificial intelligence has advanced very quickly. Some believe that it's possible that machines will eventually be able to improve themselves. But could machines ever truly achieve consciousness?

Whether they’re adorable like ASIMO or creepy like the world's most lifelike androids, today's robots take on a range of shapes and sizes. But they're not all humanoid. This gallery also shows off a few that are inspired by the animal kingdom.

Robots are great for lots of tasks, but there are some things only a human can do. So how did a robot conduct the Detroit Symphony?

A new robot is on the market that celebrates all things dinosaurs. Based on a Camarasaurus, Pleo goes through different stages of life -- hatching, infancy, adulthood -- just as a real dinosaur would.

It may seem like a strange idea, but one British researcher believes that by 2050, robots and humans will be able to marry legally in the United States. What social implications might this strange-sounding phenomenon have?

Robot armies could soon account for up to one third of all vehicles currently in service. Learn about robot armies and robot army development.

Bots with a badge? Police robots are no longer the stuff of sci-fi movies like "RoboCop." Some cities are using robots to patrol beats, although they're more commonly used in dangerous scenarios.

You've just been diagnosed with cancer. You prepare yourself for chemotherapy -- losing your hair and getting weaker by the day. But your doctor has something else in mind.

Created for social purposes, it’s meant to act as a virtual presence, helping keep far-off relatives and late-working parents connected to their families. What is it? A robot called the ConnectR.

It walks, it talks and it works as a receptionist. Honda engineers have been busy creating the ASIMO robot for more than 20 years, and it shows.

Will we see robots with Transformers' capabilities during our lifetimes? Some existing robots have a lot in common with Transformers. Learn how.

A female Android designed to look like a 20-something Korean woman is capable of making facial expressions and holding a simple conversation.

A robot and a human being are made up of the same basic components. And with each passing decade, robots become more lifelike. Find out how robots operate and how close we are to artificial intelligence.

The serpentine qualities of snakes are the inspiration for a new type of robotic, interplanetary probe. Find out how snakebots will explore other worlds.

Humans are amazingly versatile, a trait that may wind up saving you and your job. For a little while at least.

Radio controlled toys are as popular with adults as they are with kids. Get inside an RC truck and find out how it translates radio signals into motion.