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.


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Chatbot Delivers Justice, One Parking Ticket at a Time

Parking tickets are a pain. Chatbots can be too. But that hasn't stopped one programmer from creating a bot to help overturn thousands of tickets.

SpotMini: A Robot Dog Capable of Doing Dishes, Delivering Drinks

Google-owned company Boston Dynamics is at the forefront of creating lifelike robots.

There's One Terrific Reason to Race Camels Using Robot Jockeys

There's more to replacing human riders than just using cool tech, as the advancement helps solve a serious human rights issue.

This Man Built His Own Life-size Robot Version of a Hollywood Star

Just call it RoboScarJo 2.0. But what does it mean for privacy rights when someone can literally objectify another human being, celebrity or otherwise, like this?

Prof's Teaching Assistant Isn't Human

Any guesses as to what it was, if not some grad student?

Swallowed a Battery? No Problem. Just Eat This Tiny Robot, Too.

Doctors see it all, including 3,500 people who swallow button batteries annually. Soon those docs may get help from tiny, edible robots that can retrieve foreign objects.

Tiny Robot Monk Joins the Fold at Beijing Buddhist Temple

The diminutive robot Xian'er was based on a cartoon, and can chat about Buddhism using artificial intelligence programming.

Tiny Robots Take on Heavy Metals in Wastewater

Scientists created microbots that can remove pollutants from contaminated water. Could these simple machines provide an efficient way to clean up toxic wastewater?

Hanging With the Robot Experts at SXSW Interactive 2016

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

Does Grandpa Need Help in the Bathroom? Send in C-3PO

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

Robotic Animals Are Helping to Catch Poachers

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

Robotic Prosthesis Lets Drummers Play a Three-armed Cyborg Beat

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

A Small Shove for a Robot, a Giant Leap for Robotkind

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.

How Rude! Computer Scientists are Building an Enraged Robot

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

Study: Elderly See Potential in Robotic Help, But Worry About Robot Autonomy

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.

Robotic Hedgehog Ready for Space Adventures

And here we thought Sonic had no fear.

Robots Are Rare in the Construction Industry, but That Could Soon Change

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.

Robotic Bartender Serves Proof That More Info May Not Mean Better Decisions

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

Wikipedia Is Losing Editors. AI Could Help

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

Robot Taxis to the Planet's Rescue

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

Yamaha’s Motobot Was Created to Surpass You

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

Predicting Human Obsolescence, One Job at a Time

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

Huddling Baby Rats Join Powers, Act as Superorganism to Get Cozy

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.

A 'Mama' Robot That Can Build and Evolve Its Own Babies

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

10 Historical Robots

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.