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.

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How Baxter the Robot Works

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.

10 Evil Robots Bent on Destroying Humanity

"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.

What makes realistic robots so creepy?

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?

How Kilobots Work

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

10 Robots With Dirty Jobs

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.

How Birth Simulators Work

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?

How FIRST Works

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.

How have robots changed manufacturing?

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?

Will robots change us?

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?

Could computers and robots become conscious? If so, what happens then?

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?

Robot Pictures

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.

How does a robot conduct a symphony?

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?

How Pleo Works

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.

Will robots get married?

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?

How Robot Armies Will Work

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

How ConnectR Works

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.

How Police Robots Work

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.

How Nanorobots Will Work

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.

How ASIMO Works

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.

How Real Transformers Work

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

Wanted: One Well-dressed Android

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

How Robots Work

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.

How Snakebots Will Work

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

How Radio Controlled Toys Work

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.


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