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Time-lapse: 11 years of the Opportunity Mars Rover's collision-avoidance camera

The brave little robot's covered 42.2km on its suicide mission to the Red Planet; this footage spans Jan 2004 to Apr 2015. (Thanks, Robbo!)

RIP, Disney Imagineering great Blaine Gibson


Gibson sculpted the realistic, long-wearing human faces and features of the animatronic robots that fill the Disney parks.

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Robot kills worker at Volkswagen factory in Germany

Robots work on vehicles on the production line during assembly at Volkswagen AG's Seat automobile plant in Martorell, Spain, earlier this year. [Reuters]


Robots work on vehicles on the production line during assembly at Volkswagen AG's Seat automobile plant in Martorell, Spain, earlier this year. [Reuters]

The Financial Times reports that a technician has been killed by a robot at a Volkswagen plant near Kassel, Germany.

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Researchers developing tiny robots to travel through body and fire projectiles

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Researchers demonstrated an early proof-of-concept system in which tiny robots inside your body, controlled by an MRI machine, could self-assemble into a Gauss gun and fire projectiles to clear blockages or deliver drugs. Video below.

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Incredible tiny tentacles for microrobots

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This is microrobotic tentacle grabbing an ant. Iowa State University engineers developed the spiraling microrobotic pneumatic tentacles, just 8 millimeters long and less than a hundredth of an inch wide, as a delicate gripper for tiny medical robots that could manipulate tissue or even blood vessels inside our bodies.

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A robot, a dog, and a Pop Tart.

Good luck not laughing when you watch this one.

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This video explores the history of robots

In their new video, Craig Benzine and Matt Weber of the YouTube channel The Good Stuff take viewers through the surprisingly long history of robots

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Robots to remain human slaves

What with these leaping and dancing machines, you'd be forgiven for assuming the rule of the meat people nears its end. Nope.

David Rose, a researcher at the MIT Media Lab, agreed. Mr. Rose said he likes to think of increasingly intelligent machines as tools, not as beings that can do a human’s job. “I wish the unit of measure weren’t jobs,” he said. If artificial intelligence were thought of more as a tool, its benefits could be measured in lives saved, hours saved, efficiencies gained and health and safety improvements.

Mr. Rose didn’t shy away from pointing out that technology has already done a spectacular job of destroying work and creating better jobs in its wake. Two hundred years ago, at least 70% of Americans worked on farms. Today, less than 2% of Americans do. If you would have told a farmer in 1880 that in the future people would make a nice living as yoga instructors, they would have said, “What’s yoga?”

Spend the night on robotic beds that roam around a London art gallery

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Prefer to appreciate fine art in bed? You are in luck: Carsten Höller's latest installation features two motorized beds that slowly travel through London's Hayward Gallery over the course of the night.

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Watch amazing robots fall over at the DARPA Robotics Challenge! (And see the winner.)

They'll figure it out soon enough, and then what! THEN WHAT!

Meanwhile, South Korea's bipedal humanoid DRC-HUBOT (below), built by Team KAIST, won the US$2 million grand prize.

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John Henry the samurai racing a tireless killer robot

Yaskawa celebrated its 100th birthday by pitting one of its Motoman-MH24s against a samurai in a sword-swinging contest, proving once and for all that if you need to chop bamboo into small pieces without having to walk around, you need a robot, not a human.

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Watch robot shove heavy stuff around like a human

University of Tokyo researchers demonstrated how a robot could do “whole-body pushing manipulation with contact posture planning.” In less technical terms, shoving. (IEEE Spectrum)

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Uber hired Carnegie Mellon robotics lab out from under it

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Uber and the tech college announced a partnership earlier this year. Looks it was a trojan horse to identify and hire away Pittsburgh's top robotics experts to build its driverless cab fleet. [pic via The Verge]

$10,000 robot leggings


In 2009, Balenciaga rolled out "Transformer" leggings: made to order, from non-precious metals, at $100,000 per.

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