12 Reasons Robots Will Always Have An Advantage Over Humans

We puny humans can be depressingly fragile and flawed, a realization that's all the more discouraging when we consider the incredible potential for robots. Here are 12 reasons why machines will always have the edge over us meatbags. » 12/16/14 10:00am 12/16/14 10:00am

Super-Strength Robot Suits Are Now Being Used in Real Life

This man can pick up a 70-pound lump of metal like it's bag of groceries. But it's not because he's Iron Man—he just happens to be wearing a robotic suit that grants him immense strength. » 8/04/14 8:55am 8/04/14 8:55am

Pole Dancing Robots Are a Real Thing

A slightly uncomfortable and awkward thing—are those security cameras as heads, for christ's sake?—but they're real thing nonetheless. Behold, German pole dancing robots. They cost $40,000 each. » 3/11/14 3:30pm 3/11/14 3:30pm

Robots Can Not Beat Us At Ping Pong (Yet)

Man versus machine. It's always the ultimate showdown, and in this case—where one of the world's best table tennis players, Timo Boll, goes against one of the fastest ping pong machines out there—it makes for an intense match. » 3/11/14 12:57am 3/11/14 12:57am

They Look Like Toy Cars, But They're The "Future Of Consumer Robotics"

This looks like something you'd find in the Hot Wheels aisle at Walmart, but it's much more than that. It's a character from Anki Drive, an iOS-powered tech toy coming to Apple Stores and Apple.com on October 23. Its creators call it "the future of consumer electronics." » 10/16/13 9:00pm 10/16/13 9:00pm

This Real-Life Portal Turret Will Track And Shoot You

This has to be the coolest thing I will see today. I need at least two to stand guard by my apartment.

Not only does this currently uncased Portal » 5/10/12 12:00pm 5/10/12 12:00pm turret track its victims with a camera, but it can even shoot (non-lethally) at them. And it'll inquire after you if you've left its sights. The only thing left for…

Watch A Robot Go From 1to50 In 6.6 Seconds

In popular free iPhone app 1to50, players have to sequentially press the numbers one through fifty as fast as they possibly can. No one is ever going to be this robot's score. » 3/11/11 2:00pm 3/11/11 2:00pm

Keyboard-Friendly Robotic Hand Is Probably Harmless

One thing ever fledgling robotic killing machine needs is a good pair of hands, deft enough to type but strong enough to choke the life out of its victims. Virginia Tech's DART is a good start. » 3/04/11 2:30pm 3/04/11 2:30pm

The Greek engineer who invented the steam engine 2,000 years ago

Almost two millennia before the rest of humanity entered the industrial age, the Greek inventor Hero invented the steam engine, wind-powered machinery, and theories of light that couldn't be improved for centuries. And then he invented some really crazy stuff. » 1/25/11 9:25pm 1/25/11 9:25pm

A Robot That Knows How To Read

Teaching a robot to recognize symbols is one thing; teaching a robot to actually read and understand those symbols is another thing entirely, but researchers in the UK are getting the job done, thanks to a little artificial intuition. » 12/06/10 2:30pm 12/06/10 2:30pm

Teaching Robots To Behave Ethically

While other researchers are busy teaching robots how to lie, professor Susan Anderson and her husband Michael have taught a robot how to behave ethically. I know which team is getting my research dollar. » 11/09/10 2:30pm 11/09/10 2:30pm

Ferrari Racing Plus Giant Robot Arm Equals Awesome

The only thing I can imagine that would be more exciting than racing a Ferrari F2007 at high speeds, is pretending to drive a Ferrari F2007 at high speeds while being swung about by a giant robot arm. » 8/09/10 2:30pm 8/09/10 2:30pm

NASA's Robotic Spaceman Has A Twitter Addiction

Meet Robonaut 2, the most dexterous humanoid robot in existence, soon to be the first humanoid robot in space, and you'll be able to hear all about it through his Twitter account. » 8/03/10 4:30pm 8/03/10 4:30pm

Bring On The Monkey Mind-Powered Robots

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have trained monkeys to manipulate robotic appendages using the power of their minds, once again proving one solid scientific fact: monkeys kick ass. » 6/04/10 2:30pm 6/04/10 2:30pm

Couple Married By Robot, Can Death Ray Divorce Be Far Behind?

These science posts at Kotaku give me an opportunity to talk about something near and dear to my heart: The Robot menace. A Japanese couple being married by a robot? What if it misinterprets "til death do us part?" » 5/17/10 2:30pm 5/17/10 2:30pm