But before all that, robots will continue becoming a bigger part of our everyday lives in smaller ways. Drones, especially, saw explosive growth in use this year (read about one model that will help emergency responders navigate inside buildings). That’s also left a growing number of researchers thinking about the societal implications of these new technologies–such as whether we’ll be kind to robots and whether we’ll be willing to obey their commands.
Read more of this year’s most interesting and popular robot stories below. And then stop staring at your screen, damn it, and go have a conversation with someone in the flesh-and-blood.
More concrete is manufactured than any other material on the planet. Luckily, the ERO robot has a healthy appetite.
Venture deep into the uncanny valley with a photographer who only shoots disturbingly anthropomorphic machines.
A two-year NASA grant is funding the creation of robots that will build landing pads, hangars, and roads in space before humans get there.
Some day this smart garment from Harvard could boost the endurance and strength of everyone from soldiers and firefighters to the elderly and outdoor enthusiasts.
If the drone crashes into a sensitive place, like a coral reef, it just harmlessly disappears.
During emergencies, the PocketFly can help first responders navigate inside buildings or in dangerous situations.
Many people wonder whether we can trust robots. This project flips the question: Can robots trust humans?
In the future, we will have robot overlords. This uncomfortable experiment (captured in hilarious video) shows just how easily humans will roll over when we work for the machines.
Fouls work a little differently in robot soccer.
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