‘Rise of the Cybermen: The Terminator-style bionic ear that could give people “superman” hearing’ ‘Terminator is nigh: Shape-shifting material that instantly switches from solid to liquid could lead to a new generation of robots’
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Undoubtedly, there is a great deal of anxiety out there about the development of robots and artificial intelligence. Some of these fears are well-founded, of course, and some less so. We’ve been presented in the popular media so often – in films, video games and in the popular press – with the image of robotic monsters and genocidal AI that it’s a wonder that public have not demanded that these dangerous toys be taken from scientists and forever locked away, their development forever prohibited for the good of all life on earth as we know it. (A similar public attack is underway regarding GMOs, for example; again, many of these are well-founded and some are not.) Continue reading →
What’s the relationship between living and artificial systems? How can we combine the two to form sophisticated solutions to challenges in science and engineering? The annual conference Living Machines puts these questions under the microscope. Continue reading →
It’s easy to see how some of today’s mechanical marvels like NASA’s Mars SpiritRover or The HRP-4C, created by The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), inspire jaw-dropping wonder. Who made that? And how on earth does it do that? Are all natural questions that come to mind in the face of these modern works. However, there’s something about animated bits of wire and metal that have intrigued humans for centuries. Continue reading →
Take a sneak peek at a favourite from this year’s Sundance Film Festival
Robot and Frank premiered this week at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Directed by Jake Schreier and written by Christopher Ford, this dramatic comedy features a relationship between an elderly man and a robot bought for him by his kids who are concerned about his well being . Continue reading →
“What would happen if robots were a part of your everyday life—at school and beyond?”
Latitude, an international research consultancy, asked nearly 350 children in Australia, France, Germany, South Africa, the UK and the USA to draw a picture and write a story that answers the question above.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s Mechanical cast members
The video above features a special performance of a Shakespearean classic put on by Texas A&M University several years ago. The students and professors involved in the production thought this would be a great way to see how people respond to and interact with robots. Continue reading →