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The 40 best gadgets of 2017
From smart-speakers and virtual bikes to robot vacuums and indestructible cables, here is the year’s most covetable technology You can assemble one of three robots with this Lego-like kit, each fully mobile and equipped with an infra-red sensor to help it detect and interact with its (...)
[The Guardian]

Be very afraid … robots can now do backflips - video
Not content with simply walking or carrying objects, Atlas, made by the robotics firm Boston Dynamics, can now jump across gaps, jump and spin 180°, and – most impressive of all – it can backflip, even using its arms to balance after landing just like a real gymnast Continue (...)
[The Guardian]

The humanoid robot that can do a backflip
Atlas, a humanoid robot developed by Boston Dynamics, is now able to perform backflips.
[BBC News Americas]

Silicon Valley firms compete to hack R2-D2
Several top Silicon Valley companies took part in a competition to hack an R2-D2 robot.
[BBC News]

Silicon Valley firms compete to hack R2-D2
Several top Silicon Valley companies took part in a competition to hack an R2-D2 robot.
[BBC]

CAST studies how robots could work better with people
A new research lab is looking to find the best ways to train robots to work with people.
[BBC]

CAST studies how robots could work better with people
A new research lab is looking to find the best ways to train robots to work with people.
[BBC News]

I'm a pacifist, so why don't I support the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots?
A new campaign is calling for a ban on autonomous weapons. But a ban is not the solution – neither is inflaming the public with dystopian visions of the future The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots has called on the UN to ban the development and use of autonomous weapons: those that can identify, (...)
[The Guardian]

SpotMini: the headless robotic dog sure to give you nightmares
Latest incarnation of quadruped robot has new design and eerily smooth motion in a perfect blend of Terminator robot and Pixar character The latest robot from former Google sibling Boston Dynamics looks like a cross between something out of a Terminator movie and a cutesy Pixar character. Shown (...)
[The Guardian]

The sexist dinosaurs aren't only on the prowl in old media
Jurassic-era values of sexism and homophobia also blight the brave new world of Silicon Valley web giants Last week, Caitlyn Jenner and a robot called Sophia talked about what it means to be human and a woman. Yet, while the 60,000-strong audience they addressed at a tech-friendly Web Summit in (...)
[The Guardian]

The lift-summoning robot and other technology news
BBC Click's Kat Hawkins looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.
[BBC News]

The lift-summoning robot and other technology news
BBC Click's Kat Hawkins looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.
[BBC]

Le temps des robots est-il venu ?
"Un robot dans chaque foyer". Voilà ce que prédit Bill Gates pour les années à venir. Mais au fait, d'où viennent ces robots qui s'invitent chaque jour un peu plus dans notre quotidien ? Tâches domestiques, transports, loisirs, soins... : certains sont-ils plus performants que les humains (...)
[EVENE - Actualité du Livre]

Google sibling Waymo launches fully autonomous ride-hailing service
Alphabet’s self-driving car firm beats Uber to be first to offer robot taxis without humans behind the wheel to take over in an emergency Waymo, formerly known as Google’s self-driving car, is launching a fully autonomous Uber-like ride-hailing service with no human driver behind the wheel, after (...)
[The Guardian]

How not to turn child abuse into a game
A trailer for David Cage’s Detroit: Become Human hints at the danger of trivialising sensitive social issues To what extent might a semi-autonomous robot maid be able to intervene in domestic abuse cases of the future? The question underpins Detroit: Become Human, a forthcoming PlayStation game (...)
[The Guardian]

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