When you're looking at a screw, you want a screwdriver, not a hammer. Someday soon, a robot may be thinking the same thing. The difference? The robot doesn't have to worry about leaving its tools at home, as it could just print out whatever it needs on the spot.
The business of creating androids that look almost human has seen amazing advances in the last decade. Now Russian roboticists want to get in on the action with a robot that completely nails the weird, glassy-eyed geek stare commonly seen from the likes of Mark Zuckerberg.
After millions of dollars in research and testing, robotic insects designed for surveillance are now a reality. But there's another, cheaper way to creep out your friends and family with tech-powered pests operating under your direction.
Opportunity landed on Mars in 2004. Its mission was scheduled to last 90 Martian days. It's obviously exceeded that, and just when we all thought it was time to say goodbye — just as we did with Opportunity's twin rover, Spirit — the little rover that could braved a fifth Martian winter to declare, yes, there's life on Mars, and its name is Opportunity.
The era in which we all get to have our own remote-controlled giant robots just got a little closer thanks to a new development from a few clever engineers in Japan looking to bring anime fantasy into reality.
It's no secret that science fiction stories have sparked imaginations throughout history. In fact, many of the technologies we currently possess originally started as concepts in sci-fi. From such common things that we take for granted — like cellphones — to more complex technologies such as computer viruses and geostationary satellites, sci-fi still continues to provide us a map for future tech. Here is a list of 10 current technologies that were originally inspired by science fiction. Have a favorited sci-fi-derived gadget or gizmo you don't see on this list? Tell us about it in the comments!
A salon in Osaka, Japan is host to the trial of the first proper shampooing robot to autonomously care for your head. While Panasonic's Head Care Robot is being tested alongside real hairdressers, it has a bit of an advantage over the competition: 24 robot fingers to massage the client's scalp for sweet, sweet relaxation.
Apparently the popular life-sized Gundam robot< standing guard over Japan has inspired a trend. Now another popular robotic character from Japanese anime has received the real-life treatment.
The folks at MIT's Media Lab are teaching a robotic arm to spin material into webs, just like a spider would. Why? It's either so robot armies could easily cocoon captured humans a few years from now, or maybe so robots could spin flexible structures that could be attached to existing buildings. Why would we want that? Keep reading.
A pair of researchers are forecasting that as early as 2050 robotic prostitution will be commonplace, and that it will be a good thing. Human trafficking, incurable sexual diseases and mental health could all be improved, but there's still one question none of us can really answer: what would be the emotional impact of sex with machines?