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Meet the 'bots' that Edit Wikipedia
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Meet the 'bots' that Edit Wikipedia

Wikipedia is written and maintained by tens of thousands of volunteers across the world. Those, in turn, are assisted by hundreds of "bots"—autonomous computer...

Robot Swarms Aim to Bring Buildings to Life
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Robot Swarms Aim to Bring Buildings to Life

Meet the man who wants to create architecture that understands everything about us — down to our emotional states — and learns from its mistakes.

'most Realistic' Robot Legs Developed
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'most Realistic' Robot Legs Developed

University of Arizona researchers say they have developed the most biologically accurate robotic legs by replicating the central pattern generator, a neuronal network...

Mind Control Moves Into Battle
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Mind Control Moves Into Battle

Technology that taps into a soldier's thought patterns could soon see action on the battlefield.

Researchers ­se Spoofing to 'hack' Into a Flying Drone
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Researchers ­se Spoofing to 'hack' Into a Flying Drone

American researchers took control of a flying drone by hacking into its GPS system—acting on a $1,000 (£640) dare from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Blade Runner: Which Predictions Have Come True?
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Blade Runner: Which Predictions Have Come True?

Based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner—the tale of a hunt for four dangerous "replicant" humans—is a classic...

Dead Stars 'to Guide Spacecraft'
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Dead Stars 'to Guide Spacecraft'

German scientists are developing a technique that allows for very precise positioning anywhere in space by picking up X-ray signals from pulsars.

Ancient Sites Spotted From Space, Say Archaeologists
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Ancient Sites Spotted From Space, Say Archaeologists

Computer science techniques have enabled archaeologists to discover about 9,000 possible early human settlements across 23,000 square miles in northeastern Syria...

Cebit's Pole-Dancing Droids and Other New Technologies
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Cebit's Pole-Dancing Droids and Other New Technologies

Robots everywhere, driverless cars, new eco-solutions, screens that "read" feelings, and smart museums and stadiums—just some of the "City of the Future" technologies...

Self-Steering Bullet Researched By U.s. Weapons Experts
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Self-Steering Bullet Researched By U.s. Weapons Experts

A self-guiding bullet that can steer itself towards its target is being developed for use by the U.S. military.

Driverless Car: Google Awarded ­.s. Patent For Technology
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Driverless Car: Google Awarded ­.s. Patent For Technology

The intellectual rights relate to a method to switch a vehicle from a human-controlled mode into the state where it takes charge of the wheel.

How ­seful Is a Captured Drone?
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How ­seful Is a Captured Drone?

An American surveillance drone has been captured and filmed in Iran, where experts are apparently examining it.

Why Are Humans Scared of Robots?
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Why Are Humans Scared of Robots?

"If popular culture has taught us anything, it is that someday mankind must face and destroy the growing robot menace." Author and robotic engineer Daniel H Wilson's...

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Robot Wars 'Still a Long Way Off'

"I'll be back" said Arnold Schwarzenegger as cyborg-assassin the Terminator, back from the year 2029 to carry out a murder in 1984. But it seems that, when it...

IBM Bets on Data-Centric Computing
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IBM Bets on Data-Centric Computing

Jai Menon, chief technology officer and vice-president for technical strategy for IBM's Systems and Technology Group, holds 52 patents and is arguably most famous...

Ready For the Robot Revolution?
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Ready For the Robot Revolution?

Robots are about to invade our lives. From performing household chores, to entertaining and educating our children, to looking after the elderly, roboticists...

'smart' Cctv Could Track Rioters
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'smart' Cctv Could Track Rioters

Researchers at Kingston University have created a system that uses artificial intelligence to recognise specific types of behaviour, such as someone holding a...

Spiders and Crabs Inspire Robot Locomotion
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Spiders and Crabs Inspire Robot Locomotion

The walking patterns of crabs, lobsters and spiders are helping to inspire new ways of getting robots to move around.

Why Is a Universal Translator So Elusive?
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Why Is a Universal Translator So Elusive?

With a global economy and flights that can take you all over the world in hours, why is it that we still struggle with a language barrier that technology is finding...

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The Robot That Reads Your Mind to Train Itself

University of Washington researchers are developing brain-computer interface (BCI) technology by teaching robots new skills using only brain signals.  They are...
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