Leonardo's interest in the human form and replicating human bodily movement foreshadow ideas present in modern robotics.
The idea of swarm robots has been around for some time but researchers are now looking more closely at nature for robot design inspiration.
While some alarmists predict AI will decimate the workforce, the truth is concerted action by leaders in labor, business, government and education can ensure workers aren't replaced by robots.
Scientists have developed a robotic arm with knowledge of its physical form – a very basic sense of self.
Pursuing big, unrealistic dreams can distract from real scientific progress. It's time for AI research to focus on restoring and expanding human control and responsibility.
Robots are not yet as good as humans at working with other humans or even working with other robots.
As robotics, IoT, and other automation technologies grow in sophistication and commercial feasibility, jobs at nearly every skill level will be impacted.
From offshore oil and gas to the homes of people with disabilities, this is emerging as one of the most exciting areas of tech.
'The Right Trousers' combine soft artificial muscles and electric stimulation to get people moving.
Drones are pesky, hazardous and can spy on you while you're getting dressed. But they can also do a huge amount of good
Delivery bots, maintenance drones and care robots are all being tested in real world contexts – and that's just the beginning.
Artificial Intelligence is set to explode and, as a result, multiple versions of AI are bound to co-exist. It's time to influence its development into a truly pan-global cultural environment.
For roboticists looking to nature for inspiration on how animals see the world, there's a tension between mimicking biology and capitalising on the advances in camera technology.
Robotic milkers, video cameras and even sensors hidden inside the body will help this dairy farm figure out how to get the most milk from their cows.
The art and design industry in Australia is demanding 'mass customisation' of works of art. Robots may be the answer – and they're creating jobs already.
Boston Dynamic's robots are inspired by nature for good reason.
Starting with two simple sheepdog rules, the robot then began to display new, unprogrammed behaviour.
Since Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece debuted in 1968, fictional stories of faulty or malevolent AI are legion. What have recent advances taught us and what might the future hold?
Robots can't achieve high fives all round without human-like hands, tactile perception, manipulation control, seamless interaction and human reason, experts say.
Governments have started to see automation as the key to brighter urban futures. But what will this look like?