This will be the year when the Internet of Things becomes intelligent -- and useful.
From the discovery of gravitational waves, to the Pokémon Go phenomenon to the Census debacle, it's been a big year in science and technology.
Rebel fighters in the latest Star Wars movie are helped by a droid that was captured from the enemy and reprogrammed. Could that happen in real life with today's autonomous weapons?
Business Briefing: when robots and customers meet
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Customers might prefer digital robots who don't judge for now but physical robots with empathy may be the customer service workers of the future.
The centenary of Natsume Soseki’s death this year is being marked by numerous events, not least his resurrection in robotic form.
In addition to the meddling alleged in the new Mueller indictments, about one in every five election-related tweets was generated by software, not humans.
While students enjoy learning with robots, research finds that teachers are more sceptical – worrying about their job security and technical capabilities of robots.
In 'Westworld's' land of robots, it's the people who lack humanity.
The vision that AI will either end or save humankind is buoyed in the tech world because it feeds egos. What we really should worry about is humans.
The claim: Robotics will lead to mass unemployment. The reality: Productivity will grow, but not idle or leisure time.
New HBO series reimagines a group of life-like robots programmed with hope but marred in violence. They might be more human than we think.
Most ocean species start out as larvae drifting with currents. Using underwater robots, scientists have found that larvae use swimming motions to affect their course and reach suitable places to grow.
Making the mechanical more human.
In a world where robots work better than humans, how will we cope? We need to rethink our jobs-based economy.
Using a robotic video camera to digitally recreate a crime scene could give juries greater insight without the logistical nightmare and potential bias of a physical visit.
Doing favours is a basic feature of human society – but can robots join in?
Space tourists will need someone to show them around. This is just one of several jobs that currently don't exist but are expected to be a reality with in a decade.
Using a technique inspired by how human brains operate, researchers have found a way to help robots move more smoothly and more quickly.
To do the jobs "nuts-and-bolts" robots aren't good at, engineers are creating soft living machines powered by muscle cells.
Robotics is taking some giant leaps forward.