Curved origami isn't just elegant art. It's also a versatile way to vary the amount of force applied by robots and other machines.
A new silicone 'skin' contains electronics that mimic the human body's lightning-fast response to pain, potentially paving the way for smart prosthetics that can detect painful sensations.
Inspired by the aerobatic manoeuvres of the swift, a new "flapping wing" aircraft can hover, glide and dive much better than quadcopter-style drones.
Computerized systems that automatically determine whether a pitch is a ball or strike promise to make umpiring more accurate, but at what price?
Amazon's planned upcoming 'Just Walk Out' technology will let customers take items off a store's shelf, bag them, and walk straight out.
A high-tech twist on an old idea – running on springs – could give human-powered movement its biggest boost in more than a century.
Robots are helping health care workers and public safety officials more safely and quickly treat coronavirus patients and contain the pandemic. They have something in common: They're tried and tested.
Pedestrians are wary of autonomous cars, but they trust traffic lights. Researchers suggest driverless cars could communicate directly with the signals to make their own actions more predictable.
Having robots and other AI systems tell people what the AIs are doing makes them more trustworthy. A study finds that how a robot explains itself matters.
Sex technologies and 'erobots' could help address issues related to human desire, and physical and emotional needs of astronauts in space.
A swarm of honeybees can provide valuable lessons about how a group of many individuals can work together to accomplish a task, even with no one in charge. Roboticists are taking notes.
At the heart of the debate is that most fundamental question: what does it mean to be human?
For decades, animators have attempted to recreate realistic human faces without entering what's called the 'uncanny valley.'
Engineers predict a time when people and robots physically interact all day long. For that to happen safely will require new soft materials that can do things like sense touch and change shape.
A safer, more flexible type of industrial robot is disrupting manufacturing.
If artificial intelligence can amaze us with its prowess, there are many areas where it falls flat when compared to human and animal intelligence.
We are far from defenseless against the rise of robots, although they'll take many of our routine jobs. Our special strength is our ability to apply rules that don't exist.
With space at a premium, robotic furniture can transform a room in seconds. How will this affect our sense of belonging and feeling at home, when everything can change with a voice command?
Alan Turing devised a way to test if AI is functionally the same as a human – we've done the same for androids.
Our sense of touch lets us know how hard or soft something is, how solid or pliable it is to handle. That's an important skill if you want robots to handle things safely.