Robots often have a hard time navigating through debris, but robots designed based on worms and snakes could move around obstacles faster, thanks to an idea called mechanical intelligence.
Cotton is one of the world’s largest crops and is harvested with large, heavy machines. Robotic harvesting could yield higher-quality cotton with less damage to plants and soil.
Humanoid robots tend to be white or resemble white people. Here’s why this is a problem and what social scientists, designers and engineers can do about it.
Social robots can be useful tools to help students learn about programming, but here’s why they won’t be replacing classroom teachers anytime soon.
AI could take us beyond the concept of smart cities, telling us how and why things happen in urban settings.
Two EU-funded projects are looking at high-tech solutions that could transform honeybee colonies into bio-hybrid entities.
A study found that adding legs does more for you than having a good sense of the ground around you − if you’re a mobile robot.
Asking users the dollar value of the costs and benefits of walking in exoskeletons is a better way of finding out how users feel about them than measuring calories saved.
Dramatic improvements in computing, sensors and submersible engineering are making it possible for researchers to ramp up data collection from the oceans while also keeping people out of harm’s way.
AI is definitely going to change the workplace, but don’t get too worried about your job.
Robots and AI could transform our lives, so we must decide how we want to use them.
Robots are already carrying out tasks in clinics, classrooms and warehouses. Designing robots that are more receptive to human needs could help make them more useful in many contexts.
With Amazon facing worker battles in the UK, US and Germany, no wonder people worry about how technology is changing workplaces.
If we’re going to put an AI brain somewhere, it’s likely going to be a robot. The next step – making that robot immortal.
Computer-based neural networks can learn to do tasks. A new type of material, called a mechanical neural network, applies similar ideas to a physical structure.
The sentient, murderous humanoid robot is a complete fiction, and may never become reality. But that doesn’t mean we’re safe from autonomous weapons – they are already here.
Humanoid robots could be useful in all kinds of situations, but the one Elon Musk unveiled last week is far from being ready to roll out.
To maintain our role as a global food bowl, Australia has to keep innovating in agricultural technology.
Videos of humanoid robots dancing and performing backflips in the lab notwithstanding, robots that wash your dishes and fold your laundry are still years away. A roboticist explains why.
Diverging views on automated weapons systems could make it difficult for Australia and New Zealand to manage military ties at a delicate time in trans-Tasman relations.