Marketing for robotic 'dogs' plays up their potential for good, but the debate about lethal autonomous weapons suggests public anxiety is warranted.
Robots are taking jobs, but they're also saving lives ... should we fear them and their capabilities?
Fibres that imitate the double helix of DNA can make artificial muscles more powerful than those found in nature.
The device ventured nearly 11km below the surface to the Mariana Trench.
The public holds self-driving cars to incredibly high safety standards – and we're working to meet them.
As the use of robots and autonomous machines increases across industries, governments need to have a strategy in place. The labour force will transition out of automated tasks into new jobs.
Unsettlingly, it appears that spiders' legs really do have minds of their own.
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.'