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Toys are becoming increasingly advanced, but this can be more of a hindrance than a perk. Pixabay

Robots, AI and drones: when did toys turn into rocket science?

At Christmas shopping, you may have noticed toys are becoming very complex. They fly, hop, jump and follow you around – some even need to be 'connected'. But why are we seeing such technical advances?
Making the most of human-robot collaborations will require good teamwork. WeStudio/Shutterstock.com

5 ways to help robots work together with people

Years of research into how humans work best together yield lessons useful for designing robots to interact with people.
Cherie Lacey (left) and Catherine Caudwell interacting with a Furby, one of the first cute home robots. VUW

Super cute home robots are coming, but think twice before you trust them

There's a reason domestic robots are cute. It makes them appear vulnerable and in need of protection - and that makes us forget that they have unprecedented access to our personal data.

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