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Robots Among Us

The future always promised us robots that would walk, talk and think like us. So, where are they?

  • March 23, 2009

Walkabout: Teaching robots to travel on land and sand

Robots must be programmed to perform many of the tasks that living things take for granted—like, say walking from a hard surface onto a sandy one (such as stepping off a boardwalk onto the beach).

February 11, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Slow Internet? Robot sub searches the Mediterranean for severed Internet cables

Although the Internet has come to be seen as ubiquitous, people in the Middle East and India were reminded Friday of just how the Web is delivered to their homes and businesses when three key undersea cables were severed within a span of 38 minutes, knocking a large portion of users offline until traffic could be re-routed.

December 22, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Robot fliers racing to catch the Zephyr

The Pentagon's hope of having a squadron of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) capable of staying in the air and performing surveillance for years rather than hours recently took a small step forward.

August 25, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier
No Directions Required--Software Smartens Mobile Robots

No Directions Required--Software Smartens Mobile Robots

DARPA initiative to develop self-navigating robots introduces a world of potential for the development of autonomous vehicles, but will the government take advantage of its research or let it wither on the vine?

February 21, 2008 — Peter Sergo

The Coming Merging of Mind and Machine

The accelerating pace of technological progress means that our intelligent creations will soon eclipse us--and that their creations will eventually eclipse them

March 23, 2009 — Ray Kurzweil