The Covid-19 Pandemic Is a Crisis That Robots Were Built For

The Covid-19 Pandemic Is a Crisis That Robots Were Built For

Still, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more sensitive interaction between humans than the doctor-patient relationship, and this has remained a thorny problem in hospital robotics.How well a robot can tackle a health worker’s task depends, in some measure, on whether it’s replacing that human interaction, or simply channeling it.

AI Helps Warehouse Robots Pick Up New Tricks

AI Helps Warehouse Robots Pick Up New Tricks

has developed a platform that consists of off-the-shelf robot arms equipped with cameras, a special gripper, and plenty of computer power for figuring out how to grasp objects tossed into warehouse bins.

Speaking Simulator Feels Different When You Have a Stutter

Speaking Simulator Feels Different When You Have a Stutter

Speaking Simulator, by developer Affable Games, puts the player in the head of a robot that has to puzzle out, syllable by syllable, how to talk.Simulator games aren't supposed to make you think, really.

How to Get the Most Out of (or Into) Your Robot Vacuum

How to Get the Most Out of (or Into) Your Robot Vacuum

1) Do a Trial Run. It’s tempting, but you can’t open the box, start your new robot vacuum, walk away for three hours, and expect to come home to a clean house.Robot vacuums use a number of different sensors to navigate around your home.

Alphabet's Dream of an 'Everyday Robot' Is Just Out of Reach

Alphabet's Dream of an 'Everyday Robot' Is Just Out of Reach

The robots can reduce that down to less than 4 percent, helping Alphabet meet city of Mountain View recycling goals.“We haven't solved the whole problem, but we've made enough progress that we have high confidence that we're onto something,” says Brondmo.

If You Want a Robot to Learn Better, Be a Jerk to It

If You Want a Robot to Learn Better, Be a Jerk to It

To that end, researchers at the University of Southern California have shown that when working in a simulation, you can give robots “tough love” by trying to knock objects out of their hands, and it’ll actually help them better learn to grasp objects.

Google's Ultra-Secure Chip, a Facebook Face-Lift, and More

Google's Ultra-Secure Chip, a Facebook Face-Lift, and More

Facebook is refining while Google is designing, but first, a cartoon about when smartphones go rogue .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

A Robot Dog for Rent, Apple’s Secret AR Glasses, and More News

A Robot Dog for Rent, Apple’s Secret AR Glasses, and More News

Apple might be giving away its own AR secrets, an infamous robot dog is ready for lease, and we have some suggestions for electric cars for non-millionaires.Now you can actually have one, because the company is finally allowing customers to lease a version of its robot dog , Spot.

James Gunn Tweeted The Suicide Squad Cast and It's Insane

James Gunn Tweeted The Suicide Squad Cast and It's Insane

J.J. Abrams and his production company, Bad Robot, have entered into a massive new deal with WarnerMedia under which Bad Robot will make shows, movies, games, and other content for Warner's many properties.

You Are Already Having Sex With Robots

You Are Already Having Sex With Robots

John Sullins, who studies the philosophy of robotics and artificial intelligence at Sonoma State University, thinks that virtual influencers like Lil Miquela are the “sexbot” most people are likely to interact with in the near future.

Robot Coffee Tastes Great, But at What Cost? (About $5)

Robot Coffee Tastes Great, But at What Cost? (About $5)

If you have the app and you know your partner’s going to be passing a Coffee Haus, you can buy them a coffee, and the robot will text them.

Finally, a Robot That Moves Kind of Like a Tongue

Finally, a Robot That Moves Kind of Like a Tongue

Two stickers with fibers running lengthwise constrain the balloon to make it turn as it inflates (such an actuator could also use hydraulics instead of air, by the way), while a third sticker with fibers running at a 45 degree angle make the balloon twist at the end.

Whitney Cummings—and Her Sex Robot—Take on Modern Womanhood

Whitney Cummings—and Her Sex Robot—Take on Modern Womanhood

In her new Netflix special, comedian Whitney Cummings shares the stage with an ultra-modern version of one of the most outdated comedy props imaginable, the ventriloquist dummy: a laughing, talking sex robot that looks just like her.

Tour the Factory Where Bentley Handcrafts Its Luxury Rides

Tour the Factory Where Bentley Handcrafts Its Luxury Rides

Though the Crewe factory employs just one robot —a rather disappointing rig that applies adhesive to windshields—it has automated sleds shuffling assemblies down the line, high-tech analytical gear for developing new materials, and several computerized leather cutters that map out all the bits and pieces for seats, steering wheels, and door panels that they can extract from a single hide, leaving just wispy remnants to go into the recycling.

This Robo-Van Startup Will Handle Walmart's 'Middle Mile'

This Robo-Van Startup Will Handle Walmart's 'Middle Mile'

Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.In the pilot program, Palo Alto, California-based Gatik will run three of its modified Ford Transit Connect vans in this “middle mile” logistics scheme, making up to 10 runs a day, seven days a week, during daylight.

Here’s How Elon Musk Plans to Put a Computer in Your Brain

Here’s How Elon Musk Plans to Put a Computer in Your Brain

If Neuralink’s technologies work as Musk and his team intend, they’ll be able to pick up signals from across a person’s brain—first from the motor cortex that controls movement but eventually throughout your think-meat—and turn them into machine-readable code that a computer can understand.

Star Wars News: 'Rise of Skywalker' Reshoots Are Happening, Apparently

Star Wars News: 'Rise of Skywalker' Reshoots Are Happening, Apparently

The real deal: Apparently, additional shoots are underway for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker , with a of sources reporting that Black Park in the UK has been closed off for either reshoots or pickups, with an X-wing fighter being part of the additional shots.

How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

Disconnecting third-party apps and services from Facebook, Twitter, and Google usually only takes a click or two from the pages we've just linked to, but bear in mind that this won't actually close down your unused accounts—it just means they can't get into your main accounts quite as easily.

An Amazon Phishing Scam Hits Just in Time For Prime Day

An Amazon Phishing Scam Hits Just in Time For Prime Day

The kit is called 16Shop; its author goes by the handle DevilScreaM.In both the Apple and Amazon campaigns, 16Shop makes it easy for anyone to craft an email that looks like it comes from a major tech company, with a PDF attached.

By Dying, MAD Gets Its Best Shot at a Second Life

By Dying, MAD Gets Its Best Shot at a Second Life

The first MAD Magazine I ever read flew so far over my seven-year-old head I'm surprised I could hold onto it. The Return of MAD Magazine and Its All-New Gang of Idiots.

Aziz Ansari's Netflix Special Will Make You Laugh—Awkwardly

Aziz Ansari's Netflix Special Will Make You Laugh—Awkwardly

It’s impossible to talk about Right Now without talking about the scandal, and, indeed, Ansari makes his brush with outrage culture the set’s backbone, providing scaffolding for all its most important moments, the good and the bad.

This Neat Design Could Make a Plane’s Middle Seats Tolerable

This Neat Design Could Make a Plane’s Middle Seats Tolerable

The founder and CEO of Colorado-based Molon Labe, Scott is the designer of the S1 seat, which puts the middle seat two inches lower than the spots on either side, and pushes it back three inches.

The Awesome Bowling Robot Is Surely Fake. Here's How to Tell

The Awesome Bowling Robot Is Surely Fake. Here's How to Tell

Motion of the Spinning Arm. I already have an estimate for the launch speed of the ball from the time it takes to get down the lane.

Zoom Will Fix the Flaw That Let Hackers Hijack Webcams

Zoom Will Fix the Flaw That Let Hackers Hijack Webcams

On Tuesday afternoon, company CEO Eric Yuan told Leitschuh and other researchers that Zoom would remove the local web server functionality it was using to bypass protections in Safari and facilitate instant meeting joins.

In Season 3, Stranger Things Rediscovers Its Groove

In Season 3, Stranger Things Rediscovers Its Groove

For all the talk about New Coke being a "plot point" in the third season of Stranger Things , rest easy: The infamous 1985 reformulation doesn't prove toxic to creatures from the Upside Down, or anything else remotely pivotal to the story.

Depth of Field: Alex Morgan and the Politics of Women in Celebration

Depth of Field: Alex Morgan and the Politics of Women in Celebration

Depth of Field: Alex Morgan and the Politics of Women in Celebration. The US women’s soccer team forward scored in the team’s semifinal win over England. Catherine Ivill’s photograph of US women’s soccer team forward Alex Morgan is one such moment.

An Itty-Bitty Robot That Lifts Off Like a Sci-Fi Spaceship

An Itty-Bitty Robot That Lifts Off Like a Sci-Fi Spaceship

But it’s never dreamed up ion propulsion, a fantastical new way to power robots by accelerating ions instead of burning fuel or spinning rotors. But that’s a ways off, because at the moment the four-thruster machine can produce a bit more thrust than it needs to get its weight off the ground.

Noah Schnapp of 'Stranger Things' Has a Crush on Zendaya

Noah Schnapp of 'Stranger Things' Has a Crush on Zendaya

Stranger Things ' Noah Schnapp Has a Crush on Zendaya. This weekend, there will be two things that dominate the pop culture landscape: Spider-Man: Far From Home and Stranger Things .

This Jellyfish Robot Is Much More Than Just a Good Swimmer

This Jellyfish Robot Is Much More Than Just a Good Swimmer

At less than a quarter inch across, the magnetically activated robot mimics the entrancing locomotion of a jellyfish and uses the resulting disruption of water flow to manipulate objects, or to burrow to camouflage itself.

The Second Coming of the Robot Pet

The Second Coming of the Robot Pet

Jibo owners have even formed groups to mourn the loss of their dying robot companion, who, lacking new software updates, has come to face a kind of digital dementia .Darling, who studies ethics in robotics at MIT, says it's human nature to feel those bonds with machines that mimic emotion.