The SolarWinds Body Count Now Includes NASA and the FAA

The SolarWinds Body Count Now Includes NASA and the FAA

Last week, TechCrunch found that Amber Group, the contractor that developed the platform, had an exposed Amazon Web Services cloud server that contained more than 70,000 negative Covid-19 test results and more than 425,000 immigration documents from travelers entering Jamaica.📩 The latest on tech, science, and more: Get our newsletters !How to remember a disaster without being shattered by it A trippy visualization charts the internet's growth since 1997 TV characters don’t have text history.

Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog Is Now Armed—in the Name of Art

Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog Is Now Armed—in the Name of Art

Daniel Greenberg, a member of MSCHF, claims there’s a serious side to Spot’s Rampage though.Because the robot periodically checks in with Boston Dynamics servers, it would theoretically be possible to disable the Spot that MSCHF is using.

How Choreography Can Help Robots Come Alive

How Choreography Can Help Robots Come Alive

The scene suggests that Nathan imbued his robot creation with disco functionality, but how did he choreograph the dance on Kyoko, and why?.When roboticists work choreographically to determine robot behaviors, they’re making decisions about how human and inhuman bodies move expressively in the intimate context of one another.

These Adorable Fish Robots Form Schools Like the Real Thing

These Adorable Fish Robots Form Schools Like the Real Thing

6, eabd8668 (2021)Once the robots are aware of the positions of their peers, Berlinger and his colleagues can then feed this positional information into simple algorithms to guide the behavior of the seven Bluebots dropped into a tank.

Watch a Robot Dog Learn How to Deftly Fend Off a Human

Watch a Robot Dog Learn How to Deftly Fend Off a Human

It’s a dramatic departure from how a hardware developer like Boston Dynamics goes about teaching a robot how to move , using decades of human experience to hard code, line by line, the way a robot is supposed to react to stimuli like, um, a person’s foot.

The Best Cyber Monday Home, Kitchen, and Parenting Deals

The Best Cyber Monday Home, Kitchen, and Parenting Deals

With a 325W motor, it's powerful enough to do anything a home cook would ask of it, from whipping up fluffy meringue to making multiple batches of cookies to churning bread dough, and the tilt-head makes it easy to add ingredients.

14 Great Deals From Walmart's ‘Big Save’ Sale

14 Great Deals From Walmart's ‘Big Save’ Sale

Amazon's Prime Day shopping event has kicked off, but retail rival Walmart didn't want to feel left out and created its own "The Big Save" sale that started October 11 and runs through Thursday.

18 Great Deals From Walmart's ‘Big Save’ Sale

18 Great Deals From Walmart's ‘Big Save’ Sale

We expect to see deals from other retailers too, like Target and Best Buy. You don't have to pay for a Prime membership to get these perks or give to the Amazon Overlords if you'd prefer to spend your money elsewhere.

These Robots Use AI to Learn How to Clean Your House

These Robots Use AI to Learn How to Clean Your House

The Japanese carmaker launched the Toyota Research Institute with a $1 billion investment in 2015, betting that its expertise in car manufacturing could be parlayed into more advanced robotics for homes and workplaces.

Meet Curly, the Curling Robot That Beats the Pros

Meet Curly, the Curling Robot That Beats the Pros

But I’ll be honest, I did not see this one coming: A robot named Curly just mastered the sport of curling , beating two Korean national teams.

This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk

This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk

As the robot rolls along, the camera watches passing pedestrians, while ProxEmo overlays each human with that 16-joint skeleton—the objective measurement of gaits, which the algorithm has learned to associate with certain emotions.

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.