UK Robotics

It's Old Age, Jim, but Not as We Know It...

Jeroen Tas | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Tech
Jeroen Tas

This year in fact, out of a global population of 7 billion, there are 900 million people over the age of 60. This figure is expected to rise to 2.4 billion by 2050, meaning that we will soon be living in a world with more old people than children, with many at a more advanced age than ever before.

The Rise of The Robots

Stephen Fear | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Tech
Stephen Fear

Washing Machines, Lawn Mowers and the such like are all early forms of robots if you consider the word to mean a machine doing a task which was formally done by human beings or animals. Machines do not require holidays, lunch breaks or time off. Increasingly these machines are more reliable and suffer less 'time off work'.

AI Robot Says 'F*** You' To Charlie Stayt Live On BBC Breakfast

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Comedy

BBC Breakfast is no stranger to awkward slip-ups, such as Bill Turnbull dropping the C-Bomb and the nation's favourite gardener saying "bastard" live ...

Where's the Humanity in Artificial Intelligence? Ask an Echoborg

Charlotte Webb | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Tech
Charlotte Webb

Currently, many androids are partly operated by humans, who are in charge of their speech and movement. This is because the technologies that orient androids to their environment are not sophisticated enough to make them seem convincingly human.

The Robot Apocalypse Is Back On Track As Google's Human Robot Becomes Scarily Agile

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Tech

Google-owned robotics company Boston Dynamics has taken its famous rescue robot ATLAS for its first proper run outside and the results are, well they'...

An Experiment To Prove How Good Humans Are Just Proved We're Actually Terrible Beings

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Tech

HitchBOT was supposed to show us that human kindness really does know no bounds, it was supposed to travel the world highlighting each country's best ...

Sexual Relationships With Robots Could Become Normal in Future

Dr Helen Driscoll | Posted 02.08.2015 | UK Tech
Dr Helen Driscoll

As virtual reality becomes more realistic and immersive and is able to mimic and even improve on the experience of sex with a human partner; it is conceivable that some will choose this in preference to sex with a less than perfect human being.

These 'Life-Saving' Robots Can Barely Stand, Let Alone Conquer The World

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Tech

The DARPA challenge is meant to be the ultimate quest for a disaster droid that will save humans from doom, enter dangerous territories, perform life-...

Robot Cheetah's Are Now Almost As Agile As The Real Thing

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Tech

MIT's robotic cheetah just received a fresh but slightly scary upgrade that allows it to run and leap over hurdles autonomously. This is the first ...

This Optimus Prime Lookalike Could One Day Save Your Life

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Tech

Robots saving our lives from impending doom is the kind of technology that Hollywood loves to play with and for the most part, we've come to accept th...

How Do Ants Cope With Being In Space?

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Tech

So how do ants cope with being in space? Well the answer is surprisingly well. Back in January 2014 researchers sent a small colony of ants up to t...

Can Robot Elephants Replace Circus Animals?

Douglas McPherson | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Tech
Douglas McPherson

In an increasingly sanitised and digitalised age, the interaction of trainer and animal in the sawdust circle provides something real and raw that no other form of entertainment can offer. Rather than demeaning animals, it impresses all ages with their skill and intelligence, and enhances our relationship with nature.

This Robot Will Apply Your Makeup For You

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Tech

Remember this? That, for real: University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria design students Maya Pindeus and Johanna Pichlbauer creat...

No One In Britain Trusts Our Future Robot Overlords

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Tech

The majority of people are unwilling to succumb to the inevitable domination of humanity by robots -- or, to put it another way, to consider using rob...

Japan's New Robot Polar Bear Is Adorable

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Tech

An alternately terrifying and adorable robotic bear has been launched in Japan as an aid to the elderly. ‘Robear’ developed by Riken Institute ...

This Robot Is An Incredible Violinist

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Tech

The list of tasks at which robots can match, or beat, humans has taken another step towards completion. The latest of these to fall comes via Seth Gol...

Why Does Everyone Keep Kicking This Robot Dog?

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Tech

The Google-owned, maybe-terrifying Boston Dynamics robotics lab has a new automaton it’s kicking around the office. Literally. ‘Spot’ is a...

Woman 'Eaten' By Robot

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Tech

An unfortunate woman in South Korea was left in ‘agony’ after being partially eaten by a robot vacuum cleaner. The Guardian reports that the wo...

You Can Control This Robot Over The Internet

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Tech

There are lots of cool ways to make furniture: you can burn it with a laser, or smash a box with a hammer until it’s comfortable. You could also get...

If The US Navy's Scary Firefighting Robot Went All 'Terminator' It Would Drown Us All

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Tech

A prototype robot that uses sensors to put out fires has been showcased by the US Navy's Office of Naval Research. The Shipboard Autonomous Firefig...

Incredible New Exoskeleton Helps Partially Paralysed Man To Walk

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Tech

A man unable to walk unaided since he was a child will become the first person in the UK to be fitted with a life-changing computer-controlled leg bra...

The Rise of the Robot

Emma Louise Thompson | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Tech
Emma Louise Thompson

Today, robots are being designed to work in close proximities with humans, fulfilling more important job roles in public places.

Robot Surgeons Are Not The Future, They Are Now The Present

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Tech

A surgical robot fitted with multiple arms has carried out its debut operation in England, in a technology breakthrough which will make new treatments...

Waiting for the Robots

Dr Richard Graham | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Tech
Dr Richard Graham

Awareness should be a prelude not just to consideration, but engagement, and later at to thoughts of action. In that sense, technology should remain a tool with which we make not just our lives better but ourselves better.

This Robot Could Save Your Life One Day

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Tech

In the field of robotics - despite the best efforts of thousands of innovators - our imagination still outstrips reality. We want (or fear) walking an...