UK Robotics

Bringing It Home: The UK is Ready for Robotics

Huw Davies | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Tech
Huw Davies

"How many robots do you encounter during your day?" The answer, I expect, is none... the great news is that we have some fantastic UK entrepreneurs ready, and inspired by the mission, to lead the RAS charge from Europe.

Child Sex Robots Could Be Used To Cure Paedophiles

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Tech

Child-like sex robots could be used to help paedophiles in the same way that methadone is used to help cure drug addicts, a report has claimed. Thi...

This Robot Won't Stop Asking People To 'Get Naked'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Tech

A new humanoid robot developed in Japan has a unique strategy for making friends. It wants you to take off your clothes. The Andrew WK-style adv...

America Now Has Robot Dogs Named After A Beast From Hell

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Tech

Google-owned Boston Dynamics has started testing its LS3 robot 'mule' out in the field and already soldiers have given the robot a name: 'Cujo'. 'C...

After 30 Years, This Next-Gen AI Might Be Ready For Prime Time

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Tech

Artificial intelligence is one of those futuristic sci-fi ideas that seems to trickle along just underneath the public consciousness. Then all of a su...

Why Robotics and 'Open Innovation' Go Hand in Hand

Huw Davies | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Tech
Huw Davies

To the roboticists of course, potential practical applications for such products are endless - including within business, education and security.

These Robots Are Powered By Real, Living Muscle Cells

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Tech

Scientists have developed "a new generation" of tiny robots powered by living muscles. The ridiculously small robots are as biological as they are ...

Toys and Robotics Working Together

Huw Davies | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Tech
Huw Davies

The Robotics and Autonomous Systems Mission is off to a great start in sunny San Diego. My main highlight from day one was seeing the presentations from leading robotic technologists at the UCSD/Qualcomm Robotics Laboratory.

Michael Rundle

British Robots Invade America (In A Polite Sort Of Way)

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Tech

A team of British superhero robots has invaded America. There's MapleBird, one of the smallest unmanned vehicles in the world. There's the four-le...

The Robots Are Coming - UK Mission to the States Is a Go!

Huw Davies | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Tech
Huw Davies

Its 8am on a Friday morning and I'm sitting in a busy airport lounge waiting for my flight to San Diego. Why? Because this week is the kick off the week-long entrepreneur Mission to California for UK companies working in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) - and it's destined to be an inspiring one.

John Oliver 'Will Be Killed By Robots' Says Stephen Hawking

The Huffington Post UKr | Michael Rundle | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Tech

John Oliver's list of enemies keeps growing. Last week he risked the ire of global mega evil conglomerate and sporting federation FIFA. This week, it'...

AI and EG: Why You Shouldn't Believe the Reports on Eugene Goostman

Thom James | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Tech
Thom James

Most articles that have been written in the past few days have referred to Eugene Goostman as a "supercomputer", or a highly complex form of AI that we have never seen before. Something that will truly advance technology. Something that essentially, is smarter than a human being. They are wrong.

Phew: Scientists Say It Is Impossible To Build A Conscious Robot

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Tech

There is good news today in humanity's struggle to avoid a nightmarish robot dystopia. Scientists have determined that it is probably mathematicall...

Should Robot Cars Be Programmed To Kill You If It Will Save More Lives?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Tech

A curious thought experiment has made a lot of people nervous about the possibility of travelling in self-driving cars. More nervous than, you know, j...

This Robotic Arm Is Better At Catching Stuff Than You Are

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Tech

This rather funky looking mechanical arm is leading the way in the field of robotic catch. Developed by EPFL researchers, it is capable of tracking...

This Robot Runs At 20MPH

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Tech

A robot capable of running on its own at 20 miles-per-hour has hit Kickstarter. The 'OutRunner' is aiming to succeed where even Google's recent acq...

UN To Debate Killer Robots, Because That's A Thing Now

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Tech

The United Nations is to debate the legality, necessity and usefulness of killer robots. But the informal meeting will not culminate in binding pol...

Keeping Up With the Jetsons

Deborah Gale | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Tech
Deborah Gale

There are concerns: fears about inauthentic relationships, particularly with respect to end of life care. Our acceptance of introducing human-like but not actually human helpers might qualify as an infringement on personal dignity. So, the next step should be targeted attention on specialized 'bots that will be able to assist and care for older adults.

Would You Have Sex With A Robot... If It Stole Your Job?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Chris York | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Tech

A new poll has revealed a third of Britons fear the rise of robots. But others find them unusually sexy. One in six of those asked said they would ...

The US Right Wing Are Furious Obama Just Bowed To A Japanese Robot

Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK Tech

Several right-wing American websites appear to be furious that President Obama has bowed to a foreign diplomat. A foreign robot diplomat. Obama ...

Cows Are Being Milked By Robots Now, And It's Incredibly Weird

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Tech

Who milks cows? If you answered 'farmers', or 'milkmaids from the 1890s in white dresses' you score no points. If you said 'humans with milking mac...

This Little 'Walking' Printer Is Adorable, And Genius

Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Tech

One of the many, many problems with modern day printers - beyond the cost of ink, the fact they always break and are all hideously ugly - is that they...

This Robot Mannequin Is Helping The UK Test Futuristic Battle Armour

Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Tech

A new robot mannequin that will help test the next generation of chemical and biological protective suits for the UK's armed forces has been unveiled....

These Robots Are Real, And They're Fighting Fires On US Navy Ships

Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Tech

The US Navy is testing a new fleet of humanoid robot fire-fighters in its latest push to introduce more mechanical 'personnel' to the military. The...

'Blurred Lines' Robot Is The Most Terrifying Automaton Ever Created

Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Tech

Robots are already terrifying. So is Robin Thicke's controversial and inexplicable hit 'Blurred Lines'. Combine them and you have something truly horr...