UK Robots

Meet The World's First Autonmous, Soft Robot: A Tiny Octopus

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Tech

American scientists have engineered the first self-contained, soft robot – an octobot with eight gas-powered arms. Moving without batteries or wires...

The Robot Will See You Now

Helen McRae | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Tech
Helen McRae

The challenge is to get the balance right and leave the user feeling as though they have had a human experience. And, crucially, to avoid falling into the 'uncanny valley' through creating a bot that feels creepy by attempting to emulate humanity.

State-Of-The-Art Robotic Hand Given To Kid Who's An Aspiring Footballer

SWNS | Poorna Bell | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Tech

An eight-year-old aspiring footballer who was born without a left hand is set to receive a state-of-the art robotic hand in the colours of his favouri...

This Japanese Robot Is Proof That Mankind Is Doomed

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Tech

Japanese scientists have managed to create the world’s creepiest robot, able to make decisions completely of it’s own accord without any human int...

Meet Hadrian X: The Robot That Can Build An Entire House In Two Days

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Tech

Robots are great aren’t they. When they’re not making cocktails on cruise ships they’re picking up boxes or (trying) to save lives. Well now you...

Don't Be Scared, But Robot Surgeons Are Actually As Good As Humans

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Tech

Robots are as proficient as their human counterparts at performing surgery, a new study has revealed. The trial found that prostate cancer patients wh...

These Tiny Shape-Shifting Microrobots Could Perform The Next Generation Of Operations

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Tech

Tiny shape-shifting robots developed by scientists in Switzerland could perform the next generation of operations. Researchers at EPFL and ETHZ desig...

Humanity, You're Fired!

Adam Hamdy | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Tech
Adam Hamdy

"The market has decided this is my stuff," won't work for much longer because there soon won't be enough people with jobs to support a market. The next phase of the history of stuff might be, "We all get the same stuff," but that sounds suspiciously like socialism, which can't possibly be right...

London Technology Week Showcases the Best of British Fashion Tech

Brooke Roberts-Islam | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Style
Brooke Roberts-Islam

'Fashion tech' and wearables are often described as solutions looking for a problem. The fashion industry is, paradoxically, resistant to change, while science and technology exist to pose and answer questions and catalyse change.

Seven Ways Tech Is Changing Journalism and News Consumption

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

According to research from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, social media is used each week by more than half (51%) of online news consumers to find, discuss and share, news content.

Google's Building A 'Kill Switch' In Case Robots Turn On Us

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Tech

When the inevitable happens and the robots which have built our cars for years finally turn on us it will be Google and an Oxford academic that we'll ...

Zenbo: The Personal Assistant Robot Who Is Too Cute To Enslave Humanity (We Hope)

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 30.05.2016 | UK Tech

Meet Zenbo, the robot personal assistant, who will read to your kids and alert you if elderly relatives have a fall. Zenbo has been created by ASUS, w...

I Saw the Struggle Young People Faced to Acquire Digital Skills - I Wanted to Change That

Simon Riley | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Tech
Simon Riley

I didn't want the next generation of young people to go through the same thing as me. I wanted to give them access to practical technology skills early, so they could start building, designing and making stuff as soon as possible, teaching them through hands on projects and engaging problems that got them thinking creatively.

Artificial Intelligence Needs the Human Touch

Debbie Taylor | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Tech
Debbie Taylor

Rather than becoming an epic battle of man against machine, the future of technological innovation can be a beneficial one - so long as you're equipped with the skills to use technology to its maximum potential, while still adding that all important human touch.

Reports of the Death of Jobs Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Seamus Nevin | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Tech
Seamus Nevin

Many people today, particularly younger generations, will work in jobs that do not exist yet, in industries that haven't been created. Most will change jobs multiple times and brief periods of unemployment, for people at all levels, will become more common. Consequently, there is a need to ensure better career guidance.

The Cost of Our Obsession With Computers and Robots

Jared Joffe | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Tech
Jared Joffe

I've recently been binge watching a show called Halt and Catch Fire. There are many reasons why I'm drawn to it, but perhaps none more so than the fac...

Facebook Messenger Wants To Replace Your Real Friends With Robots

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Tech

Facebook has unveiled a new feature in Messenger that could have us all talking to fewer human friends and more robots. The company introduced Messeng...

Mad Men vs Robots

Jon Sharpe | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Tech
Jon Sharpe

Automation has, of course, already transformed our industry. The behind-the-scenes, faster-than-human thought, bidding war that takes place every time a re-targeted ad wins the right to load on our web browser is one example of synthetic intelligences in action.

Fashion and the Rise of the Robots

Heidy Rehman | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Style
Heidy Rehman

While automation would likely ensure the end of garment worker exploitation the major social and political implications of displacing so many people by machines would need to be considered.

Artificial Intelligence - The Fourth Revolution?

Max Sanderson | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Tech
Max Sanderson

Just over a week ago, Google Deepmind's AlphaGo machine crushed 18-time World Go Champion Lee Sedol 4-1 in a 5 game series, heralding an achievement many experts predicted to be at least a decade away.

Panasonic's New Family Of 'Iron Man' Style Exoskeletons Are Incredible

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Tech

Panasonic has unveiled a new range of 'Iron Man' style exoskeletons that can help people walk, lift heavy objects and in some extreme cases, combat la...

Meet DRU, Your Friendly Neighbourhood Pizza Delivery Robot

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Tech

Meet 'DRU', a somewhat comical looking robot that Domino's is using both as a publicity stunt and as a means of dipping their toes into the future: dr...

This Billionarie Wants To Live Forever By Uploading His Brain To A Robot

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Tech

The road to immortality is paved with robots, according to Russian web mogul Dmitry Itskov. The billionaire believes living forever will be possible b...

This AI-Powered Hotel Concierge Will Assist, Not Annihilate Humanity...We Hope

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Tech

Meet 'Connie', it's the result of a partnership between Hilton Hotels and the IBM Watson supercomputer team to create the world's first artificially i...

Machine Has Overtaken Man And It's Just The Beginning

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Tech

The case for artificial intelligence overtaking the human race took a historic turn last night as Google's AI triumphed over a world champion at an in...