HitchBOT Was A Literal Pile Of Trash And Got What It Deserved

First things first. “HitchBOT,” for all practical purposes, was a garbage can with an iPhone in it. It could not walk or stand or fire lasers or open a can of beans. By what standard was this piece of useless shit a “robot” in the first place? The answer: a shabby standard. A Canadian one. »8/03/15 5:38pm8/03/15 5:38pm

Man In Randall Cunningham Jersey Beats Shit Out Of Hitchhiking Robot

Prayers up for hitchBOT, the hitchhiking robot that aspired to see the entire country via the kindness of strangers and made it as far as Philadelphia before getting curbstomped. Thanks to surveillance footage, we know how hitchBOT ended up as a pile of limbs: a brief clip shows a man in what appears to be a Randall… »8/03/15 4:12pm8/03/15 4:12pm

Paraplegic In Robotic Exoskeleton Performs World Cup First Kick

OK, so after all the hype about the mind-controlled exoskeleton performing the first kick in the World Cup, it turned out to be kind of disappointing. (The opening ceremony broadcast only showed a few seconds of it, seen above.) But still, a paralyzed man controlling a robot suit with his mind kicked a soccer ball,… »6/12/14 3:19pm6/12/14 3:19pm

Scientists just created some of the most powerful muscles in existence

In a surprising breakthrough for the world of materials science, researchers have created some of the most powerful artificial muscles we've ever seen. And they did it with simple fishing line. These freakishly strong and cheap muscles could revolutionize robotics, and perhaps one day our own bodies. »2/20/14 6:00pm2/20/14 6:00pm

This Robot Wins At Rock-Paper-Scissors Every Single Time

In the coming robot war, the only advantage we humans will have against the machines is our irrationality. They won't expect us to smuggle the nuke into their underground server farm at the cost of our own lives. They won't expect us to throw paper again after throwing it three times in a row. That advantage has… »11/04/13 5:22pm11/04/13 5:22pm

An Inside Look At The Impending Flying Robot Apocalypse (And How To Put A Stop To It)

The Consumer Electronics Show, held in Vegas every year during the second-ish week in January, is an odd duck. Everyone is desperate to talk to you and show you things and shake your hand and trample you on the show floor and so forth. But (and this is my third time being here) there's often little that truly grabs… »1/08/13 9:00pm1/08/13 9:00pm

Among About A Billion Candidates, Cleatus, The Dancing Animatronic NFL Today Robot, May Have Sent The Most Useless Tweet Yesterday

When the mascots of corporations send out painfully canned condolences—our thoughts and prayers, seriously, from this ridiculously stupid dancing robot—people always say, "Oh man, I pity the poor intern that had to write that B.S." I've got news for you: It probably wasn't an intern. It was probably a well-compensated… »12/15/12 11:55am12/15/12 11:55am

The U.S. Military Has Built A Robot That Runs Faster Than Usain Bolt

Fifty years from now, let's not pretend we didn't see the warning signs. They were there the whole time. Hell, this post is a warning sign. DARPA, the wing of the Department of Defense that makes all the coolest shit everyday people don't usually get to see, has released this video of Cheetah, a four-legged,… »9/05/12 9:05pm9/05/12 9:05pm