Even in unexplored waters, an MIT-developed robotic system can efficiently sniff out valuable, hard-to-find spots to collect samples from. When implemented in autonomous boats deployed off the coast of Barbados (pictured), the system quickly found the most exposed coral head —meaning it was located in the shallowest spot — which […]

The new “growing robot” can be programmed to grow, or extend, in different directions, based on the sequence of chain units that are locked and fed out from the “growing tip,” or gearbox. Credit: Image courtesy of researchers, edited by MIT News Flexible yet sturdy robot is designed to “grow” […]

DeepMind’s artificial intelligence-powered AlphaStar (green) repels an attack in the virtual world of StarCraft II. DeepMind Artificial intelligence developer DeepMind has just announced its latest milestone: a bot called AlphaStar that plays the popular real-time strategy game StarCraft II at Grandmaster level. This isn’t the first time a bot has outplayed humans […]

Tiny, self-propelled robots could someday be used to clean up radioactive waste. Credit: American Chemical Society According to some experts, nuclear power holds great promise for meeting the world’s growing energy demands without generating greenhouse gases. But scientists need to find a way to remove radioactive isotopes, both from wastewater […]

One modular robotic cube snaps into place with the rest of the M-blocks. Credit: Jason Dorfman/MIT CSAIL Developed at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, robots can self-assemble to form various structures with applications including disaster relief. Swarms of simple, interacting robots have the potential to unlock stealthy abilities […]

One former member of Australia’s government review tribunal has described robo-debt as a form of ‘extortion’. Shutterstock Federal MP Amanda Rishworth raised concerns over the weekend that Australia could be headed for another robo-debt ordeal after the government reportedly confirmed the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will use data matching to audit childcare […]

Researchers at NASA’s Langley Research Center are developing soft robot actuators from 3D-printed flexible silicone molds to study how “soft robots” can be used for space exploration. Credit: © Gary Banzinger/NASA Think robots are all square corners and rigid metal parts? Think again. Two interns at NASA are part of […]