NASA’s R5 “Valkyrie” robot may become a regular part of future crewed missions to Mars and beyond. Credit: NASA/B. Stafford/J. Blair/R. Geeseman For over a decade, robots have been exploring Mars in advance of the crewed missions that are being planned for the coming decades. And when it comes time […]


Screenshot by author, from YouTube Case IH Autonomous Concept Vehicle “Autonomous Concept Vehicle” is a long way to say “robot tractor.” Tractors revolutionized farming. We’ve written about tractors in Popular Science for a century, and like the use of domesticated animals before them, tractors greatly increased the amount of land a farmer […]

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UC Berkeley UC Berkeley’s BRETT (Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks) can learn knots by watching humans tie them. This week, the University of California, Berkeley has launched a new center dedicated to finding ways to make artificial intelligence more user-friendly. The Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence will be […]


Biohybrid sea slug, reporting for duty. Credit: Dr. Andrew Horchler, CC-BY-ND This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Think of a traditional robot and you probably imagine something made from metal and plastic. Such “nuts-and-bolts” robots are […]


Robots may not always “behave optimally”, researchers acknowledge / THINKSTOCK Scientists from Google’s artificial intelligence division, DeepMind, and Oxford University are developing a “kill switch” for AI. In an academic paper, they outlined how future intelligent machines could be coded to prevent them from learning to over-ride human input. It is […]