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Paralyzed groom surprises guests and walks down the aisle

Syracuse - Matt Ficarra who, was paralyzed from the chest down in 2011 after a boating accident, achieved the seemingly impossible when he walked down the aisle on Saturday night.

Elon Musk: Robots could delete humans like spam

Elon Musk took to the stage Wednesday night at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit to warn attendees that advanced artificial intelligence could spell the end of humanity.

Meditators better at 'mind control' with computers, study says

Biomedical engineers at the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota say that practitioners of meditation are better at using systems that use the brain to control technology.

Op-Ed: Robots, the Cloud and robot banks — Utopia? Maybe, maybe not

Sydney - The robots are coming, but not the way you’d expect. They’re about to replace the suits, and perhaps even declutter your home. Spooky? Much more than that. There’s a “vision of excellence," and you know what that means — chaos.

Robotics researchers are turning the Internet into a giant robot brain

One of the biggest challenges in building useful robots lies in simply teaching them about our world. Robotics researchers at Cornell, Stanford, Brown, and UC Berkeley are building a compelling solution to this problem, and they're calling it Robo Brain.

MIT researchers create transforming origami robot

Origami creates the body of a new robot from MIT researchers. Technology experts have written about the device heavily since it can actually change the shape of the pieces which make up its body.

NASA tests robotics and laser-powered drills for Europa mission

Anchorage - Jupiter's icy moon Europa is the next target for some NASA scientists. Scientists are testing a robot equipped with a drill powered by laser energy carried through a fiber-optic wire.

RoboCup 2014 competition attracts experts and inspires learning

RoboCup 2014 has a bit in common with FIFA's World Cup. Robots are now playing soccer (football) in Brazil instead of humans but international glory is still on the line.

Op-Ed: Robotic Reflections

When asked to write an Op-Ed on the subject of robotics, one over-arching thought came to mind: The robots are coming, people — get on board or get left behind.

MIT creates device that gives you two additional robotic fingers

Robotics experts are working on a way to give you more fingers which you can wear. Why should you settle for five fingers when you can have seven?

Video: Meet Jibo, called the 'First Family Robot'

An Indiegogo campaign for a small robot meant to help your family called Jibo was recently launched. The idea is to have a small helper robot that can tell stories, take messages and even order food.

The previous 'Robot Olympics' competition

Recent articles on Japan's possible Robot Olympics sparked a wave of interest about the concept on many sites. A previous contest was held in 2013 that could give us some insight on what the future event may look like.

Video: Advanced robotic newscasters 'hold' press conference

Japanese robotics developers recently held a press conference to reveal their newest models. Their robotic newscasters took center stage as they reacted to comments, received additional documents and even waved to the crowd.

Dutch scientists flap to the future with 'insect' drone

Delft - Dutch scientists have developed the world's smallest autonomous flapping drone, a dragonfly-like beast with 3-D vision that could revolutionise our experience of everything from pop concerts to farming."This is the DelFly Explorer, the world's smallest...

TERMES robots build structures without human guidance

Harvard - Termites are among the oldest forms of life. Their structures are ultra-efficient, air conditioned, and extremely durable. New robots developed at Harvard have successfully mimicked termite behaviour, with minimal software and no human help at all.

South Korea plans to open a new robot theme park in 2016

Seoul - A massive world robot theme park project is underway in South Korea, a family friendly amusement park that will also double as a robotics grad school.

The 'Singularity' is here, but without any emotion

Technological singularity sometimes referred to as simply "Singularity" is a point in time when artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence. Some debate that "Singularity" is here today. Others wonder, will it ever come to pass?

The other face of Tiger Woods

Philadelphia - Tiger Woods is arguably the highest profile golfer in the world, but he has another string to his bow, one that he doesn't boast about.

Robotic ultrasound developed to screen for kidney cancers

Medical technologists have carried out a study that demonstrates the benefits that robotic ultrasound techniques can offer in the treatment of kidney cancers.

Robotic Mantis: A two-ton turbo diesel hexapod you can drive

Micromagic Systems has been working steadily over the past four years to design and build a walking robot that's big enough to carry a human passenger.

Op-Ed: Will robots replace everyday workers?

"A coming wave of robots could redefine our jobs. Will that redefine us?" It can do if we use a little lateral thinking, and take on board the thoughts of Major Douglas.

Rapyuta, Roboearth's collective brain for robots goes live

It’s not quite the Borg Collective of Star Trek fame but this week, the prospect of sentient, reasoning robots took a step closer as the European Roboearth project deployed its alpha version of a standardised knowledge base for robots.

Video: In Japan, robots are your friends

Osaka University Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro talks about the importance of robotics in modern day Japanese culture. Ishiguro compares and contrasts robots in regards to western culture vs. eastern culture.

Video: Power Loader exoskeleton demonstration

The Power Loader in "Aliens" could soon become reality. A Japanese company called Activelink is working on the first prototype of such a machine.

EcoBot-III turns human waste into electricity

Bristol - In a collaborative effort between Wessex Water and Bristol Robotics Laboratory, scientists in Great Britain have developed a robot capable of transforming human waste into usable energy.

Video: Mind-controlled robots, they somewhat exist now

Researchers from France and Japan have collaborated on creating mind-controlled robots for various medical applications. This is still a work in progress.

Video: 'Terminator-like hand' in use turns sci-fi into reality

Metal worker Nigel Ackland, who lost his right forearm in an accident, demonstrates his "Terminator-like" replacement. From the video, it seemingly functions like an actual arm.

Robot created with real muscles to help scientists study humans

The expectation that robots and humans will interact closely is common, but predictions about how robots and people will relate and experiments testing the shapes future bots might take continue to proliferate. Will mechanical helpers look like ECCERobot?

Meet AlphaDog, the next-gen robot dog

The new bigger and smarter AlphaDog version of the BigDog rough terrain robot being developed for military use by Boston Dynamics has been profiled by tech bloggers as extremely scary and creepy, but the video must be fun to watch - it soon went viral.

Chinese Foxconn employees could soon be replaced with robots

Shenzhen - Foxconn, which is the largest manufacturer of various Apple products, such as the iPad and iPhone, has established an automation robotics division. The plan could be to replace workers with nearly one million robots over three years.
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Picture of RobotLand
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Boston Dynamics robotics
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Here the robot itself stands up after being given the signal to activate.
Here the robot itself stands up after being given the signal to activate.
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Ekso Bionics robotic skeleton.
Ekso Bionics robotic skeleton.
Ekso Bionics
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RoboCup 2014 featured an amazingly diverse lineup of robots.
RoboCup 2014 featured an amazingly diverse lineup of robots.
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Robotland
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Robonaut2 surpasses previous dexterous humanoid robots in strength  yet it is safe enough to work si...
Robonaut2 surpasses previous dexterous humanoid robots in strength, yet it is safe enough to work side-by-side with humans. It is able to lift, not just hold, this 20-pound weight (about four times heavier than what other dexterous robots can handle) both near and away from its body.
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Robotland
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Robonaut2 – or R2 for short – is the next generation dexterous robot  developed through a Space ...
Robonaut2 – or R2 for short – is the next generation dexterous robot, developed through a Space Act Agreement by NASA and General Motors
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EcoBot-III
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The Schaft robot was actually able to use a hose properly  drive a vehicle and remove heavy debris f...
The Schaft robot was actually able to use a hose properly, drive a vehicle and remove heavy debris from simulated accident zones. Japanese officials likely think they could win again at another Robot Olympics.
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