Category archive: Robots

News distortion example: AI, competition, and cooperation

An example of how news gets distorted: DeepMind, which is part of Alphabet (Google's parent company), published an interesting and... (More...)

Star Trek science

I've seen a couple of people complain about the new Trek movies not being very scientific, which led me to... (More...)

Bots in love

Back in June, Ben posted a conversation between a chatbot and the benrosen supercomputer. Not long thereafter, I got pinged... (More...)

The uncanny valley: is it real?

I regularly see people talking online about the uncanny valley. It's an idea proposed in 1970 by roboticist Masahiro Mori:... (More...)

Today's half-baked idea: Submitbot

Another in a series of ideas I've had while half-awake: As more publishing venues turn toward online submissions, it may... (More...)

Cylon jack-o'-lantern

Over at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories a few years back, they provided schemata for how to make a Cylon jack-o'-lantern.... (More...)

Items: Robots

Assorted robot info and videos: Toyota invents a robot that can run like a human. Robot Baseball Players Can Pitch... (More...)

Items: Assorted videos

These have no particular theme--just some videos I've happened across in the past few weeks that have been cluttering up... (More...)

Items: Robots, all sorts

Here are a whole bunch of pix and videos of robots, some of them kind of lifelike in various ways.... (More...)

Review: I, Robot (movie)

I liked it quite a bit. (More...)

Video roundup, part 1

It's been a while since I've posted a collection of videos, and the links keep rolling in. So here's a... (More...)

Partner Ballroom Dance Robot

Well, my Britannica arrived, but they sent me the 2005 version instead of the 2006 version. Sigh. But they correctly... (More...)

Items: Robot fish and zombie worms, and other tech toys

This set is somewhat miscellaneous, but a lot of it has to do with cool toys: hardware, software, and other.... (More...)

Items: Movie, gullibility, names, androids

I've been posting a lot of personal stuff, and occasional sf-related stuff, but not very much Links To Cool And/Or... (More...)

Update and items

Went to Jay's memorial gathering for Peter yesterday. Planned to just stop by for half an hour or so, but... (More...)

Robot Stories

We're back from Robot Stories. I'll write a real review of it at some point, but I wanted to briefly... (More...)

This and that

I've got a plethora of links saved up once again; haven't had time to post much lately. Also, not much... (More...)

Three Laws rephrased

The fake robot-ad trailer for the upcoming I, Robot movie came out a few months ago, but now there's a... (More...)


Nifty 20MB QuickTime video of Cyberflora at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in NYC—a robotic flower garden that reacts to... (More...)

Spirit on Mars!

The latest robotic NASA mission to Mars seems to be a success so far; the rover, named Spirit, has transmitted... (More...)

Three laws for the robot-kings

Someone recently wrote to Mike Resnick (and Resnick quoted in his “Ask Bwana” column in Speculations) about Asimov's robot stories.... (More...)

Robots and heroes

Asimov's First Law of Robotics states: A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human... (More...)

Better than Aibo: robot kid!

Like the idea of Aibo, but feel it isn't anthropomorphic enough? Now Honda is selling an Aibo-like walking robot that... (More...)

Robot librarian

According to the New York Times, Johns Hopkins is developing "a robot that can move about inside a library and... (More...)