Would you like to interact with me?
By Chris Baraniuk
Someone’s left the chessboard in quite a mess. I pick up a knight and wonder which square it belongs on. “If only you had wanted to play draughts,” I say. Dedric Reid...
By Conor Gearin
Drones that can’t see the wood for the trees won’t last long in the forest. A method for getting a swarm of them to maintain formation as they pick their way through trees and shrubs means that teams of...
Autonomous autos could cause controversy
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By Paul Marks
A car crashes while on autopilot and the driver dies. A hefty security robot at a US shopping mall knocks down and injures a child.
A good idea at the time? John Lilly’s attempt to talk to dolphins
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By Michael Doser
IT HAPPENED before, of course. At the end of the 19th century, Victorian spiritualists challenged the strictures of...
Hardly anyone knows how collision avoidance systems work
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By Regina Peldszus
SOME weeks ago, my flight was delayed due to a malfunction of the braking computer. A little later, the plane had to wrestle its way through some...
Meet the robot champion
By Hal Hodson
THE last time I saw Hubo, it was zipping around an assault course on wheeled knees and hacking through walls with a saw. Today, its 80 kilograms hang lifeless from a bright yellow gantry, arms limp by...