Watch a Human Try to Fight Off Boston Dynamics’ Door-Opening Robot Dog

Hey, remember that dog-like robot, SpotMini, that Boston Dynamics showed off last week, the one that opened a door for its robot friend? Well, the company just dropped a new video starring the canine contraption. In this week’s episode, a human with a hockey stick does everything in his power to stop the robot from opening the door, including tugging on the machine, which struggles … Continue reading Watch a Human Try to Fight Off Boston Dynamics’ Door-Opening Robot Dog

The best robot vacuums

How we picked and tested Our 2017 finalists (starting at the top, left to right): iLife A4s, Monoprice Strata Smartvac 2.0, Samsung Powerbot R7070, LG Hom-Bot Turbo+, iRobot Roomba 690, iRobot Roomba 960, EcoVacs Deebot N79, Eufy RoboVac 11. Photo: Liam McCabe Since 2013, we’ve tracked 121 robot vacuum models, though many are now discontinued. We prioritize bots with these baseline specs: A brush roll. … Continue reading The best robot vacuums

Forget the Robot Singularity Apocalypse. Let’s Talk About the Multiplicity

For a species that’s conquered Earth and traveled through space and invented the Slapchop, we humans sure are insecure when it comes to technology. Our greatest fear: the singularity, when the abilities of AI and robots surpass those of humans, growing so advanced that civilization is forced to reboot as humanity spirals into existential dread. Or worse, the machines turn us into batteries, à la … Continue reading Forget the Robot Singularity Apocalypse. Let’s Talk About the Multiplicity

The Latest: What robot strippers say about sexism and tech

The Latest on the CES technology show in Las Vegas (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Two robot strippers that made an appearance at a strip club in Las Vegas during the CES technology show have raised questions about gender diversity in the tech industry. While it was a classic Vegas stunt to draw in gawkers from the world’s largest tech convention, their appearance struck a … Continue reading The Latest: What robot strippers say about sexism and tech

What robot strippers say about sexism, tech and the future

On a recent evening in Las Vegas during the CES technology show, robot strippers offered a window into technology’s gender fault lines — not to mention our robot future. From a distance, the mechanical humanoids on a strip-club stage looked something like real dancers in robot drag. But close up, they were clearly mannequins with surveillance-camera heads and abstractly sculpted feminine chests, buttocks and backs, … Continue reading What robot strippers say about sexism, tech and the future