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The top-secret X-37B space plane is about to break another record

The U.S. Air Force's top-secret autonomous space plane, the X-37B, is days away from breaking its own longevity record. The aircraft, which looks like a mini Space Shuttle, is on schedule next week to spend its record-setting 675th...

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NASA tests foldable, robotic scout for Mars

The next NASA rover to head to another planet might take along a robotic scout that can fold up its wheels and tuck itself away or unfold and pop up like a piece of origami.

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Waymo fears Uber may peek at secret court docs

Alphabet's autonomous car unit Waymo is concerned about giving Uber Technologies’ internal counsel extensive access to documents it filed under seal in connection with its lawsuit alleging theft of trade secrets and patent...

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Robotics industry learns from successes and failures at Fukushima

Six years after the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, robots continue to play a key role in the cleanup effort. Scientists are learning more about the robots' capabilities, and where improvements are needed.

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US Army shows off its 'hoverbike' delivery drone

It's been a year since the U.S. Army began researching the use of a British-built hoverbike as an autonomous delivery drone for battlefields, and it recently showed off its progress.

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Open-source BeagleBone Blue board aims for robots, drones

The $79.95 BeagleBone Blue is a credit-card sized board with all the components needed to operate a robot, or even a drone. It is open source as its schematics have been published, and anyone can replicate the board.

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Electric Eve is a vision of the autonomous car future

The concept vehicle is designed by Chinese start-up, Nio, and offers a glimpse of the company's dream for the future of autonomous, connected travel.

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Nvidia's Pascal-powered Jetson TX2 computer blows away Raspberry Pi

In board computers, the Raspberry Pi may be the most visible, but Nvidia's Jetson TX2 may be one of the fastest.

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Robots can read your mind to fix their mistakes

Scientists from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Boston University and have joined efforts to develop brain-controlled robots.

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Robots are just as plagued by security vulnerabilities as IoT devices

A security analysis of robots used in homes, businesses and industrial installations has revealed many of the same basic security weaknesses that are commonly found in IoT devices, raising questions about the implications for human...

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Ford thinks beyond cars for future mobility

The car maker showed off some of its personal mobility prototypes at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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Boston Dynamics takes big jump with two-legged Handle robot

Robotics company Boston Dynamics has built a two-legged, wheeled robot that can roll down a flight of stairs and jump on and off a table, all while maintaining its balance and speed.

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NTT DoCoMo demos VR control of robots over 5G

At this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Japan's NTT DoCoMo is demonstrating remote control of robots via a wireless virtual reality system over a next-generation 5G wireless link.

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Afraid of A.I. taking your job? Yep, you likely are

Some 86% of 2,000 people surveyed said they thought emerging tech would disrupt their industries or cost them their jobs personally.

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U.S. probe of drone collisions with aircraft points to birds

Investigations into reported collisions by drones with civil aircraft found that they were caused instead by birds, wires and posts, or structural failures unrelated to unmanned aircraft systems, a U.S. regulator said.

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We’re only human: Vulnerability, machines set to disrupt sales jobs

Human frailty advances sales world robot reboot

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NASA at work on autonomous space rendezvous technology

NASA is about to launch technology to the International Space Station that could bring the agency closer to enabling rendezvous with a spacecraft without human intervention.

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This robotic barista never needs a coffee break

Cafe X is the first fully autonomous coffee shop in the United States.

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