At Ford factories, Boston Dynamics’s robot dog Spot is teaming up with a new robotic friend

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Through its new robotic collaborations, the infamously creepy dog-shaped robots could soon ride on wheels and launch their own drones. A couple years ago, the internet had a mild freakout when the robotics company Boston Dynamics showed off a dog-like robot opening the door for one of its pals. Twitter commentators called the demonstration “ terrifying ,” “ the end of us all ,” and a sign that “ we’re all dead .” Read Full Story

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An ethical argument for sex robots as a human right

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A professor of bioethics at the University of Washington makes a compassionate case for sex robots as companions for the socially vulnerable. Who could be most helped by sex robots? The answer is not the young, heterosexual males to whom most sexbots are marketed, a demographic least in need of in-home sexual aid. A gripping new article in the Journal of Medical Ethics presents the case for “reimagining sex robots as a product for older, disabled people.” Read Full Story

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This insane robot goop heals itself like the Terminator

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It’s like a computer that you can slice in half, then just stick back together again. It’s impossible to forget the terrifying invincibility of the T-1000 liquid metal robot in Terminator 2 . Even when shot with bullets, or split apart by explosions, the robotic goop would slowly form itself back together, healing itself anew. Read Full Story

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These delivery robots make it easier to do contact-free deliveries to at-risk quarantiners

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As delivery becomes a requirement for people sheltering in their homes, is it the moment for autonomous robots to shine? You might not see many people walking down the sidewalk in downtown Fairfax, Virginia, during the pandemic, but it’s possible that you’ll see a robot. The city is the latest to partner with Starship Technologies, a company that makes small delivery robots and now operates a fleet of 20 in Fairfax, making deliveries from restaurants to anyone within a small radius, and bringing groceries to the elderly and others at high risk from COVID-19. Read Full Story

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