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Germany Bans Internet-Connected ‘Spy’ Doll Cayla

(RTÉ News) – German regulators have banned an internet-connected doll called ‘My Friend Cayla’ that can chat with children, warning that it was a de facto “hidden spying device”. Parents

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Boston Dynamics’ New ‘Nightmare Inducing’ Robot Can Jump Over Obstacles

(HUFF POST) – A leaked video has revealed the latest robot that Boston Dynamics has been working on and if we’re being honest, it’s a little terrifying.  By Thomas Tamblyn

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DARPA Selects SSL as Commercial Partner for Revolutionary Goal of Servicing Satellites in GEO

(SPACE DAILY) – In an important step toward a new era of advanced, cost-effective robotic capabilities in space, DARPA has announced that it has selected Space Systems Loral (SSL), based

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Impact of Job-Stealing Robots a Growing Concern at Davos

(RTÉ News) – Open markets and global trade have been blamed for job losses over the last decade, but global CEOs say the real culprits are increasingly machines.  Business leaders

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Found, With a Robot: A Loch Ness Monster

(ATLAS OBSCURA) – Almost 600 feet deep, in the bottom of Loch Ness, a robot named Munin has found the remains of a large object with a very long neck.

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Robots Need ‘Kill Switches’, Warn Euro MPs

(SPACE DAILY) – The unstoppable rise of robots in our everyday lives requires urgent EU rules such as “kill switches”, European Parliament members warned Thursday as they passed a resolution

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Lego Targets Pre-Mindstorms Minds with its Boost Educational Kit

(TECH CRUNCH) – Boost is an impressive kit. The five on-board building experiences cover a lot of ground, from a robot to a guitar, to quasi Lego “3D printer” that’s

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The Rise of the Robots?

(BBC) – The rise of the robots could be next year’s big story. Ever since the Luddites smashed their first loom, mechanisation has been putting people out of work. But

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NASA’s ‘Blue Collar Robot’ Is an Unstoppable Miner

(GIZMODO) – NASA has dubbed its RASSOR rover “a blue collar robot.” This thing may get down and dirty but its design and purpose are quite elegant. RASSOR stands for

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DARPA Just Launched a Podcast

(GIZMODO) – DARPA, the agency that helped invent things like email in the early 1970s and the internet itself in the late 1960s, just launched a podcast. Podcasts have been around

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