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MIT Helping NASA Build Valkyrie Robots for Space Missions
By RT Staff · 17 November, 2015 • MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory is one of just two institutions who will receive “R5,” a six-foot, 290-pound humanoid robot also known as “Valkyrie” that will serve on future space missions to Mars and beyond.
Alpha 2 Humanoid Robot is Your Family’s Personal Assistant
By Steve Crowe · 11 November, 2015 • UBTECH's Alpha 2 humanoid robot is designed as an interactive family companion capable of accomplishing a range of typical household tasks.
Compressorhead Robot Band Launches Kickstarter for Album, Vocalist
By Steve Crowe · 2 November, 2015 • Compressorhead, an all-robot metal band, is launching a crowdfunding campaign on November 1 to help fund their debut album.
Teaching Humanoid Robots How to Fall Safely
By Steve Crowe · 20 October, 2015 • Researchers at Georgia Tech have identified a way to teach robots how to fall with grace and without serious injury. In the video, the top robot uses a novel algorithm to minimize impact when the robot falls.
Human Battles Robot in Drum-off: Who Wins?
By Steve Crowe · 15 October, 2015 • Compressorhead, an all-robot metal band, is launching a crowdfunding campaign on November 1 to help fund their debut album. Watch this drum-off between Stickboy the robot drummer and musician John Wright to see if you're impressed.
Drunk Man Arrested for Kicking Pepper Robot
By Steve Crowe · 8 September, 2015 • Police arrested 60-year-old Kiichi Ishikawa at a SoftBank store in Japan for "allegedly kicking a Pepper robot in a fit of rage." The Pepper robot now moves more slowly, and its internal processor may be damaged.
Rank the Creepiest Humanoid Robots
By RT Staff · 20 August, 2015 • Humanoid robots continue to get creepier and creepier. We need your help to determine which is the creepiest of all time. Vote in our interactive list and let us know which humanoid keeps you up at night.
Watch Google’s Terrifying Atlas Humanoid Run in the Woods
By Steve Crowe · 18 August, 2015 • Atlas, a 6-foot, 2-inch humanoid robot from Google-owned Boston Dynamics, has drastically improved its walking ability since the DRC Finals. Watch it run through the woods and traverse rough terrain.
Meet HERMES the Humanoid Robot with Human-like Reflexes
By Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office · 14 August, 2015 • Researchers from MIT have designed an interface that takes advantage of a human's split-second reflexes allowing a humanoid to maintain its balance and complete tasks.
This Might be the Most Realistic Humanoid Robot Yet
By Steve Crowe · 12 August, 2015 • Erica, a 23-year-old humanoid robot developed by Osaka University professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, understands spoken Japanese not only with audio, but with body language - blinking, moving your head, raising your eyebrows, and more.
hitchBOT Hitchhiking Robot Found Headless
By Steve Crowe · 3 August, 2015 • After just two weeks and 300 miles into its journey, the hitchBOT robot was found headless and beaten to a pulp in Philadelphia.
Robot Passes Self-Awareness Test
By Steve Crowe · 17 July, 2015 • Uh-oh, a robot for the first time has passed a self-awareness test. The test might seem simple, but it's extremely difficult for a robot.
Inside the Henn na Robot Hotel
By Steve Crowe · 16 July, 2015 • The Henn na Hotel in Japan is set to open where guests check in with robots, which also deliver luggage to rooms, act as concierges and much more.
On the Road Again: hitchBOT Hitchhikes Across America
By Jeff Tobor · 9 July, 2015 • “There’s this issue of trust in popular media where we see a lot of dystopian visions of a future with robots that have gone rogue or out of control. In this case, we’ve designed something that actually needs human empathy to accomplish its goals.”
Will Robot Bullying Trigger the Robot Uprising?
By RT Staff · 23 June, 2015 • A new study finds that children lacked empathy for a humanoid robot inside a shopping mall. The children admitted the robots human-likeness, yet they continued to kick, punch and beat the android.

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