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Video screenshot courtesy of Melanie Gonick/MIT How to Psychoanalyze a Robot

We’ve spent a lot of time on Fw:Thinking talking about how to make machines better understand our intentions. Ideally, our devices will be able to not only detect but to anticipate our needs, providing for us the things we want

Image courtesy of the researchers Robots vs Humans – Orientation

Thanks to science fiction, any discussion about robots is bound to include a reference to machines that subjugate mankind due to their superior intelligence and strength. But the truth is that machines have a long way to go before they

Image courtesy of NASA No Wheels? No Legs? No Problem: 3 Rolly Rover Designs

If you want to explore the terrain of Mars, or the surface of a foreign moon or asteroid, you need to know what you’re getting into. Destinations like these are bathed in lethal radiation, with no breathable atmosphere, likely in

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In an upcoming episode of our video series, I’ll be talking about robotic surgery — that is, surgery performed by robots, not surgery you’d perform on a robot. Doctors have been using robots in surgical procedures for a while now.

Today in Technology: This handy device prevents Jonathan from being forcibly ejected from media events. CES Is Upon Us

I’m in Las Vegas for CES and even though the show floor won’t open until tomorrow things have already taken off. First, a little insider information for those of you who have never attended: CES is an industry-only event, meaning

Gone are the days when controlling the world economy was the sole province of human beings. | Stockbyte/Thinkstock The Robot Has Your Money

Over at Human Benchmark, a reaction test finds that the median reaction time for those taking a simple test is about 215 milliseconds (much better than my score of 280 milliseconds, but then I like to take my time). That’s

Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems Swarm on Mars

In our video about space exploration, we talked about rovers, robots, probes and all manner of inorganic space explorers. One idea that didn’t make it into the final video was actually one of my favorites: swarm explorers. Wheeled rovers like

exp-1-470x275 Space. Very Dangerous. You Go First.

Space is dangerous. Exploring it exposes humans to all sorts of hazards from mechanical failures to radiation exposure. That’s why we look at the options for space exploration in this week’s Fw:Thinking. Haven’t seen it yet? Here’s the episode. There

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