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Risk of robot uprising wiping out human race to be studied

Cambridge researchers are to assess whether technology could end up destroying human civilisation.
The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) will study dangers posed by biotechnology, artificial life, nanotechnology and climate change.

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People perceive robots as humans not objects

University of Canterbury (UC) research has found people perceive robots, not as objects, but as humans.
UC researchers Christoph Bartneck and Jakub Zlotowski said there was societal relevance on how people will deal with robots in the near future.

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US Navy funds 'MacGyver' robot that can create tools

A US team aims to build a robot that can work out how to use nearby objects to solve problems or escape threats. The machine has been dubbed a MacGyver Bot, after the TV character who cobbled together devices to escape life-threatening situations.
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Robot that speaks its mind is not far off

It is the stuff of sci-fi dreams - a robot that can talk to humans - and now scientists in Aberdeen are close to making it a reality. A team of experts are working on a device which would allow man and machine to exchange information, give and take orders and challenge statements they dont agree with.
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Underwater robots to 'repair' Scotland's coral reefs

Underwater robots tasked with saving coral reefs are being developed at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.
Dubbed "coralbots", they are being designed to work in groups, in a similar manner to bees and ants.

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Camouflage robot changes colour for disguise

A robot that can change colour to either blend in with or stand out from its surroundings has been created by scientists.
The machine, designed by researchers at Harvard University, was inspired by the camouflage skills of sea creatures such as octopuses, cuttlefish and squid.

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Space bugs for blood testing - and more

Thanks to ideas of putting swarms of tiny robot bugs to work on a future space station, patients being medicated for blood clots may soon get a simple, home-use testing kit, here on Earth.
Fifteen years ago as a graduate student, Vladislav Djakov started building these micro-electromechanical creatures that mimic the swarms of bugs found in nature.

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Super intelligent: Amazing quadrilingual Japanese tour guide robot

Tawabo is a quadrilingual robot who guides tours around Tokyo Tower for some of their 100,000 foreign visitors. Report by Genelle Aldred.



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A robot dancing competition has taken place in China.



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Disaster drones: How robot teams can help in a crisis

Professor Nick Jennings prefers to call them unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). He is one of the chief scientific advisers to the government, and drew up a fictional scenario as part of his multi-million pound Orchid research project.
Prof Jennings believes the key to mastering the pandemonium that follows large-scale disasters lies in intelligent, co-ordinated action between man and machine.

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