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Guess What? Camel-Riding Robots Are Armed With Stun Guns

Here are a couple factoids for you to munch on this Friday. Last February, the world's most expensive camel sold for £1.6 million, or about $2.5 million. This camel was an international racing camel, and, yes, that exists. If the fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled world of camel racing doesn't excite you, the absurd wealth of the socialite Arab participants (or at least the brightly colored nose...

U.K. Lab's Robots Care for Elderly -- Second Sign of Robocalypse, Check

As our fearless Jon Chase noted mere days ago, the robots will conquer the world by first earning the trust of our children and old folks. As befits the country that brought smallpox to our northeastern shores, a laboratory in Bristol, England is developing the race of robo-nurses that will inevitably turn hospices into hostage situations. A joint project between the University of Bristol and t...

The End is Nigh: Proof That Our Robotic Overlords Are Coming

digg Since time immemorial, Halloween has been a celebration of all the creepy creatures that haunt our collective nightmares: witches, vampires, zombies, the cast of 'Jersey Shore.' This year, however, we at Switched have discovered real life monsters that are more terrifying than any make-believe spooks. We're speaking, of course, about the robots, and their single-minded plan to take over our...

Robot Taught to Punch People, For 'Science'

Borut Povše, of the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, is conducting a slightly unsettling experiment in which high-powered industrial robots punch human subjects in an attempt to study the threshold at which machines cause pain. It sounds like the antics of a mad scientist, but Povše claims his work is aimed at quantifying the data necessary to institute Asimov's first rule of ro...

Air Hopper Adds Final Destructive Dimension to Robotic Mobility

Such an unlikely event may seem inconceivable, but the Tokyo Institute of Technology appears determined to overthrow the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as robotic royalty. Almost one year ago to the day, DARPA promised the world a leaping robot capable of hurling itself over lofty structures as tall as 25 feet. While observers eagerly await the official debut of the high-flying ...

Robots Taught to Deceive by Georgia Tech Engineers

The inescapable and unstoppable robots from DARPA and Boston Dynamics frequently incite nerdy references to Skynet and the destruction of humanity. But, two groups of university eggheads -- who realistically should know better -- are apparently engaged in a competition to produce the most horrifying, nightmarish robots ever to grace (and eventually destroy) the planet. One-upping their contemp...

Geminoid-F: Your Creepy Fembot of the Week

Robot designer Hiroshi Ishiguro has a flair for creepy, wax-figure verisimilitude. Ishiguro has invented an entirely new distribution curve for the Uncanny Valley, hanging steadily in the middle of both the appealing/unappealing and endearing/frightening axes. A couple years back, Ishiguro created a robot version of himself (well, more of an evil twin), and now he's come up with an uncanny siblin...

Director Hits Studio Jackpot With Low Budget Robot Attack Short

Aspiring amateur filmmakers frequently parlay inexpensive digital shorts into viral sensations, but rarely does Net success actually produce tangible profits. If reports from Newslite are accurate, the previously-unknown director of the Web hit 'Panic Attack' has turned his $500, five-minute robot apocalypse film into a big budget, multi-million dollar project. Representatives of Mandate Pictu...