Author: keith


Bots at the Operating Table

The Star Wars 2-1B series medical droid is the fictional soft-spoken medical droid that provides Luke Skywalker with a prosthetic hand in the Star Wars saga.


Using Human “Wetware” to Control Robots

What happens when a man is merged with a computer or a robot? This is the question that Professor Kevin Warwick and his team at the department of Cybernetics, University of Reading in the UK have been trying to answer for a number of years.


Masters of Synthetic Life

A fleeting image of a slide at Craig Venter’s 2008 TED presentation on synthetic life captures synthetic genomics in a nutshell.


Teaching Robots the Rules of War

Military robots were once again in the news this month with headlines like "Corpse-eating robot" (Wired), "Robot… to eat all life on Earth" (The Register), and "Sniper Bot Refuels by consuming human bodies" (OhGizmo!). Such death-dealing robotic zombies would certainly seem to make the Governator-style T-800 Terminators seem like tame puppies.


Strike a Pose, Cyborg!

“My prosthetic grabber is from Oasis, my ocular implant is from Topshop and my maglev shoes are from Bertie. My carbon nanotube bag is from NanoWarehouse and my computer chip jewelry is from Accessorize-IC. I chose this brainwave hat because I thought it made a statement — which is what my style is about.”


Oh Rosie, Can You Bring Me My Slippers

Rosie, the Jetsons’ maid robot, is a sweet, nurturing cartoon robot. Not only does she bring George his slippers, she washes his clothes, teaches his son to dribble a basketball, and sings while vacuuming the rug.