This smart toilet is the best reason to stay in the bathroom

LAS VEGAS — Tech is invading the bathroom. see also Answering the call of Mother Nature is getting an upgrade, according to a high-tech toilet unveiled here at CES 2018, but it’s going to cost you plenty. Japan-based Toto debuted its Neorest NX2, an $11,000 tech marvel that will open automatically

Robotic implant stretches your organs to help them heal

If you have science fiction nightmares of a robot apocalypse you should probably just stop reading right now. For those of you still here, I have good(?) news! Scientists at Boston Children’s Hospital have invented a robot that can be implanted into the body where it pulls on

New suitcase will follow you around the airport

Luggage need not be lugged, at least not if you own a revolutionary new smart suitcase that drives itself around. The ForwardX Robotics CX-1 is a zany hold-all on wheels that follows you around autonomously using smart sensors. Designed by a Chinese robotics start-up, the CX-1 smart suitcases uses a

Male sex dolls with bionic penises will be here before 2019

Sex doll firm Realbotix has revealed that a new male robot with a “bionic penis” will land later this year. The X-rated companions will be targeted at a new female audience and will each be fitted with an AI “personality.” The new male sex robots are a follow-up to the

“Dashing’ sex robots could make men obsolete

There has been a lot of talk suggesting that the growing sex robot industry could soon make women redundant in terms of sexual gratification, but one mathematician says it is the men who should be worried. Dr. Cathy O’Neil believes that human men are at risk of being passed

Scientists develop self-healing robot muscles

We often think of robots as superior to ourselves, but when it comes to the abilities afforded us by our muscles, robots have a hard time keeping up. Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder are working to change that with newly developed soft muscles that work a

Robot duck hopes to help kids with cancer

ATLANTA — A plush, robotic duck may soon become a fixture in the world of children who have cancer — a social robot that can be silly, happy, angry, scared or sick just like them and help them cope creatively with their illness through the power of play. The

5 terrifying stories that warn of an AI apocalypse

The future of artificial intelligence could save humanity — or destroy it. AI boasts dozens of advantages that will push society into a brighter future, like nagging you into losing weight, fighting workplace sexual harassment and gender bias and detecting if someone is at risk for suicide. But the civilization-destroying potential

Robots will take HALF of jobs in UK’s poorest areas, study reveals

ROBOTS could take almost half of all jobs in Britain’s poorer areas, it is feared. A major study reveals automation’s dramatic workplace revolution will split the country into winners and losers unless the government steps in. Low-wage jobs are most at risk, as are female and ethnic minority workers who

Scientists upgrade robot using one of our grossest habits

When you consider all of the ways that humanoid robots are better than actual humans — they’re stronger, faster and don’t complain when they stub their toes — you probably don’t take heat into account. Robots tend to get pretty hot when they’re doing serious work and cooling

Scientists hope AI-enhanced “robo-cats’ will help the elderly

PROVIDENCE, RI — Imagine a cat that can keep a person company, doesn’t need a litter box and can remind an aging relative to take her medicine or help find her eyeglasses. That’s the vision of toymaker Hasbro and scientists at Brown University, who have received a three-year, $1

A robot security guard is terrifying homeless people in San Francisco

The San Francisco SPCA, a non-profit whose mission is “to save and protect animals … and enhance the human-animal bond,” is reportedly doing just the opposite with its latest robot security guard. It is terrifying homeless people that hang out near the SPCA building in the Mission section of

Robot to explore secret chamber inside Great Pyramid of Giza

French researchers are building an exploration robot that is set to reveal the secrets of mystery chambers inside the Great Pyramid of Giza. The new robot will be able to squeeze into a long narrow passage that leads to the inner chambers and see what’s been hiding in there

A robot carried the Olympic torch in South Korea

Robots are coming for the Olympics. On Monday, the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology’s humanoid robot, HUBO, carried the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics relay torch during a stretch in Daejon, South Korea. HUBO – decked out in an Olympic beanie — received the torch from Professor Dennis Hong, the

Google AI built “AI child’ more advanced than anything humans have ever made

A Google supercomputer has created an “AI child” which can outperform its man-made rivals. The incredible machine named NASNet becomes smarter through “reinforcement learning” which sees it report back to its “parent” computer when completing tasks. The AI (artificial intelligence,) which was created earlier this year, is able to recognize

Yep, that’s a pole-dancing robot

If you happened to come across it, the video of a gyrating, pole-dancing robot that went viral this week likely stirred some strange feelings inside you. The video has been retweeted more than 108,000 times in the past few days. Complete with shiny white high heels and a security

Delivery robots may soon need permits

SAN FRANCISCO — Delivery robots in San Francisco will need permits before they can roam city sidewalks under legislation approved by city supervisors. San Francisco has struggled to regulate hometown startups that grew too popular, including short-term vacation rental platform Airbnb and ride-hailing service Uber. Supervisor Norman Yee proposed an

Classroom robot helps children with autism

Robots are taking over classrooms across the US. In October, South Carolina teachers at select schools began using the Robots4Autism curriculum and a small robot named Milo to teach students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). “[Milo] is 100 times 1 million percent cool,” third-grade student Malachi McCarty told Fox News. About

Facebook using artificial intelligence to detect suicide risk

NEW YORK — Facebook is turning to artificial intelligence to detect if someone might be contemplating suicide. Facebook already has mechanisms for flagging posts from people thinking about harming themselves. The new feature is intended to detect such posts before anyone reports them. The service will scan posts and live

Tiny microrobots could be used to cure cancer

Tiny robots small enough to be injected into the human body have been hailed as a potential breakthrough in the battle to cure cancer. Known as “biohybrids,” the microbots can be controlled remotely to deliver life-saving drugs directly to affected areas for maximum efficiency. They are made from biological cells

Sex robots spark rise of men who will only sleep with dolls

The craze for sex robots will lead to a growing number of men whose only sexual and romantic relationships will be with dolls, academics say. So-called “digisexuals” will shun human partners in favor of the new kind of virtual reality porn and customizable robots able to speak and interact. The

Robot doctor passes his medical exams

A robot doctor – one of the first in the world – has passed its medical exams with flying colors. Xiao Yi “mastered” all required medical skills, scoring 465 out of 600 points in China’s National Medical Licensing Examination. Researchers from Tsinghua University, Beijing spent the last 12 months inputting

Working with our future robot overlords is a lucrative endeavor

Good news for non-robots everywhere. There might still be a job in artificial intelligence with your name on it — and it might pay quite a lot. The median base pay for open jobs in artificial intelligence is about $111,000 per year, more than twice the U.S. median base

Exoskeletons give factory works super strength

Robots have long been a part of the automotive assembly process, but what about cyborgs? You won’t find any factory workers jacked into the internet yet, but Ford is trying out a new exoskeleton designed to make physical tasks easier for the human half of the man-machine combination. It’s called

Robots could eventually make decisions against our will

Robots could soon be able to make their own decisions and act in ways which could harm society. Terrifying new research reveals that the one thing that we once believe separated us from machines – our ability to be self-aware – can be simulated by artificial intelligence. That means machines

One rogue programmer could end the human race

The idea of small groups of humans having control over some of the most powerful weapons ever to be built is scary, but it’s the reality we live in. In the not-so-distant future, that incredible power and responsibility could be handed over to AI and robotic systems, which

Stephen Hawking issues dire warning on AI

Artificial Intelligence could sideline and “destroy” its human creators if engineers cannot get a grip on the ethics behind it, Stephen Hawking has warned. Speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon, the theoretical physicist said AI has the potential to be the best or worst thing humanity has ever

Walmart rolls out robots to make sure shelves stay stocked

Walmart will roll out shelf-scanning robots in approximately 40 stores to replenish inventory faster on its shelves and save store employees time when products run out. The company has been piloting such robots in a handful of stores. “If you are running up and down the aisle, and you want to decide