Rethink Robotics’ new creation is easy to interact with, but the innovations behind the robot show just how hard it is to get along with people.
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Completely autonomous vehicles will remain a fantasy for years. Until they’re here, we need technology that enhances human drivers’ abilities rather than making those abilities increasingly obsolete.
With security, reliability, and legal issues yet to be resolved, the first self-driving vehicles will perform only specific tasks.
A mobile version of the world’s most widely used Linux operating system shows promise, but it will face stiff competition.
Smarter, safer robots could expand automation to new areas of production work and help many manufacturers regain a competitive edge against those using low-cost labor.
Gesture control, devices that recognize different people, and tricks to make a screen feel as if it has physical buttons could be coming to your gadgets.
A smarter, safer new industrial robot could bring automation to new areas of manual work and help many U.S. manufacturers regain a competitive edge.
The British anthropologist's pioneering research on human social behavior has shaped business theory, military planning, and social-network design.
Does it make sense to merge a conventional desktop interface with one optimized for touch?
New features add personalized results to its searches, and could lure users to Google+.