November 7, 2012

When Do We Get Iron Man Suits?

John Hewitt, Extreme Tech

AP Photo

The threatening grimace, exchanged in the wild by beasts armed to the teeth, has morphed among civil men into a warm but ineffectual smile -– a Faustian bargain we question every time a deep growl startles us on a twilight jog. Reports from the vanguard of science tantalize us with the ability to regain lost powers through the artifice of the machinist, however — when will these technologies be practical and what will they look like?

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TAGGED: robots, Biotechnology


October 26, 2012
Is the Next President Ready for Robot War?
Peter Singer, Foreign Policy
Robotics is akin to gunpowder, the steam engine, or the computer. It's a game-changing technology not merely because of its power, but because of its impact both on and off the battlefield. While modern unmanned systems are still... more ››
November 5, 2012
We're Already Rebuilding Humans With Robot Parts
Greg Botelho, CNN
When Zac Vawter put his mind to climbing the 103 floors of Chicago's iconic Willis Tower, his legs did the rest.Even the one that isn't human.The Seattle resident scaled the skyscraper's stairway heights on Sunday thanks to what... more ››
November 3, 2012
Meet the Love Bot
Robert Ito, Pacific Standard
THE ROBOT IS SMILING AT ME, his red rubbery lips curved in a cheery grin. I’m seated in front of a panel with 10 numbered buttons, and the robot, a three-foot-tall, legless automaton with an impish face, is telling me which... more ››
November 6, 2012
Living Cells Will Process Data
Adam Baer, Popular Science
Not all computers are made of silicon. By definition, a computer is anything that processes data, performs calculations, or uses so-called logic gates to turn inputs (for example, 1s and 0s in binary code) into outputs. And now,... more ››
November 3, 2012
Hacking the President's DNA
Hessel, Goodman & Kotler, The Atlantic
The U.S. government is surreptitiously collecting the DNA of world leaders, and is reportedly protecting that of Barack Obama. Decoded, these genetic blueprints could provide compromising information. In the not-too-distant... more ››