About 15,000 robots named “Pepper” are used in Japanese and European banks, fast service restaurants, and healthcare settings. Pepper is now in US bank branches too — HSBC has them in select locations to help answer basic customer questions.

Will the next wave of humanoid robots make our lives better — or steal our jobs?

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Robots have replaced millions of American workers. As humanoid robots improve, will they work alongside people — or replace them?

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“Ex Machina” Director Alex Garland Says, Love Your Robot

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A soft robotic system that gently tugged on the esophagus of a pig proved to elongate the organ by 10 millimeters.

New mechanical cell-manipulation technique could provide pathways into fixing disorders — even cancer


Could a study in which a pig’s esophagus was elongated using a soft robotic system for nine days really help lead to a cure for cancer? It’s actually not that much of a stretch.

Sophia, a robot integrating the latest technologies and artificial intelligence developed by Hanson Robotics is pictured during a presentation at the "AI for Good" Global Summit at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva, Switzerland Jun

Saudi Arabia has a new citizen: Sophia the robot. But what does that even mean?


Last week, during a high-profile financial summit in Riyadh, a robot called Sophia was granted Saudi citizenship. A publicity stunt, according to some analysts, but what does it actually mean to give a robot citizenship?

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Wearable, implantable ‘soft robots’ could someday make our bodies stronger


The pliable, lightweight robots mimic muscles.

Lucy Kelly is seen on a screen attached to a telepresence robot

Need to be in two places at once? Try a telepresence robot.


Using familiar tools like iPads, telepresence robots can act as our eyes, ears, and bodies in faraway places.

Rethink Robotics' Baxter, which the company markets as a "safe, flexible, affordable alternative to outsourced labor and fixed automation."

Here’s why robots aren’t going to take your job


Economist James Bessen explains why technology may not displace workers — and why 19th century textile workers have a lot in common with techies in Silicon Valley.