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Toyota unveils upgraded version of its humanoid robot

Toyota Motor Corp. recently unveiled an upgraded version of its human-shaped T-HR3 robot. The robot, which is controlled remotely by a person wearing a headset and wiring on his or …

Ford’s way to finish driverless deliveries: Package-carrying robots

If an autonomous delivery vehicle arrives at your house, without any humans aboard, who’s going to carry the package, grocery bags or piping-hot pizza to your doorstep? A robot, of …

UPDATED: Thu., April 25, 2019

Man accused of child rape arrested after standoff in Spokane Valley

Spokane County deputies arrested a man wanted on child rape charges after a standoff in Spokane Valley.

UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019

Baristas beware: A robot that makes gourmet cups of coffee has arrived

In the food industry, it seems, the robot revolution is well underway. Now comes Briggo, a company that has created a fully automated, robotic brewing machine that that can push …

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018

Robot janitors to mop floors at some Walmarts

The world’s largest retailer is rolling out 360 autonomous floor-scrubbing robots in some of its stores in the U.S. by the end of the January, it said in a joint …

Houston City Council short circuits proposed robot brothel

A Canadian company’s plan to open a so-called robot brothel in Houston has been short circuited by city leaders.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018

Meet the farmers of the future: Robots

To Alexander, Angus and other robots are key to a new wave of local agriculture that aims to raise lettuce, basil and other produce in metropolitan areas while conserving water …

Why Google’s new AI assistant tells you it’s a robot – even if it sounds human

Duplex is the company’s next-generation virtual helper. In the months ahead, Duplex will be introduced for three types of tasks: booking restaurant reservations, calling stores to inquire about holiday hours, …

Inside Boston Dynamics, the secretive lab where unnerving, high-tech robots come to life

For nine years, the secretive firm – which got its start with U.S. military funding – has unnerved people around the world with YouTube videos of experimental robots resembling animal …

UPDATED: Mon., April 23, 2018

Amazon said to be working on home robots

The retail and cloud computing giant has embarked on an ambitious, top-secret plan to build a domestic robot, according to people familiar with the plans.

Robot designed for faster, safer uranium plant pipe cleanup

Ohio crews cleaning up a massive former Cold War-era plant in Ohio plan to send a high-tech helper into pipes where uranium was processed for use in nuclear reactors and …

Saudi Arabia, which denies women equal rights, makes a robot a citizen

Sophia, the advanced artificial intelligence robot – which looks like Audrey Hepburn, mimics human expressions and may be the grandmother of robots that solve the world’s most complex problems – …

Possible melted fuel seen for first time at Fukushima plant

An underwater robot captured images of lava-like lumps Thursday inside a damaged reactor at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, spotting for the first time what is believed to be nuclear …

Swimming robot probes Fukushima reactor to find melted fuel

An underwater robot entered a badly damaged reactor at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant Wednesday, capturing images of the harsh impact of its meltdown, including key structures that were torn …

UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017

Domino’s will begin using robots to deliver pizzas in Europe

Starship Technologies, the London-based company that has created six-wheeled self-driving delivery robots, will begin taking customers Domino’s pizzas in Germany and the Netherlands.

Cleaner robot pulled from Fukushima reactor due to radiation

A remote-controlled cleaning robot sent into a damaged reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant had to be removed Thursday before it completed its work because of camera problems most likely …

Scientists in the UK discuss sex robots and digital intimacy

Sex robots – discuss. That is precisely what scientists and academics are doing at a British conference also covering all-too-modern issues like digital intimacy and older Facebook users.

UPDATED: Fri., July 8, 2016

Killer robot used by Dallas police opens ethical debate

When Dallas police used a bomb-carrying robot to kill a sniper, they also kicked off an ethical debate about technology’s use as a crime-fighting weapon.

Ocean ‘robot’ to help identify toxic algae off Washington

After a massive toxic algae bloom closed lucrative shellfish fisheries off the West Coast last year, scientists are turning to a new tool that could provide an early warning of …

Dr. Robot scrubs in, and suturing may never be the same

In a series of trial runs, the new robotic system sutured incisions with deft, even strokes that surpassed those of experienced surgeons and an existing robotic system. Without any human …

Robotic surgery programs grow at region’s hospitals

Three regional hospitals have recently added new robotic surgery systems. The da Vinci-brand robots enable surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures. Common surgeries include those for some cancers, as well …

3 Inland NW hospitals add robotic surgery systems

Three regional hospitals have recently added new robotic surgery systems.

U-Hi staging classic musical

University High School drama students will be taking audiences out to the ball game during performances of their spring musical, “Damn Yankees.” The story is set in the 1950s and …