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Pepper the robot understands how you feel

Meet Pepper the robot. It’s in stores now, and will be in homes soon in Japan.

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Chatbot passes Turing Test? Some aren't so sure

Critics are raising questions about news that a conversation bot passed an AI test.

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Meet Pepper, the 'love-powered' humanoid robot that knows how you're feeling

This $1,900 robot is powered by love, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son says

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Intel plans to sell a robot you can customize with a 3D printer

Intel shows off a robot that will be based on its Edison processor and available to buy by the end of the year. Is this another OnCue?

World Tech Update for May 22

This week we go hands on with Microsoft's new Surface Pro 3 and visit a start up that makes industrial robots that work alongside humans. Also, Fujitsu is putting its clean rooms to an interesting use.

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Ban killer Robocops before it's too late, rights groups say

Autonomous robots would lack proper judgment to use lethal force, according to Human Rights Watch

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Roboy helps doctors diagnose human stroke victims

Roboy's 3D-printed humanoid skeleton and springy electromechanical muscles could help simulate the effects of health problems

Roboy's springy joints move like yours

The springs give Roboy's movements fluidity, which is different than the sometimes stiff movements in other robots.

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Privacy challenges stand between you and your own private robot

In this video report, we meet NAO, a nearly two-foot tall humanoid robot currently used for research, but destined for the consumer market -- if its maker can resolve privacy concerns.

Privacy challenges await robot home companions

NAO is a nearly two-foot tall humanoid robot made by Paris-based Aldebaran Robotics currently used for research, but destined for the consumer market. While companion robots are seen as easing the lives of humans, they also raise privacy concerns.

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Anki Drive puts self-driving robot cars to good use: Fun and games

This game is a demonstration of autonomous-driving technology right on your living room floor. Oh, and it's a blast to play.

This cuddly, snuggly, high-tech therapy robot saved our CES

Need a hug? Paro the baby harp seal is happy to oblige. But this is no toy—it's a sophisticated medical device for when traditional therapy animals aren't a practical option.

Paro theraputic robots just want a hug

This robotic version of a therapy animal is just about the most adorable thing we saw at CES 2014.

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BeeWii's Bluetooth toys let you form your own robot fight club

You can control the Bluetooth Fighting Robot with a handheld device, using infrared light to do battle with a robotic adversary.

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Jumping Sumo robot leaps around house, streams video

The robotic toy is controlled over your home WiFi network or a network created by the robot itself.

Jumping Sumo robot leaps around house, streams video

The robotic toy is controlled over your home WiFi network or a network created by the robot itself.

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Japanese robot crushes rivals at DARPA competition

Robots from universities and industry compete to replicate human tasks.

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Google cheers contestants at Robotics Challenge

Now the owner of Boston Dynamics, Google rolls in to watch events at the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

Can this robot cut crime in America?

Meet K5, a robot developed by local start-up Knightscope. The company says it and a companion data analysis system have the potential to cut crime in half in areas where it’s used.

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Robots compete to mimic common human tasks

An upcoming DARPA robot challenge is focused on developing robots to use tools, climb stairs, and drive cars.

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Google buys maker of fascinating, creepy robots

Boston Dynamics' robots move like humans or four-legged animals, and one shifts its shape to fit through tight spaces.

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Robotic limbs blasting off to NASA's space bot

The robot aboard the International Space station is going to get new robotic apendages specially designed for zero gravity.

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