The Self-Driving Car's Bicycle Problem

Uber’s experiment in San Francisco showed that bicycles and bike lanes are a problem self-driving cars are struggling to crack Photo: iStockphoto Robotic cars are great at monitoring other cars, and they’re getting better at noticing pedestrians, squirrels, and birds. The main challenge, though, is posed by the lightest, quietest, swerviest vehicles on the road. … [Read more…]

AI Decisively Defeats Human Poker Players

An AI named Libratus has beaten human pro players in no-limit Texas Hold’em for the first time Photo: Andrew Rush/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/AP PhotoPoker pro Jason Les with computer mouse in hand plays against the Libratus AI. Humanity has finally folded under the relentless pressure of an artificial intelligence named Libratus in a historic poker tournament loss. As poker pro Jason … [Read more…]

Video Friday: Muscle for Tough Robots, Cobots on Wheels, and WALK-MAN Goes for a Walk

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: WALK-MAN Project via YouTubeWALK-MAN humanoid robot steps over an obstacle during a demonstration. Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robot videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next two months; here’s what we … [Read more…]

Reptile Robots Spy on Wild Animals in Africa

EPFL scientists built a robot crocodile and lizard to get up close and personal with wild animals in Africa. The robots are featured in an episode of the BBC’s “Spy in the Wild.” Reptile Robots Spy on Wild Animals in Africa