Woman Solves Traffic Problems In The Congo With A Giant Robot

Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, isn't a great destination for orderly-traffic fetishists. Generally, it's chaos. But, if you happen to be a much more exciting giant robot fetishist, it's a great place, all thanks to inventor Isaie Therese and her 8-foot tall traffic control robots. » 2/06/14 9:27pm 2/06/14 9:27pm

Sex Robots and Love-Score Apps: This Is the Future of Dating

Another day on the Internet, another excuse to wonder if and when technology is going to turn the landscape of interpersonal human relationships into some kind of unrecognizable Garden of Simulated Delights. Another chance to speculate whether the world of the future will be populated by people wantonly having sex with … » 12/09/13 2:10pm 12/09/13 2:10pm

Robyn Hung Out with a Robyn Robot and Everything Was Good in the World

Maybe you didn't wake up today thinking that all your Monday needed was a video of Scandinavian wood sprite/pop star Robyn meeting her robot doppelgänger and that's fine! The human mind is fickle and we don't always immediately know what we want. So trust me when I tell you that you want to watch Robyn hang out with… » 11/25/13 2:10pm 11/25/13 2:10pm

Facebook Already Knows If Your Relationship Is Doomed

Ugh, Facebook, could just quit creepin' on my shit all the time? Like, it's fine if you want to provide a convenient platform for me to accidentally let my mom know that I got a parking tickets, for obviously fake people named "Dennis" to sexually proposition me, and for misogynists to steal my pics and photoshop chewed… » 10/29/13 6:20pm 10/29/13 6:20pm

The Robots of the Future Might Be Just as Sexist as Humans

Technologists insist upon the impending arrival of the singularity, a time at which human technology (particularly artificial intelligence) progresses to the point that we create a greater-than human intelligence. With this arrival of this intelligence, human civilization — and possibly even human nature itself — will… » 8/27/13 6:30pm 8/27/13 6:30pm

Your Internet Boyfriend Might Be a Robot

Which would be worse: finding out that Jayden — your dreamy heart gif-inducing cyberboyfriend with the Bieber hair — is actually a seriously disturbed middle aged woman from the next town over OR discovering that your perfect e-man, the one who just seems to get you, is actually a social computer program designed to… » 8/12/13 12:50pm 8/12/13 12:50pm

You Can Now Get A Scar-Free Hysterectomy From a Robot

Most women who undergo hysterectomies are left with multi-inch incisions above the pubic hair line. But a new case report in the Journal of Minimal Access Surgery found that robots, using a three-dimensional view and precise "chopstick" arm movements, can perform the same surgery using only a single point of entry, thus … » 11/13/12 3:20pm 11/13/12 3:20pm

Hillary Clinton Never Sweats, Is Probably Superhuman

While it's a fairly well-accepted fact that GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney's strange behavior is best explained by the theory that he's actually an advanced humanlike robot controlled remotely by a crazed billionaire villain in a volcano lair, Hillary Clinton has largely escaped similar Replicant scrutiny. But… » 8/15/12 10:20am 8/15/12 10:20am

Watch a Robot and a Doll Court and Marry Each Other in New Ad

A Filipino company called Manikako that teaches kids how to make their own dolls out of old clothes and other recycled materials collaborated with Energizer, Revolver, Post Manila and TBWA\SMP to create a WALL-E-esque ad that Adrant describes as "a charming love story," but that I find borderline creepy. Just… » 1/22/12 6:00pm 1/22/12 6:00pm

Why Do So Many Robots Have A Woman's Voice?


Ever wonder why so many automated voices—think the iPhone's Siri, your GPS lady, the woman who gives you your voicemail—are female? NPR's Scott Simon did a little digging into this topic, and the consensus seems to be that women's voices are used because they're perceived as being more comforting. As one expert put… » 10/23/11 1:05pm 10/23/11 1:05pm

Finally, A Cookie-Baking Robot

Finally, scientists have created something useful instead of just studying how sitting is going to kill us all. Behold "BakeBot," the cookie-baking robot. It doesn't mix the ingredients well and can only make one giant, 12-inch cookie pie, but we're now one step closer to having clumsy, $400,000 robot maids. And cookie… » 8/04/11 9:30am 8/04/11 9:30am