Robots Built at Home

Robots Built at Home

Anyone can build a robot at home says EZ-Robot.com. Popular Science calls it “robots in a snap, a modular robot kit for the rest of us.” This is a time of creativity when computers tend to be the biggest focus and programmers seem to have the most fun. There is a new hobby in town; […]

Robots in Fiction and Reality

Robots in Fiction and Reality

Robots in fiction have sparked the imagination to create robots in reality. Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot, arguably the earliest source of the concept of a walking, thinking machine, has captivated scientists and writers alike. The book, published in 1950, featured a collection of five stories about robots as told by Doctor Susan Calvin, robopsychologist, to […]

Robots That Kill: the United Nations and the Rules for Autonomous Warriors

Robots That Kill: the United Nations and the Rules for Autonomous Warriors

As surreal as it sounds, robots that target and kill people are the subject of a recent report published by the United Nations Human Rights Council. Presented in Geneva by Christof Heyns—Professor of Human Rights Law and UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions—the report (A/HRC/23/47) “focuses on lethal autonomous robotics [LARs] and […]