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Open Dialogue

Evan Selinger in conversation with Kate Darling from MIT Media Lab

The text “Open Dialogue” as a graphic next to a photoshopped image of a standing biped robot holding a cardboard box.
The text “Open Dialogue” as a graphic next to a photoshopped image of a standing biped robot holding a cardboard box.
Photo illustration, source: Agility Robotics


Agility Robotics created a robot that could walk up stairs and carry boxes. But the main complaint from customers? It didn’t have a face.

The robot Digit. Photo: Agility Robotics


Why self-driving vehicles and teleoperation are poised to thrive in a post-Covid-19 world

A photo of a Postmates food delivery robot going down a sidewalk.
A photo of a Postmates food delivery robot going down a sidewalk.
A Postmates food delivery robot delivers food. Photo: AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images/Getty Images


What kind of materials, minerals, and supply chain would we need to create ‘Westworld’-style hosts or ‘Blade Runner’ replicants en masse?

An illustration of a humanoid robot being grown in a bubble.
An illustration of a humanoid robot being grown in a bubble.
Illustration: Sandro Rybak


A day with the schlep-bot Gita gave me insight into what daily life shared with robots will look like

Photos: Gita


OneZero obtained a presentation that reveals how Knightscope uses facial recognition and license plate readers to track individuals

Left: Surveillance footage captured by a Knightscope robot. Right: Knightscope robot.


Technology could be part of some bigger plan to enable us to perceive other dimensions. But will we believe our machines when that happens?

Illustration: Robert Beatty


How a robot’s eyes are developed could provide a shortcut around the uncanny valley

Credit: Boston Globe/Getty Images


I/O

Why are we so obsessed with screwing machines? Notable sci-fi writers weigh in.

Alicia Vikander in “Ex Machina.” © Universal Pictures International


We should be concerned about the rights of all sentients as an unprecedented diversity of minds emerges

Credit: Donald Iain Smith/Getty Images

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