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Most publicly traded automakers grew workforce since 2013

An analysis finds 11 of 13 publicly traded automakers grew staff since 2013.

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But the technology will live on with useful real-world applications

But the technology will live on with useful real-world applications

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This little bot is terrifying or amazing depending on your point of view

GhostRobotics has created a small robot that is capable of jumping obstacles and climbing structures. Ghost Minitaur was developed for scientific research, public safety, and warfare. The all-terrain robot is agile and adaptable to its surroundings. Learn more at ghostrobotics.io Transcript: This robot looks freaky fast. Ghost Minitaur from GhostRobotics is a lightweight unmanned robot. Developed for scientific research, public safety, and warfare. This all-terrain robot is able to lower itself

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Mech tech is apparently the new hotness

Transcript: Mech suit racing is coming. Furrion exo-bionics has created what they call the world's first racing mech. Designed to compete in the X1 mech racing league. No word when this league will begin.

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Plus a portable, swappable EV battery pack and a recharging system.

Plus a portable, swappable battery pack for EVs and a recharging system.

They're working on a system to make EVs plug themselves in.

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Agility Robotics created a two-legged delivery robot named Cassie.

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It makes the Caterpillar P-5000 Work Loader look like a child's toy.

Tanks are so 20th century.

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Disney Research Hub focuses on robot-human interaction and robotic travel. Their latest creation is a one-legged autonomous robot that can jump 19 times for 7 seconds.

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A woman in Boston accidentally stumbled upon something unnatural lurking in the forest as she walked her dog on a nature trail.

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The Dogo is a lightweight tactical robot from General Robotics. It's designed for SWAT, law enforcement, and other first responding teams.

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Paving The Way For A Robotic Future

The Toyota Research Institute announces the first hires for its technical team working on artificial intelligence and robotics.

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FIRST Robotics Program Has Been Around Since 1989

Organizers hope to get about $40,000 for the second-generation extended-range plug-in vehicle.

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Toyota believes that autonomous tech is the future, the company will invest $1 billion over the next five years to create AI and robotics research labs on both coasts.

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A DARPA program has allowed a quadriplegic woman with no flight training experience to control an F-35 simulator using nothing but her thoughts.

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Back in 2003, former Ford executive William Santana Li and former police officer Stacey Dean founded Carbon Motors, a company that designed a purpose-built diesel police car that recently filed for bankruptcy. But they're at it again, this time with a new company and a new invention that looks eerily similar to R2D2: a robotic security guard.

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Robots are here to stay, and all signs point to there being more "everyday" mechanized friends that will specialize in doing different things for different people. In addition to its work on the Partner Robot, Toyota is developing a Human Support Robot (HSR) to assist the elderly at home. The cylindrical, 70-pound HSR can be controlled by voice, just like children and grandchildren, and will perform the tasks that children and grandchildren are most handy for, such as picking things up, retrievi

So how's this for a way to celebrate National Robotics Week? Ford has dug up some photos and press releases from the late 1960s featuring "Freddie Ford," a quasi-robot made out of auto parts that entertained crowds on the auto show circuit.

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Our sister site Translogic visits the University of Michigan in their latest episode to check out a bipedal robot named MABEL. While other similar robots like ASIMO (built by Honda), and the Partner Robots (from Toyota) have wowed crowds with their ability to walk upright, MABEL advances the technology with a complex system of springs in its knees so that its gait more resembles actual human locomotion. This enables MABEL to actually run like a human, with both "feet" leaving the ground for part

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Honda does a whole lot more than just cars. They do motorbikes, ATVs, power equipment, outboard marine engines, personal watercraft, business jets... and yes, even robots. In fact its ASIMO humanoid robot (parodied in a rather disturbingly hilarious episode of South Park) is one of the most advanced in the field of robotics, and it's only getting more so as the Japanese industrial giant has just unveiled its latest iteration.

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