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(Updated on 09/10/2013)

 

VIDEOS :

  • The intelligence explosion - How to stop a robot from turning evil - VIDEO
    "Guardian Original Drama returns with a third installment, a superintelligence sci-fi.
    It's 2027 and Mental Endeavours Ltd has a problem with their flagship robot Günther. How do you program an intelligent machine not to annihilate humanity? And if its intelligence is skyrocketing faster than anyone could have predicted, are they about to run out of time?"

    (theguardian.com)

 

  • Timmy II
    "One robot learns that fitting in isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when his new human form attracts the wrong kind of attention in post-9/11 America."

    (vimeo.com)

 

  • Hum by Tom Teller - 8:35
    "A solitary dish washing robot living out his life in the back room of a restaurant is enlightened to the world that exists beyond his four walls,
    with the help of a small friend he breaks free of confinement to pursue his dream of exploration."
    (vimeo.com)

 

  • Are You Standing in Line to Buy a Hatchimal - Text + Audio + Video - 12 December 2016
    "Do you know what a Hatchimal is? If you do not, you probably will soon.
    Hatchimals are said to be one of the most popular holiday gifts for children in the United States this year."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

 

 

 

  • Jackrabbot: Why this robot is watching how you move - VIDEO - 25 July 2016
    "A robot which is learning how to be socially aware and move through pedestrian environments by observing behaviour is being developed by Stanford University...
    The idea is to create an algorithm which can be used by any robot to learn the social conventions of the place it is in at the time, he added."

    (BBC)

  • Sleepy Steve
    "A fuzzy bachelor has engineered his wacky morning routine with robotic precision."

    (vimeo.com)

 

  • Could a robot do your job? – video explainer - 6 June 2016
    "Robots and automated systems are getting faster, better and cheaper by the day.
    A study of US jobs has found that 47% are threatened by automation in the next 20 years.
    So what can robots already do? What jobs are safe? And what will we do all day if we don’t have any work to do?"

    (theguardian.com)

 

 

  • Davos 2016 — the rise of AI - VIDEO
    "Jan 20, 2016 : The FT's Murad Ahmed asks Erik Brynjolfsson, director of MIT's Initiative on the Digital Economy, about the rise of artificial intelligence, how it will transform industries around the world and what the second wave of robotics entails."

    (video.ft.com)

  • How robots are changing the way we work - VIDEO - 20 January 2016
    "Business leaders from around the world are in Davos for the World Economic Forum.
    This year's theme is the effect developments in artificial intelligence will have on the world of work.
    As Tanya Beckett reports, companies are waking up to the idea they may have to rethink their approach to getting the job done."

    (BBC)

  • CES 2016: Social robot wants to be your Buddy - VIDEO - 1 January 2016
    "Las Vegas is playing host to all kinds of robots.
    The CES tech show - a giant showcase of consumer technologies - is dedicating a bigger area to droids than ever before.
    One of the attendees is Buddy - a robot from France designed to help around the home.
    It can recognise family members, make video calls and even detect fire, flood and intruders. 
    But will people be persuaded to buy a bot when there are less expensive ways to control a smart home?
    BBC technology reporter Chris Foxx quizzed the company's chief, Rodolphe Hasselvander." 

    (BBC)

    CES "is a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow that takes place every January in Las Vegas, Nevada."
    (cesweb.org)

  • Robotic Vehicles Explore the Celtic Sea - VIDEO - 15 November 2015
    "One vehicle has equipment that can detect small organisms called zooplankton and fish.
    It also has devices to measure water currents and record other features of sea life.
    Another research vehicle is powered by solar panels and a wind turbine. It sends information about biodiversity hotspots."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Yamaha robot rides high-speed racing motorcycle - VIDEO - 29 October 2015
    "Yamaha Motors has revealed it is developing a robot designed to ride any racing motorbike at high speeds.
    The Japanese company unveiled a prototype at the Tokyo Motor Show.
    At present it is reliant on human operators, but in time the firm plans to have the android make its own decisions about the best course and speed to achieve the best race time around a track.
    Read and watch more about robots in our recent Intelligent Machines season"

    (BBC)

  • What is artificial intelligence? - VIDEO - 13 September 2015
    "A computer can beat the world chess champion and understand voice commands on your smartphone, but real artificial intelligence has yet to arrive. The pace of change is quickening, though.
    Some people say it will save humanity, even make us immortal.
    Others say it could destroy us all.
    But, the truth is, most of us don't really know what AI is."
    (BBC)

 

 

  • Wire Cutters - "A chance encounter proves fateful for 2 robots mining on a desolate planet."
    (vimeo.com)

 

  • Robots that build 'baby robots' - VIDEO - 12 August 2015
    (BBC)

  • HitchBOT scientist: 'Sometimes bad things happen to good robots' - VIDEO - 3 August 2015
    "A robot that hitch-hiked around Europe and Canada has been smashed to pieces in the United States.
    HitchBOT, who was created as part of a social experiment to see whether robots can trust humans,
    had spent weeks successfully hitchhiking his way from town to town.
    The robot was trying to cross the United States and had got as far as Philadelphia.
    One of HitchBOT's creators Dr Frauke Zeller, Assistant Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, explains what happened."

    (BBC)

  • Robot footballers hoping for RoboCup win - VIDEO - 17 July 2015
    "A team of robot footballers is training for the RoboCup, an annual football competition for non-humans.
    The robots from the University of Hertfordshire came second in the 2014 contest, held in Brazil.
    The competition was set up in 1997 to encourage advances in robot intelligence.
    Around 500 teams from more than 45 countries will take part in this year's contest, which kicks off in China on 19 July.
    BBC technology reporter Jane Wakefield went to see the robots in training."

    (BBC)

  • Welcome to Japan's robot hotel - 16 July 2015
    "A new hotel has opened in Japan and it's run almost entirely by robots."

    (BBC)

 

 

  • Robots Ready to Work in Restaurants - Text + Audio + Video - 28 June 2015
    "For many years, machines have been doing work that people once did, including some difficult jobs.
    Search and rescue operations employ high technology robots.
    But there is another area that may soon take jobs traditionally held by human beings: the restaurant industry."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Robot Security Could Help Cut Crime - Text + Audio + Video - 11 June 2015
    "Shopping centers, stadiums and universities may soon have a new tool to help fight crime.
    A California company called Knightscope says its robots can predict and prevent crime.
    Knightscope says the goal is to reduce crime by half in the areas where the robots patrol."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Miniature Origami Robot Self-folds, Walks, Swims, and Degrades
    ""An Untethered Miniature Origami Robot that Self-folds, Walks, Swims, and Degrades," by Shuhei Miyashita, Steven Guitron, Marvin
    Ludersdorfer, Cynthia R. Sung, and Daniela Rus from MIT and TU Munich, was presented at ICRA 2015 in Seattle. Read more

    (YouTube)

 

  • Robot house sleepover at the home that hums - VIDEO - 16 May 2015
    "How would you cope with sharing your living space with a small army of robots?
    A professor from Hertfordshire University has set out to answer the question by filling a sensor-equipped home with a host of automatons.
    They range from a machine designed to interact with children with autism to a droid that plays football.
    The BBC's Zoe Kleinman was invited to spend the night."

    (BBC)

  • Robot Helps Heal Human Muscle Damage - Text + Audio + Video - 9 April 2015
    "A Polish company has developed a robot that helps therapists.
    The robot tells therapists about their patients progress and can choose the best exercises to help rehabilitate people with injuries that affect movement.
    Egzotech expects to have other robots ready for sale later this year."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Robot Scientist Helps Design New Drugs - Text + Audio + Video - 1 April 2015
    "Robots are common in today’s world.
    They manufacture cars, work in space, explore oceans, clean up oil spills and investigate dangerous environments.
    And now, scientists at the University of Manchester are using a robot as a laboratory partner."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Artoo In Love
    "Follow our intrepid, droid-hero R2-D2 as he tries to find love in our galaxy."

    (YouTube)

 

  • Introducing Spot - VIDEO - 11 February 2015
    "Spot runs on electric power instead of gasoline, so he can be used indoors as well as outside.
    And he, I mean it, weighs only about 160 pounds. Spot joins BigDog, AlphaDog, Atlas, Petman, RHex, Wildcat, Sand Flea, and Cheetah
    (all from Boston Dynamics) among our new robot overlords."

    See also: More terrifying robots from Boston Dynamics.
    (neatorama.com)

  • Prototype robot fireman unveiled by US Navy - Video - 5 February 2015
    "US Navy scientists have unveiled a prototype fire-fighting robot.
    The Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot is the size of a human and is capable of detecting fires.
    It can withstand higher heat for longer periods than humans."

    (BBC)

  • Robot Finds Unexploded Underwater Mines - Article + Audio + Video - 10 January 2015
    "Many teachers believe that “hands-on” experience is the best way to learn. A group of students in the U.S. is putting that belief to the test.
    The students are with the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.
    They successfully designed and built a robot to find underwater mines."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Robots Go To Work for Dentists and Patients - Text + Audio + Video
    "For years, robots have helped doctors perform operations with greater safety, speed and exactness than by using hand-controlled instruments.
    Now, one such machine reduces the time it takes to make dental crowns. This procedure can repair a damaged tooth in just about two hours."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • China restaurant introduces robot waiters - 13 December 2014
    "A restaurant in China is trying to revolutionise customer service by introducing robot waiters to deliver food and drinks."

    (BBC)

 

  • Artificial intelligence: A brief introduction to AI - 2:07 - 2 December 2014
    "The renowned physicist Prof Stephen Hawking has warned: "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."
    But what exactly is AI?..."

    (BBC)

  • The rise of human-like robots, cars and drones - 29 October 2014 
    "Should we add more humour and humanity to our gadgets? David Robson reports on a new breed of machine
    designed to make us love them, and discovers whether robots can make you laugh..."

    (BBC)

 

  • Brazil Hosts a World Cup for Robots - a video - 11 August 2014
    "Robots take the field in the International Event known as RoboCup.
    Teams from many nations competed for the prize this year in the city of Joao Pessoa, Brazil. This year, Australia won top honors."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • hitchBOT
    "I am hitchBOT — a robot from Port Credit, Ontario.
    This summer I will be traveling across Canada, from coast-to-coast. I am hoping to make new friends,
    have interesting conversations, and see new places along the way. As you may have guessed robots cannot get driver’s licences yet,
    so I’ll be hitchhiking my entire way. I have been planning my trip with the help of my big family of researchers in Toronto.
    I will be making my way from the east coast to the west coast starting in July.
    As I love meeting people and hearing stories, I invite you to follow my journey and share your hitchhiking stories with me as well.
    If you see me by the side of the road, pick me up and help me make my way across the country!"

    (vimeo.com)

 

  • JIBO: The World's First Family Robot
    "See what JIBO can do, and how he can fit in and is helpful in all sorts of families and in many different situations.
    See how JIBO relates to you and becomes part of the family."

    (YouTube)

 

  • Robots Can Do Dirty, Dangerous Jobs - Text + VIDEO
    "Carnegie Mellon in Pennsylvania is one of the leading robotics engineering schools.
    Scientists there are designing highly developed robots to do uninteresting, dirty and dangerous jobs."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • The Centrifuge Brain Project - 6' 35
    OFFICIAL WEBSITE: icr-science.org/about.htm.
    (vimeo.com)




    « The Centrifuge Brain Project » de Till Nowak - Commentaire en français
    "Le film... a largement tourné et glané les prix de par le monde ...
    Nowak a... dessiné les plans de chacune des attractions vues dans le film, qui ont été intégrés à plusieurs expositions de par le monde...
    « The centrifuge brain project » joue la carte du faux documentaire et est tout d’abord impressionnant par sa technique et son inventivité...
    Après une introduction très sérieuse et réaliste..., le film s’engage de plus en plus dans l’excentricité de ses créations ..., pour s’avérer souvent hilarant..." 

    (makeitshort.fr)

  • Monsieur COK
    "Mister Cok is the owner of a large bomb factory. Looking for efficiency and profit, he decides to replace his workers by sophisticated robots. The formers stare helplessly at the toil of the robotic labourers. But one of the workers does not accept being discarded so easily..."

    (vimeo.com)
    Read more about the film at its website

 

  • Do We Need Humans? - a video
    "In this episode, TED speakers consider the promises and perils of our relationship with technology."

    (npr.org)

  • How a Robotic Suit Helped a Man Walk - a video
    "Bob Amelio walked for first time in 26 years with the help of the Ekso Bionic Exoskeleton."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Beyond human: How I became a cyborg - Article + Video
    "When writer Frank Swain joined the ranks of the cyborgs, he discovered that it meant losing control of a part of his body.
    In the first of our Beyond Human series, he explores why enhancing the senses raises surprising personal and ethical problems."

    (BBC)
  • Four-winged robot flies like a jellyfish (YouTube)
    "The design should be especially useful for making centimetre-scale robots that drift through the air. It is quite robust – it can crash into objects while remaining unharmed...
    We could use this type of robot to float around and take measurements..."
    (NewScientist)

 

  • Bionic Man Showcases Cutting-Edge Medical Technology
    "A new state-of-the-art robot that walks, talks, grasps, sees and hears was recently the star attraction at an event
    at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington. VOA's Julie Taboh was there and has this report."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Inside an underground Japanese robotic cycle park (in Tokyo) - 18 November 2013 
    "Spencer Kelly goes behind the scenes to see how an underground robotic bike park works."
    (BBC)

  • Meet the robot that teaches coding - 13 November 2013 
    "A robot which can be programmed to walk and talk has been developed by a US start-up.
    It hopes the Play-i robot will encourage pre-schoolers to try coding, at a time when youngsters may be avid consumers of technology
    but have few of the skills needed to work in the industry."
    (BBC)

 

  • Robots Are Becoming More Human
    "A humanoid robot being developed at John’s Hopkins University could do many tasks that are too dangerous for people to do."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)


 

  • Bionic man unveiled at London's Science Museum - video - 5 February 2013
    "A bionic man, which has artificial organs, synthetic blood and robotic limbs, goes on display at the Science Museum in London on Tuesday.
    The human-like machine has cost more than £500,000 to make, but scientists who built him believe it could provide a range of benefits, such as replicating parts of the human body using the same technology."

    (guardian.co.uk)
  • Robot Olympics held in China - 23 June 2010 
    "Walking, running and even dancing humanoid robots have been pitted  against each other at the International Huro Olympic Games in northern China. Nineteen international teams travelled to Harbin  to put their robots to the test in 17 disciplines. The games run for three days..."

    (BBC)

 

  • Gumdrop (First part of the video) - Gumdrop the Robot wants to be an actress. (YouTube)

 

  • Reuters Video: Humanoid robot in Valentine's experiment  + TRANSCRIPT
    "Flowers, chocolates and romantic greeting cards are flying out the doors of department stores around the world this week, ahead of February 14th - Valentine's Day. Romance is in the air, but for scientists in Japan, Valentine's Day is also providing the ideal opportunity to test the public's love of robots. Rob Muir reports."

    (englishblog.com)
  • Live 'robot art' created in three cities - 27 September 2013
    "A young Viennese artist has created artworks simultaneously in three cities using robots.
    Alex Kiessling drew the works in Vienna, with his pen strokes recreated live in London and Berlin with the sort of robot arms that are usually used in manufacturing.
    Here, Thomas Hitthaler, of Austrian design studio Strukt, talks about how he collaborated with the artist to make the project a reality."

    (BBC)

  • Robots, Robots Everywhere - a VIDEO on Japanese robots (cbsnews.com)

 

  • Rapyuta: The RoboEarth Cloud Engine
    "Rapyuta, the RoboEarth Cloud Engine, helps robots to offload heavy computation by providing secured customizable computing environments in the cloud..."

    (YouTube)

 

 

  • Tiny shoulder robot provides physical body for virtual friend - ARTICLE + VIDEO
    "Researchers at Yamagata University are developing a miniature , wearable humanoid robot that sits on your shoulder to keep you company.
    The small MH-2 bot can perch on your shoulder like a parrot and then remotely inhabited by your friends through telepresence from anywhere in the world.
    The robot has two arms, a head and a body as well as a mechanism for realistic breathing. The idea is that you can share a journey or an experience with a friend who is unable to be in the same geographical location as you..." 
    (wired.co.uk)

 

  • Project KARA
    "The demo shows a humanoid robot being “born.” She is created to serve people—as a housekeeper, as sexual plaything, and in other roles as needed. But something in the manufacturing process goes wrong..."
    (slate.com)

 

 

  • Robots compete in football World Cup - in Bangalore City
    "A football tournament played by robots has taken place in India with over 50 teams from 17 different countries."

    (telegraph.co.uk)

 

  • Robot Olympics held in China
    "Walking, running and even dancing humanoid robots have been pitted against each other at the International Huro Olympic Games in northern China.
    Nineteen international teams travelled to Harbin to put their robots to the test in 17 disciplines.
    The games run for three days..."

    (BBC)

 

  • I'm here - a short film by Spike Jonze - A robot love story
    (imheremovie.com)
    "The film is a love story about two robots living in a Los Angeles where humans and robots coexist.
    The plot is based on The Giving Tree, and the man character is named after Shel Silverstein." 

    (Wikipedia)

 

 

 

CINEMA :

 

 

  • 'EVA':

    • Eva "is a 2011 Spanish science fiction film directed by Kike Maíllo...
      The film is set in 2041, in the time when humans live along with machines. Álex (Daniel Brühl), a renowned cybernetic engineer,
      returns to Santa Irene to carry out a very specific mission for the Robotic Faculty — to create a child robot..." 

      (Wikipedia)


 

  • 'CHAPPIE':

    • Chappie (stylized as CHAPPiE) "is an American science fiction film directed by Neill Blomkamp...
      The film premiered in New York City on March 4, 2015...
      In an effort to reduce the high crime rate in Johannesburg, the South African police force purchases armour-plated attack robots from weapons manufacturer Tetravaal, which prove successful in reducing crime..." 

      (Wikipedia)

       

    • Chappie
      "In the near future, crime is patrolled by a mechanized police force.
      When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself."

      (imdb.com)


    • Film review: Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie is a robotic mess - 5 March 2015
      "The District 9 director returns with another sci-fi film, this time about artificial intelligence.
      But it’s the film that lacks a brain, says Owen Gleiberman."

      (BBC)


    • CHAPPIE - Official Movie Trailer - In Theaters 3/6/15 (YouTube)

     

 

 

  • Les robots au cinéma
    "Depuis le milieu du XXème siècle, les robots sont très utilisés dans le tournage de films de science fiction. Ceux-ci sont bien sûr de plus en plus réalistes grâce aux effets spéciaux et aux techniques de tournage qui se sont améliorées."
    - Évolution des effets spéciaux
     
    - Films (et séries) montrant un ou plusieurs robots
     
    (les-robots-sont-nos-amis.over-blog.fr)
  • BLADE RUNNER

  • + Blade Runner - (Lycéens au Cinéma) "activities and links based on this film and issues involving robots and computers." 
    (ardecol-v2.inforoutes-ardeche.fr)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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