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2018

Bringing tech to the farm

Technology is helping farmers feed the world. It can also make agriculture more environmentally friendly – for conventional and organic farmers alike.

Drones designed like bugs

Hundreds of millions of years of evolution have given insects the ability to fly efficiently and robustly. Roboticists are taking note.

Finally, intelligent dolls

The days when Barbie thinks only about what to wear are over. Smart-Gurlz has designed a doll to teach young girls about computer programming.

2017

Team players

Machines are getting much better at learning from humans and interacting with them. The next challenge: getting robots to talk to each other.

The electronic biped

Humanoid robots are finally learning to charm us. Can French-founded SoftBank Robotics stay ahead of the competition after a decade at the forefront?

War without humans

Lambèr Royakkers of the Eindhoven University of Technology analyses the dangers of having machines make life-or-death decisions.

Challenging innovation

A study has questioned the benefits of robotic keyhole surgery for prostate cancer, so why are some experts still championing the technique?

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