AT&T and Comcast test ‘verified’ phone calls to fight spam

Robocalls have gotten so bad that competitors AT&T and Comcast are teaming up to tackle the problem together. Their plan is to "authenticate and verify" calls. In other words, they'll let you know when an incoming call is really from the number l...

Robots will serve as guides for the 2020 Olympics

You didn't think a 2020 summer Olympics set in Japan would go without some robots, did you? Sure enough, they're on their way. The Tokyo Olympics' Organizing Committee has launched a Tokyo 2020 Robot Project that will have automatons providing assis...

The Morning After: A pair of new iPads and ‘Apex’ expands

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Ready to get started with March Madness? We have all the advice you'll need to stream college games this month, plus info on Apple's latest iPads and the bad news about MySpace. Also, Farscape fans should open u...

NVIDIA’s $99 Jetson Nano is an AI computer for DIY enthusiasts

Sophisticated AI generally isn't an option for homebrew devices when the mini computers can rarely handle much more than the basics. NVIDIA thinks it can do better -- it's unveiling an entry-level AI computer, the Jetson Nano, that's aimed at "develo...

Stanford institute aims to improve humanity through AI

Stanford is joining the rush to create AI research hubs, albeit with a slight twist. The university is opening the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI for short) with the goal of drawing input from across the university and acr...

This Realistic Robot Puppy Is Here to Help the Elderly

There are many robot puppy toys out there that are built for entertainment and companionship, but Tombot Robotics is offering something with a much more meaningful purpose – a realistic dog that will help seniors with their health. It’s long been known that animal companionship can help the elderly maintain their mental and physical well-being, but it’s not always practical for them to take care of an actual pet. That’s where this robot companion comes in.

The robotics company collaborated with Hollywood animatronics experts at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop to get the look just right. No, they didn’t want it to look like a Muppet. The idea was to make it look like a real labrador retriever puppy. Its looks are not only very realistic, but so is the way it feels, and its behavior.

Being realistic is key, because research shows that those who suffer from dementia can see a decrease in behavioral and psychological symptoms when they form an emotional attachment to cute critters like this. Being emotionally attached also means being socially engaged. Plus having a pet (real or robotic) is shown to relieve stress and loneliness, and reduce anxiety. I mean, there’s nothing bad about a puppy right?

This adorable robot companion is available for pre-order on Kickstarter to get the word out that this pup is here to help seniors and others. You can get in on an early bird order for August 2020 delivery for $299. They also have shirts and mugs and stuff to help support the project.

Robot valets are parking cars at an airport in France

After a few years of testing its robot valets, Stanley Robotics will officially put its fleet to use at France's Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport this week. If you plan to park in the robot-lot anytime soon, you'll leave your car in a special garage...