Honda’s ASIMO is likely the world’s most famous robot. Originally unveiled in 2000 after more than a decade of development, it was the first robot to walk on two legs. It can also interpret voice commands and human gestures, determine the distance and direction of multiple moving objects, and autonomously navigate using sensors. Unfortunately, if […]
After recently announcing a generous $1 million dollar donation to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, Honda said today that it will donate an additional $1 to the hospital for every “Like” or “Share” that social media users give to this new video of young hospital patients interacting with the Japanese automaker’s ASIMO robot. […]
Many parents of elementary school students can take pride in their child’s academic or extracurricular successes, but how many can claim that their offspring wrote an essay so good that it merited a special visit from an advanced humanoid robot? As far as we’re aware, just the parents of Samantha Shestack, a fourth-grader whose essay […]
The Honda ASIMO humanoid robot was greeted as a rock star by a group of middle school students who had come to the Honda Silicon Valley Lab in California for a special demonstration. Though ASIMO is eventually meant to serve as a sort of butler for humans, at the moment he is best at wowing […]
Hey, middle- and high-school students ages 13 to 18—have you ever wanted to meet Honda ASIMO, the world’s most advanced humanoid robot, and the inspiration for Cartman’s “AWESOM-O” robot? (Teenagers still watch South Park, right?) Well, here’s your chance. Honda is holding a contest for teenaged students, asking them to share their answer to the […]
Emily Blunt hosted Saturday Night Live this past weekend, to middling results. Blunt, who was there promoting her new film The Girl on the Train, was a game and talented host, but the episode itself was largely forgettable. The most memorable moments came in the opening sketch, a parody of last weekend’s presidential debate between […]
The groundwork continues to be laid for the inevitable robotic uprising, in which humans will find themselves subjugated and ruled by machines with Artificial Intelligence. First the humanoid Honda ASIMO seized control of major cities, then he met with the world leaders he intends to overthrow, and now he has begun influencing the hearts and […]
We turned the Japanese into English so you can construct an ASIMO with the best of 'em.
Have you ever wanted to build your own robot, but didn’t really want to bother with all that engineering degree nonsense? We can’t all be experts at advanced electronics, so Honda came up with a printable ASIMO toy to make us feel like real-live robotics specialists. Right now, there are full instructions on assembling your […]
Honda ASIMO, the world’s most visible specter of the coming singularity—the moment when artificial intelligence software becomes self-aware and turns on its human masters in bloody conflict—is visiting Dubai this week for The Government Summit: “Shaping Future Governments.” An annual event that runs from February 9th to 11th, the summit put ASIMO in contact with […]
ASIMO in New York: Beginning Of Robot Uprising Chillingly Documented In “ASIMO Visits The Big Apple” [VIDEO]
Earlier this year, the Honda ASIMO humanoid robot became the most popular four-foot tall, anthropomorphized, non-sentient object to hit NYC since Kermit and the Muppets took Manhattan back in 1984. During his tour of the city, ASIMO made a television appearance on “LIVE with Kelly and Michael,” dazzled tech journalists at an invitation-only demonstration event […]
The last time we saw ASIMO, Honda’s humanoid robot dude, he was kicking a soccer ball with President Barack Obama and showing off his advanced dance skills. The All-New ASIMO turned up in Brussels on Friday for his first-ever European appearance at a press conference at the ASMIO Studio in Belgium. The All-New ASIMO boasts […]
When our robot overlords herd us into their factories and crush the skulls of our fallen beneath their treads, we will solemnly whisper: "Thanks, Obama."
Updated: 4/29 Remember how I playfully suggested that right-wing pundits might just freak out about the prospect of the President of the United States bowing to a robot manufactured by a Japanese automaker? Well, I was mostly right. From a deleted tweet rescued by io9: Critics saying President Obama bowing to a Chinese robot makes […]
April 15 is without a doubt the least popular of days in America, although February 14 is a close second for all the bitterly single people sitting at home watching When Harry Met Sally with a tub of ice cream—or for all the ladies whose boyfriends thought “some good, old-fashioned lovin’” was gift enough. Making […]
I’m not paranoid, but think it might benefit us all to take it easy on self-driving vehicles, especially since they seem to be getting smarter by the day.
The top source for pop culture parody on television for four decades, Saturday Night Live has left no subject unaddressed or unscathed. Its wit and buffoonery have occasionally turned to the automotive industry and our driving habits. Here are seven of the best Saturday Night Live skits about cars that parody everything from driving habits to used car […]
Honda claimed victory over both the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series drivers and constructors championship at the IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma this weekend. Honda driver Ryan Hunter-Reay led 80 of the 85 laps and comfortably won the race, but it was Scott Dixon who went home with the big trophy. Having arrived at the final […]
Today Honda announced the donation of a $1 million gift to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, pledged with the purpose of establishing the Honda Center for Gait Analysis and Mobility Enhancement, which is meant to improve pediatric mobility. The announcement took place at Nationwide Children’s Hospital during a recognition event featuring representatives of […]
I don’t mean to sound alarmist, but there are many reasons to suspect that we might all die, very soon and very horribly. The one on most people’s minds is the fact that a certain deranged billionaire was recently given the nuclear codes—a development which prompted the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to move the […]