Science fiction has provided plenty of inspiration for designers and engineers over the past century—that’s one of the reasons people are still working on invisibility cloaks and tricorders. Earlier this month, Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination launched something call the Hieroglyph Project, which aims to bring sci-fi writers together with scientists and engineers to generate optimistic visions of the future that are grounded in real science. Continue reading
The project is being spearheaded by the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the University of Zurich. Dubbed Roboy, the cuddly-looking robot will be constructed using a human-like, tendon-driven design (rather than having motors in its joints). The new robot builds on work done at Sussex University on a tendon-driven robot called ECCE.