“Like a giant metal baby”: whether you like it or not, robots are already part of our world

There were no fireworks to dazzle the crowd lining the streets of Alexandria to celebrate Cleopatra’s triumphant return to the city in 47BC. Rather, there was a four-and-a-half-metre-tall robotic effigy of the queen, which squirted milk from mechanical bosoms on to the heads of onlookers. Cleopatra, so the figure was meant to symbolise, was a mother to her people.

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Virtual reality bites at Art Basel Hong Kong fair

Art lovers will need to have headsets at the ready as virtual reality works make their way to Art Basel’s Hong Kong fair, which opens to VIPs on Tuesday. The fair has joined forces with Google Arts & Culture, initially putting forward five artists to join the technology giant’s artists-in-residence programme to introduce them to Tilt Brush, a 3D drawing and painting tool.

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Why are robots still so rubbish?

Walking through the hall of robotics at the world’s largest technology fair you would be forgiven for thinking you had stepped back in time.

For an event that is meant to showcase the world’s best technological innovations, this year’s Consumer Electronics Show’s robots hall was filled with uninspired creations made from white plastic that do less than the average smartphone and could have been designed in the last century.

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