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Why AI needs a physical body to reach its full potential

Robots will have to learn from scratch, like babies, if they are to have a sense of self and proper social interactions

Beyond batteries: Beetle bots

A tiny robot is vaping methanol to power up its artificial muscles and punch above its weight

Miss Rona’s teaching the 4IR lessons

Schooling is stuck in the 1950s, but technology must be blended with the basics of education

Cooper, the grocery assistant with AI, gives concierge service

The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated that there is not a part of our lives that will not be affected by the technologies of the fourth industrial revolution.

The Portfolio: David Phume

Animator, roboticist and artist David Phume is on a mission to show that technology is not just for the geniuses in Silicon Valley

Dimension Data will be a monolithic company

The longest-standing ICT brand on the continent and South Africa is restructuring

Transforming for the Future

Dimension Data turns employee careers into worthwhile experiences with tools, technology and now robotics

Ready, steady, navigate AI – like a dung beetle

Dung beetles use different directional sensors to achieve the highest possible navigational precision in difficult conditions

Robo-cases to roll travellers into the future

'​Self-driving cars may take a while to arrive, but the self-driving suitcase is here now'

The continent enters the Robot Age

Robots are for the repetitive work where having a human operator adds no value to the process - but mass unemployment looms

​Nanotechnology may one day unlock a mind trapped in the body

Advances are slowly being made. But is it the machine or the brain making the connections?

Versatile ‘cockroach’ robots to the rescue

The much-loathed cockroach is the inspiration for a new robot which has been earmarked for a range of uses, including search and rescue missions.

Domo arigato, Mr Roboto

Three recent robotic innovations have the potential to transform science fiction into science fact. Alistair Fairweather takes a look.

When the drones go dancing

The future of drone technology is about to come dramatically to life at a tech conference in Cape Town, writes Arthur Goldstuck.

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