Trump said he will raise tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods to 30% and hike duties on another $300 billion in products to 15%.Politicsread more
Stocks dropped after Donald Trump ordered that U.S. manufacturers find alternatives to their operations in China.US Marketsread more
The final week of August could be highly volatile as markets fret over the economy and the latest developments in trade wars.Market Insiderread more
Federal Reserve Vice Chair Richard Clarida said Friday that the global economy has deteriorated in the past month.Marketsread more
The latest escalation in the trade war ups the odds the economy will fall into recession and that the Fed will aggressively cut rates.Market Insiderread more
Here are the products that stand to be the most affected by China's new tariffs on $75 billion worth of U.S. goods.Marketsread more
"We don't need China and, frankly, would be far better off without them," Trump tweeted.Politicsread more
Recent trade friction between the two Asian powerhouses has morphed into a dispute with political implications that go far beyond the region.Asia Politicsread more
"My only question is, who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powell or Chairman Xi?" Trump wrote amid a series of tweets that rattled markets Friday.Politicsread more
"I would love this to be clarified. We come to a deal on trade, boy, this market is up 10 to 15%, but without it's going to be worrisome," Jeremy Siegel says.Marketsread more
Tesla solar energy systems reportedly ignited at an Amazon warehouse in Redlands, California last June, and the Seattle e-commerce titan confirmed that it has no further plans...Technologyread more
Yamaha, however, is taking a different approach by combining autonomous driving with humanoid robots.
Motobot is an autonomous motor-cycle riding robot, being researched and designed by Yamaha and SRI International.
Robot-related research has made strides in artificial intelligence in recent years, but physical advancements have been limited. While some robots can now move seamlessly and find balance and others are learning to use staircases, Motobot is riding motorcycles.
But don't expect much more from it.
"Robots should have a very specific purpose," Hiroshi Saijou, Yamaha's Motor Ventures CEO and Managing Director told CNBC. "He cannot walk, he cannot speak, he cannot listen, but once he rides on a motorcycle, he's [more] superior than humans."
The idea was conceived to help the Japanese company evolve safety and design of its motorcycles, while simultaneously investing in artificial intelligence.
There isn't an immediate goal for Motobot's function in daily life, as it's still learning from the project, but Saijou said, it could eventually serve as a delivery method to homes or be used in large fields for manufacturing.
According to Sajiou, the human robot could even eventually be used to operate other forms of transit, including marine transportation and aviation.
Yamaha presented Motobot in Singapore at Echelon 2016, a gathering of thousands of tech entrepreneurs. Southeast Asia is currently Yamaha's biggest motorcycle market, which is why Saijou attended from Silicon Valley, where the company's labs are located, to spread awareness and potentially collaborate with other companies.
"If we're working in Japan, we should follow traditional Japanese style," Sajiou said. "But if we're looking at disruptive innovation, we should have an open innovation approach, so Silicon Valley is the best place for us to execute that."
Motobot can currently ride up to 100 kilometers peer hour and next year, is expected to move at twice that speed.
By the end of 2017, the goal for Motobot is to race against—and beat—Valentino Rossi, the nine-time world champion in Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing.
Follow CNBC International on and Facebook.