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  • Tiny vibration-powered robots are the size of the world's smallest ant
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    Researchers have created a new type of tiny 3D-printed robot that moves by harnessing vibration from piezoelectric actuators, ultrasound sources or even tiny speakers. Swarms of these 'micro-bristle-bots' might work together to sense environmental changes, move materials -- or perhaps one day repair injuries inside the human body. Read more »
  • New e-skin innovation gives robots and prosthetics an exceptional sense of touch
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    Researchers have developed an ultra responsive and robust artificial nervous system for e-skins. Read more »
  • Take flight! Automating complex design of universal controller for hybrid drones
    Hybrid unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, are drones that combine the advantages of multi-copters and fixed-wing planes. These drones are equipped to vertically take off and land like multi-copters, yet also have the strong aerodynamic performance and energy-saving capabilities of traditional planes. As hybrid UAVs continue to evolve, however, controlling them remotely still remains a challenge. Read more »
  • Get up and go bots getting closer
    Robotics researchers have for the first time used a commercial 3D printer to embed complex sensors inside robotic limbs and grippers. But they found that materials commercially available for 3D printing still need to be improved before the robots can be fully functional. Read more »
  • Deep learning algorithm solves Rubik's Cube faster than any human
    A deep reinforcement learning algorithm can solve the Rubik's Cube puzzle in a fraction of a second. The work is a step toward making AI systems that can think, reason, plan and make decisions. Read more »
  • Game-theory research better allocates military resources, fight cancer
    A game-theory research using artificial intelligence may help treat cancer and other diseases, improve cybersecurity, deploy Soldiers and assets more efficiently and even win a poker game. Read more »
  • 'The way you move': Body structure brings coordinated movement
    A computer model shows that a starfish-like animal can coordinate rhythmic motion based on body structure without the brain telling them to do so. This provides insights useful for physiology and robotics. Read more »
  • AI beats professionals in six-player poker
    An artificial intelligence program has defeated leading professionals in six-player no-limit Texas hold'em poker, the world's most popular form of poker. Read more »
  • The best of both worlds: How to solve real problems on modern quantum computers
    Researchers have developed hybrid algorithms to run on size-limited quantum machines and have demonstrated them for practical applications. Read more »
  • New filter enhances robot vision on 6D pose estimation
    Robots are good at making identical repetitive movements, such as a simple task on an assembly line. But they lack the ability to perceive objects as they move through an environment. A recent study has developed a filter to give robots greater spatial perception so they can manipulate objects and navigate through space more accurately. Read more »
  • Robot-ants that can jump, communicate with each other and work together
    A team of researchers has developed tiny 10-gram robots that are inspired by ants: they can communicate with each other, assign roles among themselves and complete complex tasks together. These reconfigurable robots are simple in structure, yet they can jump and crawl to explore uneven surfaces. Read more »
  • Quantum sensor breakthrough using naturally occurring vibrations in artificial atoms
    A team of scientists have discovered a new method that could be used to build quantum sensors with ultra-high precision. Read more »
  • Want to boost creativity? Try playing Minecraft
    Video games that foster creative freedom can increase creativity under certain conditions, according to new research. The experimental study compared the effect of playing Minecraft, with or without instruction, to watching a TV show or playing a race car video game. Those given the freedom to play Minecraft without instruction were most creative. Read more »
  • Hate spoilers? This AI tool spots them for you
    Researchers have have developed an AI-based system that can flag spoilers in online reviews of books and TV shows. Read more »
  • Simple 'smart' glass reveals the future of artificial vision
    Engineers have devised a method to create pieces of 'smart' glass that can recognize images without requiring any sensors or circuits or power sources. Read more »
  • Using artificial intelligence to better predict severe weather
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    When forecasting weather, meteorologists use a number of models and data sources to track shapes and movements of clouds that could indicate severe storms. However, with increasingly expanding weather data sets and looming deadlines, it is nearly impossible for them to monitor all storm formations -- especially smaller-scale ones -- in real time. Read more »
  • Brain network evaluates robot likeability
    Researchers have identified a network of brain regions that work together to determine if a robot is a worthy social partner, according to a new study. Read more »
  • Robots that are not quite life-like: 'Uncanny valley' in the brain
    Scientists have identified mechanisms in the human brain that could help explain the phenomenon of the 'Uncanny Valley' -- the unsettling feeling we get from robots and virtual agents that are too human-like. They have also shown that some people respond more adversely to human-like agents than others. Read more »
  • Going the distance: Brain cells for 3D vision discovered
    Scientists have discovered neurons in insect brains that compute 3D distance and direction. Understanding these could help vision in robots. Read more »
  • New AI tool captures top players' strategies in RNA video game
    A new artificial-intelligence tool captures strategies used by top players of an internet-based videogame to design new RNA molecules. Read more »
  • Artificial intelligence controls robotic arm to pack boxes and cut costs
    Computer scientists used artificial intelligence to control a robotic arm that provides a more efficient way to pack boxes, saving businesses time and money. Read more »
  • Safe, low-cost, modular, self-programming robots
    Many work processes would be almost unthinkable today without robots. But robots operating in manufacturing facilities have often posed risks to workers because they are not responsive enough to their surroundings. To make it easier for people and robots to work in close proximity in the future, scientists have developed a new system: IMPROV. Read more »
  • 3D-printed prosthetic hand can guess how you play rock, paper, scissors
    A new 3D-printed prosthetic hand can learn the wearers' movement patterns to help amputee patients perform daily tasks, reports a new study. Read more »
  • Soft robots for all
    Each year, soft robots gain new abilities. They can jump, squirm, and grip. Unlike hard robots, they can handle tomatoes without bruising the fruit, resurface unscathed after being run over by a car, and journey through radiation, disaster zones, and outer-space with few scars. Now, a new invention gives soft robots the ability to roll, undulate, sort, meter liquids, and swallow. Customizable designs could find use in labs, hospitals, and even inside the human body. Read more »
  • Robot arm tastes with engineered bacteria
    A robotic gripping arm that uses engineered bacteria to 'taste' for a specific chemical has been developed by engineers. The gripper is a proof-of-concept for biologically-based soft robotics. Read more »
  • Social robots can benefit hospitalized children
    A new study demonstrates, for the first time, that 'social robots' used in support sessions held in pediatric units at hospitals can lead to more positive emotions in sick children. Read more »
  • Computer scientists predict lightning and thunder with the help of artificial intelligence
    Computer scientists are working on a system that is supposed to predict local thunderstorms more precisely than before. Read more »
  • Researchers teach robots what humans want
    Researchers are developing better, faster ways of providing human guidance to autonomous robots. Read more »
  • Play games with no latency
    One of the most challenging issues for game players looks to be resolved soon with the introduction of a zero-latency gaming environment. A team has now developed technology that helps game players maintain zero-latency performance. The new technology transforms the shapes of game design according to the amount of latency. Read more »
  • 'Robot blood' powers machines for lengthy tasks
    Researchers have created a system of circulating liquid -- 'robot blood' -- within robotic structures, to store energy and power robotic applications for sophisticated, long-duration tasks. Read more »
  • A miniature robot that could check colons for early signs of disease
    Engineers have shown it is technically possible to guide a tiny robotic capsule inside the colon to take micro-ultrasound images. Known as a Sonopill, the device could one day replace the need for patients to undergo an endoscopic examination, where a semi-rigid scope is passed into the bowel - an invasive procedure that can be painful. Read more »
  • From one brain scan, more information for medical artificial intelligence
    Researchers have devised a novel method to glean training information for machine-learning models, including those that can analyze medical images to help diagnose and treat brain conditions. Read more »
  • Researchers see around corners to detect object shapes
    Computer vision researchers have demonstrated they can use special light sources and sensors to see around corners or through gauzy filters, enabling them to reconstruct the shapes of unseen objects. The researchers said this technique enables them to reconstruct images in great detail, including the relief of George Washington's profile on a US quarter. Read more »
  • Now your phone can become a robot that does the boring work
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    Researchers have developed a smartphone app that allows a user to easily program any robot to perform a task, dramatically bringing down the costs of building and programming mobile robots. Read more »
  • Translating university lectures in multiple languages
    Researchers report a new machine translation system that outputs subtitles in multiple languages for archived university lectures. As countries like China and Japan expand their international student cohort, this system could relax language demands and allow the students to study in their mother tongue. Read more »
  • Algorithm tells robots where nearby humans are headed
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    A new tool for predicting a person's movement trajectory may help humans and robots work together in close proximity. Read more »
  • Could playing computer games improve your peripheral vision?
    Researchers have found a significant improvement in the peripheral awareness of people who played computer games specially designed around using peripheral vision. This finding opens up the possibility that these types of games can be used to help improve players' performance in team sports - so they can spot team-mates quicker - or to help them to identify potential hazards at the side of their vision. Read more »
  • How artificial intelligence can help detect rare diseases
    In a study of 679 patients with 105 different rare diseases, scientists have shown that artificial intelligence can be used to diagnose rare diseases more efficiently and reliably. A neural network automatically combines portrait photos with genetic and patient data. Read more »
  • Autonomous boats can target and latch onto each other
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    Researchers have given new capabilities to their fleet of robotic boats that let them target and clasp onto each other, and keep trying if they fail. Read more »
  • Enabling transportation agencies to automate traffic monitoring
    Scientists announce the release of ActiveVision, a machine vision tool that transportation agencies can use to autonomously detect and report traffic condition changes. ActiveVision's algorithms process camera data to provide real-time information on weather conditions and other anomalies affecting congestion. Designed for integration with intelligent transportation systems (ITS), ActiveVision can be configured with existing traffic cameras to analyze roadway conditions with no human monitoring required. Read more »
  • Do video games with shooting affect kids' behavior with real guns?
    A randomized clinical trial in a university laboratory examined the effects of video games with weapons on children's behavior when they found a real gun. Read more »
  • 'Slothbot' takes a leisurely approach to environmental monitoring
    For environmental monitoring, precision agriculture, infrastructure maintenance and certain security applications, slow and energy efficient can be better than fast and always needing a recharge. That's where 'SlothBot' comes in. Read more »
  • Tempted to cheat on a written exam? Artificial intelligence is 90% certain to nab you
    Combining big data with artificial intelligence has allowed researchers to determine whether you wrote your assignment or whether a ghostwriter penned it for you -- with nearly 90 percent accuracy. Read more »
  • Outsmarting deep fakes: AI-driven imaging system protects authenticity
    To thwart sophisticated deep fake methods of altering photos and video, researchers have devised a technique to authenticate images throughout the entire pipeline, from acquisition to delivery, using artificial intelligence. Read more »
  • Sensor-packed glove learns signatures of the human grasp
    Wearing a sensor-packed glove while handling a variety of objects, researchers have compiled a massive dataset that enables an AI system to recognize objects through touch alone. The information could be leveraged to help robots identify and manipulate objects, and may aid in prosthetics design. Read more »
  • Better together: human and robot co-workers
    More and more processes are being automated. Self-driving delivery vehicles are finding their way into many areas. However, an interdisciplinary research team has observed that cooperation between humans and machines can work much better than just human or just robot teams alone. Read more »
  • Nature inspires a novel new form of computing, using light
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    Researchers have developed a simple and highly novel form of computing by shining patterned bands of light and shadow through different facets of a polymer cube and reading the combined results that emerge. Read more »
  • Bringing human-like reasoning to driverless car navigation
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    With aims of bringing more human-like reasoning to autonomous vehicles, researchers have created a system that uses only simple maps and visual data to enable driverless cars to navigate routes in new, complex environments. Read more »
  • Big energy savings for tiny machines
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    Physicists demonstrate for the first time a strategy for manipulating the trillions of tiny molecular nanomachines inside us that work to keep us alive, to maximize efficiency and conserve energy. The breakthrough could impact numerous fields, including creating more efficient computer chips and solar cells for energy generation. Read more »
  • Soft, social robot brings coziness to homes, and classrooms
    A new social robot that can be customized with handcrafted material, such as wood and wool, brings simplicity and fun to home robotics -- and will soon be used to help teach math to fourth graders. Read more »
  • With a hop, a skip and a jump, high-flying robot leaps through obstacles with ease
    First unveiled in 2016, Salto the jumping robot stands at little less than a foot, but can vault over three times its height in a single bound. Now researchers have equipped the robot with a slew of new skills, giving it the ability to bounce in place like a pogo stick and jump through obstacle courses like an agility dog. Salto can even take short jaunts outside, powered by radio controller. Read more »
  • New framework improves performance of deep neural networks
    Researchers have developed a new framework for building deep neural networks via grammar-guided network generators. In experimental testing, the new networks -- called AOGNets -- have outperformed existing state-of-the-art frameworks, including the widely used ResNet and DenseNet systems, in visual recognition tasks. Read more »
  • 'Spider-like senses' could help autonomous machines see better
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    Researchers are building 'spidey senses' into the shells of autonomous cars and drones so that they could detect and avoid objects better. Read more »
  • Dog-like robot made by students jumps, flips and trots
    Students developed a dog-like robot that can navigate tough terrain -- and they want you to make one too. Read more »
  • Artificial intelligence becomes life-long learner with new framework
    Scientists have developed a new framework for deep neural networks that allows artificial intelligence systems to better learn new tasks while forgetting less of what they have learned regarding previous tasks. Read more »
  • Toy transformers and real-life whales inspire biohybrid robot
    Researchers create a remote-controlled soft robot that can transform itself to conduct targeted drug delivery against cancer cells. Read more »
  • Helping robots remember: Hyperdimensional computing theory could change the way AI works
    A new article introduces a new way of combining perception and motor commands using the so-called hyperdimensional computing theory, which could fundamentally alter and improve the basic artificial intelligence (AI) task of sensorimotor representation -- how agents like robots translate what they sense into what they do. Read more »
  • New AI sees like a human, filling in the blanks
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    Computer scientists have taught an artificial intelligence agent how to do something that usually only humans can do -- take a few quick glimpses around and infer its whole environment, a skill necessary for the development of effective search-and-rescue robots that one day can improve the effectiveness of dangerous missions. Read more »
  • Robot therapists need rules
    Interactions with artificial intelligence (AI) will become an increasingly common aspect of our lives. A team has now completed the first study of how 'embodied AI' can help treat mental illness. Their conclusion: Important ethical questions of this technology remain unanswered. There is urgent need for action on the part of governments, professional associations and researchers. Read more »
  • Speech recognition technology is not a solution for poor readers
    Could artificial intelligence be a solution for people who cannot read well (functional illiterates) or those who cannot read at all (complete illiterates)? According to psycholinguists, speech technology should never replace learning how to read. Researchers argue that literacy leads to a better understanding of speech because good readers are good at predicting words. Read more »
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