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Drone With Bubble Machine Can Pollinate Flowers Like a Bee
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Drone With Bubble Machine Can Pollinate Flowers Like a Bee

Researchers have developed a method of pollinating flowers using an aerial drone that emits pollen-infused soap bubbles.

Untold History of AI: Algorithmic Bias Was Born in the 1980s
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Untold History of AI: Algorithmic Bias Was Born in the 1980s

A medical school thought a computer program would make the admissions process fairer—but it did just the opposite.

Preventing AI From Divulging Its Own Secrets
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Preventing AI From Divulging Its Own Secrets

Researchers have demonstrated the first countermeasure for shielding artificial intelligence from differential power analysis attacks.

UC Berkeley's AI-Powered Robot Teaches Itself to Drive Off-Road
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UC Berkeley's AI-Powered Robot Teaches Itself to Drive Off-Road

A new robot learning system can learn about the environment through its own experiences in the real world.

Big Data Helps Taiwan Fight Coronavirus
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Big Data Helps Taiwan Fight Coronavirus

Taiwan has largely controlled the propagation of the  coronavirus, which an international team of researchers credit mainly to the emergency deployment of big data...

Iran Unveils Its Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Yet
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Iran Unveils Its Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Yet

A team of researchers at the University of Tehran in Iran has developed a fourth version of the Surena humanoid robotic system. 

Are Your Students Bored? This AI Could Tell You
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Are Your Students Bored? This AI Could Tell You

Researchers have created an artificial intelligence (AI) system that analyzes students' emotions to measure their engagement level in a class. 

Neural Networks Can Drive Virtual Racecars Without Learning
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Neural Networks Can Drive Virtual Racecars Without Learning

A study found artificial neural networks can evolve to perform tasks without learning.

Japanese Researchers Teaching Robots to Repair Themselves
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Japanese Researchers Teaching Robots to Repair Themselves

Researchers have demonstrated how to teach a PR2 robot to perform simple repairs on itself by tightening its own screws. 

This MIT Robot Wants to Use Your Reflexes to Walk and Balance
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This MIT Robot Wants to Use Your Reflexes to Walk and Balance

Researchers have developed a teleoperation system that allows a two-legged robot to "borrow" a human operator's physical skills to move with greater agility. 

Astrobee Performs First Autonomous Flight on the International Space Station
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Astrobee Performs First Autonomous Flight on the International Space Station

A National Aeronautics and Space Administration Astrobee robot is now up and running on the International Space Station (ISS).

Robots Have a Hard Time Grasping "Adversarial Objects"
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Robots Have a Hard Time Grasping "Adversarial Objects"

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have extended the concept of adversarial images to robot grasping, using physical objects designed to be...

Early Warning System Predicts Risk of Online Students Dropping Out
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Early Warning System Predicts Risk of Online Students Dropping Out

Researchers in Spain have developed a predictive modeling system for personalized student dropout rates.

Animal-AI Olympics Will Test AI on Intelligence Tasks Designed for Crows, Chimps
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Animal-AI Olympics Will Test AI on Intelligence Tasks Designed for Crows, Chimps

The University of Cambridge's Leverhulme Center for the Future of Intelligence and the Czech Republic's GoodAI are partnering to launch the Animal-AI Olympics. ...

Searching for the Perfect Artificial Synapse for AI
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Searching for the Perfect Artificial Synapse for AI

What's the best type of device from which to build a neural network? Of course, it should be fast, small, consume little power, have the ability to reliably store...

DeepMind Achieves Holy Grail: An AI That Can Master Games Like Chess and Go Without Human Help
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DeepMind Achieves Holy Grail: An AI That Can Master Games Like Chess and Go Without Human Help

DeepMind, the London-based subsidiary of Alphabet, has created a system that can quickly master any game in the class that includes chess, Go, and Shogi, and do...

Robots Finally Learning to Clean the Bathroom
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Robots Finally Learning to Clean the Bathroom

Researchers at the University of Koblenz-Landa in Germany developed a robotic system that was able to successfully clean at least 80% of the liquid from on and...

This Robot Transforms Itself to Navigate an Obstacle Course
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This Robot Transforms Itself to Navigate an Obstacle Course

Researchers have created robots that can adapt to their environment based on centralized sensory processing, environmental perception, and decision-making software...

Tiny Drones Team ­p to Open Doors
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Tiny Drones Team ­p to Open Doors

Researchers have developed palm-sized drones that can forcefully tug objects 40 times their own mass by anchoring themselves to the ground or to walls.

Baidu's AI Can Do Simultaneous Translation Between Any Two Languages
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Baidu's AI Can Do Simultaneous Translation Between Any Two Languages

Would-be travelers of the galaxy, rejoice: The Chinese tech giant Baidu has invented a translation system that brings us one step closer to a software Babel fish...
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