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Self-Transforming Robot Blocks Jump, Spin, Flip, Identify Each Other
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Self-Transforming Robot Blocks Jump, Spin, Flip, Identify Each Other

Researchers have developed self-assembling robotic cubes that can climb over and around one another, leap through the air, and roll across the ground.

Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections
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Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections

A new model can help autonomous vehicles determine when it is safe to proceed into traffic at intersections with obstructed views.

Helping Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners
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Helping Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created a system that perceives tiny fluctuations in ground shadows to ascertain whether an unseen object is...

System Helps Smart Devices Find Their Position
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System Helps Smart Devices Find Their Position

A new system helps networks of smart devices find their positions in environments where GPS usually fails.

Engineers Develop Multimaterial Fiber 'Ink' for 3D-Printed Devices
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Engineers Develop Multimaterial Fiber 'Ink' for 3D-Printed Devices

A new method utilizes standard three-dimensional printers to produce functioning devices with electronics already embedded within them.

MIT's Fleet of Autonomous Boats Can Now Shapeshift
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MIT's Fleet of Autonomous Boats Can Now Shapeshift

Scientists have upgraded a fleet of autonomous boats to autonomously disconnect and reassemble into different forms of floating platforms, in the canals of Amsterdam...

AI Could Help Data Centers Run Far More Efficiently
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AI Could Help Data Centers Run Far More Efficiently

A new system automatically learns how to optimally allocate data processing workloads across thousands of servers as a means of boosting data center efficiency....

Guided by AI, Robotic Platform Automates Molecule Manufacture
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Guided by AI, Robotic Platform Automates Molecule Manufacture

A new artificial intelligence-guided system uses robots to automate small-molecule fabrication.

Phone Movement Predicts Personality Types
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Phone Movement Predicts Personality Types

Researchers in Australia used data from the accelerometers in mobile phones to predict users' personalities.

Automated System Generates Robotic Parts for Novel Tasks
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Automated System Generates Robotic Parts for Novel Tasks

Researchers have developed an automated system that can design and print in three dimensions complex robotic parts optimized to a large number of specifications...

New AI Programming Language Goes Beyond Deep Learning
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New AI Programming Language Goes Beyond Deep Learning

General-purpose language works for computer vision, robotics, statistics, and more.

Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed
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Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed

A new algorithm accurately aligns partial trajectories in real time, allowing motion predictors in self-driving cars to accurately anticipate the timing of a person's...

Autonomous Boats Can Target, Latch Onto Each Other
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Autonomous Boats Can Target, Latch Onto Each Other

Researchers have designed autonomous boats that can automatically target and latch onto each other.

This Robot Helps You Lift Objects--By Looking at Your Biceps
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This Robot Helps You Lift Objects--By Looking at Your Biceps

A new robotic system uses machines to help people lift objects by monitoring their muscle movements, producing a smoother robot-human collaboration.

Bringing Human-Like Reasoning to Driverless Car Navigation
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Bringing Human-Like Reasoning to Driverless Car Navigation

A new system could enable autonomous vehicles to navigate complex environments by checking a basic global positioning system-like map and employing video feeds....

MIT and ­.S. Air Force Sign Agreement to Launch AI Accelerator
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MIT and ­.S. Air Force Sign Agreement to Launch AI Accelerator

MIT and the U.S. Air Force have signed an agreement to launch a new program designed to make fundamental advances in artificial intelligence that could improve...

New Approach Could Accelerate Efforts to Catalog Vast Numbers of Cells
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New Approach Could Accelerate Efforts to Catalog Vast Numbers of Cells

A new technique can derive fully comprehensive samples, or "sketches," of vast cellular datasets, to simplify analysis.

Improving Security as AI Moves to Smartphones
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Improving Security as AI Moves to Smartphones

Researchers suggest the vulnerability of compressed, or quantized, artificial intelligence models to adversarial attack could be remedied by adding a mathematical...

Robots That Can Sort Recycling
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Robots That Can Sort Recycling

A new robotic system can detect if an object is paper, metal, or plastic.

Computing the Future
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Computing the Future

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology hosted a fireside chat, featuring six of its professors who have received ACM's A.M. Turing Award.
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