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To Create a Robot With Common Sense, Mimic a Toddler
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To Create a Robot With Common Sense, Mimic a Toddler

A new robot is being designed to mimic the common sense of a three-year-old. 

Robot Arm Wrapped in Sensitive Skin Has Gentle Touch
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Robot Arm Wrapped in Sensitive Skin Has Gentle Touch

Researchers have developed a robot arm that navigates by using the sense of touch, rather than trying to avoid bumping into people and objects. 

AI Gets Involved With the Law
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AI Gets Involved With the Law

The application of artificial intelligence to the law aims to let automated systems handle arguments in which the logic is not clear. 

Bet You're a Liam--Software Puts Names to Faces
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Bet You're a Liam--Software Puts Names to Faces

Researchers are investigating whether it is possible to take an educated guess at someone's name with just one look at their face. 

Digital Shrinks Find Depressed Faces and Body Language
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Digital Shrinks Find Depressed Faces and Body Language

Automated systems that analyze gestures and facial expressions could make the challenging task of diagnosing depression somewhat easier. 

Curiosity's Discoveries Hint at Life's Cradle on Mars
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Curiosity's Discoveries Hint at Life's Cradle on Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover has found what it was looking for in its very first taste of Martian rock—much to everyone's surprise.

Why We're Building a 1-Billion Euro Model of a Human Brain
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Why We're Building a 1-Billion Euro Model of a Human Brain

A 1-billion euro research prize will be dedicated to the Human Brain Project, aimed at recreating the human brain in a supercomputer to advance neuroscience.

Your Next Boss Could Be a Computer
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Your Next Boss Could Be a Computer

University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers have developed AutoMan, an automated artificial intelligence-based system that can delegate tasks to human workers...

Brain-Like Chip Outstrips Normal Computers
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Brain-Like Chip Outstrips Normal Computers

Computer chips that mimic the human brain are outstripping conventional chips in crucial ways. They could also revolutionise our understanding of how the brain...

Will We Ever ­nderstand How Our Brains Work?
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Will We Ever ­nderstand How Our Brains Work?

When it comes to the human brain, many scientists believe that we are incapable of understanding how it works because we lack the tools and intelligence to measure...

Ping-Pong Robot Learns to Play Like a Person
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Ping-Pong Robot Learns to Play Like a Person

A robot that learns to play ping-pong from humans and improves as it competes against them could be the best robotic table-tennis challenger the world has seen.

Robots Get Around By Mimicking Primates
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Robots Get Around By Mimicking Primates

Give a friend directions, such as, "it's across the street from a petrol station, just after a red brick building on the right..." and you can be pretty sure they'll...

Mimicry Beats Consciousness in Gaming's Turing Test
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Mimicry Beats Consciousness in Gaming's Turing Test

The Turing test might still be too hard for software to crack—but two programs have already aced video gaming's answer to this famous evaluation of machine intelligence...

Artificial Intelligence Fights Notorious Crop Pest
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Artificial Intelligence Fights Notorious Crop Pest

National Taiwan University researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system that can predict an outbreak of crop-damaging fruit fly swarms.

Watson Turns Medic: Supercomputer to Diagnose Disease
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Watson Turns Medic: Supercomputer to Diagnose Disease

It is more than a year since Watson, IBM's famous supercomputer, opened a new frontier for artificial intelligence by beating human champions of the quiz show Jeopardy...

Digital Doppelgangers: Building an Army of You
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Digital Doppelgangers: Building an Army of You

U.S. National Science Foundation researchers have developed a smart, animated, digital double that can interact with other people via a screen when the user is...

Micro-Drones: The New Face of Cutting-Edge Warfare
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Micro-Drones: The New Face of Cutting-Edge Warfare

Micro-aerial vehicles (MAVs) with uncanny navigation and real-time mapping capabilities could soon be zipping through indoor and outdoor spaces, running reconnaissance...

Robot Avatar Body Controlled By Thought Alone
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Robot Avatar Body Controlled By Thought Alone

Researchers have used functional magnetic resonance imagery to scan the brain of a student as he imagined moving different parts of his body. The researchers hope...

Bot With Boyish Personality Wins Biggest Turing Test
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Bot With Boyish Personality Wins Biggest Turing Test

The chatbot Eugene Goostman fooled Turing test judges 29 percent of the time into thinking it was human to take first place in the recent contest in the United...

The AI Game That Knows You Better Than Anyone
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The AI Game That Knows You Better Than Anyone

Many computer science researchers are trying to create an AI system that offers video game players a more tailored experience.  
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