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Robot See, Robot Do: How Robots Can Learn New Tasks By Observing
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Robot See, Robot Do: How Robots Can Learn New Tasks By Observing

It can take weeks to reprogram an industrial robot to perform a complicated new task, which makes retooling a modern manufacturing line painfully expensive and...

Moon-Landing Equivalent For Robotics: Assembling an Ikea Chair
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Moon-Landing Equivalent For Robotics: Assembling an Ikea Chair

Researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore are developing a robot that will be able to assemble an IKEA chair.

King Man + Woman = Queen: The Marvelous Mathematics of Computational Linguistics
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King Man + Woman = Queen: The Marvelous Mathematics of Computational Linguistics

Computational linguistics has dramatically changed the way researchers study and understand language.

Deep Learning Machine Teaches Itself Chess in 72 Hours, Plays at International Master Level
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Deep Learning Machine Teaches Itself Chess in 72 Hours, Plays at International Master Level

Imperial College London's Matthew Lai has developed a new artificial intelligence machine which he says can play chess at a master level.

Robots Learn to Make Pancakes From Wikihow Articles
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Robots Learn to Make Pancakes From Wikihow Articles

European researchers have developed a robot that is learning to make pizzas and pancakes by reading through WikiHow's written directions. 

Teach Your Robot to Do the Dishes
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Teach Your Robot to Do the Dishes

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a robot that can help people wash their dishes. 

Teaching Machines to ­nderstand ­S
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Teaching Machines to ­nderstand ­S

The first time Yann LeCun revolutionized artificial intelligence, it was a false dawn.

Military Robots: Armed, But How Dangerous?
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Military Robots: Armed, But How Dangerous?

An open letter calling for a ban on lethal weapons controlled by artificially intelligent machines was signed last week by thousands of scientists and technologists...

Minecraft Shows Robots How to Stop Dithering
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Minecraft Shows Robots How to Stop Dithering

Brown University researchers have developed an approach that enables robots to quickly determine the sequence of actions that will work in a particular environment...

Minecraft Shows Robots How to Stop Dithering
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Minecraft Shows Robots How to Stop Dithering

The computer game Minecraft, which depicts a world made up of retro, pixelated blocks that can be modified and rearranged in endless architectural configurations...

An Algorithmic Sense of Humor? Not Yet.
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An Algorithmic Sense of Humor? Not Yet.

In recent months, artificial-intelligence researchers have made giant strides in matching human performance in all kind of tasks that had, until recently, been...

Google's Deep Learning Machine Learns to Synthesize Real World Images
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Google's Deep Learning Machine Learns to Synthesize Real World Images

Google Street View offers panoramic views of more or less any city street in much of the developed world, as well as views along countless footpaths, inside shopping...

Automated Vehicles: One Eye on the Road, Another on You
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Automated Vehicles: One Eye on the Road, Another on You

The importance of tracking motorist behavior will grow as more automated vehicles are rolled out, especially as it relates to the issue of assigning liability in...

Google Deepmind Teaches Artificial Intelligence Machines to Read
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Google Deepmind Teaches Artificial Intelligence Machines to Read

Karl Moritz Hermann and his team at Google DeepMind say the way some news sites display articles facilitates the creation of a database computers can use to learn...

Who Will Own the Robots?
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Who Will Own the Robots?

The way Hod Lipson describes his Creative Machines Lab captures his ambitions: "We are interested in robots that create and are creative."  

Deep Learning Catches On in New Industries, from Fashion to Finance
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Deep Learning Catches On in New Industries, from Fashion to Finance

A machine-learning technique that has already given computers an eerie ability to recognize speech and categorize images is now creeping into industries ranging...

An Algorithm That Can Help Robots Walk Off Injuries
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An Algorithm That Can Help Robots Walk Off Injuries

University of Wyoming and Pierre and Marie Curie University researchers are developing robots that find ways to adapt and keep moving after an injury. 

Household Robots Are Here, but Where Are They Going?
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Household Robots Are Here, but Where Are They Going?

Social robots like the quasi-anthropomorphic Jibo and Amazon's far more utilitarian Echo are beginning to find their places in our living rooms.

Is This the First Computational Imagination?
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Is This the First Computational Imagination?

Imagine an oak tree in a field of wheat, silhouetted against a cloudless blue sky on a dreamy sunny afternoon.

Computational Aesthetics Algorithm Spots Beauty That Humans Overlook
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Computational Aesthetics Algorithm Spots Beauty That Humans Overlook

A team of researchers has developed a machine-vision algorithm that can identify and highlight beautiful images.
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