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AI Researchers Devise Cheap Data Collection Method to Scale Training Robots
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AI Researchers Devise Cheap Data Collection Method to Scale Training Robots

Researchers have created a low-cost method of training robots, in an effort to scale the collection of training data and enable widespread adoption.

MIT, Boston Dynamics Team Up on Robot for Remote Covid-19 Vital Sign Measurement
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MIT, Boston Dynamics Team Up on Robot for Remote Covid-19 Vital Sign Measurement

A diverse group of researchers developed a robot to remotely measure vital signs in patients for Covid-19 with contactless equipment.

Army Researchers Develop Sensors for Small Drones
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Army Researchers Develop Sensors for Small Drones

Researchers have developed a novel sensor and software application to help unmanned aerial systems avoid active power lines.

Scientists Create 3D-Printed Buildings From Soil
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Scientists Create 3D-Printed Buildings From Soil

Texas A&M University researchers have come up with a technique for using a three-dimensional printer to build greener buildings from soil.

It's Alive!
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It's Alive!

Scientists and engineers cross the reality gap, transferring simulated evolution into real machines.

AI on Edge
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AI on Edge

Shifting artificial intelligence to the "edge" of the network could transform computing . . . and everyday life.

With Virtual Reality, Caregivers Can Become Patients
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With Virtual Reality, Caregivers Can Become Patients

Carrie Shaw's struggle with her mother's dementia led her to create a company that allows users to experience the struggles of growing older.

Hotel Robots Get Second Life as Industry Adapts to Covid-19
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Hotel Robots Get Second Life as Industry Adapts to Covid-19

Robots could limit how much extra labor U.S. hotels must hire to meet sanitation demands during the global pandemic.

Creepy Robots of the Coronavirus Era
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Creepy Robots of the Coronavirus Era

The robots policing people as they begin to emerge from coronavirus lockdowns are not being mistaken for anyone's friends.

Using Ears, Not Just Eyes, Improves Robot Perception
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Using Ears, Not Just Eyes, Improves Robot Perception

Carnegie Mellon University researchers conducted a large-scale study and determined that sound can help robots differentiate between objects and identify what action...

Millions Have Lost Jobs in the Pandemic – Robots and AI Are Replacing Them
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Millions Have Lost Jobs in the Pandemic – Robots and AI Are Replacing Them

The pandemic has prompted more companies to replace workers with robots and artificial intelligence to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace and lower...

Hackers Are Building an Army of Cheap Satellite Trackers
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Hackers Are Building an Army of Cheap Satellite Trackers

The U.S. Air Force, Red Balloon Security, and the Defense Digital Service teamed up on the NyanSat project to build an open source satellite communication tool...

As E-Commerce Booms, Robots Pick Up Human Slack
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As E-Commerce Booms, Robots Pick Up Human Slack

Robots increasingly are filling some of the most common job roles in warehousing and logistics due to the explosion of e-commerce, Covid-19 stay-at-home orders,...

Hackers Say 'Jackpotting' Flaws Tricked Popular ATMs Into Spitting Out Cash
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Hackers Say 'Jackpotting' Flaws Tricked Popular ATMs Into Spitting Out Cash

Security researchers unveiled two new "jackpotting" flaws that force Nautilus ATMs to dispense cash on command.

Amazon’s Cloud Unit to Offer Quantum Computing From 3 Tech Companies
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Amazon’s Cloud Unit to Offer Quantum Computing From 3 Tech Companies

Fidelity Investments was among the companies involved in testing the new service, which will allow businesses to experiment with the super-fast computing.

A Memristor-based Hopfield Neural Architecture to Solve Combinatorial Optimization Problems
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A Memristor-based Hopfield Neural Architecture to Solve Combinatorial Optimization Problems

Researchers at Hewlett Packard Labs have developed a new memristor-based annealing system that can solve combinatorial optimization problems rapidly and efficiently...

Quantum Version of the Ancient Game of Go Could Be Ultimate AI Test
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Quantum Version of the Ancient Game of Go Could Be Ultimate AI Test

Researchers have created a more complex version of the ancient Chinese board game Go using quantum entanglement.

Quantum Computing Breakthrough as Scientists Find Possible Solution to Technology's Biggest Hurdle
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Quantum Computing Breakthrough as Scientists Find Possible Solution to Technology's Biggest Hurdle

Research by scientists in Australia and Canada has led to a possible solution to controlling "noise" in quantum computers, errors introduced by manipulation of...

Finding Common Ground
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Finding Common Ground

Self-driving vehicles start to understand pedestrians, cyclists.

Army Advances Learning Capabilities of Drone Swarms
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Army Advances Learning Capabilities of Drone Swarms

Researchers have developed a reinforcement learning technique to enable swarms of unmanned drones to carry out missions while minimizing performance uncertainty...
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