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AI-Powered Robots Replace Recycling Center Workers in Finland
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AI-Powered Robots Replace Recycling Center Workers in Finland

A new recycling facility near Helsinki, Finland, can process as much as 120,000 metric tons of construction waste per year with the help of robots.

Delivering Smart Warehouses
From ACM News

Delivering Smart Warehouses

Companies old and new, large and small, are working to establish themselves in the smart warehouse and distribution center market.

China Aims to Be a World Robot Champion by 2025
From ACM TechNews

China Aims to Be a World Robot Champion by 2025

China has unveiled a five-year plan to become a global leader in automated manufacturing by realizing 20% minimum annual growth in robotics sales and doubling its...

Robotic Inchworm Climbs to Higher Ground
From ACM TechNews

Robotic Inchworm Climbs to Higher Ground

Researchers at China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University have developed a robot that moves like an inchworm and can make its way between horizontal and vertical planes...

'Pop-Up' Electronic Sensors Could Detect When Heart Cells Misbehave
From ACM News

'Pop-Up' Electronic Sensors Could Detect When Heart Cells Misbehave

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a tool that monitors the electrical activity inside heart cells using tiny "pop-up" sensors that...

Toyota Gives Robots a Soft Touch, Better Vision
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Toyota Gives Robots a Soft Touch, Better Vision

Researchers at the Toyota Research Institute have developed a soft touch sensing gripper that helps robots determine the right amount of force to grip and help...

Virginia Family Gets Keys to Habitat for Humanity's First 3D-Printed Home in U.S.
From ACM TechNews

Virginia Family Gets Keys to Habitat for Humanity's First 3D-Printed Home in U.S.

A Virginia family purchased Habitat for Humanity's first 3D-printed home in the U.S., constructed in partnership with 3D printing company Alquist.

Exploring Emotions with VR
From ACM TechNews

Exploring Emotions with VR

Researchers used virtual reality to evoke emotions as realistically as possible in a study.

World's First Autonomous Oil Rig Drills First Well
From ACM TechNews

World's First Autonomous Oil Rig Drills First Well

Oil and gas drilling contractor Nabors Industries drilled its first well in West Texas' Permian Basin using its Pace-R801 autonomous rig.

'Intelligent' Cutters for Trees to Ease Malaysia Palm Oil Labor Crunch
From ACM TechNews

'Intelligent' Cutters for Trees to Ease Malaysia Palm Oil Labor Crunch

Malaysian precision farming solutions provider IRGA has developed a palm oil harvesting tool that could help the industry manage a chronic labor shortage.

Train-Cleaning Robots Protect Staff, Prevent Delays
From ACM TechNews

Train-Cleaning Robots Protect Staff, Prevent Delays

Scientists at Scotland's Heriot-Watt University and University of Edinburgh have developed train-cleaning robots to shield staff against infections and prevent...

The Future of Robot Nannies
From ACM News

The Future of Robot Nannies

A machine can't love our children, but our children might love them.

Milestone in Quantum Computing With Error Correction
From ACM TechNews

Milestone in Quantum Computing With Error Correction

Scientists have integrated high-fidelity operations on encoded quantum data with a scalable framework for repeated data stabilization.

Killer Robots Aren't Science Fiction. A Push to Ban Them Is Growing
From ACM News

Killer Robots Aren't Science Fiction. A Push to Ban Them Is Growing

A U.N. conference made little headway on limiting development and use of killer robots, prompting stepped-up calls to outlaw such weapons with a new treaty.

How to Scare an Invasive Fish? A Menacing Robot Predator.
From ACM TechNews

How to Scare an Invasive Fish? A Menacing Robot Predator.

University of Western Australia scientists have created a robot fish to terrify the invasive mosquitofish species by mimicking its most feared predator.

Robotic Hand Can Crush Beer Cans, Hold Eggs Without Breaking Them
From ACM TechNews

Robotic Hand Can Crush Beer Cans, Hold Eggs Without Breaking Them

Researchers at South Korea's Ajou University have built a highly dexterous robotic hand that can handle eggs gently, pour drinks, and crush aluminum cans.

Shrinking Artificial Intelligence
From Communications of the ACM

Shrinking Artificial Intelligence

Energy concerns push AI optimizations to the edge.

Monetizing Your Personal Data
From Communications of the ACM

Monetizing Your Personal Data

What is your private data worth, to you and to the companies willing to pay you for it?

Waymo Says Driver Had Control of SUV That Hit a Pedestrian
From ACM News

Waymo Says Driver Had Control of SUV That Hit a Pedestrian

California's Department of Motor Vehicles said Thursday that it has been contacted by Waymo and that the company will file a crash report within 10 days, as required...

Engineers Teach AI to Navigate Ocean with Minimal Energy
From ACM TechNews

Engineers Teach AI to Navigate Ocean with Minimal Energy

Artificial intelligence technology is being used to enable autonomous drones exploring the deep ocean to navigate using currents instead of fighting them.
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