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Robots Get Ready For Mass Markets
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Robots Get Ready For Mass Markets

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology's Laboratory of Intelligent Systems and a group of laboratories are collaborating to launch the National Center of Competence...

Information Theory After Shannon
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Information Theory After Shannon

Purdue University's Science of Information Center seeks new principles to answer the question 'What is information?'

Researchers Build Flying Robotic 'tree Helicopter'
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Researchers Build Flying Robotic 'tree Helicopter'

University of Maryland researchers have developed a robotic flying device based on samaras — single-winged seeds that are released by trees. The researchers built...

Rise of the Robot Astronomers
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Rise of the Robot Astronomers

Mount Palomar Observatory's Palomar Transient Factory uses AI to locate variable stars, or transients. "Our grand goal is to remove astronomers from the real-time...

The Human Touch, in Robots
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The Human Touch, in Robots

Researchers at the A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing are developing robots that can respond directly to human speech. 

For Robust Robots, Let Them Be Babies First
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For Robust Robots, Let Them Be Babies First

A University of Vermont scientist has created robots that change their body forms while learning how to walk, like tadpoles becoming frogs. These evolving robots...

Robotic Ghost Knifefish Is Born
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Robotic Ghost Knifefish Is Born

Northwestern University researchers have developed GhostBot, a robotic fish that can instantly change directions using a ribbon-like fin, potentially revolutionizing...

Google's Artificial Intelligence Translates Poetry
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Google's Artificial Intelligence Translates Poetry

Researchers at Google are tackling what they call one of the most difficult challenges in artificial intelligence.

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Madrid Opts For Robotics For Its Citizens Services

The Autonomous Community of Madrid is sponsoring Robocity2030, a consortium aimed at developing new applications for service robots to help improve humans' quality...

Cockroach Inspires Robotic Hand to Get a Grip
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Cockroach Inspires Robotic Hand to Get a Grip

Harvard University researcher Robert D. Howe and Yale University professor Aaron Dollar have developed a robotic hand, based on the legs of a cockroach, that is...

Metamorphosis Key to Creating Stable Walking Robots
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Metamorphosis Key to Creating Stable Walking Robots

A study to find the quickest way to evolve walking behaviors in virtual robots was conducted by University of Vermont researcher Josh Bongard. He ran simulations...

Algorithms Take Control of Wall Street
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Algorithms Take Control of Wall Street

Last spring, Dow Jones launched a new service called Lexicon, which sends real-time financial news to professional investors. This in itself is not surprising...

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Mimic-Bots Learn to Do As We Do

Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea have developed a robotic system that responds to the actions of the person...

2011: The Year of the Personal Robot?
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2011: The Year of the Personal Robot?

Willow Garage's PR2 personal robot platform, released last year, could lead to new advances in robotic technology. Georgia Tech professor Charles Kemp. Kemp and...

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Hackers Find New Way to Cheat on Wall Street

High-frequency trading networks, which complete stock market transactions in microseconds, are vulnerable to manipulation by hackers who can inject tiny amounts...

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The New Speed of Money, Reshaping Markets

A substantial part of all stock trading in the United States takes place in a warehouse in a nondescript business park just off the New Jersey Turnpike.

IBM's Jeopardy Strategy: Divide and Conquer
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IBM's Jeopardy Strategy: Divide and Conquer

When it comes tackling a challenge as tough as answering a human question, the best computational approach may be to break the job down into multiple parts and...

Beyond Surveillance: Darpa Wants a Thinking Camera
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Beyond Surveillance: Darpa Wants a Thinking Camera

It’s tough being an imagery analyst for the U.S. military: you’re drowning in pictures and drone video, with more pouring in endlessly from the tons of sensors...

The A.i. Revolution Is On
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The A.i. Revolution Is On

Artificial intelligence technology has evolved into a system that uses machine learning, huge data sets, complex sensors, and new algorithms to complete specific...

AI Makes Progress, but Robots Still Can't Match Humans
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AI Makes Progress, but Robots Still Can't Match Humans

Despite advances in artificial intelligence research, a robot that can pass the Turing test has yet to be developed. The development of human-like intelligence...
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