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Prizewinning Chatbot Steers the Conversation

A chatbot named Suzette recently won the Loebner prize, awarded for a version of the Turing Test, because the system successfully fooled a human judge into thinking...

At Nasa, a Quiet Quest to Send a Humanoid Robot to the Moon
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At Nasa, a Quiet Quest to Send a Humanoid Robot to the Moon

For $150 billion, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration could have sent astronauts back to the Moon. The Obama administration judged that too expensive...

Robot Teachers Are the Latest E-Learning Tool
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Robot Teachers Are the Latest E-Learning Tool

Korea Institute of Science and Technology researchers are building robots to provide English instruction to schoolchildren. The researchers say the goal is to...

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Driverless Vans End 8,000-Mile Test Drive to China

The European Research Council's 8,000-mile robotic car test, which began in Italy on July 20, came to a conclusion as four unmanned electric vans successfully completed...

Better Hands May Help Robots Grasp Meaning
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Better Hands May Help Robots Grasp Meaning

Two recent studies show that roboticists are applying some fresh thinking to the building and operation of robot hands, and a third suggests why the work is so...

Robot, Object, Action!
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Robot, Object, Action!

Robotic demonstrators developed by European researchers produce compelling evidence that 'thinking-by-doing' is the machine cognition paradigm of the future. Robots...

Programming Crowds
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Programming Crowds

With the Web, people worldwide can work on distributed tasks. But getting reliable results requires algorithms that specify workflow between people, not transistors...

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Eye Robot

As technology for robots continues to evolve, their wider use is being held back by the inability to see better. New York University's Yann LeCun has pioneered...

Virtual Engineer to Predict Machine Failure
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Virtual Engineer to Predict Machine Failure

University of Portsmouth scientists have created a system that uses artificial intelligence techniques and sensors to monitor vulnerable parts of a machine, plus...

Army
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Army

It's not that the unpiloted aircraft that the Army flies aren’t already tricked out. Some of them carry the latest surveillance systems and powerful missiles....

Wiring The Brain to Aid People With Paralysis
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Wiring The Brain to Aid People With Paralysis

Scientists are reporting progress in their efforts to channel brain waves to power mechanical devices, a development that could someday help paralyzed people...

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Software Knows What Films You Like

University of Minnesota researchers are using the GroupLens artificial intelligence media recommendation system to develop BookLens, an Internet-based book recommendation...

Turning Data Into Knowledge
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Turning Data Into Knowledge

Today's data deluge is leading to new approaches to visualize, analyze, and catalog enormous datasets.

Robotic Gripper Runs on Coffee . . . and Balloons
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Robotic Gripper Runs on Coffee . . . and Balloons

Opting for simplicity, researchers from Cornell University, University of Chicago and iRobot have bypassed traditional robotic designs based around the human hand...

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The Robot That Reads Your Mind to Train Itself

University of Washington researchers are developing brain-computer interface (BCI) technology by teaching robots new skills using only brain signals.  They are...

Building The Next Big Thing: 25 Years of Mit's Media Lab
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Building The Next Big Thing: 25 Years of Mit's Media Lab

MIT’s Media Lab recently hosted a series of talks to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Anyone who has paid attention to technology news over that period has undoubtedly...

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With Kinect, Microsoft Aims for a Game Changer

Tim Nichols measures fun. A slim, 32-year-old psychologist, he spends his days behind a one-way mirror at Microsoft’s video games research center here, watching...

Feds Plot 'near Human' Robot Docs, Farmers, Troops
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Feds Plot 'near Human' Robot Docs, Farmers, Troops

Robots are already vacuuming our carpets, heading into combat and assisting docs on medical procedures. Get ready for a next generation of "near human" bots that'll...

National Smarter-Car Research Network Established at Mcmaster
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National Smarter-Car Research Network Established at Mcmaster

Canada has announced NECSIS, the Network on Engineering Complex Software Intensive Systems for Automotive Systems, a national research network that will use innovative...

Adding Human Intelligence to Software
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Adding Human Intelligence to Software

MIT researchers have developed TurKit, a toolkit that enables users to write algorithms to coordinate online workers using Javascript and create human intelligence...
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