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The Ethical Robot
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The Ethical Robot

University of Connecticut professor Susan Anderson and University of Hartford computer scientist Michael Anderson have programmed a robot to behave ethically....

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Part Moth, Part Machine: Cyborgs Are on the Move

Researchers are developing methods to produce complex behavior from robots by tapping into the nervous system of living organisms and using algorithms that already...

Why Is a Universal Translator So Elusive?
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Why Is a Universal Translator So Elusive?

With a global economy and flights that can take you all over the world in hours, why is it that we still struggle with a language barrier that technology is finding...

Robot Troops Will Follow Orders, Beat You at Rock, Paper, Scissors
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Robot Troops Will Follow Orders, Beat You at Rock, Paper, Scissors

The military has a ton of ground robots scurrying around Afghanistan. Too bad they’re dumb as puppets, unable to make the slightest move without a human pulling...

Long-Range Undersea Robot Does Its Own Research
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Long-Range Undersea Robot Does Its Own Research

A new breed of undersea robot promises to give oceanographers a deeper understanding of ocean life by going faster, farther, and longer than its predecessors—and...

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Um Researchers Are Studying Child-Mother Interactions to Design Robots With Social Skills

University of Miami developmental psychologists and computer scientists from the University of California, San Diego are studying the interaction between infants...

Robot's Space Debut 'giant Leap For Tinmankind'
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Robot's Space Debut 'giant Leap For Tinmankind'

NASA is sending a humanoid robot, called Robonaut 2, to the International Space Station for the first time. R2 has more than 350 electrical sensors throughout...

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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.
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