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Doing What the Brain Does--How Computers Learn to Listen
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Doing What the Brain Does--How Computers Learn to Listen

Researchers at Germany's Leipzig Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging in London have developed...

'spiderbots' Talk Amongst Themselves Inside Active Volcano
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'spiderbots' Talk Amongst Themselves Inside Active Volcano

A group of "spiderbots" released inside Mount St. Helens in Washington is the first network of volcano sensors capable of automatically communicating with each...

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Robots to Get Their Own Operating System

Robots are limited by the fact that they are often designed and built in isolation for specific functions, and roboticists have started to consider what aspects...

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Computer 'agents' Take to the Web

Artificial intelligence agents that automatically negotiate for online shoppers, called Negotiation Ninjas, will be tested on a shopping Web site called Aroxo this...

Cornell's Robotic Submarine Wins International Competition
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Cornell's Robotic Submarine Wins International Competition

Months of meticulous testing, refining and retesting has paid off for Cornell University's Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team. With a flawless 11.5-minute run through...

Healthcare, The Road to Robotic Helpers
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Healthcare, The Road to Robotic Helpers

Robots are whirring away in factories all over the world, building cars, phones and cookers. Yet they can do so much more. Robotics for healthcare has been tipped...

Robotics Insights Through Flies' Eyes
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Robotics Insights Through Flies' Eyes

Researchers at the Munich-based Cognition for Technical Systems excellence cluster have developed a flight simulator for flies to determine the insect's neural...

Nurses Open to Idea of Robots
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Nurses Open to Idea of Robots

A study performed by SINTEF for the Norwegian Association of Local Regional Authorities found that nurses and care-sector employees would welcome sensor and robot...

Talking Paperclip Inspires Less Irksome Virtual Assistant
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Talking Paperclip Inspires Less Irksome Virtual Assistant

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has spent an estimated $150 million developing an artificially intelligent (AI) virtual assistant. DARPA's...

Cambridge ­niversity Builds Lamppost-Mounted Traffic-Counting Sensors
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Cambridge ­niversity Builds Lamppost-Mounted Traffic-Counting Sensors

Sensors would offer traffic authorities a better way to measure traffic flow, according to a team at the University of Cambridge. The researchers plan to mount...

Want Responsible Robotics? Start with Responsible Humans
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Want Responsible Robotics? Start with Responsible Humans

When the legendary science fiction writer Isaac Asimov penned the "Three Laws of Responsible Robotics," he forever changed the way humans think about artificial...

Smart Machines: What's The Worst That Could Happen?
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Smart Machines: What's The Worst That Could Happen?

A panel of 25 artificial intelligence (AI) scientists, roboticists, and ethical and legal scholars have spent the past year discussing the risks of developing machines...

Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man
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Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have spurred a group of computer scientists to consider whether research that might lead to a loss of human control over...

How Robot Drones Revolutionized the Face of Warfare
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How Robot Drones Revolutionized the Face of Warfare

Today's warriors are fighting without getting in harm's way, with drones dramatically tilting the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan in favor of the United States...

Robo-Ethicists Want to Revamp Asimov's 3 Laws
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Robo-Ethicists Want to Revamp Asimov's 3 Laws

Researchers continue to work to make robots safer to be around humans, but some robot experts say the key is to stop making robots that lack ethics. "If you build...

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Future Cars Will Communicate to Avoid Collisions

The recent First Rim Mathematical Association (PRIMA) conference in Sydney featured a demonstration of how the flocking technique could be used to control cars....

Face Recognition Breakthrough
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Face Recognition Breakthrough

By using sparse representation and compressed sensing, researchers have been able to demonstrate significant improvements in accuracy over traditional face-recognition...

Just For You
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Just For You

Recommender systems that provide consumers with customized options have redefined e-commerce, and are spreading to other fields.

When Robots Invaded the Senate
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When Robots Invaded the Senate

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently held a luncheon briefing and open house for U.S. Senate members to demonstrate cyber-physical systems (CPS), an emerging...

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Rethinking Code Optimization For Mobile and Multicore

The key to the creation of more efficient software for mobile platforms and multicore chips could lie in artificial intelligence (AI), and the MilePost project...
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