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Nasa Official Outlines Plan For Next-Generation Space Robots
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Nasa Official Outlines Plan For Next-Generation Space Robots

NASA engineers are developing a team of robotic rovers that might eventually work alongside astronauts on Mars.

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Computerized Agents For Smart Electricity

University of Southampton computer scientists have developed a system of computerized agents that can manage energy use and storage in the home. 

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Your Face Is All You'll Need at an Atm

Waweru Mwangi, director of the Institute of Computer Science and Information Technology at Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta University, demonstrated his Basic Intelligent...

Army of Smartphone Chips Could Emulate the Human Brain
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Army of Smartphone Chips Could Emulate the Human Brain

If you have a smartphone, you probably have a slice of Steve Furber's brain in your pocket. By the time you read this, his 1-billion-neuron silicon brain will be...

Wheelchairs That Listen
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Wheelchairs That Listen

MIT researchers are developing a voice-operated robotic wheelchair for people with neurological disorders.

The Legal Case For Robot War Gets Complicated
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The Legal Case For Robot War Gets Complicated

The legal debate over America's undeclared drone war in Pakistan is getting sharper: In a congressional hearing yesterday, a prominent law professor suggested that...

Teams Gear ­p For Two Robotic Competitions
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Teams Gear ­p For Two Robotic Competitions

NIST has announced that 11 university teams will square off next week in two contests designed to prove the viability of advanced technologies for robotic manufacturing...

When Will We Be Able to Build Brains Like Ours?
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When Will We Be Able to Build Brains Like Ours?

When physicists puzzle out the workings of some new part of nature, that knowledge can be used to build devices that do amazing things--airplanes that fly, radios...

'smart' Cars Steer Towards Safety
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'smart' Cars Steer Towards Safety

University of Western Ontario researchers are developing smart cars that can see the conditions around them, assess the appropriateness of a driver's response,...

Computing, Sudoku-Style
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Computing, Sudoku-Style

Though still in its infancy, the work of Alexey Radul as a postdoc at MIT could someday have consequences for artificial-intelligence research, parallel computing...

Cloud Computing and Developing Nations
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Cloud Computing and Developing Nations

For a growing number of organizations worldwide, cloud computing offers a quick and affordable way to tap into IT infrastructure as an Internet service. But obstacles...

Modeling the Astronomical
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Modeling the Astronomical

Advances in computer technology have changed the way astronomers see and study the universe.

An Artificial Eye on Your Driving
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An Artificial Eye on Your Driving

Researchers at Tel Aviv University and General Motors are developing algorithms that will enable car-mounted cameras to detect road hazards and alert drivers to...

Robots With Skin Enter Our Touchy-Feely World
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Robots With Skin Enter Our Touchy-Feely World

A team at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in May will circulate to various labs the first components of a touch-sensitive skin for their iCub humanoid...

Robotic Therapy Helps Stroke Patients Regain Function
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Robotic Therapy Helps Stroke Patients Regain Function

Stroke patients who received robot-assisted therapy were able to regain some ability to use their arms, even if the stroke had occurred years earlier, according...

Robots Look to the Cloud for Enlightenment
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Robots Look to the Cloud for Enlightenment

With the phrase "web 2.0" falling out of vogue, the most exciting new uses of the internet are now all about the cloud, a term for servers invisibly doing smart...

A Robot's Breakfast
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A Robot's Breakfast

University of Maryland professor Robert Finkelstein is building a robot designed to provide its own fuel source by grabbing sticks and branches, sawing them into...

Cat Brain: A Step Toward the Electronic Equivalent
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Cat Brain: A Step Toward the Electronic Equivalent

A cat can recognize a face faster and more efficiently than a supercomputer. That's one reason a feline brain is the model for a biologically-inspired computer...

Online E-Expo Features More Than 100 ­niversity Robotics Labs
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Online E-Expo Features More Than 100 ­niversity Robotics Labs

EXPO21xx's online exhibition for the robotics industry features projects from more than 100 university robotics labs from around the world. 

Why Machines Do Not Understand Human Speech
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Why Machines Do Not Understand Human Speech

From the moment people are born, they learn to make associations and to understand words depending on the context of a sentence. This learning continues throughout...
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