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Sas Seeks to Improve Data Mining of Social Media

No one doubts that social media--all the stuff on Facebook, Twitter and other online forums--provides a rich lode of user sentiment that companies ought to be able...

Robots With Better Observation
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Robots With Better Observation

Researchers say that new three-dimensional sensing technology under development will be more similar to the human eye in the way it enables robots to observe their...

Stanford Researchers' Audi to Climb Pikes Peak Without a Driver
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Stanford Researchers' Audi to Climb Pikes Peak Without a Driver

It can traverse rough terrain, accelerate quickly and negotiate sharp turns like other high-performance sports cars, but there's one thing that sets this Audi coupe...

Light-Based Localization For Robotic Systems
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Light-Based Localization For Robotic Systems

Getting robotic systems to accurately detect moving and static objects remains an obstacle for more autonomous robots. One possible solution uses light beams for...

A Grand Unified Theory of AI
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A Grand Unified Theory of AI

MIT research scientist Noah Goodman has developed Church, a programming language that combines a rules-based artificial intelligence system with probabilistic inference...

Can We Make a Conscious Machine?
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Can We Make a Conscious Machine?

Challenges don't get much bigger than trying to create artificial consciousness. Some doubt if it can be done--or if it ever should. Bolder researchers are notAntonio...

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Daksh Is Cynosure of All Eyes

Scientists from India's Research and Development Establishment have developed Daksh, a robot designed to detect and dispose of hazardous objects. 

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Boston University Engineers Trying to Improve UAVs

Boston University engineers are implementing a theoretical approach to optimize automated mission control, which describes mid-level control approaches that go...

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Innovative Techniques Applied to Visual Navigation by Mobile Robots

University of the Basque Country researchers are studying how hyperspectral images can be applied to mobile robots with the goal of enhancing the robots' capacity...

Walking, Talking Doll: Japanese Scientists ­nveil Female Android
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Walking, Talking Doll: Japanese Scientists ­nveil Female Android

Japanese scientists worked with robot manufacturer Kokoro to develop a female android that can mimic a person's facial expression. 

Robot Soon Able to Operate Inside Mri Scanners
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Robot Soon Able to Operate Inside Mri Scanners

Researchers at the University of Twente's MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology, in partnership with Radboud University, are working to develop robot-assisted...

Robot Pruner May Cut Vineyard Labor Costs
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Robot Pruner May Cut Vineyard Labor Costs

Vino Farms is one of several farms in California that have invested in the development of a new machine that uses vision systems to mechanically prune vine spurs...

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Could Robots Help Older People Look After Themselves

Researchers are participating in a European project aimed at developing an intelligent system comprised of a robot and smart sensors that can support independent...

Robots, Space Technology Run Australia's Mining Miracle
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Robots, Space Technology Run Australia's Mining Miracle

Rio Tinto plans to use satellite, motion-sensor technology, and robotics to become the most technologically advanced mining company in the world. 

The Man Who Made a Copy of Himself
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The Man Who Made a Copy of Himself

Roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro, one of the world's most brilliant—and controversial—android makers, has built android copies of a child, a woman, and now, himself.

­pc Students Try to Send a Spherical Robot to the Moon
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­pc Students Try to Send a Spherical Robot to the Moon

Students at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya's Castelldefels School of Technology are working with Team FREDNET to place a small robot named PicoRover on...

Nasa Mars Rover Getting Smarter as It Gets Older
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Nasa Mars Rover Getting Smarter as It Gets Older

Software uploaded to NASA's Mars exploration rover Opportunity gives the rover the ability to make its own choices about whether to make additional observations...

Swarms of Helicopter Robots Could Create Huge 3-D Displays
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Swarms of Helicopter Robots Could Create Huge 3-D Displays

The Flyfire project at MIT's SENSEable City Laboratory is creating tiny LED-equipped helicopters that will move in concert to create dramatic, free-form displays...

Fast, Strong Deltabot Moves Forward in the Robotics Market
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Fast, Strong Deltabot Moves Forward in the Robotics Market

A research team at the University of Waterloo has built DeltaBot, a robot that uses cables for arms instead of rigid components and has a cylinder in the middle...

Amarsi Project Could See Robots Learn From Co-Workers
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Amarsi Project Could See Robots Learn From Co-Workers

The AMARSi project aims to build humanoid robots that can autonomously learn and develop motor skills in open-ended environments just as humans do.
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