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One-Eyed Robots Ready For Exploration

Monocular vision can be sufficient for a robot to perform its job as long as its brain can process environmental data rapidly enough, says Imperial College London...

Ibm Computer Program to Take on 'jeopardy!'
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Ibm Computer Program to Take on 'jeopardy!'

IBM is developing software designed to compete against human "Jeopardy!" contestants, which, if successful, could mark a major advancement in artificial intelligence...

Telepresence Seen as Space Exploration Game-Changer
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Telepresence Seen as Space Exploration Game-Changer

Some experts say that telepresence could have such a major impact on society that it changes everything, from how humans explore space to how they remotely communicate...

DARPA Wants AI Systems to Interpret Surveillance Data
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DARPA Wants AI Systems to Interpret Surveillance Data

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced an effort to create powerful artificial intelligences (AIs) that can mine and interpret...

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Companion Robots Will Improve Elderly People's Quality of Life in Smart Homes

The Companionable project is working to improve the quality of life of elderly and disabled people through robots designed to operate in intelligent homes. The...

Robots Are Narrowing the Gap With Humans
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Robots Are Narrowing the Gap With Humans

Robots are gaining on us humans. Guided by increased computing power, robots can now perform such tasks as picking up and peeling bananas, landing jumbo jets, steering...

Harnessing Spammers to Solve AI Problems
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Harnessing Spammers to Solve AI Problems

Some Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHAs) security systems are already being solved by spammers, but CAPTCHA co...

Robot Communicates ­sing Eye Movements Alone
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Robot Communicates ­sing Eye Movements Alone

A team at the Tokyo Institute of Technology is trying to enable humans and robots to communicate nonverbally. Yoichi Yamazaki and colleagues have developed an...

Researcher Leads Quest For Robots That Take Orders From the Brain
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Researcher Leads Quest For Robots That Take Orders From the Brain

University of Washington (UW) researcher and MacArthur Foundation Fellow recipient Yoky Matsuoka specializes in the field of neurobotics, which focuses on the development...

Engineering Professor Explores Underwater Wireless Communications
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Engineering Professor Explores Underwater Wireless Communications

Northeastern University professor Milica Stojanovic says the discovery of the Titanic in 1985 underscored the need for underwater wireless communications technology...

The Stranger Side of Chi 2009
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The Stranger Side of Chi 2009

ACM's CHI 2009, the 27th Computer-Human Interaction Conference, spotlighted many new inventions and concepts, some of which were decidedly unusual. These included...

Tech Mainstays Promote Machines That Fix Themselves
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Tech Mainstays Promote Machines That Fix Themselves

Technology companies are embracing self-healing technology, a computing strategy that could have a major impact on the data center and the desktop. IBM uses self...

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Artificial Intelligence to Tackle Rogue Traders

The University of Sunderland's Computerized Analysis of Stocks and Shares for Novelty Detection of Radical Activities (CASSANDRA) project is developing a software...

Robotic Gardeners: MIT Droids Tend Plants
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Robotic Gardeners: MIT Droids Tend Plants

A class of undergraduates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created a set of robots that can water, harvest and pollinate cherry tomato plants. The...

Robot Suit Will Turn You Into Ironman
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Robot Suit Will Turn You Into Ironman

A cybernetic bodysuit developed by Cyberdyne Corp. and Daiwa House of Japan augments body movement and increases user strength by up to tenfold. The HAL (Hybrid...

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Robot That Can Turn Cartwheels, Do Somersaults

Sherry Randhawa of Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, recently demonstrated some of the school's progress in robotics and computing. A major attraction...

Self-Directed Robot Scientist Makes Discovery
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Self-Directed Robot Scientist Makes Discovery

A robot developed by researchers at the United Kingdom's Aberystwyth University has discovered 12 new functions for genes entirely on its own. "Our goal is to...

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Recent Research Tackles the Complexity of Self-Awareness

Researchers at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid's School of Computing are using modular neural networks to model cognitive functions related to awareness and...

Honda Develops Brain Interface For Robot Control
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Honda Develops Brain Interface For Robot Control

Honda Motor's Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) and Shimadzu have co-developed a brain-machine interface system that enables people...

University Creates Robot to Build Red Cabin on the Moon
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University Creates Robot to Build Red Cabin on the Moon

Students at Sweden's Malardalen University will build a smart robot to construct a little red cabin on the moon. The team has been charged with taking the House...
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