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Robots Get Smarter By Asking For Help
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Robots Get Smarter By Asking For Help

Willow Garage researchers are developing robots that ask human for help when they cannot recognize objects. Willow Garage computer scientist Alan Sorokin has designed...

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Netflix Awards $1 Million Prize and Starts a New Contest

Netflix, the movie rental company, has decided its million-dollar-prize competition was such a good investment that it is planning another one.  The company’srecommendation...

What Traditional Academics Can Learn From a Futurist's ­niversity
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What Traditional Academics Can Learn From a Futurist's ­niversity

The Singularity University program combines technology, futurism, and corporate support to question well-entrenched perspectives on learning and technology. The...

Google Acquires Recaptcha
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Google Acquires Recaptcha

ReCAPTCHA Inc., a spin-off of Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Science Department, has been acquired by Google Inc. The Pittsburgh company developed online...

NRL Artificial Intelligence Team Win Prestigious Video Awards
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NRL Artificial Intelligence Team Win Prestigious Video Awards

Researchers at the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory's (NRL) Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence won two awards at the 21st International Joint...

Artificial Intelligence Helps Diagnose Cardiac Infections
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Artificial Intelligence Helps Diagnose Cardiac Infections

Mayo Clinic researchers say that "teachable software" designed to mimic the human brain may help them diagnose cardiac infections without an invasive exam. The...

Role For Robots: Helping Elderly at Home
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Role For Robots: Helping Elderly at Home

Three University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) engineers and a Rush University nursing specialist have been awarded a three-year, $989,000 National Science Foundation...

Lobsters Teach Robots Magnetic Mapping Trick
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Lobsters Teach Robots Magnetic Mapping Trick

Computer scientist Janne Haverinen reports that a small wheeled robot was able to use a magnetic map to determine where it was in a hospital and move along a corridor...

A Turing Test For Computer Game Bots
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A Turing Test For Computer Game Bots

Can a computer fool expert gamers into believing it's one of them? That was the question posed at the second annual BotPrize, a three-month contest that concluded...

Machines Still Way Behind Humans in Image Recognition
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Machines Still Way Behind Humans in Image Recognition

Computers can copy many aspects of human behavior, but they don't yet possess our ability to recognize distorted images, says a team of researchers. "Our goal is...

The Right Honorable Computer, Barrister-at-Law
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The Right Honorable Computer, Barrister-at-Law

European researchers have created a legal analysis query engine that combines artificial intelligence, game theory and semantics to offer advice, conflict prevention...

­tsa Wins $5 Million in Stimulus Funds For New Interdisciplinary Center
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­tsa Wins $5 Million in Stimulus Funds For New Interdisciplinary Center

University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) researchers have received a five-year, $5 million National Science Foundation grant to establish the Simulation, Visualization...

Getting Your Robot On: Wearable Machines' Intimate Interface
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Getting Your Robot On: Wearable Machines' Intimate Interface

Engineers around the world are exploring all kinds of possibilities for wearable robot interfaces, from brain implants to touch interfaces. Professor Jacob Rosen...

Taiwan ­niversity Students Build Tour Guide Robot
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Taiwan ­niversity Students Build Tour Guide Robot

Engineering students at National Taiwan University recently demonstrated a robot that is capable of creating two- and three-dimensional maps of an area and then...

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Three New Laws of Robotics For the Early 21st Century

Ohio State University's David Woods and Texas A&M's Robin Murphy have proposed three new laws of robotics that can be applied to robots available today. The new...

Inventor Demonstrates Humanoid Robot's Latest AI Abilities
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Inventor Demonstrates Humanoid Robot's Latest AI Abilities

Independent inventor Le Trung recently demonstrated the newest version of his robot-controlling software called Bio Robot Artificial Intelligence Neural System...

Iu Cognitive Scientists Receive $3.1 Million For Innovative Training Methods
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Iu Cognitive Scientists Receive $3.1 Million For Innovative Training Methods

Indiana University (IU) Bloomington researchers have received a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and deploy new...

Moral Machines
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Moral Machines

Scientists at the Universidade Nova De Lisboa, in Portugal, and the Universitas Indonesia, in Indonesia, are researching artificial intelligence and the application...

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Defying Experts, Rogue Computer Code Still Lurks

Like a ghost ship, a rogue software program that glided onto the Internet last November has confounded the efforts of top security experts to eradicate the program...

­sing Robots to Serve the Elderly at Home
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­sing Robots to Serve the Elderly at Home

Robots that lend a very human-like helping hand to healthy elderly people with limited mobility may be on the horizon, thanks to three University of Illinois at...
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