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MIT Robot Can Grow Like a Plant When It Needs Extra Reach
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MIT Robot Can Grow Like a Plant When It Needs Extra Reach

A new robotic system can "grow" in a way similar to how a young plant grows upward.

'Magic Mirror on My Wall…'
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'Magic Mirror on My Wall…'

Smart mirrors bring a new form-factor to on-campus information access.  

What Self-driving Cars Can’t Recognize May be a Matter of Life and Death
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What Self-driving Cars Can’t Recognize May be a Matter of Life and Death

Engineers are racing to program artificial intelligence to recognize different scenarios that human drivers know inherently.

Pentagon Advisory Board Releases Principles for Ethical Use of AI in Warfare
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Pentagon Advisory Board Releases Principles for Ethical Use of AI in Warfare

The U.S. Defense Innovation Board has published a set of ethical principles for how military agencies should design weapons enabled by artificial intelligence and...

Robot Arm Lets You Remotely Lend Friends Helping Hand with Repairs
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Robot Arm Lets You Remotely Lend Friends Helping Hand with Repairs

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. have developed a handheld robot for remote assistance with repairs.

Robotic Arm Slows Down to Avoid Uncanny Valley
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Robotic Arm Slows Down to Avoid Uncanny Valley

Disney Research roboticists have found that slowing a robot’s reaction time and movements made people feel less threatened, helping to avoid the "uncanny valley"...

Burrito Delivered by Bot, as Long as Students Don't Trap It
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Burrito Delivered by Bot, as Long as Students Don't Trap It

The Kiwi Campus startup near the University of California, Berkeley, offers robot meal deliveries to students, with remote "pilots" in Colombia setting and adjusting...

Self-Transforming Robot Blocks Jump, Spin, Flip, Identify Each Other
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Self-Transforming Robot Blocks Jump, Spin, Flip, Identify Each Other

Researchers have developed self-assembling robotic cubes that can climb over and around one another, leap through the air, and roll across the ground.

AI Tool Detects Global Fashion Trends
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AI Tool Detects Global Fashion Trends

A new artificial intelligence tool scans millions of publicly available photos to effectively identify fashion trends around the world, as well as traditions and...

European Cloud Project Draws Backlash From U.S. Tech Giants
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European Cloud Project Draws Backlash From U.S. Tech Giants

Germany and France are launching a government-backed project to develop European cloud infrastructure, to help local providers compete with U.S. technology companies...

Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections
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Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections

A new model can help autonomous vehicles determine when it is safe to proceed into traffic at intersections with obstructed views.

Future-proofing Security for the Coming Quantum Era
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Future-proofing Security for the Coming Quantum Era

Cybersecurity majors are being trained to design hardware to be immune from software hacks.    

Deep Learning Is Making Video Game Characters Move Like Real People
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Deep Learning Is Making Video Game Characters Move Like Real People

Scientists used deep learning neural networks to help digital characters in video games move more realistically.

Volkswagen to Test Quantum Navigation App in Real Traffic
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Volkswagen to Test Quantum Navigation App in Real Traffic

Volkswagen will test a quantum navigation app in Portugal next week, with plans to eventually incorporate its capabilities into automobiles.

Climate Model Developed by ISGlobal Researchers Provides Long-Term Predictions of 'El Nino' Events
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Climate Model Developed by ISGlobal Researchers Provides Long-Term Predictions of 'El Nino' Events

Researchers at Spain's Barcelona Institute for Global Health have developed a statistical climate model that can predict El Nino events up to 30 months in advance...

CMU Researchers Find Google's New Congestion Control Algorithm Does Not Treat Data Fairly
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CMU Researchers Find Google's New Congestion Control Algorithm Does Not Treat Data Fairly

Researchers have shown that a new congestion control algorithm developed by Google may compete unfairly with other services on overloaded networks.

RIT Researchers Win First Place in Facebook Research Eye-Tracking Challenge
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RIT Researchers Win First Place in Facebook Research Eye-Tracking Challenge

RIT researchers took the top prize in Facebook Research's OpenEDS Challenge for developing a real-time eye-tracking technique.

Rebel Robot Helps Researchers Understand Human-Machine Cooperation
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Rebel Robot Helps Researchers Understand Human-Machine Cooperation

Researchers have developed a handheld robot that predicts a user's plans,  then frustrates the user by rebelling against those plans, demonstrating an understanding...

Bioprinting: Living Cells in a 3D Printer
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Bioprinting: Living Cells in a 3D Printer

Researchers have developed a high-resolution bioprinting process with completely new materials, involving the use of a special "bio ink" for three-dimensional printing...

Voice Assistants Follow Inaudible Commands
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Voice Assistants Follow Inaudible Commands

Researchers have developed exploits against voice assistants by encoding inaudible commands in songs and other audio content.
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