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Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics From Cornell and Google
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Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics From Cornell and Google

Blossom is a social robot built from natural materials like cotton and wool.

How We Won Gold in the Cyborg Olympics' Brain Race
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How We Won Gold in the Cyborg Olympics' Brain Race

In October 2016, inside a sold-out arena in Zurich, a man named Numa Poujouly steered his wheelchair up to the central podium.

The Future of Computing Depends on Making It Reversible
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The Future of Computing Depends on Making It Reversible

For more than 50 years, computers have made steady and dramatic improvements, all thanks to Moore's Law—the exponential increase over time in the number of transistors...

Magnetothermal Genetics: A Fourth Tool in the Brain-Hacking Toolbox
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Magnetothermal Genetics: A Fourth Tool in the Brain-Hacking Toolbox

A scientist wanting to hack into an animal's brain used to have three different tools to choose from: electric current, drugs, and light. Now there's a fourth:...

Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google
From ACM Opinion

Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google

As excited as we are about the forthcoming generation of social home robots (including Jibo, Kuri, and many others), it's hard to ignore the fact that most of them...

Biocomputer and Memory Built Inside Living Bacteria
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Biocomputer and Memory Built Inside Living Bacteria


E-ZPass Could Kickstart Smart Cities
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E-ZPass Could Kickstart Smart Cities

Everyone likes the idea of a smart city. Traffic lights would automatically adjust to optimize traffic flow, you could find parking spaces without circling for...

A True Random-Number Generator Built From Carbon Nanotubes
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A True Random-Number Generator Built From Carbon Nanotubes

Researchers say they have built a true random number generator from a static random-access memory cell printed with a specialized carbon nanotube ink.

Aussies Win Amazon Robotics Challenge
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Aussies Win Amazon Robotics Challenge

Team ACRV, from the Australian Center for Robotic Vision at the Queensland University of Technology, won the final combined task in Amazon's 2017 Robotics Challenge...

JPL's Design for a Clockwork Rover to Explore Venus
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JPL's Design for a Clockwork Rover to Explore Venus

The longest amount of time that a spacecraft has survived on the surface of Venus is 127 minutes.

Robots Could Act as Ethical Mediators Between Patients and Caregivers
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Robots Could Act as Ethical Mediators Between Patients and Caregivers

Researchers hypothesize that robots that understand ethical issues would be able to observe interactions between patients and caregivers, and intervene when needed...

Nanoneurons Enable Neuromorphic Chips for Voice Recognition
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Nanoneurons Enable Neuromorphic Chips for Voice Recognition

Last month, IEEE Spectrum ran a special report focusing on the question "Can We Copy the Brain?" The report offered a thorough examination of all the ongoing efforts...

Complex Biological Computer Commands Living Cells
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Complex Biological Computer Commands Living Cells

Researchers have developed a biological computer that functions inside living bacterial cells and tells them what to do, according to a report published yesterday...

Smart Contact Lenses and Eye Implants Will Give Doctors Medical Insights
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Smart Contact Lenses and Eye Implants Will Give Doctors Medical Insights

Poets say the eyes are a window to the soul. But biomedical engineers are using the eyes to gain insight into the body.

The 2017 Top Programming Languages
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The 2017 Top Programming Languages

Python is now the top programming language, according to IEEE Spectrum's recently released fourth interactive ranking of the leading languages.

Iran's Newest Robot Is an Adorable Dancing Humanoid
From ACM TechNews

Iran's Newest Robot Is an Adorable Dancing Humanoid

Researchers at the University of Tehran have developed Surena Mini, a small robot with a 3D-printed body, articulated limbs, and a round head with two camera-eyes...

EU Developing Robot Badgers for Underground Excavation
From ACM TechNews

EU Developing Robot Badgers for Underground Excavation

The European Union is underwriting the roBot for Autonomous unDerGround trenchless opERations, mapping, and navigation (BADGER) project.

UC Berkeley Releases Massive Dex-Net 2.0 Dataset
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UC Berkeley Releases Massive Dex-Net 2.0 Dataset

A University of California, Berkeley professor has announced the release of a massive dataset for Dex-Net 2.0.

Global Race Toward Exascale Will Drive Supercomputing, AI to Masses
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Global Race Toward Exascale Will Drive Supercomputing, AI to Masses

Industrial trends in high-performance computing are setting a foundation for the eventual pervasiveness of artificial intelligence and big data applications within...

The Human Brain Project Reboots: A Search Engine for the Brain Is in Sight
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The Human Brain Project Reboots: A Search Engine for the Brain Is in Sight

The European Commission-funded Human Brain Project is on track to create a searchable model of the brain by building an infrastructure combining high-performance...
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