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Guided by AI, Robotic Platform Automates Molecule Manufacture
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Guided by AI, Robotic Platform Automates Molecule Manufacture

A new artificial intelligence-guided system uses robots to automate small-molecule fabrication.

Phone Movement Predicts Personality Types
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Phone Movement Predicts Personality Types

Researchers in Australia used data from the accelerometers in mobile phones to predict users' personalities.

Automated System Generates Robotic Parts for Novel Tasks
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Automated System Generates Robotic Parts for Novel Tasks

Researchers have developed an automated system that can design and print in three dimensions complex robotic parts optimized to a large number of specifications...

New AI Programming Language Goes Beyond Deep Learning
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New AI Programming Language Goes Beyond Deep Learning

General-purpose language works for computer vision, robotics, statistics, and more.

From One Brain Scan, More Information for Medical AI
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From One Brain Scan, More Information for Medical AI

Researchers at MIT have developed a system to gather more information from images used to train machine-learning models, including those that can analyze medical...

Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed
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Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed

A new algorithm accurately aligns partial trajectories in real time, allowing motion predictors in self-driving cars to accurately anticipate the timing of a person's...

Autonomous Boats Can Target, Latch Onto Each Other
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Autonomous Boats Can Target, Latch Onto Each Other

Researchers have designed autonomous boats that can automatically target and latch onto each other.

This Robot Helps You Lift Objects--By Looking at Your Biceps
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This Robot Helps You Lift Objects--By Looking at Your Biceps

A new robotic system uses machines to help people lift objects by monitoring their muscle movements, producing a smoother robot-human collaboration.

Bringing Human-Like Reasoning to Driverless Car Navigation
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Bringing Human-Like Reasoning to Driverless Car Navigation

A new system could enable autonomous vehicles to navigate complex environments by checking a basic global positioning system-like map and employing video feeds....

MIT and ­.S. Air Force Sign Agreement to Launch AI Accelerator
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MIT and ­.S. Air Force Sign Agreement to Launch AI Accelerator

MIT and the U.S. Air Force have signed an agreement to launch a new program designed to make fundamental advances in artificial intelligence that could improve...

New Approach Could Accelerate Efforts to Catalog Vast Numbers of Cells
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New Approach Could Accelerate Efforts to Catalog Vast Numbers of Cells

A new technique can derive fully comprehensive samples, or "sketches," of vast cellular datasets, to simplify analysis.

Improving Security as AI Moves to Smartphones
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Improving Security as AI Moves to Smartphones

Researchers suggest the vulnerability of compressed, or quantized, artificial intelligence models to adversarial attack could be remedied by adding a mathematical...

Robots That Can Sort Recycling
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Robots That Can Sort Recycling

A new robotic system can detect if an object is paper, metal, or plastic.

Computing the Future
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Computing the Future

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology hosted a fireside chat, featuring six of its professors who have received ACM's A.M. Turing Award.

Big Issues on the Table at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference 
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Big Issues on the Table at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference 

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver listened to a question on stage Friday at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, paused for a moment, and delivered a surprising...

Mini Cheetah Is First Four-Legged Robot to Do a Backflip
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Mini Cheetah Is First Four-Legged Robot to Do a Backflip

Researchers have engineered a four-legged robot modeled after a cheetah, which is able to perform a 360-degree backflip from a standing position.

Robots Track Moving Objects With ­nprecedented Precision
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Robots Track Moving Objects With ­nprecedented Precision

Researchers are employing radio-frequency identification tags to help track moving objects with unprecedented accuracy and speed.

MIT Robot Combines Vision, Touch to Learn Game of Jenga
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MIT Robot Combines Vision, Touch to Learn Game of Jenga

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created a robot that taught itself to play Jenga.

Engineers Program Marine Robots to Take Calculated Risks
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Engineers Program Marine Robots to Take Calculated Risks

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an algorithm that lets autonomous underwater vehicles weigh the risks and rewards of exploring...

Putting Neural Networks ­nder the Microscope
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Putting Neural Networks ­nder the Microscope

Researchers have developed a method of identifying individual nodes in neural networks that capture specific linguistic features.
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