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Most People Would Rather Lose Their Job to a Robot Than Another Human
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Most People Would Rather Lose Their Job to a Robot Than Another Human

Most people would prefer to lose their job to a robot than to another person, but at the same time would rather see a co-worker replaced by a human than a robot...

Artificial Skin Can Sense 1,000 Times Faster Than Human Nerves
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Artificial Skin Can Sense 1,000 Times Faster Than Human Nerves

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have developed artificial skin containing physical sensors that can detect pressure, bending, and temperature...

Drones Could Herd Rhinos From Poaching Hotspots
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Drones Could Herd Rhinos From Poaching Hotspots

Researchers in the ­.K. found that drones and siren sounds were most effective in getting endangered southern white rhinos to leave poaching hotspots in national...

Tiny Jellyfish Robot Could Swim Inside the Bladder to Deliver Drugs
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Tiny Jellyfish Robot Could Swim Inside the Bladder to Deliver Drugs

Researchers in Germany have developed a robotic jellyfish that can swim, burrow, and transport objects.

Data Can Now Be Stored Inside Molecules That Power Our Metabolism
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Data Can Now Be Stored Inside Molecules That Power Our Metabolism

Brown University researchers have stored information within molecules smaller and less complex than DNA.

Robotic Fish Powered by Electronic Blood Can Swim for 36 Hours
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Robotic Fish Powered by Electronic Blood Can Swim for 36 Hours

Researchers at Cornell University have developed a robotic fish that is powered by its own artificial circulatory system.

Creating an AI can be 5x Worse for the Planet than a Car
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Creating an AI can be 5x Worse for the Planet than a Car

The training of a single artificial intelligence program can require as much as 284 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, or about five times the lifetime emissions...

Drone Can Transform into a Tiny Car to Slide ­nder Small Gaps
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Drone Can Transform into a Tiny Car to Slide ­nder Small Gaps

A new shape-shifting drone flies, and can transform into a car once it touches down.

Robots Conduct Daily Health Inspections of Schoolchildren in China
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Robots Conduct Daily Health Inspections of Schoolchildren in China

More than 2,000 preschools in China are using a robot to check the health status of students each day before they enter the classroom.  

Robotic Tube for Surgery Autonomously Navigates Inside a Beating Heart
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Robotic Tube for Surgery Autonomously Navigates Inside a Beating Heart

Harvard Medical School researchers have developed a robotic catheter that can autonomously navigate inside a beating heart.

AI That Spots Inequality Could Monitor Living Conditions in Cities
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AI That Spots Inequality Could Monitor Living Conditions in Cities

Researchers have trained an artificial intelligence to detect inequalities in four U.K. cities using a combination of government statistics and images from Google...

3D Facial Analysis Could Help Identify Children with Rare Conditions
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3D Facial Analysis Could Help Identify Children with Rare Conditions

A new tool can identify subtle but important differences in facial geometry, allowing medical professionals to more quickly diagnose rare medical conditions in...

Robot Discovers Lying About a Betrayal Helps Rebuild Trust
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Robot Discovers Lying About a Betrayal Helps Rebuild Trust

Researchers have shown that it is relatively easy for robots to regain the trust of humans after lying to them.

Driverless Car Learns to Perform High-Speed Turns Without Crashing
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Driverless Car Learns to Perform High-Speed Turns Without Crashing

Researchers at Stanford University have created a system that allowed an autonomous car to learn to make high-speed turns without spinning out.

Robot Swarm Inspired by Cells Can Keep Moving Even if Its Parts Fail
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Robot Swarm Inspired by Cells Can Keep Moving Even if Its Parts Fail

Researchers created a swarm of disc-shaped robots inspired by living cells, that can join together, squeeze through gaps, and keep moving even if many of its parts...

The Best Image-Recognition AIs are Fooled by Slightly Rotated Images
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The Best Image-Recognition AIs are Fooled by Slightly Rotated Images

Artificial intelligence is much worse at identifying objects by sight than many people realize.

AIs Could Debate Whether a Smart Assistant Should Snitch on You
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AIs Could Debate Whether a Smart Assistant Should Snitch on You

Researchers suggest that since ethical behavior is not consistent across societies, artificial intelligence systems should be flexible to reflect local law and...

Smart, Fluffy Storytelling Robot to Be Trialed in ­.S. Classrooms
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Smart, Fluffy Storytelling Robot to Be Trialed in ­.S. Classrooms

A cute, fluffy robot can help boost language skills in young children.

Mind-Controlled Robot Lets You Weld Metal Without ­sing Your Hands
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Mind-Controlled Robot Lets You Weld Metal Without ­sing Your Hands

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed a robot that can follow mental instructions from its operator to weld metal.

Self-Taught Robot Figures Out What It Looks Like, What It Can Do
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Self-Taught Robot Figures Out What It Looks Like, What It Can Do

Columbia University researchers have developed a robot that learns what it looks like without any outside help.
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