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Police Drones Are Starting to Think for Themselves
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Police Drones Are Starting to Think for Themselves

In one Southern California city, flying drones with artificial intelligence are aiding investigations while presenting new civil rights questions.

Army Computer Models Unveil Secret to Quieter Small Drones
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Army Computer Models Unveil Secret to Quieter Small Drones

Researchers demonstrated how aviation specialists can use computational fluid dynamics to facilitate development of quieter unmanned aerial drones.

Robot Hands One Step Closer to Human, Thanks to WMG AI Algorithms
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Robot Hands One Step Closer to Human, Thanks to WMG AI Algorithms

Artificial intelligence algorithms enable the Shadow Robot Dexterous Hand to manipulate objects like humans do.

How Humans Use Objects in Novel Ways to Solve Problems
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How Humans Use Objects in Novel Ways to Solve Problems

Researchers have developed a cognitive model that learns to use objects in novel ways to solve problems, like humans do.

Deep Learning Helps Robots Grasp, Move Objects with Ease
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Deep Learning Helps Robots Grasp, Move Objects with Ease

New artificial intelligence software integrates neural networks with motion-planning software to enable robots to assist humans in warehouse settings.

Computer-Aided Creativity in Robot Design
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Computer-Aided Creativity in Robot Design

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a system that simulates and optimizes robot design and control programs.

Upgraded Radar Can Enable Self-Driving Cars to See Clearly, No Matter the Weather
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Upgraded Radar Can Enable Self-Driving Cars to See Clearly, No Matter the Weather

Designers and appliance makers increasingly rely on a host of technological innovations to update the traditional tasks of cooking, storing and cleaning up.

Autonomous Robot Cars to Deliver Medicine Around London
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Autonomous Robot Cars to Deliver Medicine Around London

A fleet of autonomous, electrically-powered robot vehicles has started delivering medicine to care homes in London's Borough of Hounslow as part of a public trial...

Meet The Army’s Future Family Of Robot Tanks: RCV
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Meet The Army’s Future Family Of Robot Tanks: RCV

The U.S. Army has outlined draft objectives for a range of Robotic Combat Vehicles.

Magnetic Spray Transforms Objects Into Insect-Scale Robots for Biomedical Applications
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Magnetic Spray Transforms Objects Into Insect-Scale Robots for Biomedical Applications

Driven by a magnetic field, the coated objects can crawl, walk, or roll on different surfaces.

The FBI Buying 140 Robots to Handle Paper Records
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The FBI Buying 140 Robots to Handle Paper Records

The robots will glide along an overhead track, drop down at the right place, and retrieve whatever file or record is needed.

Stretchable Sensor Gives Robots, VR a Human Touch
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Stretchable Sensor Gives Robots, VR a Human Touch

Cornell University researchers have developed a fiber-optic sensor that can be use in a stretchable skin to sense deformations like pressure, bending, and strain...

Boston Dynamics Dog Robot Learns New Tricks on BP Oil Rig
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Boston Dynamics Dog Robot Learns New Tricks on BP Oil Rig

Boston Dynamics is programming its "Spot" dog robot to read gauges, look for corrosion, construct maps, and detect methane leaks.

Softening Up Robots
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Softening Up Robots

Giving robots soft, artificial skin would enable them to work more closely with people.

Don't Fear the Robots, and Other Lessons From a Study of the Digital Economy
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Don't Fear the Robots, and Other Lessons From a Study of the Digital Economy

A task force assembled by MIT examined how technology has changed, and will change, the work force.

'Robotic Snake' Device Grips, Picks Up Objects
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'Robotic Snake' Device Grips, Picks Up Objects

A soft fabric robotic gripper developed by University of New South Wales Sydney engineers can grasp, pick up, and release fragile objects without breaking them....

Menace from Space
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Menace from Space

Cosmic rays threaten quantum computation.

Computer Scientists Launch Counteroffensive Against Video Game Cheaters
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Computer Scientists Launch Counteroffensive Against Video Game Cheaters

University of Texas at Dallas computer scientists have developed a countermeasure against video game cheaters.

Walmart, Cruise Launch Pilot to Deliver Orders via Self-Driving Cars
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Walmart, Cruise Launch Pilot to Deliver Orders via Self-Driving Cars

Autonomous vehicle startup Cruise has announced a partnership with Walmart to deliver orders from a Scottsdale, AZ, Walmart store to local customers' homes.

Materials Help Expand Volumetric 3D Printing
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Materials Help Expand Volumetric 3D Printing

A volumetric three-dimensional printing method can print objects almost instantly by takin advantage of a new class of materials.
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