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Virtual Engineer to Predict Machine Failure
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Virtual Engineer to Predict Machine Failure

University of Portsmouth scientists have created a system that uses artificial intelligence techniques and sensors to monitor vulnerable parts of a machine, plus...

Army
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Army

It's not that the unpiloted aircraft that the Army flies aren’t already tricked out. Some of them carry the latest surveillance systems and powerful missiles....

Wiring The Brain to Aid People With Paralysis
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Wiring The Brain to Aid People With Paralysis

Scientists are reporting progress in their efforts to channel brain waves to power mechanical devices, a development that could someday help paralyzed people...

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Software Knows What Films You Like

University of Minnesota researchers are using the GroupLens artificial intelligence media recommendation system to develop BookLens, an Internet-based book recommendation...

Turning Data Into Knowledge
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Turning Data Into Knowledge

Today's data deluge is leading to new approaches to visualize, analyze, and catalog enormous datasets.

Robotic Gripper Runs on Coffee . . . and Balloons
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Robotic Gripper Runs on Coffee . . . and Balloons

Opting for simplicity, researchers from Cornell University, University of Chicago and iRobot have bypassed traditional robotic designs based around the human hand...

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The Robot That Reads Your Mind to Train Itself

University of Washington researchers are developing brain-computer interface (BCI) technology by teaching robots new skills using only brain signals.  They are...

Building The Next Big Thing: 25 Years of Mit's Media Lab
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Building The Next Big Thing: 25 Years of Mit's Media Lab

MIT’s Media Lab recently hosted a series of talks to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Anyone who has paid attention to technology news over that period has undoubtedly...

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With Kinect, Microsoft Aims for a Game Changer

Tim Nichols measures fun. A slim, 32-year-old psychologist, he spends his days behind a one-way mirror at Microsoft’s video games research center here, watching...

Feds Plot 'near Human' Robot Docs, Farmers, Troops
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Feds Plot 'near Human' Robot Docs, Farmers, Troops

Robots are already vacuuming our carpets, heading into combat and assisting docs on medical procedures. Get ready for a next generation of "near human" bots that'll...

National Smarter-Car Research Network Established at Mcmaster
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National Smarter-Car Research Network Established at Mcmaster

Canada has announced NECSIS, the Network on Engineering Complex Software Intensive Systems for Automotive Systems, a national research network that will use innovative...

Adding Human Intelligence to Software
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Adding Human Intelligence to Software

MIT researchers have developed TurKit, a toolkit that enables users to write algorithms to coordinate online workers using Javascript and create human intelligence...

Robots 'think' With Their Hands
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Robots 'think' With Their Hands

Actions speak louder than words, particularly if you are a robot. At least that is the theory proposed by the PACO-PLUS project, which aims to develop a new approach...

Inside the Lawsuit That Could Ground Deadly CIA Predator Drones
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Inside the Lawsuit That Could Ground Deadly CIA Predator Drones

A new lawsuit alleges that Predator drone targeting software was pirated, and emails suggest the CIA knew it was sub-par.

Babies Treat 'social Robots' as Sentient Beings
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Babies Treat 'social Robots' as Sentient Beings

University of Washington researchers report that babies who watched a robot interact socially with people were more willing to learn from the robot than babies...

Robot Arm Punches Human to Obey Asimov's Rules
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Robot Arm Punches Human to Obey Asimov's Rules

Isaac Asimov would probably have been horrified at the experiments under way in a robotics lab in Slovenia. There, a powerful robot has been hitting people over...

Eerie Female Robot Learns to 'sing' By Copying Human Singer
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Eerie Female Robot Learns to 'sing' By Copying Human Singer

The life-sized humanoid robot known as HRP-4 has been taught to sing using synthesized voice technology. The robot is also able to mimic the expressions of a human...

Hey Robots, Census Wants to Know All About You
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Hey Robots, Census Wants to Know All About You

The Carnegie Mellon Robot Census 2010 has so far tallied 547 robots on the CMU campus.

Robotic Aircraft & Ground Vehicle to Collaborate at Robotics Rodeo
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Robotic Aircraft & Ground Vehicle to Collaborate at Robotics Rodeo

Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute are poised to show the U.S. Army an advanced approach to enabling autonomous collaboration among dissimilar robotic...

Robots Guarding U.S. Nuclear Stockpile
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Robots Guarding U.S. Nuclear Stockpile

The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration recently announced that it has started using autonomous robot vehicles to patrol the vast desert surrounding...
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