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Hrp-4 Robot Can Strike a Pose, Pour Drinks
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Hrp-4 Robot Can Strike a Pose, Pour Drinks

Japan has added another soldier to its humanoid robot army. The HRP-4 is the latest edition in the state-backed humanoid project.

European Partnership Funds Research Toward Robot Aides for the Elderly
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European Partnership Funds Research Toward Robot Aides for the Elderly

A team of researchers from 20 European states, the European Union, and several private enterprises recently launched a project aimed at developing robots capable...

NC State Receives Grant To Study Artificial Intelligence In The Classroom
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NC State Receives Grant To Study Artificial Intelligence In The Classroom

North Carolina State University recently received a four-year, $3.5 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to explore using artificial intelligence...

DARPA Wants to Create Brainiac Bot Tots
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DARPA Wants to Create Brainiac Bot Tots

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is funding scientist Shane Mueller's efforts to expand upon the Turing test as part of an attempt to...

How Football Playing Robots Have the Future of AI at Their Feet
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How Football Playing Robots Have the Future of AI at Their Feet

Research published in WIREs Cognitive Science details how robots designed to play football (called "soccer" in the U.S.) are propelling the development of robotic...

Wheelchair Makes the Most of Brain Control
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Wheelchair Makes the Most of Brain Control

Artificial intelligence improves a wheelchair system that could give paralyzed people greater mobility.

New Method Helps Computer Vision Systems Decipher Outdoor Scenes
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New Method Helps Computer Vision Systems Decipher Outdoor Scenes

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a system that enables computers to extract more information from an image by analyzing the physical constraints...

Cracking Flight's Mysteries
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Cracking Flight's Mysteries

Harvard University engineers are developing minuscule aerial robots that could one day be used to investigate areas that are too hazardous for humans. The robot's...

Researchers Give Robots the Capability For Deceptive Behavior
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Researchers Give Robots the Capability For Deceptive Behavior

Researchers have published what is believed to be the first detailed examination of robot deception. They developed algorithms that allow a robot to determine whether...

Shape-Shifting Robot Compensates For Damaged Limb
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Shape-Shifting Robot Compensates For Damaged Limb

European roboticists have developed software that enables a modular robot to adapt when one part stops working. 

Researchers Create Robot That Can Pair, Fold Socks
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Researchers Create Robot That Can Pair, Fold Socks

University of California, Berkeley researchers have developed a robot that can pair and fold socks. The robot can determine whether a sock is inside out based on...

From ACM News

Google Finding Its Voice

Google's Mike Cohen won't be satisfied until anyone who wants to talk to their computer can do so without laughing at the hideous translation or sighing in frustration...

Secrets of the Gecko Foot Help Robot Climb
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Secrets of the Gecko Foot Help Robot Climb

Stanford University engineer Mark Cutkosky has led the development of Stickybot, a robot that can climb up smooth surfaces with feet modeled on the design of gecko...

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Telepresence Robot Replaces Editor at Ieee Spectrum

With several companies offering telepresence robots to act as people's proxies at the office, IEEE Spectrum magazine investigated their use earlier this year by...

Cycling Through Data
From Communications of the ACM

Cycling Through Data

Sensor-equipped bicycles are providing valuable data to cyclists, city planners, and computer scientists.

Brains and Bytes
From Communications of the ACM

Brains and Bytes

Computational neuroscientists are learning that the brain is like a computer, except when it isn't.

Online Games Are a Gold Mine for Design Ideas
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Online Games Are a Gold Mine for Design Ideas

Gone are the days when video gaming was a private pursuit. Gaming services such as Microsoft's Xbox Live not only connect players in living rooms the world over...

Robots Learning From Experience
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Robots Learning From Experience

Software that enables robots to move objects about a room, building up ever-more knowledge about their environment, is an important step forward in artificial intelligence...

Alien Hunters 'should Look For Artificial Intelligence'
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Alien Hunters 'should Look For Artificial Intelligence'

A senior astronomer has said that the hunt for alien life should take into account alien "sentient machines."

For Pianist, Software Is Replacing Sonatas
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For Pianist, Software Is Replacing Sonatas

The pianist Robert Taub was puttering around the house one afternoon in 2004 while his teen-age daughter was practicing for a violin lesson—a Schubert sonatina...
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