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Machine Visually Inspects and Sorts Strawberry Plants
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Machine Visually Inspects and Sorts Strawberry Plants

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) have developed a machine that uses computer vision and machine learning...

World Champion in Automatic Image and Video Search
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World Champion in Automatic Image and Video Search

A search system developed by researchers at the University of Amsterdam has the potential to make it easier to find an image or video on the Internet or in large...

Translation Technologies Advancing Rapidly, Expert Says
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Translation Technologies Advancing Rapidly, Expert Says

Automatic translation technologies are swiftly advancing to the point where a classroom of speakers of different languages could hear the lecture in their native...

Virginia Tech Team to Build Battlefield Robots For 2010 Competition
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Virginia Tech Team to Build Battlefield Robots For 2010 Competition

The roving, walking robotic soldiers of the "Terminator" films are becoming less sci-fi and more certain future every day. Now, a team of robotics researchers from...

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Surgery on Beating Heart Thanks to Robotic Helping Hand

Researchers at France's Montpellier Laboratory of Informatics, Robotics, and Microelectronics have developed a computerized three-dimensional (3D) model that enables...

China Ready For Humanoid Robot Olympics
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China Ready For Humanoid Robot Olympics

In an effort to strengthen achievements in the technology sector, China will hold a special olympics event for robots. The International Humanoid Robot Olympic...

Benchmarking Tools Compare Robot Algorithms
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Benchmarking Tools Compare Robot Algorithms

"What does the world look like?" and "Where am I?" are two questions robots must solve if they are to act autonomously in an unknown environment. Work by European...

Smart Cctv Learns to Spot Suspicious Types
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Smart Cctv Learns to Spot Suspicious Types

An international team of computer scientists at Queen Mary, University of London are developing intelligent video-surveillance software designed to spot suspicious...

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Popeye, the Robot with Brains Not Brawn

European researchers have developed a new approach to artificial intelligence that could empower computers to respond intelligently to human behaviour as well as...

Pneumatic Ball-Levitating Robot Wins at Beer Pong
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Pneumatic Ball-Levitating Robot Wins at Beer Pong

A pair of grad students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are using a computer-controled gimbaled air-jet system with two degrees of motion to not...

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Scientists, Lawyers Mull Effects of Home Robots

Scientists and legal scholars are studying the likely effects of the inevitable bond that will form between humans and robots in the coming decade. Although robots...

Optimism as Artificial Intelligence Pioneers Reunite
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Optimism as Artificial Intelligence Pioneers Reunite

An optimistic outlook has returned to the field of artificial intelligence (AI) 45 years after the pronouncement by computer scientist John McCarthy that a thinking...

Californians and Cell Phones to Help Computer Scientists Track Air Pollution
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Californians and Cell Phones to Help Computer Scientists Track Air Pollution

Computer scientists at University of California, San Diego are creating a network of environmental sensors that will help identify air pollution hot spots. The...

Andalusian Parliament Tests Documentary Search Engine Based on AI
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Andalusian Parliament Tests Documentary Search Engine Based on AI

A search engine that uses artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to find the most relevant parts in texts for a query has been developed by researchers at the...

Survivor Buddy Robot Becomes Interface to World
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Survivor Buddy Robot Becomes Interface to World

A joint project between Texas A&M and Stanford universities is developing a rescue robot capable of connecting trapped victims with the outside world. The robot...

Researchers Demonstrate a Better Way for Computers to 'See'
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Researchers Demonstrate a Better Way for Computers to 'See'

Taking inspiration from genetic screening techniques, researchers from MIT and Harvard have demonstrated a way to build better artificial visual systems with the...

As Robots Become More Common, Stanford Experts Consider the Legal Challenges
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As Robots Become More Common, Stanford Experts Consider the Legal Challenges

Stanford University researchers are exploring the potential legal ramifications of the growing use of robots in society. "I worry that . . . we'll have some high...

Tokyo Students Design a New Robotic Muscle Suit
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Tokyo Students Design a New Robotic Muscle Suit

Tokyo's University of Science demonstrated a new version of a robotic muscle suit during the recent International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo. The new wearable robotic...

Expensive Toy
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Expensive Toy

Japan Science and Technology Agency recently published a report on the cost of a "typical" giant mobile humanoid robot, specifically a warrior from the famous Gundam...

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Human Brains Emulated in the Computer World

Lulea University of Technology researchers have developed a computer-based architecture that mimics human brain functions and could lead to systems capable of detecting...
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