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The Uncertain Future For Social Robots
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The Uncertain Future For Social Robots

Being hacked by a robot requires much less hardware than I expected. There’s no need for virtual-reality goggles or 3D holograms. There are no skullcaps studded...

Insectlike 'microids' Might Walk, Run, Work, in Colonies
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Insectlike 'microids' Might Walk, Run, Work, in Colonies

Purdue University researchers have developed microids, miniature, insect-like robots that feature tiny legs and mandibles built using solid-state muscles. Computer...

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Computer Scientists Develop Neuro-Computer That Actively Learns

Researchers from the Institute for Theoretical Science at the Graz University of Technology are creating a new generation of neuro-computers based on learning mechanisms...

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Robots Display Predatory-Prey Co-Evolution, Evolve Better Homing Techniques

Researchers at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems in the Ecole Polytechnique Federale of Lausanne are applying evolutionary principles to robot development. 

Smart Dust? Not Quite, but We
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Smart Dust? Not Quite, but We

In computing, the vision always precedes the reality by a decade or more. The pattern has held true from the personal computer to the Internet, as it takes time...

Computers Do Better Than Humans at Measuring Some Radiology Images
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Computers Do Better Than Humans at Measuring Some Radiology Images

Ohio State University researchers have developed software that can analyze images of knee ligaments much faster and just as reliably as humans. 

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Estonians Put Roboswarm Technology to the Test

A swarm robot demonstrator has been successfully tested by a European collaboration that brought together nine research and industry partners from seven countries...

Willow Garage to Give Away Personal Robots
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Willow Garage to Give Away Personal Robots

Willow Garage unveiled its PR2 Beta robot last week, and announced to research institutions around the world that they can apply to have one at no cost.

Organized Chaos Gets Robots Going
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Organized Chaos Gets Robots Going

Gottingen scientists have created a walking robot that can switch between multiple gaits depending on the surrounding environment. The robot uses a single central...

Korean Robot Maid Upgraded to do Laundry, Use Microwave
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Korean Robot Maid Upgraded to do Laundry, Use Microwave

The prospect of a future that includes robot maids took an incremental step forward to reality. Korean scientists have created a domestic robot that cleans, dumps...

Robots For Surgery, Farming and Valet Parking
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Robots For Surgery, Farming and Valet Parking

Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) officials recently announced the development of robots conceptually similar to the avatar humanoids seen in the movie...

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Computer Vision System Analyzes Human Behavior

European researchers, coordinated by the Autonomous University of Barcelona, have developed a cognitive computational system that uses video cameras and computer...

Group Thinker: Researcher Gets $2.9 Million to Further Develop Swarm Intelligence
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Group Thinker: Researcher Gets $2.9 Million to Further Develop Swarm Intelligence

Swarm intelligence is a branch of artificial intelligence that attempts to get computers and robots to mimic the highly efficient behavior of colony insects such...

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Computer Programmed to Read Human Faces

Scientists have programmed computers to read human expressions and to tell whether one is in pain. "Each facial expression is made up of many different components...

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Intelligent Wheelchairs Will Navigate on Their Own

A smart wheelchair developed at Lehigh University will be different from previous intelligent models in that the technology will cross-reference the maps it makes...

Scholars Test Emotion-Sensitive Tutoring Software
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Scholars Test Emotion-Sensitive Tutoring Software

University of Massachusetts Amherst's Beverly Park Woolf and Ivon M. Arroyo, along with Arizona State University's Winslow Burleson have developed an intelligent...

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Trading Shares in Milliseconds

Today's stock market has become a world of automated transactions executed at lightning speed. This high-frequency trading could make the financial system more...

How Intelligent Vehicles Will Increase the Capacity of Our Roads
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How Intelligent Vehicles Will Increase the Capacity of Our Roads

Traffic flow will improve as more computer-controlled vehicles hit the road, according to new research from Arne Kesting and colleagues at the Technical University...

Computer Identifies Authentic Van Gogh
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Computer Identifies Authentic Van Gogh

Tilburg University Ph.D. student Igor Berezhnoy has used artificial intelligence to develop new digital technology for analyzing the authenticity of paintings....

Robot Assists Surgeon in Removal of Lung Tumor
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Robot Assists Surgeon in Removal of Lung Tumor

When Craig Harrison found out he would be the first patient in North Texas to have robot-assisted lung-tumor surgery, an operation performed at UT Southwestern...
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