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Tendril, Origami Robots Ready to Move into Tight Spots
Roboticists have unveiled robots that can be deployed in interesting new ways through growing and unfolding, giving them useful access to all kinds of nooks and crannies. Education · Future Tech · Science & TechnologyLiquid-Handling Lego Robot Automates Lab Experiments
A liquid-handling Lego robot from Stanford University helps students and teachers create inexpensive automated systems to do biology experiments. Modern biology labs often use robotic assemblies to drop precise amounts of fluids into experimental containers. Education · Future Tech · Science & Technology5 Giant Robots Jeff Bezos Will Love
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tested the giant $8 million Method-2 Robot at the MARS conference. Here are five other giant robots Bezos would love to get his hands on, if he hasn't already. Future Tech · Science & TechnologyBrain-Controlled Robots Becoming a Reality at MIT
A team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Boston University have created brain-controlled robots. The human needs to wear an EEG cap that measures their brain signals. The system looks for brain signals called "error-related potentials" that are generated when the brain notices a mistake has been made. Future Tech · Science & TechnologyIBM: AI Will Transform Mental Health in 5 Years
IBM predicts that in five years artificial intelligence will be able to detect and monitor mental health issues by analyzing patterns of speech and writing. Health & Sports · Future Tech · Science & TechnologyReptile Robots Spy on Wild Animals in Africa
EPFL scientists built a robot crocodile and lizard to get up close and personal with wild animals in Africa. The robots are featured in an episode of the BBC's "Spy in the Wild." Future Tech · Science & TechnologyIBM Watson Previews AI-Powered Medical Image Analysis
IBM Watson Health has created AI-powered medical image analysis solutions designed to help healthcare providers pursue personalized approaches to patient diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring. Health & Sports · Medical Robots · Future Tech · Science & TechnologyTV Shows Help Build Algorithm That Predicts Human Interactions
MIT's CSAIL have used TV shows such as "The Office" to train a deep-learning based vision algorithm to more accurately predict human interactions. The researchers say this could help build smarter robots. Future Tech · Science & TechnologyMIT’s AI Passes Turing Test for Sound
A deep-learning algorithm from MIT CSAIL passed the Turing Test for sound, leading researchers to believe this could improve robots’ abilities to interact with their surroundings. Future Tech · Science & TechnologyMIT AI² Predicts 85% of Cyber Attacks
AI², an artificial intelligence platform developed by MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab and PatternEx, predicts 85 percent of cyber-attacks using input from human experts. Future Tech · Science & TechnologyRise of AI Gaming Machines: Are Humans a Beaten Race?
While artificial intelligence might have the edge in chess and Go, it might never hold the edge in blackjack and poker. Future Tech · Science & TechnologyMIT ‘Eyeriss’ Neural Chip Powers Mobile AI
MIT's "Eyeriss" chip is designed to implement neural networks. It is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU and could enable mobile devices to run powerful artificial-intelligence algorithms locally, rather than uploading data to the Internet for processing. Future Tech · Science & TechnologyRodney Brooks: AI Systems “Very Narrow Tools”
Rodney Brooks, co-founder of iRobot and founder, chairman and CTO of Rethink Robotics, says AI systems "don't have the intentionality, really, even of an insect, let a lone a small mammal. People hear AI and they think they're these smart machines with wants and desires and capabilities. They don't have any of that. I wish they did, but that's not what we've been able to do in the last, really, 55 years of AI research." Future Tech · Science & TechnologyYou Should Be More Scared of Smartphones Than Robots
Gill Pratt, one of the top roboticists in the world, says people should not fear robots because they have legs. He says you should be more worried about all the data you carry around on your cellphone, and who has access to it. Future Tech · Science & TechnologyMIT SLAM System Helps Robots Better Identify Objects
MIT recently demonstrated how SLAM can be used to improve object-recognition systems, which will be a vital component of future robots that have to manipulate the objects around them in arbitrary ways. The system uses SLAM information to augment existing object-recognition algorithms. Its performance should thus continue to improve as computer-vision researchers develop better recognition software, and roboticists develop better SLAM software. Future Tech · Science & Technology
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