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MIT 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.
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Robot Passes Self-Awareness Test
Uh-oh, a robot for the first time has passed a self-awareness test. The test might seem simple, but it's extremely difficult for a robot.
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Micro-Drones Crash 90th Paris Air Show
The thought of a single, very inexpensive $1500 micro-drone going after a $60 million Russian Su-35 had Le Bourget Field abuzz with speculation.
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Elon Musk Donates Millions to Protect Humans from Artificial Intelligence
The Future of Life Institute has donated $7 million to help keep artificial intelligence beneficial to humans. Most of that funding came from Elon Musk, who is one of the group's top donors.
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Origami Robot Self-folds, Walks, Completes Tasks
MIT's Untethered Miniature Origami Robot could have a variety of medical uses when introduced inside of a human body, potentially zapping cancer cells or unclogging arteries.
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Robot Cheetah Sees, Jumps Obstacles: Watch
A new LIDAR system allows MIT's cheetah robot to autonomously jump over obstacles in its path while running 5 MPH.
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How New AI Enables Robots to Learn Like Humans
Rather than programming a robot to perform several tasks, researchers at UC Berkeley have created algorithms that direct the robot to use trial and error to learn as it goes.
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Reporter Battles WordSmith Robot in Newswriting-Off
NPR pinned one of its top reporters against WordSmith, an AI system that churns out millions of stories each year.
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Human Pros Dominating Poker AI
Carnegie Mellon's poker AI was down 626,892 chips against its human competitors at the halfway point. Can the super computer turn things around?
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Watch a Micro Robot Pull 2,000 Times its Weight
Stanford University researchers have built a 12-gram micro robot that can pull 2,000 times its weight. The researchers are looking to scale this technology up to larger robots to carry very heavy goods.
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Can AI Help Doctors Better Diagnose Cancer?
MIT has developed a computational model that aims to automatically suggest cancer diagnoses by learning from thousands of data points from past pathology reports.
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Watch a Robot Encounter a Sperm Whale 2K Feet Below the Sea
At about 2,000 feet below the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, the ROV Hercules encountered a magnificent sperm whale. And it's all caught on tape.
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Watch These Robot Flowers You Control with Your Brain
NeuroFlowers uses an EEG headset to read electrical currents from the surface of your head to determine different mental states and make the robotic flowers open its petals and change colors.
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Watch the History of Robots in 10 Minutes
Why don’t we have robots taking care of our every need by now? A little history of the field of robotics might help you understand how hard it is to get machines to perform tasks, and far we’ve come in just a few decades.
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What’s Better than Five Human Fingers? An Extra Two Robotic Fingers
This week it turns out to be robotic fingers. Two of them. Long, black-and-orange, and stick-like-looking. One on each side of a special sensory glove that goes over a human hand.
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