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Researchers restore injured man's sense of touch using brain-computer interface technology

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 18:05
Researchers have been able to restore sensation to the hand of a research participant with a severe spinal cord injury using a brain-computer interface (BCI) system. The technology harnesses neural signals that are so minuscule they can't be perceived and enhances them via artificial sensory feedback sent back to the participant, resulting in greatly enriched motor function.

New scavenger technology allows robots to 'eat' metal for energy

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 18:44
New research is bridging the gap between batteries and energy harvesters like solar panels. Their 'metal-air scavenger' gets the best of both worlds.

AI to make dentists' work easier

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 14:42
Researchers have developed a new automatized way to localize mandibular canals.

Making big data processing more energy efficient using magnetic circuits

Mon, 04/13/2020 - 18:28
New research finds that magnetic wires, spaced a certain way, can lead to a 20-30x reduction in the amount of energy needed to run neural network training algorithms.

Thanks to 'flexoskeletons,' these insect-inspired robots are faster and cheaper to make

Thu, 04/09/2020 - 14:39
Engineers have developed a new method that doesn't require any special equipment and works in just minutes to create soft, flexible, 3D-printed robots. The structures were inspired by insect exoskeletons, which have both soft and rigid parts -- the researchers called their creations 'flexoskeletons.'

AI as mediator: 'Smart' replies help humans communicate during pandemic

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 21:22
Daily life during a pandemic means social distancing and finding new ways to remotely connect with friends, family and co-workers. And as we communicate online and by text, artificial intelligence could play a role in keeping our conversations on track, according to new research.

New artificial intelligence system can empower medical professionals in diagnosing skin diseases

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 14:27
Researchers have developed a deep learning-based artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that can accurately classify cutaneous skin disorders, predict malignancy, suggest primary treatment options, and serve as an ancillary tool to enhance the diagnostic accuracy of clinicians. With the assistance of this system, the diagnostic accuracy of dermatologists as well as the general public was significantly improved.

Concerns over 'exaggerated' study claims of AI outperforming doctors

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 02:21
Many studies claiming that artificial intelligence is as good as (or better than) human experts at interpreting medical images are of poor quality and are arguably exaggerated, posing a risk for the safety of 'millions of patients' warn researchers.

How robots can help combat COVID-19

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 19:38
Can robots be effective tools in combating the COVID-19 pandemic? A group of leaders in the field of robotics say yes, and outline a number of examples. They say robots can be used for clinical care such as telemedicine and decontamination; logistics such as delivery and handling of contaminated waste; and reconnaissance such as monitoring compliance with voluntary quarantines.

Putting artificial intelligence to work in the lab

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 14:02
Scientists have demonstrated fully-autonomous SPM operation, applying artificial intelligence and deep learning to remove the need for constant human supervision. The new system, dubbed DeepSPM, bridges the gap between nanoscience, automation and artificial intelligence (AI), and firmly establishes the use of machine learning for experimental scientific research using Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM).

Shape-changing, free-roaming soft robot created

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 19:37
A new type of robot combines traditional and soft robotics, making it safe but sturdy. Once inflated, it can change shape and move without being attached to a source of energy or air.

Predicting reaction results: Machines learn chemistry

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 18:07
In the production of chemical compounds, the success of each individual reaction depends on numerous parameters. It is not always possible, even for experienced chemists, to predict whether a reaction will take place and how well it will work. In order to remedy this situation, chemists and computer scientists have now developed a tool based on artificial intelligence.

Researchers sniff out AI breakthroughs in mammal brains

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 19:15
New research explains some of these functions through a computer algorithm inspired by the mammalian olfactory system. The algorithm both sheds light on how the brain works and, applied to a computer chip, rapidly and reliably learns patterns better than existing machine learning models.

Artificial intelligence and family medicine: Better together

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 18:10
Researchers are encouraging family medicine physicians to actively engage in the development and evolution of artificial intelligence to open new horizons that make AI more effective, equitable and pervasive.

AI taps human wisdom for faster, better cancer diagnosis

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 14:08
A new system combining artificial intelligence (AI) with human knowledge promises faster and more accurate cancer diagnosis. The powerful technology, developed by engineering researchers, uses digital images of tissue samples to match new cases of suspected cancer with previously diagnosed cases in a database.

Robots that admit mistakes foster better conversation in humans

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 20:20
A new study showed that the humans on teams that included a robot expressing vulnerability communicated more with each other and later reported having a more positive group experience than people teamed with silent robots or with robots that made neutral statements, like reciting the game's score.

A flexible brain for AI

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 14:30
Scientists have developed a customizable computing device using nanofabricated switches than can be rewired to optimize AI applications using 80% less power. These devices can be used as flexible computing platform for artificial intelligence tasks.

Showing robots how to do your chores

Sat, 03/07/2020 - 00:33
By observing humans, robots learn to perform complex tasks, such as setting a table.

Neural hardware for image recognition in nanoseconds

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 19:21
Usually, artificial intelligence is based on software. Scientists created intelligent hardware, which is much faster. Within nanoseconds, the chip can analyze images and provide the correct output.

Drones can now scan terrain and excavations without human intervention

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 19:20
Drones can now scan terrain and excavations without human intervention. New research has allowed artificial intelligence to take over the human-controlled drones currently being used for the task. The algorithm also predicts and counteracts the wind forces acting on the drone body.