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Robots as tools and partners in rehabilitation

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 17:54
Why trust should play a crucial part in the development of intelligent machines for medical therapies.

More workers working might not get more work done, ants (and robots) show

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 19:32
For ants and robots operating in confined spaces like tunnels, having more workers does not necessarily mean getting more work done. Just as too many cooks in a kitchen get in each other's way, having too many robots in tunnels creates clogs that can bring the work to a grinding halt.

Robots have power to significantly influence children's opinions

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 20:44
Young children are significantly more likely than adults to have their opinions and decisions influenced by robots, according to new research.

Robots will never replace teachers but can boost children's education

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 19:14
Robots can play an important role in the education of young people but will never fully replace teachers, a new study suggests.

'Building up' stretchable electronics to be as multipurpose as your smartphone

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 16:33
By stacking and connecting layers of stretchable circuits on top of one another, engineers have developed an approach to build soft, pliable '3D stretchable electronics' that can pack a lot of functions while staying thin and small in size.

Artificial intelligence platform screens for acute neurological illnesses

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 16:33
An artificial intelligence platform designed to identify a broad range of acute neurological illnesses, such as stroke, hemorrhage, and hydrocephalus, was shown to identify disease in CT scans in 1.2 seconds, faster than human diagnosis.

How a computer learns to dribble: Practice, practice, practice

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 14:49
Basketball players need lots of practice before they master the dribble, and it turns out that's true for computer-animated players as well. By using deep reinforcement learning, players in video basketball games can glean insights from motion capture data to sharpen their dribbling skills.

Soft multi-functional robots get really small ... and spider-shaped

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 14:52
Scientists have created -- of all things -- a soft robotic spider. Don't worry, it doesn't bite: the spider is a demonstration of a new manufacturing process that can produce soft robots on the millimeter scale with micrometer-scale features for microsurgery and other procedures.

Vaping draws strong support -- from bots

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 12:31
More than 70 percent of a random sample of tweets analyzed appear to have been produced by bots, whose use to influence public opinion while posing as real people is coming under increased scrutiny.

A kernel of promise in popcorn-powered robots

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 18:08
Researchers have discovered how to power simple robots with a novel substance that, when heated, can expand more than 10 times in size, change its viscosity by a factor of 10 and transition from regular to highly irregular granules with surprising force. You can also eat it with a little butter and salt.

'Blurred face' news anonymity gets an artificial intelligence spin

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 18:15
Researchers have devised a way to replace the use of 'blurring' faces in news reports when anonymity is needed. The team's method uses artificial intelligence (AI) techniques that aim to improve visuals while amplifying emotions tied to the story.

Improvement of humanlike conversations in humanoid robots

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 15:26
In a symbiotic human-robot interaction project, a multimodal conversation control system and a multi-robot conversation control system were developed to promote a robot with a higher degree of human-like presence as well as a 'sense of conversing'. This project attempted to expand the field of activity of such conversational robots and has resulted in the development of a child-like android 'ibuki', which has equipped with wheels that could enable the android to move around.

Tech takes on cigarette smoking

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 13:40
Researchers are using wearable sensor technology to develop an automatic alert system to help people quit smoking.

An insect-inspired drone deforms upon impact

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 13:58
An origami-like drone is flexible enough to absorb shocks without breaking before returning to its initial shape. This new type of drone, which was inspired by insect wings, draws on the advantages of both stiff and flexible structures.

Eagle-eyed machine learning algorithm outdoes human experts

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 17:51
Researchers have trained computers to quickly and consistently detect and analyze microscopic radiation damage to materials under consideration for nuclear reactors. And the computers bested humans in this arduous task.

Robots working as a group are able to determine the optimal order of their tasks

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 14:44
Could robots soon help rescue crews save the survivors of a natural disaster? Such a mission would require that the robots be able to determine, on their own, which tasks to perform and in what order to perform them. Researchers have shown, for the first time, that this ability can emerge from a group of robots.

New creepy, crawly search and rescue robot

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 14:25
A new highly maneuverable search and rescue robot that can creep, crawl and climb over rough terrain and through tight spaces has been developed.

AI technology could help protect water supplies

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 13:21
Progress on new artificial intelligence (AI) technology could make monitoring at water treatment plants cheaper and easier and help safeguard public health.

Emotional robot lets you feel how it's 'feeling'

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 16:45
Researchers have developed a prototype of a robot that can express 'emotions' through changes in its outer surface. The robot's skin covers a grid of texture units whose shapes change based on the robot's feelings.

Teaching robots to be more reliable teammates for soldiers

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 14:35
Researchers have developed a new technique to quickly teach robots novel traversal behaviors with minimal human oversight.