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Bringing human-like reasoning to driverless car navigation

ScienceDaily's AI News - Thu, 23/05/2019 - 13:02
With aims of bringing more human-like reasoning to autonomous vehicles, researchers have created a system that uses only simple maps and visual data to enable driverless cars to navigate routes in new, complex environments.

Big energy savings for tiny machines

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 22/05/2019 - 15:31
Physicists demonstrate for the first time a strategy for manipulating the trillions of tiny molecular nanomachines inside us that work to keep us alive, to maximize efficiency and conserve energy. The breakthrough could impact numerous fields, including creating more efficient computer chips and solar cells for energy generation.

Soft, social robot brings coziness to homes, and classrooms

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 22/05/2019 - 14:19
A new social robot that can be customized with handcrafted material, such as wood and wool, brings simplicity and fun to home robotics -- and will soon be used to help teach math to fourth graders.

With a hop, a skip and a jump, high-flying robot leaps through obstacles with ease

ScienceDaily's AI News - Tue, 21/05/2019 - 16:24
First unveiled in 2016, Salto the jumping robot stands at little less than a foot, but can vault over three times its height in a single bound. Now researchers have equipped the robot with a slew of new skills, giving it the ability to bounce in place like a pogo stick and jump through obstacle courses like an agility dog. Salto can even take short jaunts outside, powered by radio controller.

New framework improves performance of deep neural networks

ScienceDaily's AI News - Tue, 21/05/2019 - 12:45
Researchers have developed a new framework for building deep neural networks via grammar-guided network generators. In experimental testing, the new networks -- called AOGNets -- have outperformed existing state-of-the-art frameworks, including the widely used ResNet and DenseNet systems, in visual recognition tasks.

'Spider-like senses' could help autonomous machines see better

ScienceDaily's AI News - Mon, 20/05/2019 - 15:30
Researchers are building 'spidey senses' into the shells of autonomous cars and drones so that they could detect and avoid objects better.

Dog-like robot made by students jumps, flips and trots

ScienceDaily's AI News - Mon, 20/05/2019 - 12:58
Students developed a dog-like robot that can navigate tough terrain -- and they want you to make one too.

Artificial intelligence becomes life-long learner with new framework

ScienceDaily's AI News - Mon, 20/05/2019 - 11:56
Scientists have developed a new framework for deep neural networks that allows artificial intelligence systems to better learn new tasks while forgetting less of what they have learned regarding previous tasks.

Toy transformers and real-life whales inspire biohybrid robot

ScienceDaily's AI News - Fri, 17/05/2019 - 11:51
Researchers create a remote-controlled soft robot that can transform itself to conduct targeted drug delivery against cancer cells.

Helping robots remember: Hyperdimensional computing theory could change the way AI works

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 15/05/2019 - 16:54
A new article introduces a new way of combining perception and motor commands using the so-called hyperdimensional computing theory, which could fundamentally alter and improve the basic artificial intelligence (AI) task of sensorimotor representation -- how agents like robots translate what they sense into what they do.

New AI sees like a human, filling in the blanks

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 15/05/2019 - 14:40
Computer scientists have taught an artificial intelligence agent how to do something that usually only humans can do -- take a few quick glimpses around and infer its whole environment, a skill necessary for the development of effective search-and-rescue robots that one day can improve the effectiveness of dangerous missions.

Robot therapists need rules

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 15/05/2019 - 11:03
Interactions with artificial intelligence (AI) will become an increasingly common aspect of our lives. A team has now completed the first study of how 'embodied AI' can help treat mental illness. Their conclusion: Important ethical questions of this technology remain unanswered. There is urgent need for action on the part of governments, professional associations and researchers.

Speech recognition technology is not a solution for poor readers

ScienceDaily's AI News - Mon, 13/05/2019 - 11:22
Could artificial intelligence be a solution for people who cannot read well (functional illiterates) or those who cannot read at all (complete illiterates)? According to psycholinguists, speech technology should never replace learning how to read. Researchers argue that literacy leads to a better understanding of speech because good readers are good at predicting words.

Tech-savvy people more likely to trust digital doctors

ScienceDaily's AI News - Fri, 10/05/2019 - 11:38
Would you trust a robot to diagnose your cancer? According to new research, people with high confidence in machine performance and also in their own technological capabilities are more likely to accept and use digital healthcare services and providers.

Inspired by a soft body of a leech: A wall-climbing robot

ScienceDaily's AI News - Fri, 10/05/2019 - 09:48
Scientists have successfully developed a leech-shaped robot, 'LEeCH,' which can climb vertical walls. LEeCH is capable of elongating and bending its body without any constraints; just like a leech. Thanks to its flexible body structure and the suction cups, the robot has successfully climbed a vertical wall and even reached to the other side of the wall.

Use of robots and artificial intelligence to understand the deep sea

ScienceDaily's AI News - Fri, 10/05/2019 - 08:09
Artificial intelligence (AI) could help scientists shed new light on the variety of species living on the ocean floor, according to new research.

Hummingbird robot uses AI to soon go where drones can't

ScienceDaily's AI News - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 12:51
Researchers have engineered flying robots that behave like hummingbirds, trained by machine learning algorithms based on various techniques the bird uses naturally every day.

Step towards light-based, brain-like computing chip

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 08/05/2019 - 13:44
Scientists have succeeded in developing a piece of hardware which could pave the way for creating computers resembling the human brain. They produced a chip containing a network of artificial neurons that works with light and can imitate neurons and their synapses. This network is able to 'learn' information and use this as a basis for computing. The approach could be used later in many different fields for evaluating patterns in large quantities of data.

New artificial synapse is fast, efficient and durable

ScienceDaily's AI News - Sat, 04/05/2019 - 13:03
A battery-like device could act as an artificial synapse within computing systems intended to imitate the brain's efficiency and ability to learn.

Putting vision models to the test

ScienceDaily's AI News - Thu, 02/05/2019 - 14:34
Neuroscientists have performed the most rigorous testing yet of computational models that mimic the brain's visual cortex. The results suggest that the current versions of these models are similar enough to the brain to allow them to actually control brain states in animals.