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Look out, invasive species: The robots are coming

ScienceDaily's AI News - Mon, 16/09/2019 - 11:40
Researchers published the first experiments to gauge whether biomimetic robotic fish can induce fear-related changes in mosquitofish, aiming to discover whether the highly invasive species might be controlled without toxicants or trapping methods harmful to wildlife. Their findings indicate that even brief exposure to a robotic replica of the mosquitofish's primary predator can provoke meaningful avoidance behaviors and physiological changes associated with the loss of energy reserves, potentially translating into lower rates of reproduction.

A robot with a firm yet gentle grasp

ScienceDaily's AI News - Thu, 12/09/2019 - 12:48
Human hands are skilled at manipulating a range of objects. We can pick up an egg or a strawberry without smashing it. We can hammer a nail. One characteristic that allows us to perform a variety of tasks is the ability to alter the firmness of our grip, and researchers have developed a two-fingered robotic hand that shares this trait. The goal? Improving safety in industrial settings where robots work with people.

Nerve-like 'optical lace' gives robots a human touch

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 11/09/2019 - 15:12
A new synthetic material that creates a linked sensory network similar to a biological nervous system could enable soft robots to sense how they interact with their environment and adjust their actions accordingly.

'Flying fish' robot can propel itself out of water and glide through the air

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 11/09/2019 - 14:27
A bio-inspired bot uses water from the environment to create a gas and launch itself from the water's surface.

A smart artificial hand for amputees merges user and robotic control

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 11/09/2019 - 11:30
Scientists have successfully tested new neuroprosthetic technology that combines robotic control with users' voluntary control, opening avenues in the new interdisciplinary field of shared control for neuroprosthetic technologies.

Discovering biological mechanisms enabling pianists to achieve skillful fingering

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 11/09/2019 - 10:15
Researchers discovered a sensorimotor function integration mechanism that enables the skillful fingering of pianists. The group developed a system to produce tactile and proprioceptive sensation in the fingers with an electric current stimulator and an exoskeletal robot hand and developed an assessment system that evaluated the processing of each neural information in the cerebral cortex using electroencephalogram measurements and transcranial magnetic stimulation.

Do as I say: Translating language into movement

ScienceDaily's AI News - Tue, 10/09/2019 - 11:14
Researchers have developed a computer model that can translate text describing physical movements directly into simple computer-generated animations, a first step toward someday generating movies directly from scripts.

Why should you care about AI used for hiring?

ScienceDaily's AI News - Fri, 06/09/2019 - 13:40
Researchers have explored the hype and mystique surrounding artificial intelligence in hiring. They provide an overview of artificial intelligence in the workplace, provides practical to-dos for organizations considering AI tools for their hiring process, and explains how psychologists can help along the way.

Artificial intelligence used to recognize primate faces in the wild

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 04/09/2019 - 16:52
Scientists have developed new artificial intelligence software to recognize and track the faces of individual chimpanzees in the wild. The new software will allow researchers and wildlife conservationists to significantly cut back on time and resources spent analyzing video footage, according to the new article.

Spreading light over quantum computers

ScienceDaily's AI News - Tue, 03/09/2019 - 10:52
Scientists have shown how a quantum computer really works and have managed to simulate quantum computer properties in a classical computer.

Psychosensory electronic skin technology for future AI and humanoid development

ScienceDaily's AI News - Fri, 30/08/2019 - 09:21
Scientists have developed electronic skin technology for robots or electronic devices to feel pain through sense of touch. Expected to be applied in humanoid that needs 5 human senses and patients wearing prosthetic hands.

All-optical neural network for deep learning

ScienceDaily's AI News - Thu, 29/08/2019 - 10:11
In a key step toward making large-scale optical neural networks practical, researchers have demonstrated a first-of-its-kind multilayer all-optical artificial neural network. Researchers detail their two-layer all-optical neural network and successfully apply it to a complex classification task.

Process flow for high-res 3D printing of mini soft robotic actuators

ScienceDaily's AI News - Thu, 29/08/2019 - 10:09
Researchers have proposed process flow guides for 3D printing of miniature soft pneumatic actuators. Integrating the prints into a robotic system offers potential applications in jet-engine maintenance and minimally invasive surgery.

Optical neural network could lead to intelligent cameras

ScienceDaily's AI News - Tue, 27/08/2019 - 10:16
Engineers have made major improvements on their design of an optical neural network -- a device inspired by how the human brain works -- that can identify objects or process information at the speed of light.

Understanding the animal brain could help robots wash your dishes

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 21/08/2019 - 17:37
Neuroscientists show how evolution and animal brains can be a rich source of inspiration for machine learning, especially to help AI tackle some enormously difficult problems, like doing the dishes.

Self-folding 'Rollbot' paves the way for fully untethered soft robots

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 21/08/2019 - 14:27
The majority of soft robots today rely on external power and control, keeping them tethered to off-board systems or rigged with hard components. Now, researchers have developed soft robotic systems, inspired by origami, that can move and change shape in response to external stimuli, paving the way for fully untethered soft robots.

How ergonomic is your warehouse job? Soon, an app might be able to tell you

ScienceDaily's AI News - Mon, 19/08/2019 - 16:43
Researchers at the UW have used machine learning to develop a new system that can monitor factory and warehouse workers and tell them how ergonomic their jobs are in real time.

New artificial compound eye could improve 3D object tracking

ScienceDaily's AI News - Mon, 19/08/2019 - 13:21
A newly created biologically inspired compound eye is helping scientists understand how insects use their compound eyes to sense an object and its trajectory with such speed. The compound eye could also be used with a camera to create 3D location systems for robots, self-driving cars and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Are Siri and Alexa making us ruder?

ScienceDaily's AI News - Thu, 15/08/2019 - 12:06
Is the way we bark out orders to digital assistants like Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant making us less polite? Prompted by growing concerns, two information systems researchers decided to find out.

A miniature stretchable pump for the next generation of soft robots

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 14/08/2019 - 13:07
Scientists have developed a tiny pump that could play a big role in the development of autonomous soft robots, lightweight exoskeletons and smart clothing. Flexible, silent and weighing only one gram, it is poised to replace the rigid, noisy and bulky pumps currently used.

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