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Robot to help passengers find their way at airport

ScienceDaily's AI News - Thu, 26/11/2015 - 10:42
A robot in the “Spencer” project is now all set to face the real world at the major international airport Schiphol in Amsterdam. Its mission: to help passengers find their way around the airport.

Why bartenders have to ignore some signals

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 25/11/2015 - 08:39
A robotic bartender has to do something unusual for a machine: It has to learn to ignore some data and focus on social signals. Researchers recently investigated how a robotic bartender can understand human communication and serve drinks socially appropriately.

A row-bot that loves dirty water

ScienceDaily's AI News - Mon, 23/11/2015 - 20:28
Taking inspiration from water beetles and other swimming insects, academics have developed the Row-bot, a robot that thrives in dirty water. The Row-bot mimics the way that the water boatman moves and the way that it feeds on rich organic matter in the dirty water it swims in.

Computers can perceive image curves like artists

ScienceDaily's AI News - Mon, 23/11/2015 - 10:34
Imagine computers being able to understand paintings or paint abstract images much like humans. Now a researcher demonstrates a breakthrough concept in the field of computer vision using curves and lines to represent image shapes and furthermore to recognize objects.

Tiny robots inspired by pine cones

ScienceDaily's AI News - Sun, 22/11/2015 - 13:31
The future of bio-inspired engineering or robotics will greatly benefit from lessons learned from plants, according to a group of researchers. They will share details about how studying plants enabled them to create tiny robots powered exclusively by changes in humidity.

Strategy based on human reflexes may keep legged robots and prosthetic legs from tripping

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 18/11/2015 - 10:17
Trips and stumbles too often lead to falls for amputees using leg prosthetics, but a robotic leg prosthesis under development promises to help users recover their balance by using techniques based on the way human legs are controlled.

What's in a name? More than you think...

ScienceDaily's AI News - Tue, 17/11/2015 - 09:24
What’s in a name? In the case of the usernames of video gamers, a remarkable amount of information about their real world personalities, according to research by psychologists. Analysis of anonymized data from one of the world’s most popular computer games also revealed information about their ages.

Researchers train Watson AI to 'chat,' spark more creativity in humans

ScienceDaily's AI News - Thu, 12/11/2015 - 13:46
Researchers have programmed IBM's Watson so that he can have a real-time, Q&A conversation about ways to creatively solve problems in a wide-variety of professions. It's similar to a Google search, but without getting multiple, potentially-related links. This new interactive system allows Watson to give answers in paragraph form.

Self-calibration enhances BrainGate ease, reliability

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 17:07
Innovations in the decoders of the investigational BrainGate brain-computer interface now allow the system to recalibrate itself. Users can work with BrainGate for longer sessions without interruptions for recalibration by technical staff.

A network of artificial neurons learns to use human language

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 17:07
A group of researchers has developed a cognitive model, made up of two million interconnected artificial neurons, able to learn to communicate using human language starting from a state of 'tabula rasa', only through communication with a human interlocutor. This research sheds light on the neural processes that underlie the development of language.

Imitating synapses of the human brain could lead to smarter electronics

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 16:53
Making a computer that learns and remembers like a human brain is a daunting challenge. The complex organ has 86 billion neurons and trillions of connections -- or synapses -- that can grow stronger or weaker over time. But now scientists report the development of a first-of-its-kind synthetic synapse that mimics the plasticity of the real thing, bringing us one step closer to human-like artificial intelligence.

Robotic worm for head surgery can cut around corners

ScienceDaily's AI News - Fri, 06/11/2015 - 06:27
Removing tumors from within the inner ear is a very delicate matter that typically requires surgeons to remove the entire mastoid bone. However, in the future, all doctors will need to do is cut a tunnel of 5 mm in diameter through the bone using a miniature robot named NiLiBoRo. The system is capable of adjusting its path while drilling through bone to steer around sensitive tissue such as blood vessels and nerves.

System automatically converts 2D video to 3D

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 04/11/2015 - 12:10
By exploiting the graphics-rendering software that powers sports video games, researchers have developed a system that automatically converts 2-D video of soccer games into 3-D.

Almost human robots: how to tell them apart form a real person?

ScienceDaily's AI News - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 14:07
Approximately 50 percent of the people involved in a recent study said they could not confirm between a human and an almost-human robot, which one was the robot.

Humans can empathize with robots

ScienceDaily's AI News - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 06:45
Researchers have presented the first neurophysiological evidence of humans' ability to empathize with a robot in perceived pain. Event-related brain potentials in human observers, reflecting empathy with humanoid robots in perceived pain, were similar to those for other humans in pain, except at the beginning of the top-down process of empathy. This difference may be caused by humans' inability in taking a robot's perspective.

Robots for future human missions to Mars

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 28/10/2015 - 05:49
Scientists have developed a communication solution that can allow orbiting space station in outer space to maintain uninterrupted contact with robots working on the surface of a planet. The technology also has potential industrial applications, such as to reduce lags and jitters in mobile gaming. The technology is an important step forward for initiatives such as the human mission to Mars. Before humans can land on Mars, the planet needs infrastructure, such as housing and laboratories, which need to be built by robots. These robots need to be controlled by astronauts from a space station orbiting the planet.

'Spring-mass' technology heralds the future of walking robots

ScienceDaily's AI News - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 13:29
A new study suggests that researchers have achieved the most realistic robotic implementation of human walking dynamics that has ever been done, which may ultimately allow human-like versatility and performance. The work opens the door for robots to be more fully integrated into our daily lives.

Bridging the human-computer interaction

ScienceDaily's AI News - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 12:55
With the goal of revolutionizing everyday interactions between humans and computers, researchers are developing new technologies for making computers recognize not just traditional commands, but also non-verbal ones – gestures, body language and facial expressions.

Robotic systems: How sensorimotor intelligence may develop

ScienceDaily's AI News - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 12:33
Researchers propose a novel learning rule to explain the development of sensorimotor intelligence.

Artificial intelligence finds messy galaxies

ScienceDaily's AI News - Tue, 27/10/2015 - 12:31
An astrophysics student has turned to artificial intelligence to help her to see into the hearts of galaxies. She was inspired by neural networks to create a program to single out from thousands of galaxies the subjects of her study -- the most turbulent and messy galaxies.