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Robots have power to significantly influence children's opinions

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 15/08/2018 - 15:44
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

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

Artificial intelligence platform screens for acute neurological illnesses

ScienceDaily's AI News - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 11:33
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.

Toward a universal quantum computer

ScienceDaily's AI News - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 08:27
Researchers have demonstrated holonomic quantum gates under zero-magnetic field at room temperature, which will enable the realization of fast and fault-tolerant universal quantum computers.

Machine learning technique reconstructs images passing through a multimode fiber

ScienceDaily's AI News - Thu, 09/08/2018 - 17:51
Through innovative use of a neural network that mimics image processing by the human brain, a research team reports accurate reconstruction of images transmitted over optical fibers for distances of up to a kilometer.

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

ScienceDaily's AI News - Tue, 07/08/2018 - 09:49
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

ScienceDaily's AI News - Mon, 06/08/2018 - 09:52
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

ScienceDaily's AI News - Mon, 06/08/2018 - 07:31
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

ScienceDaily's AI News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 13:08
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

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 01/08/2018 - 13:15
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

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 01/08/2018 - 10:26
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.

Artificial intelligence system designs drugs from scratch

ScienceDaily's AI News - Tue, 31/07/2018 - 15:13
An artificial-intelligence approach can teach itself to design new drug molecules from scratch and has the potential to dramatically accelerate the design of new drug candidates.

Key weakness in modern computer vision systems identified

ScienceDaily's AI News - Mon, 30/07/2018 - 13:29
In a finding that could point the way toward better computer vision systems, researchers show why computers are so bad at seeing when one thing is not like another.

Optical neural network demo

ScienceDaily's AI News - Sat, 28/07/2018 - 08:41
Researchers have made a silicon chip that distributes optical signals precisely across a miniature brain-like grid, showcasing a potential new design for neural networks.

An insect-inspired drone deforms upon impact

ScienceDaily's AI News - Thu, 26/07/2018 - 08:58
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

ScienceDaily's AI News - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 12:51
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

ScienceDaily's AI News - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 09:44
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

ScienceDaily's AI News - Wed, 18/07/2018 - 09:25
A new highly maneuverable search and rescue robot that can creep, crawl and climb over rough terrain and through tight spaces has been developed.

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

ScienceDaily's AI News - Mon, 16/07/2018 - 11:45
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

ScienceDaily's AI News - Fri, 13/07/2018 - 09:35
Researchers have developed a new technique to quickly teach robots novel traversal behaviors with minimal human oversight.