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Understanding the animal brain could help robots wash your dishes

ScienceDaily's AI News - mer, 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 - mer, 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 - lun, 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 - lun, 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 - jeu, 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 - mer, 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.

Robots need a new philosophy to get a grip

ScienceDaily's AI News - lun, 12/08/2019 - 09:44
Robots need to know the reason why they are doing a job if they are to effectively and safely work alongside people in the near future. In simple terms, this means machines need to understand motive the way humans do, and not just perform tasks blindly, without context.

Artificial intelligence could yield more accurate breast cancer diagnoses

ScienceDaily's AI News - ven, 09/08/2019 - 11:30
Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system that could help pathologists read biopsies more accurately and to better detect and diagnose breast cancer.

The brain inspires a new type of artificial intelligence

ScienceDaily's AI News - ven, 09/08/2019 - 08:57
Using advanced experiments on neuronal cultures and large scale simulations, scientists have demonstrated a new type of ultrafast artificial intelligence algorithms -- based on the very slow brain dynamics -- which outperform learning rates achieved to date by state-of-the-art learning algorithms. In an article in Scientific Reports, the researchers rebuild the bridge between neuroscience and advanced artificial intelligence algorithms that has been left virtually useless for almost 70 years.

Robotic cane shown to improve stability in walking

ScienceDaily's AI News - mar, 06/08/2019 - 13:14
By adding electronics and computation technology to a simple cane that has been around since ancient times, researchers have transformed it into a 21st century robotic device that can provide light-touch assistance in walking to the aged and others with impaired mobility. The autonomous robot 'walks' alongside a person to provide light-touch support, much as one might lightly touch a companion's arm or sleeve to maintain balance while walking.

Seeing how computers 'think' helps humans stump machines and reveals AI weaknesses

ScienceDaily's AI News - mar, 06/08/2019 - 10:49
Researchers have figured out how to reliably create questions that challenge computers and reflect the complexity of human language through a human-computer collaboration, developing a dataset of more than 1,200 questions that, while easy for people to answer, stump the best computer answering systems today. The system that learns to master these questions will have a better understanding of language than any system currently in existence.

Technique uses magnets, light to control and reconfigure soft robots

ScienceDaily's AI News - ven, 02/08/2019 - 14:44
Researchers have developed a technique that allows them to remotely control the movement of soft robots, lock them into position for as long as needed and later reconfigure the robots into new shapes. The technique relies on light and magnetic fields.

Manufacture of light-activated proteins

ScienceDaily's AI News - ven, 02/08/2019 - 10:45
A new strategy for designing light-sensitive proteins has been developed. Such proteins, also known as optogenetic tools, can be switched on and off through light impulses, thus triggering specific cellular processes. So far, researchers developing optogenetic tools have been pretty much forced to resort to trial-and-error. A combination of computer-aided and experimental methods has now paved the way for a more targeted approach.

You can't squash this roach-inspired robot

ScienceDaily's AI News - mer, 31/07/2019 - 14:58
A new insect-sized robot can scurry across the floor at nearly the speed of a darting cockroach -- and it's nearly as hardy as a cockroach, too: Try to squash this robot under your foot, and more than likely, it will just keep going. Small, durable robots like these could be advantageous in search and rescue missions, the creators say.

Camera can watch moving objects around corners

ScienceDaily's AI News - lun, 29/07/2019 - 13:23
By analyzing single particles of light, this camera system can reconstruct room-size scenes and moving objects that are hidden around a corner. This work could someday help autonomous cars and robots see better.

Calculating the properties of molecules on a noisy quantum computer

ScienceDaily's AI News - jeu, 25/07/2019 - 11:25
Chemistry and physics researchers have advanced quantum simulation by devising an algorithm that can more efficiently calculate the properties of molecules on a noisy quantum computer.

Could rat brains hold the secret to giving cars, robots better navigational skills?

ScienceDaily's AI News - mer, 24/07/2019 - 14:42
Neuroscientists say special 'mapping' brain cells could inspire the design of smarter self-driving vehicles.

What do dragonflies teach us about missile defense?

ScienceDaily's AI News - mer, 24/07/2019 - 12:57
Research is examining whether dragonfly-inspired computing could improve missile defense systems, which have the similar task of intercepting an object in flight, by making on-board computers smaller without sacrificing speed or accuracy.

This deep neural network fights deepfakes

ScienceDaily's AI News - ven, 19/07/2019 - 10:21
Researchers have developed a deep neural network architecture that can identify manipulated images at the pixel level with high precision by studying the boundaries of objects in the image.

Tiny vibration-powered robots are the size of the world's smallest ant

ScienceDaily's AI News - jeu, 18/07/2019 - 11:25
Researchers have created a new type of tiny 3D-printed robot that moves by harnessing vibration from piezoelectric actuators, ultrasound sources or even tiny speakers. Swarms of these 'micro-bristle-bots' might work together to sense environmental changes, move materials -- or perhaps one day repair injuries inside the human body.