Artificial Intelligence

Artificial neural networks decode brain activity during performed and imagined movements

Science Daily AI - Fri, 2017-08-18 08:23
Filtering information for search engines, acting as an opponent during a board game or recognizing images: Artificial intelligence has far outpaced human intelligence in certain tasks. Researchers are showing how ideas from computer science could revolutionize brain research. They illustrate how a self-learning algorithm decodes human brain signals that were measured by an electroencephalogram (EEG).

AI implications: Engineer's model lays groundwork for machine-learning device

Science Daily AI - Thu, 2017-08-17 14:20
In what could be a small step for science potentially leading to a breakthrough, an engineer has taken steps toward using nanocrystal networks for artificial intelligence applications.

Smarter robot vacuum cleaners for automated office cleaning

Science Daily AI - Tue, 2017-08-15 07:58
Can you really use Outlook to make sure your office floor gets vacuumed? Absolutely! Engineers are developing an intelligent cleaning concept for smart offices. A robot vacuum cleaner automatically takes care of upcoming cleaning jobs that have been scheduled in Outlook.

AI, crowdsourcing combine to close 'analogy gap'

Science Daily AI - Thu, 2017-08-10 12:57
Researchers have devised a method enabling computers to mine databases of patents, inventions and research papers, identifying ideas that can be repurposed to solve new problems or create new products.

Artificial intelligence uses internet searches to help create mind association magic trick

Science Daily AI - Wed, 2017-08-09 13:14
Scientists have created an artificial intelligence (AI) that uses internet searches to help co-design a word association magic trick.

When robots help with shopping

Science Daily AI - Wed, 2017-08-09 05:37
Today, the desired book, toy or household appliance can be purchased by a click only -- thanks to online mail order business and smart logistics. The bottleneck in logistics, however, is the high-bay store, where many picking and detection processes cannot yet be executed automatically by robots. At the Amazon Robotics Challenge in Nagoya, Japan, a team has demonstrated how future warehousing may work.

Playing with your brain

Science Daily AI - Tue, 2017-08-08 12:55
Human-computer interactions, such as playing video games, can have a negative impact on the brain, says a new Canadian study. For over 10 years, scientists have told us that action video game players exhibit better visual attention, motor control abilities and short-term memory. But, could these benefits come at a cost?

Why humans find faulty robots more likeable

Science Daily AI - Fri, 2017-08-04 08:04
Researchers have examined how people react to robots that exhibit faulty behavior compared to perfectly performing robots. The results show that the participants took a significantly stronger liking to the faulty robot than the robot that interacted flawlessly.

New tool increases adaptability, autonomy of 'Skyrim' nonplayer characters

Science Daily AI - Wed, 2017-08-02 09:05
Computer science researchers have developed a tool for use with the game Skyrim that can be used to create nonplayer characters that allow for more variability and flexibility in game play. The tool, called CIF-CK, is an artificial intelligence architecture program that uses social behavior models to make individual NPCs more reactive and adaptable to player behavior.

Smaller, smarter, softer robotic arm for endoscopic surgery

Science Daily AI - Wed, 2017-08-02 08:30
Researchers have developed a hybrid rigid-soft robotic arm for endoscopes with integrated sensing, flexibility, and multiple degrees of freedom. This arm -- built using a manufacturing paradigm based on pop-up fabrication and soft lithography -- lies flat on an endoscope until it arrives at the desired spot, then pops up to assist in surgical procedures.

Breakthrough software teaches computer characters to walk, run, even play soccer

Science Daily AI - Mon, 2017-07-31 07:53
Computer characters and eventually robots could learn complex motor skills like walking and running through trial and error, thanks to a milestone algorithm.

Simulations signal early success for fractal-based retinal implants

Science Daily AI - Thu, 2017-07-27 09:57
Computer simulations of electrical charges sent to retinal implants based on fractal geometry have researchers moving forward with their eyes focused on biological testing.

Somersaulting simulation for jumping bots

Science Daily AI - Wed, 2017-07-26 16:43
Engineers have been developing new technologies to enable robots and humans to move faster and jump higher. Soft, elastic materials store energy in these devices, which, if released carefully, enable elegant dynamic motions. A pair of new computational methods takes first steps towards automating the design of the dynamic mechanisms behind these movements.

Reshaping computer-aided design

Science Daily AI - Mon, 2017-07-24 15:25
InstantCAD, a tool that lets designers interactively edit, improve, and optimize CAD models using a more streamlined and intuitive workflow, has now been created by researchers, allowing manufacturers to simulate, optimize CAD designs in real-time.

Tough robots making an ImPACT

Science Daily AI - Fri, 2017-07-21 08:46
New and improved rescue robots tough enough to function in extreme and hostile environments were unveiled recently at a demonstration at Tohoku University, Japan.

New type of soft, growing robot created

Science Daily AI - Thu, 2017-07-20 13:53
A newly developed vine-like robot can grow across long distances without moving its whole body. It could prove useful in search and rescue operations and medical applications.

Folding robots: No battery, no wire, no problem

Science Daily AI - Wed, 2017-07-19 12:09
Folding robots based on origami have emerged as an exciting new frontier of robotic design, but generally require onboard batteries or a wired connection to a power source, limiting their functionality. Scientist have now created battery-free folding robots that are capable of complex, repeatable movements powered and controlled through a wireless magnetic field.

A personalized rehabilitation algorithm helps stroke patients walk again

Science Daily AI - Wed, 2017-07-19 12:09
Scientists have developed an algorithm for a robot-assistive rehabilitation approach that helps people learn to walk again after neurological injuries.

Empowering robots for ethical behavior

Science Daily AI - Tue, 2017-07-18 08:35
Scientists have developed a concept called Empowerment to help robots to protect and serve humans, while keeping themselves safe. Rather than trying to make a machine understand complex ethical questions, the concept is based on robots always seeking to keep their options open, and doing the same for the humans around them.

Helping robots learn to see in 3-D

Science Daily AI - Fri, 2017-07-14 14:49
While it's relatively straightforward for robots to 'see' objects with cameras and other sensors, interpreting what they see, from a single glimpse, is difficult. New technology enables robots to spot a new object and recognize what it is, whether it is right side up or upside down, without examining it from multiple angles. It can also fill in the blind spots in its field of vision and 'imagine' any parts that are hidden from view.

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