Artificial Intelligence

Gecko adhesion technology moves closer to industrial uses

Science Daily AI - 14 hours 59 min ago
While human-made devices inspired by gecko feet have emerged in recent years, enabling their wearers to slowly scale a glass wall, the possible applications of gecko-adhesion technology go far beyond Spiderman-esque antics. A researcher is looking into how the technology could be applied in a high-precision industrial setting, such as in robot arms used in manufacturing computer chips.

Engineers create artificial graphene in a nanofabricated semiconductor structure

Science Daily AI - Tue, 2017-12-12 16:41
Experts at manipulating matter at the nanoscale have made an important breakthrough in physics and materials science. They have engineered "artificial graphene" by recreating, for the first time, the electronic structure of graphene in a semiconductor device.

Insights on fast cockroaches can help teach robots to walk

Science Daily AI - Fri, 2017-12-08 07:55
Scientists show for the first time that fast insects can change their gait -- like a mammal's transition from trot to gallop. These new insights could contribute to making the locomotion of robots more energy efficient.

New algorithm repairs corrupted digital images in one step

Science Daily AI - Tue, 2017-12-05 12:48
Computer scientists have designed a new algorithm that incorporates artificial neural networks to simultaneously apply a wide range of fixes to corrupted digital images. The researchers tested their algorithm by taking high-quality, uncorrupted images, purposely introducing severe degradations, then using the algorithm to repair the damage. In many cases, the algorithm outperformed competitors' techniques, very nearly returning the images to their original state.

New robots can see into their future

Science Daily AI - Mon, 2017-12-04 14:23
Researchers have developed a robotic learning technology that enables robots to imagine the future of their actions so they can figure out how to manipulate objects they have never encountered before. In the future, this technology could help self-driving cars anticipate future events on the road and produce more intelligent robotic assistants in homes, but the initial prototype focuses on learning simple manual skills entirely from autonomous play.

How can humans keep the upper hand on artificial intelligence?

Science Daily AI - Mon, 2017-12-04 07:49
Researchers have shown how human operators can maintain control over a system comprising several agents that are guided by artificial intelligence.

Helping hands guide robots as they learn

Science Daily AI - Mon, 2017-12-04 07:49
Researchers help humans and robots collaborate by enabling real-time interactions that modify a robot's path to its goal. The study will help robots make the transition from structured factory floors to interactive tasks like rehabilitation, surgery and training programs in which environments are less predictable.

Robot learning improves student engagement

Science Daily AI - Fri, 2017-12-01 08:40
Online students who use the innovative robots feel more engaged and connected to the instructor and students in the classroom, the first-ever study of a pioneering robot-learning course shows.

With 'material robotics,' intelligent products won't even look like robots

Science Daily AI - Wed, 2017-11-29 12:33
Robots as inconspicuous as they are ubiquitous represent the vision of researchers in the new and burgeoning field of material robotics.

Artificial muscles give soft robots superpowers

Science Daily AI - Mon, 2017-11-27 13:21
Researchers have created origami-inspired artificial muscles that add strength to soft robots, allowing them to lift objects that are up to 1,000 times their own weight using only air or water pressure. Consisting of an inner 'skeleton' folded into a specific pattern and enclosed within a plastic or fabric 'skin' bag, these muscles can perform a greater variety of tasks and are safer than other models.

New way to write magnetic info could pave the way for hardware neural networks

Science Daily AI - Mon, 2017-11-20 12:15
Researchers have shown how to write any magnetic pattern desired onto nanowires, which could help computers mimic how the brain processes information.

Multiplayer video games: Skill at game and intelligence linked

Science Daily AI - Wed, 2017-11-15 13:36
A link between young people's ability to perform well at two popular video games and high levels of intelligence has been uncovered.

Speedy collision detector could make robots better human assistants

Science Daily AI - Tue, 2017-11-14 10:34
A faster collision detection algorithm could enable robots to work more fluidly in the operating room or at home for assisted living. The algorithm, dubbed 'Fastron,' runs up to eight times faster than existing collision detection algorithms. It uses machine learning to help robots avoid moving objects and weave through complex, rapidly changing environments in real time.

Voice impersonators can fool speaker recognition systems

Science Daily AI - Tue, 2017-11-14 08:48
Skilful voice impersonators are able to fool state-of-the-art speaker recognition systems, as these systems generally aren't efficient yet in recognising voice modifications, according to new research. The vulnerability of speaker recognition systems poses significant security concerns.

Bioengineered robotic hand with its own nervous system will sense touch

Science Daily AI - Tue, 2017-11-14 07:20
Researchers are developing a first-of-its-kind bioengineered robotic hand that will actually feel and adapt to its environment. This “living” robot will have its own peripheral nervous system directly linking robotic sensors and actuators.

New technology makes artificial intelligence more private and portable

Science Daily AI - Tue, 2017-11-14 07:13
Technology is paving the way for artificial intelligence (AI) to break free of the internet and cloud computing.

New RoboBee flies, dives, swims and explodes out the of water

Science Daily AI - Wed, 2017-10-25 12:05
A new, hybrid RoboBee can fly, dive into water, swim, propel itself back out of water, and safely land. Floating devices allow this multipurpose air-water microrobot to stabilize on the water's surface before an internal combustion system ignites to propel it back into the air. This latest-generation RoboBee, which is 1,000 times lighter than any previous aerial-to-aquatic robot, could be used for numerous applications, from search-and-rescue operations to environmental monitoring and biological studies.

Smart Ring: Mobile on-body devices can be precisely and discreetly controlled using a tiny sensor

Science Daily AI - Tue, 2017-10-24 08:48
Mobile end-user devices, such as the new version of the “Apple Watch”, have a drawback: their small screen size makes them difficult to use. Computer scientists have now developed an alternative, which they call “DeformWear”. A tiny switch, no larger than the head of a pin, is built into a ring for example, and worn on the body. It can be moved in all directions, pressed, pinched, and pushed toward the right, left, up, and down.

'Mind-reading' brain-decoding tech

Science Daily AI - Mon, 2017-10-23 11:20
Researchers have demonstrated how to decode what the human brain is seeing by using artificial intelligence to interpret fMRI scans from people watching videos, representing a sort of mind-reading technology.

Personalizing human-robot interaction may increase patient use

Science Daily AI - Mon, 2017-10-23 08:17
Determining the elements in the human-robot interaction that make users more motivated to continue is important in designing future robots that will interact with humans on a daily basis, say investigators looking into their use in healthcare.

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