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A tiny programmable fly's eye Tue, 21 May 2013 10:54:54 EDT
A novel curved artificial compound eye (CurvACE) has been created. Compared to single-lens eyes, compound eyes offer lower resolution, but significantly larger fields of view, thin package, and with negligible distortion.
I.B.M. Puts Watson to Work in Business Tue, 21 May 2013 00:00:00 -0500
I.B.M. will move its Watson artificial-intelligence technology into the business mainstream with an offering pitched as a smart assistant especially useful in industries with many customer service calls.
Computer Brain Escapes Google's X Lab to Supercharge Search Mon, 20 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000
Two years ago Stanford professor Andrew Ng joined Google?s X Lab, the research group that?s given us Google Glass and the company?s driverless cars. His mission: to harness Google?s massive data centers and build artificial intelligence systems on an unprecedented scale.
Visteon's HABIT is a concept infotainment system that puts road trip copilots out of a job (video) Sun, 19 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000
System understands driver's personal preferences to deliver a more meaningful experience behind the wheel VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich., May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Would you like your vehicle to suggest a different route to or from work when there are unexpected delays on your regular course? What if your vehicle's cabin temperature adjusted automatically based on your preferences and the outside temperature?
Is This Virtual Worm the First Sign of the Singularity? Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000
For all the talk of artificial intelligence and all the games of SimCity that have been played, no one in the world can actually simulate living things. Biology is so complex that nowhere on Earth is there a comprehensive model of even a single simple bacterial cell.
And yet, these are exciting times for "executable biology," an emerging field dedicated to creating models of organisms that run on a computer. Last year, Markus Covert's Stanford lab created the best ever molecular model of a very simple cell. To do so, they had to compile information from 900 scientific publications. An editorial that accompanied the study in the journal Cell was titled, "The Dawn of Virtual Cell Biology."
Google and NASA Snap Up Quantum Computer D-Wave Two Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000
The three organizations have joined forces to install a D-Wave Two, the computer company's latest model, in a facility launched by the collaboration — the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. The lab will explore areas such as machine learning — making computers sort and analyse data on the basis of previous experience.
Google Bets $10.7 Million On Drone Intelligence Thu, 16 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000
Echoing a company belief in autonomous systems, clever algorithms, and replacing fallible humans with smart machines, Google's venture capital arm announced yesterday that it is investing $10.7 million in a company that makes drone brains. The company, Airware, builds autopilots for unmanned aerial systems.
Google glass - cool or creepy? Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000
It's either the most exciting technology product of recent years, or the 21st Century equivalent of the Sinclair C5. It promises to reshape our relationship with the online world - or turn us all into cyborgs, invading each other's privacy with careless abandon.
Photonic quantum computers: A brighter future than ever Mon, 13 May 2013 10:38:38 EDT
Harnessing the unique features of the quantum world promises a dramatic speed-up in information processing as compared to the fastest classical machines. Scientists have succeeded in prototyping a new and highly resource efficient model of a quantum computer -- the boson sampling computer.
A Brief History of Awesome Robots Mon, 13 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000
In Kevin Drum's latest feature, he imagines a bleak future where robots begin taking all of our jobs. Though he predicts this will happen about three decades from now, the concept obviously isn't new.
Neuroprosthetics: Once more, with feeling Wed, 08 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000
Sitting motionless in her wheelchair, paralysed from the neck down by a stroke, Cathy Hutchinson seems to take no notice of the cable rising from the top of her head through her curly dark hair. Instead, she stares intently at a bottle sitting on the table in front of her, a straw protruding from the top.
More than a good eye: Robot uses arms, location and more to discover objects Mon, 06 May 2013 11:40:40 EDT
A robot can struggle to discover objects in its surroundings when it relies on computer vision alone. But by taking advantage of all of the information available to it -- an object's location, size, shape and even whether it can be lifted -- a robot can continually discover and refine its understanding of objects, say researchers.
David Ferrucci: Life After Watson Mon, 06 May 2013 00:00:00 -0500
The former head of I.B.M.’s Watson project, a triumph of artificial intelligence, explains the limits to the current data-driven approach to making computers smarter and why he left Big Blue to join a hedge fund.
Robots take part in a space simulation Fri, 03 May 2013 09:41:41 EDT
The two robots Flobi and Nao worked full time for three weeks in an isolation study in Cologne. Scientists were studying how these intelligent assistance systems can help astronauts to keep fit – both physically and mentally. However, it was not just the people who were on trial, but the robots as well. The scientists were testing both their suitability and their durability. The experiment ended on Saturday.
Robotic insects make first controlled flight Thu, 02 May 2013 14:26:26 EDT
In the very early hours of the morning, in a Harvard robotics laboratory last summer, an insect took flight. Half the size of a paperclip, weighing less than a tenth of a gram, it leaped a few inches, hovered for a moment on fragile, flapping wings, and then sped along a preset route through the air. This demonstration of the first controlled flight of an insect-sized robot is the culmination of more than a decade's work.
Want to slow mental decay? Play a video game Wed, 01 May 2013 19:29:29 EDT
A new study shows that older people can put off the aging of their minds by playing a simple game that primes their processing speed skills. The research showed participants' cognitive skills improved in a range of functions, from improving peripheral vision to problem solving.
Seahorse's armor gives engineers insight into robotics designs Wed, 01 May 2013 13:21:21 EDT
The tail of a seahorse can be compressed to about half its size before permanent damage occurs, engineers have found. The tail's flexibility is due to its structure, made up of bony, armored plates, which slide past each other. Researchers are hoping to use a similar structure to create a flexible robotic arm, which could be used in medical devices, underwater exploration and unmanned bomb detection and detonation.
How Would You Like Your Assistant -- Human or Robotic? Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:55:55 EDT
More than half of healthcare providers interviewed for a new study said that if they were offered an assistant, they preferred it to be a robotic helper rather than a human. However, they don’t want robots to help with everything.
'Taxels' convert mechanical motion to electronic signals Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:22:22 EDT
Using bundles of vertical zinc oxide nanowires, researchers have fabricated arrays of piezotronic transistors capable of converting mechanical motion directly into electronic controlling signals. The arrays could help give robots a more adaptive sense of touch, provide better security in handwritten signatures and offer new ways for humans to interact with electronic devices.
Lazy eye disorder treated with video game Tetris Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:29:29 EDT
Scientists have used the popular puzzle video game Tetris in an innovative approach to treat adult amblyopia, commonly known as "lazy eye." By distributing information between the two eyes in a complementary fashion, the video game trains both eyes to work together, which is counter to previous treatments for the disorder (e.g., patching).
'Big data’ algorithm used to customize video game difficulty Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:42:42 EDT
Researchers have developed a computational model that can predict video game players’ in-game performance and provide a corresponding challenge they can beat, leading to quicker mastery of new skills. The advance not only could help improve user experiences with video games but also applications beyond the gaming world.