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Scientists isolate the brain’s ‘physics engine,’ could lead to faster, more agile robots

Scientists isolate the brain’s ‘physics engine,’ could lead to faster, more agile robots Now, for the first time, Johns Hopkins scientists have located the part of the brain responsible for this basic, fundamental processing.These brain regions are also part of the multiple demand network, a widespread set of functional areas.

Octobot is the world’s first completely soft robot

Octobot is the world’s first completely soft robot Scientists have been working on so-called “soft robotics” in recent years to make machines a little more flexible in the real world, and a team from Harvard has created the first ever completely soft robot using a combination of 3D printing, pneumatics, and chemical reactions.The body of the Octobot was built with a combination of 3D printing, molding, and soft lithography.

The inevitable rise of robots in facilities management

The inevitable rise of robots in facilities management Driven by technological advances, facilities management today features greater automation.“That puts facilities management on the cutting edge - and, in turn, that level of technology makes for a particularly exciting trade exhibition,” explains White.

Intel snaps up Movidius to accelerate its AI and RealSense vision efforts

Intel snaps up Movidius to accelerate its AI and RealSense vision efforts Chip giant Intel has acquired it to help accelerate its RealSense project and other efforts to provide computer vision and deep learning solutions.By creating optimized, custom silicon — its Myriad chip family — Movidius has reduced the power needed to run machine learning and vision libraries by well over an order of magnitude compared to a more-general-purpose GPU.

Sex Robots: The argument of tech and intimacy

Sex Robots: The argument of tech and intimacy The theme of the conference was ‘Technology and Intimacy: Choice or Coercion?’, and looked to explore how technology is influencing the ways in which humans create and express intimacy.

Robots receive a scary-accurate new voice, courtesy of Google’s DeepMind

Robots receive a scary-accurate new voice, courtesy of Google’s DeepMind Whatever you may think of the robotic voices foisted upon the world thanks to Google Voice Search and Siri, you’re unlikely to mistake them for human voices.With DeepMind’s WaveNet, we may be witnessing the emergence of something like an uncanny waveform, a robotic voice close enough to our own as to be distinctly creepy.

Scientists develop official guidance on robot ethics

Scientists develop official guidance on robot ethics It was decades ago when science fiction great Isaac Asimov imagined a world in which robots were commonplace.This was long before even the most rudimentary artificial intelligence existed, so Asimov created a basic framework for robot behavior called the Three Laws of Robotics.

MIT is 3D printing custom robot bumpers

MIT is 3D printing custom robot bumpers The team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) calls this a programmable viscoelastic material (PVM).Having precise control over the dampening capacity of the a robot’s skin allows customization that would usually be impractical.

Brain implant used to restore paralyzed man’s sense of touch

Brain implant used to restore paralyzed man’s sense of touch In a new study, doctors have used a brain implant to return the sense of touch to a paralyzed man.By placing electrodes inside Copeland’s brain, doctors have basically created a new path for the electrical impulses associated with the sense of touch.

Self-driving truck makes short hops for brewery

Self-driving truck makes short hops for brewery Various companies are racing to perfect self-driving car technology, but getting yourself from point A to point B is only the start.The truck went a total distance of 120 miles for the first fully autonomous beer run.

Google Brain's neural-net AI dreams up its own encryption strategy

Google Brain's neural-net AI dreams up its own encryption strategy The company’s neural net/machine learning project, Google Brain, has been working on problems in medical imaging, robotics, and natural language processing, among others.It’s a machine-learning company,” Matthew Zeiler, a Google Brain alumnus, told Wired.

Who really invented Iraq's 'Al Robot' combat drone?

Who really invented Iraq's 'Al Robot' combat drone? The militias fighting this battle have apparently deployed alongside a lethal ground combat drone they call “Al Robot.In fact, since Al Robot comes from the country’s fractured Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) militias, there should immediately be some questions as to the origin of the technology itself.

MIT's ultra-light composite morphing aircraft wing harkens back to the Wright brothers

MIT's ultra-light composite morphing aircraft wing harkens back to the Wright brothers The new composite wing would do away with weight and complexity of flaps and ailerons.For the test, the morphing wings were configured to use the twisting process to replace the ailerons and flaps.

Google's DeepMind AI gives robots the ability to dream

Google's DeepMind AI gives robots the ability to dream Following in the wake of recent neuroscientific discoveries revealing the importance of dreams for memory consolidation, Google’s AI company DeepMind is pioneering a new technology which allows robots to dream in order to improve their rate of learning.Not surprisingly given the company behind the project, the substance of these AI dreams consists primarily of scenes from Atari Video games.