Robotics

    • Czech robots are being taught to become playwrights

      Czech robots are being taught to become playwrights

      Researchers at Charles University, Svanda Theater and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague are currently working on an intriguing research project that merges artificial intelligence and robotics with theater. Dubbed, THEaiTRE, the project's main objective is to use AI to create an innovative theatrical performance, which is expected to premiere in January 2021.

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    • Study: Robots in the workforce increase income inequality

      Study: Robots in the workforce increase income inequality

      There have been many predictions about the future of work with artificial intelligence (AI) and automation, ranging from massive unemployment to the creation of many new jobs due to the technology. Now, a new study co-authored by an MIT professor has been released, providing some more insight into the replacement of workers by robots.

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    • MIT experts develop drone that can be navigated by gestures

      MIT experts develop drone that can be navigated by gestures

      Albert Einstein famously postulated that “the only real valuable thing is intuition,” arguably one of the most important keys to understanding intention and communication. But intuitiveness is hard to teach - especially to a machine. Looking to improve this, a team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) came up with a method that dials us closer to more seamless human-robot collaboration. The system, called “Conduct-A-Bot,” uses human muscle signals from wearable sensors to pilot a robot’s movement. 

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    • Meet the xenobots: the very first 'living' robots

      Meet the xenobots: the very first 'living' robots

      In another lifetime, if they had been allowed to follow their natural development, the stem cells taken from embryonic frogs would have turned into skin and heart tissue within living, breathing animals. Instead, in configurations designed by algorithms and constructed by humans, those cells have been assembled into something new and immensely revolutionary: the first-ever robots constructed entirely out of living cells.

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    • EU scientists develop self-healing machines

      EU scientists develop self-healing machines

      From picking fruit to carrying out minor surgery, soft robotic hands made from jelly-like plastic are thought by scientists to be the future solution to many human needs. But being gentle and soft enough to avoid damaging fruit or flesh has made the robots prone to damage and left them largely impractical for use in the real world. Until now.

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    • MIT's new robot identifies things by sight and touch

      MIT's new robot identifies things by sight and touch

      For humans, it's easy to predict how an object will feel by looking at it or tell what an object looks like by touching it, but this represents a big challenge for machines. Yet, a new robot developed by MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) might have changed that.

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    • AI, robotics to create more jobs than destroy by 2022

      AI, robotics to create more jobs than destroy by 2022

      Machines and automated software will overtake humans in terms of performing tasks at the workplace, by handling fully half of them within the next 7 years, a new report from the World Economic Forum forecasts. The group however points out that the sharp increase could also see a net gain in "new roles" for humans, who will have to revamp skills to keep pace with the way they would have to work with technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and precision medicines.

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    • World Robot Conference opens in Beijing

      World Robot Conference opens in Beijing

      The World Robot Conference (WRC) 2018 kicked off at Beijing Etrong International Exhibition and Convention Center today with robots from all over the world on display and over 300 experts and entrepreneurs participating with an aim to generate global wisdom and resources to boost the industry. 

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