News Links for: 2011

by Roger Kay | Forbes
Watson, the reigning jeopardy champ, is smart, but it's still recognizably a computer. This new stuff is something completely different. IBM is setting out to build an electronic brain from the ground up.
by PhysOrg.com | PhysOrg.com
Robot guards with sensors to detect abnormal behaviour will soon begin patrolling South Korean prisons to ease the burden on their human counterparts...
by N. V. | The Economist
"While technological progress may cause workers with out-dated skills to become redundant, the past two centuries have shown that the idea that increasing productivity leads axiomatically to widespread unemployment is nonsense."
by ScienceDaily | ScienceDaily
By using a projector to beam the 3D image of a face onto the back of a plastic mask, and a computer to control voice and facial expressions, the researchers have succeeded in creating Mask-bot, a startlingly human-like plastic head.
by Sebastian Anthony | ExtremeTech
For those of you who are worried about a robot apocalypse, consider this: What's worse, an artificial intelligence armed with nuclear weapons, or a computer that makes lawyers omnipotent?
by PhysOrg.com | PhysOrg.com
"As part of my PhD topic we are studying the way birds make use of wind energy to fly with minimum power, the way they glide and use all types of wind to move and change their flight path. We're developing a UAV with artificial intelligence to forecast solar intensity and use wind patterns for path planning and to power the UAV..."
by Helen Knight | MIT News
CSAIL associate professor develops AI systems that can interpret images.
by ScienceDaily | ScienceDaily
We only have to look at something to know what it is, but teaching a computer to "know" what it's looking at is far harder.
by Steve Lohr | The New York Times
"...Engineering, not biology, guided the pursuit of artificial intelligence. As Frederick Jelinek, a pioneer in speech recognition, put it, 'airplanes don’t flap their wings.'"
by Mat Honan | Gizmodo
Siri's most common reply to me is that "it didn't quite get that." Is this due to my southern accent? Is it because I mumble?
by Jacob Aron | NewScientist Magazine
A pudgy robot rolls up to a mirror and checks out its reflection. After a few moments of consideration, it reacts: "Oh. This is me. Nice."
by Swizec Teller | A Geek With A Hat
"Too much code for something so simple..."
by Bill Weir, C. Michael Kim & David Miller | ABC News - Yahoo! News
Article and video of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) research on smooth robotic arm movements.
by David Pierce | The Verge
Researchers at Keio University in Japan have built Telesar, a "telexistence robot" that can be a full-fledged avatar for a human. It's controlled by a human through a 3D head-mounted display, and is finely tuned to allow the operator to see and hear exactly as they normally would...
by Recursivity | Recursivity
Blogger explains the factors he believes will make these technologies a real possibility within his lifetime.
by Science Daily | Science Daily
"...in a surprising discovery, the researchers found that computationally, bacteria actually have superior survival tactics, finding 'food' and avoiding harm more easily than swarms such as amoeba or fish. Their secret? A liberal amount of self-confidence..."
by Science Daily | Science Daily
Until now, it was unclear why the brain chooses a particular movement option from the set of all possible combinations...
by Andrew Whitacre | MIT News
"The scheme behind Robotany requires that we ask the user to describe what the AI should do in just a few example situations, and our algorithm deduces the rest," says GAMBIT Game Lab's Andrew Grant. "In essence, when faced with something the user hasn't described, the algorithm finds a similar situation that the user did specify, and goes with that."
by Cynthia Karena | The Sydney Morning Herald
"People have hunches and gut feelings about the reasons for attrition, but now it's an evidence based view," says IBM's Graham Kittle...
by Nick Miller | The Sydney Morning Herald
Futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil believes humans will soon be able to live forever with the help of computers. Barmy or brilliant?
by Michael Cooney | PCWorld
A brief discussion on the recent advances in AI and robot technology including R2, OctoRoach, REMUS 6000, the japanese dental training robot, and the movie "Real Steel".
by Abby Abazorius | MIT News
To solve the puzzle of how humans think, Professor Patrick Winston is employing classic engineering methodology to build systems that think and comprehend as people do using computational methods.
by Eddie Mikus | The Ram Online
At the Fordham Robotics and Computer Vision Laboratory, Lyons and a group of students are currently developing several robots and software that can be used in search-and-rescue situations...
by La Monica Everett-Haynes | UANews
With recorded success developing a self-learning robot, a UA team of researchers is working under a five-year, $3 million grant to improve what the robot is teaching itself.
by The Telegraph | The Telegraph
A new human-shaped robot that can take a drinks order, open a thermos flask, and pour out a juice has been unveiled by Japanese scientists. It can even spell out its own name in sign language...
by Jeff Hecht | NewScientist Magazine
Artificially intelligent software that scans satellite images of potential dig sites could greatly increase the number of fossils unearthed.
by Charis Palmer | Technology Spectator
"Despite all of McCarthy's vision and progress, real-life applications of artificial intelligence remain clunky. Siri has been called childlike, capable of only taking on the most basic of tasks..."
by Emmanuel Barraud | PhysOrg.com
A novel experiment conducted by researchers at Idiap Research Institute and Johns Hopkins University highlights some of the limitations of automatic image analysis systems.
by Mark Brown | Wired Magazine
Computer scientists from Sweden and the United States have applied modern-day, statistical translation techniques — the sort of which are used in Google Translate — to decode a 250-year-old secret message.
by Boston Globe | Boston Globe
October 25, 2011: John McCarthy, a pioneer in artificial intelligence technology and creator of the computer programming language often used in that field, has died. He was 84.
by Ray Kurzweil | MIT Technology Review
Last week, Paul Allen and a colleague challenged the prediction that computers will soon exceed human intelligence. Now Ray Kurzweil, the leading proponent of the "Singularity," offers a rebuttal.
by Paul G. Allen and Mark Greaves | MIT Technology Review
The Singularity Summit approaches this weekend in New York. But the Microsoft cofounder and a colleague say the singularity itself is a long way off.
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
It turns out that getting a robot to ride a bicycle doesn't need to involve much more than a hobby level humanoid employing a relatively simple gyroscope that sends steering commands to keep things generally upright...
by Erico Guizzo | IEEE Spectrum
Google's fleet of robotic Toyota Priuses has now logged more than 190,000 miles, driving in city traffic, busy highways, and mountainous roads with only occasional human intervention...
by Charlie Jane Anders | io9
An older article, but still a good read: "The cities of the future will be huge and super-dense — but will they also be alive? Could the increasingly complex systems needed to manage the next generation of megacities become our first true artificial intelligence?"
by Ruth Bolster | The Miscellany News
"We are trying to replicate some of the features of primate cortex to see whether we can solve a certain set of problems in learning and intelligence," noted Livingston. "One of the big problems in robotics is building general purpose intelligence."
by Kenneth D. Forbus | Public Service Europe
"I believe as artificial intelligence advances, a new model – 'software as collaborator' - will become possible, with tremendous potential benefits... Software collaborators could be designed to be enough like people that mutual adaptation is possible, and that we can understand and trust their contributions."
by Kit Eaton | Fast Company
Meka's Trustworthy Face, Japan's Thinking Android, Korea's Robo-Dog and Emergency Robot Network
A transhumanist article exploring possibilities of artificially intelligent machines in the future of human society.
by Alyssa Danigelis | Discovery News
Roboticists are looking to sting rays, sea turtles, and sharks for inspiration.
by E.D. Kain | Forbes
"The genius of Siri is to combine the new type of information bot with the old type of human-helper bot. Instead of patterning Siri on a humanoid body, Apple used a human archetype — the secretary or assistant..."
by Ferry Boender | ElectricMonk
An experimenter's introductory article about genetic algorithms. Includes sample python source code.
by Jon Masse | Lab Pheromone
A Lego Mindstorm invention for load testing an iPad2 stop motion application by automatically taking 10,000 photos. -- And some people think Legos are "Toys"...ha.
by PhysOrg.com | PhysOrg.com
In line with the predictions of science fiction, computers are getting smarter. Now, scientists are on the way to devising a test to ascertain how close Artificial Intelligence (AI) is coming to matching wits with us, and if it's drawing ahead.
by Jesse Emspak | Discovery News
Researchers in Singapore put ridges on a sensor. The ridges transmit force from an object in a certain way, and help a robot understand its curvature; like human finger ridges do.
by Steve Lohr | The New York Times
Computer-generated articles are gaining traction. "I thought it was magic... It's as if a human wrote it."
by Bill Steele | Science Daily
Cornell's Ashutosh Saxena is teaching robots to manipulate objects and find their way around in new environments. "We just show the robot some examples and it learns to generalize the placing strategies and applies them to objects that were not seen before...,"
by Sylvain Zimmer | sylvainzimmer.com
...we discovered that there was an entry in the Guinness World Records for largest networked Chess AI at 2070 nodes, we realized it was definitely something we could beat. The Chess@home project was born!
by Jacob Aron | NewScientist Magazine
The Cleverbot test took place at the Techniche festival in Guwahati, India. Thirty volunteers conducted a typed 4-minute conversation with an unknown entity. Half of the volunteers spoke to humans while the rest chatted with Cleverbot...
by Dean Takahashi | Venture Beat
The research team has built its first brain-like computing units, with 256 neurons, 65,536 synapses, and 256 axons. It has the basic building blocks of processor, memory, and communications. This unit, can be built with just a few million transistors...
by Lin Edwards | Physorg.com
Goldman's team built a snake-like robot capable of burrowing through sand in a similar way to the living lizard, and were able to control the extent of bending and wriggling as the robot moved...
by Bob Holmes | NewScientist Magazine
It smells, it buzzes, it even dances like a honeybee. In a field in Germany, RoboBee is making its first attempts at speaking to the insects in their own language...
by National Geographic Magazine | National Geographic Magazine
National Geographic slide show illustrating the latest in human-imitating robot technologies.
by Xinbin Zhang et al | ACS Publications
Researchers at the Harbin Institute of Technology have developed a robot that's capable of walking on water. "The microrobot was supported by ten superhydrophobic artificial legs and driven by two actuating legs that connected to two miniature dc motors..."
by Paul Marks | NewScientist Magazine
Living happily alongside domestic droids is not as simple as it seems – they need to learn what we want...
by Brian Hayes | American Scientist
How would lives and landscapes change if every car had a computer in the driver's seat?
by Jacob Aron | NewScientist Magazine
Electrical engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta want to create smart roving exit signs. Researchers suggest that evacuation robots could guide people to the nearest exit, seek out stragglers and alert emergency services to the whereabouts of people who are injured or trapped...
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
Hexapod, Chiara, has certainly found a comfy little niche for itself in the robotic classical piano world, by plonking away at some Beethoven...
by Melissae Fellet | NewScientist Magazine
An army of flying, rolling, and climbing robots have been taught to work together to find and snatch a book from a high shelf...
by Matthew Lasar | ars technica
A brief history about the development of chess-playing machines.
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
They take drink orders over the internet. PR2 handles the fridge and a TurtleBot (named BusBot) takes care of the actual delivery.
by Liz Goodwin | Yahoo News Blog
"...and enrollment is still open for another month." -- Hope they have enough teaching assistants recruited
by Barry Evans | North Coast Journal
A brief history of Alan Turing's test for thinking machines.
by PRWeb | PRWeb
"[Olin Hyde] gets how to communicate the value of our big idea: Machines can learn just like we do, and you don't have to be IBM or Google to play in this space."
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig's CS221: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence. For the first time, you can take this course, along with several hundred Stanford undergrads, without having to fill out an application, pay tuition, or live in a dorm.
by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | PhysOrg.com
The on-screen avatar understands complete sentences. Using artificial intelligence, AviCoS interprets questions by the vehicle occupants and answers in spoken language...
by Karolina Kuligowska | ChatBots.org
Three extraordinary state of the art examples of humanlike conversational artificial intelligence. They are expected to be adopted soon by the virtual humans industry.
by Victoria Nicks | Suite 101
It's easy to underestimate advances in the field of artificial intelligence due to "technology creep." This phenomenon is known as the AI Effect.
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
"Yesterday (July 30, 2011), Foxconn announced (at an employee dance party of all places) that they're planning on buying some robots to replace their human workforce..., Until recently, you'd probably never heard of Foxconn, but a series of worker suicides made us all take a hard look at where our electronics were coming from. Foxconn has made some improvements (including nets around tall buildings)... " -- talk about clueless CEOs.
by Aisha Sohail | LiveScience
The Neuromorphics Lab is researching innovative robot learning-algorithms. Imagine having a cleaning robot that did what no other cleaning robot is currently able to do: Learn.
by AkihabaraNews | AkihabaraNews
Using a technology called a self-replicating neural network, or SOINN(Self-Organizing Incremental Neural Network), it can think as humans do when taking on tasks that it has never done before. It can make educated guesses and decisions based on it's past experiences and knowledge...
by Christina Bonnington | Wired Magazine
This is "JediBot," a Microsoft Kinect–controlled robot that can wield a foam sword (lightsaber, if you will) and duel a human combatant for command of the empire. Or something like that.
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
This isn't the first step towards robots replacing human doctors or anything, but if there's a specialist that you want to see who lives across the country, telepresence is far more effective than a phone call...
by Alex Peake | Acceler8or
Autocatalyzing Intelligence Symbiosis lecture from Alex Peake at December 2010 Humanity Plus Conference. "What happens when we make machines make us make them make us them?"
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
Purdue University student has decided that his summer robotics research project is going to be teaching a robot to play DDR, which is so far looking to be an entirely possible task, with the help of a slick custom robots-only dance pad...
by Stephen Harris | The Engineer
The program will create a visual representation of a crowd, modelling it as a group of many individual 'agents' instead of as a single mass of people, and giving each agent its own goals and behaviour...
by Tamsin McMahon | Montreal Gazette
"If they enter a casino and try to play, a computer program will compare their face with the picture bank..., If it comes up with a match, the computer dispatches security to toss out the problem gambler."
Meet Justin, an android who will soon be controlled remotely by the astronauts in ESA's Columbus laboratory on the International Space Station...
by La Monica Everett-Haynes | UANews
When tested against other existing commercial systems, the team found that its system resulted in effective and more accurate detections of spoof sites – better than a human can...
by Anna Boyd | BBC News
Video: Robot seals are being used to comfort earthquake and tsunami refugees in Japan. The robots have sensors and an artificial intelligence system that allows them to react when being touched or spoken to...
by Fenella Saunders | American Scientist
Machines learn to walk faster, and better, if they figure out crawling first...
by Jeff Gray | The Globe and Mail
Computers, using complex algorithms to analyze tens of thousands of similar cases and decisions, can now be used to predict the outcome of court fights...
by John Barber | The Globe and Mail
Interview with Daniel H. Wilson, author of the bestselling novel "Robopocalypse". A veteran of the Carnegie Mellon University robotics lab, he earned a doctorate in robotics as well as a master's degree in machine learning.
by Wendell Wallach and Ben Goertzel | hPlus Magazine
An interview that explores the key points of Wallach's speech at Yale's Technology and Ethics Seminar. He worked with Stan Franklin on his LIDA model for artificial general intelligence. He, Franklin and Colin Allen researched how LIDA might make moral decisions and what role consciousness plays in the making of those decisions.
by Joshua Fox | hPlus Magazine
"An ultraintelligent robot which hates us is a bad thing: We can't possibly outsmart it... An ultraintelligent robot which loves us is a very good thing."
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
...a team from Delft University of Technology and Philips Research in the Netherlands decided to take a look at how people actually want their robot vacuums to behave, and what kinds of personalities they'd like them to display...
by Eric Axt, Karl Smallwood, Dennis Hong | Cracked.com
Six robots that are treading all over the formerly exclusive domain of mankind...
Very heavy on the philosophy aspect.
by The Economist | The Economist
It is not just dogs that engineers are copying now, but shrews complete with whiskers, swimming lampreys, grasping octopuses, climbing lizards and burrowing clams. They are even trying to mimic insects, by making robots that take off when they flap their wings...
by Mary Jo Foley | ZDNet.com
"The real holy grail of what we all need to do is transform these machines so they understand you and what you mean."
by Elizabeth Hunter | Flip The Media
Cleverbot, an Artificial Intelligence computer program developed by Icogno Founder Rollo Carpenter in 1988 and released to the masses in 1997, "learns" from Internet users. Everything that is put into the program is catalogued and eventually repeated as a response. But, are internet users the best caregivers for an A.I.?
by Erico Guizzo | IEEE Spectrum
"Robots are not the enemy. It's low-cost labor that's the enemy. If you want to look at where jobs are going, it's not robots taking people's jobs; it's entire companies and industries moving overseas."
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
It's based as closely as possible on a human mouth, complete with an air pump for lungs, eight fake vocal cords, a silicon tongue, and even a nasal resonance cavity that opens and closes.
by Larry Hardesty | MIT News
When the researchers augmented a machine-learning system so that it could use a player's manual to guide the development of a game-playing strategy, its rate of victory jumped from 46 percent to 79 percent...
by John Markoff | The New York Times
Designing a robot to mimic the basic capabilities of motion and perception would be revolutionary, researchers say, with applications stretching from care for the elderly to returning overseas manufacturing operations to the United States...
by Inga Kiderra | Science Daily
Researchers use functional MRI to examine the brains of humans experiencing the Uncanny Valley effect.
by Mike James | I Programmer
You can train a Kinect to recognize what you are doing and perhaps even to recognize who is doing it!
by Katie Gatto | Physorg.com
The robot is able to blink, flinch, sneeze, cough and gag, simulating some of the issues that a real dentist may have to contend with while working on his or her human patients.
by R. Steven Rainwater | Robots.net
Coverage of Stevan Harnad's talk at the Online Consciousness Conference, entitled Minds, Brains, and Turing (with hyperlink to PDF article).
NASA has ended operational planning activities for the Mars rover Spirit, declaring the mission complete.
by BBC News | BBC News
Video Report: Robots trained in Scotland are going to Istanbul to take part in RoboCup 2011, an international football world cup challenge.
by International Business Times | International Business Times
It is reported that artificially intelligent computers that have the ability to interact, reason and even disagree with you are just some years away from development.
by Science Daily | Science Daily
In the future, a new projection and camera-based system will prevent collisions between robots and humans working together, German researchers say...
by Jeff Heaton | Java Developers Journal
An older article (2004), but great learning example of Kohonen Self-Organizing Maps in action.
by Sebastian Anthony | Extreme Tech
By harnessing a new sphere of science called "lovotics", artificial intelligence researcher Hooman Samani believes it is possible to engineer love between humans and robots.
by Melissa Lafsky | Discovery News
An old article (2009), but still worth a look:
Pentagon wants virtual parents for military kids. Program would substitute artificial intelligence for moms, dads serving overseas...
by James Williams | Discovery News
Of all the things to simulate with a robot, why choose something that reminds why I avoid crowds of my own species? -- John McCullock
by Jennifer Horton | Discovery News
Writer Jennifer Horton gives a brief description of the state of robot technology.
by Nic Halverson | Discovery News
The artificial skin is composed of small, rigid hexagonal circuit boards. Each circuit board has four infrared sensors that detect anything that comes closer than a centimeter, effectively stimulating light touch.
by Charlie Stross | AntiPope.org Blogs
"...we're not going to see a hard take-off, or a slow take-off, or any kind of AI-mediated exponential outburst."
by Erico Guizzo | IEEE Spectrum
Coburn criticizes the NSF for squandering "millions of dollars on wasteful projects," including three that involve robots. "A dollar lost to mismanagement, fraud, inefficiency, or a dumb project is a dollar that could have advanced scientific discovery," the report says.
by Erico Guizzo | IEEE Spectrum
President Barack Obama loves robots. He's invited bots to the White House and has even befriended a Japanese android. But now Obama has gone one step further: He's decided to lead what may be a profound robotics revolution.
by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and ScienceDaily staff | Science Daily
The objective of the project is to create a robotic hand that can reproduce the abilities and movements of a human hand in order to achieve the optimal manipulation of objects...
by Joel Falconer | The Next Web
"...when we become capable of creating beings more intelligent than us, it stands to reason that they — or their near-descendants — will be able to create intelligences more intelligent than themselves..."
by Jim Giles | Susan Sayler blog
The smartest machines in the future may instead be "reverse cyborgs"–artificial intelligences augmented by us–a mix of programming, transistors and the donated brainpower of an army of human workers.
by Paul Marks | NewScientist Magazine
Developed by Na Cheng and colleagues at the Stevens Institute of Technology, the ever-improving software could soon be revealing the gender of online writers – whether they are blogging, emailing, writing on Facebook or tweeting.
by Clint Rutkas, Dan Fernandez and Brian Peek | Channel9
Installing and Using the Kinect Sensor, Setting Up Your Development Environment, Skeletal Tracking Fundamentals, Camera Fundamentals, Working with Depth Data, Audio Fundamentals...
by Jason Tanz | Wired Magazine
Roboticists have developed tools to create a map of a robot's environment, known as simultaneous localization and mapping, or SLAM. But they were too expensive, bulky or inaccurate. Now there's the Kinect; an affordable, lightweight camera that can capture 3-D images in real time...
by Steve Clayton | blogs.technet.com
As of this morning (June 16, 2011), the SDK is officially available for download – at no cost – from Microsoft Research. It provides access to Kinect's "raw sensor streams" - which means developers can work with the high speed skeletal tracking capabilities, depth sensor, color camera sensor and the microphone array...
Can machines that sew made-to-measure suits open the door to cheap, personalized clothing?
by Brian Heater | Engadget
Photo Series: The newly invigorated 'bot brings voice recognition, more sensors, and RFID-based command learning technology to the table.
by Amar Toor | Engadget
Video: Engineers from Georgia Tech, the University of Pennsylvania and Cal Tech have now developed an entire fleet of autonomous rescue vehicles, capable of simultaneously mapping and exploring potentially dangerous buildings...
by Nic Halverson | Discovery News
Metal corkscrews are great for opening wine, but who would think they'd also work well as wheels? In his spare time, engineer Tim Lexen built an omnidirectional, all-terrain rover with corkscrew "wheels."
by IKE_RobotsPodcast | Robots.net
Video: In this recently released TED talk, Dennis Hong from VirginiaTech presents all the recent developments of his RoMeLa Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory and also the aim of developing a car that could be driven safely by a blind driver.
by Rebecca Boyle | Popular Science Magazine
A new ATM for a Russian bank turns money machines into truth machines, using fingerprint recognition, 3-D face scans and voice analysis to determine whether customers are worthy of applying for credit cards.
by Miguel Susana | CNN Money
"In Facebook's desire to promote photo sharing and tagging among its users, it appears to have overlooked a critical component of consumer privacy protection -- an opt-in requiring users to affirmatively consent...,"
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
They're fairly simple little robots about the size of a quarter that can move around on vibrating legs, blink their lights, and communicate with each other.
by Abby Abazorius | MIT News
Graduate student Mario Bollini of Professor Daniela Rus' Distributed Robotics Lab is currently programming the PR2 robot to bake chocolate chip cookies.
by Emily Finn | PhysOrg.com
...more progress must be made to achieve the long-term goal of "intelligent transportation": cars that can "see" and communicate with other vehicles on the road, making them able to prevent crashes virtually 100 percent of the time...
by Science Daily | Science Daily
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new method that can accurately predict the behavior of players in online role-playing games.
by Jacob Aron | NewScientist Magazine
Everyone loves a few rounds of a classic video game, but why should humans have all the fun? The Ms Pac-Man vs Ghost Team Competition serves to redress the balance by putting AI controllers in charge of video game characters in an effort to see which plays the game best.
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
People have programmed PR2s to do all sorts of fun things, but most of these things are human-y fun, not robot fun. Georgia Tech has built what they're calling a "PR2 Playpen," which is designed to keep their PR2 busy (and entertained?)...
by PRWeb | PRWeb
New tool by ai-one inc. allows programmers to build artificial intelligence into almost any software application... "reads and understands unstructured data without any human intervention..."
by Victoria Nicks | Decoded Science
Don't believe everything you see in the movies. Computers are vast repositories of human knowledge, and can follow complex instructions, but the missing parts prevent software programs from achieving true intelligence...
by Jeremy Hsu | MSNBC
...while humans continue to define the do's and don'ts of online lust, a new generation of computer programs may have already figured it out. Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, a scandal like Anthony Weiner's doesn't even necessarily need two humans anymore...
by Stuart Mason Dambrot | PhysOrg.com
Following his talk at the recent 2011 Transhumanism Meets Design Conference in New York City, Dr. Goertzel explores fundamental issues that bridge AI, robotics, cyborgics, virtual world and game design, sociology and psychology and other areas.
by Mike Szczys | Hack a Day
Training a robot to follow on a leash in the same way you would a pet dog.
This idea - a human assembly line overseen by a silicon supervisor - may change the way we work. Farming out minor tasks such as image-labelling to the crowd is now commonplace, and it looks like far more complex operations are on the way...
by Michelle Bryner | Live Science
A team of autonomous underwater robots played a crucial role in locating debris and missing bodies from Air France Flight 447, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean almost two years ago with 216 passengers and 12 crew members on board while traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Paris...
by TechNewsDaily | Live Science
A family of giant robots is now counting and processing medications for patients at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. Believed by UCSF to be the nation's most comprehensive, should improve patient safety.
by Emily Finn | Science Daily
MIT computer scientists are tackling the problem with a hierarchical, progressive algorithm that has the potential to greatly reduce the computational cost associated with performing complex actions...
by Craig Sullender | ChipSight.com
Image capture and 60fps color object targeting with an 8-bit microprocessor and a CMOS camera.
by Oussama Khatib | AcademicEarth.org
16 video lectures from Stanford's Oussama Khatib. Topics: robotics foundations in kinematics, dynamics, control, motion planning, trajectory generation, programming and design.
by Nick Chambers | Scientific American Magazine
Driverless automobiles lack common sense but are getting better at using mapping, GPS and sensing technologies to hold the road...
by Adam Ozimek | Modeled Behavior.com
Participants of the Future of Humanity Institute's 2011 Winter Intelligence conference were asked the following question: How positive or negative are the ultimate consequences of the creation of a human-level (and beyond human-level) machine intelligence likely be?
by Jacob Aron | NewScientist Magazine
Efforts to make the web more accessible have unwittingly made it less secure, according to computer scientists who have developed software to crack the audio CAPTCHAs used by websites as part of their sign-up process.
by PhysOrg.com | Physorg.com
Researchers from Tufts University, Massachusetts design a robot that mimics the behavior of caterpillars that rapidly curl themselves into a wheel and propel themselves away from predators. This highly dynamic process, called ballistic rolling, is one of the fastest wheeling behaviors in nature.
by Paul Marks | NewScientist Magazine
To a robot, a crumpled pair of trousers can look much like a discarded T-shirt, and it will struggle to tell a fluffy slipper from a sleeping cat...
by Gabriel Dance and Tom Jackson | The New York Times
Online Game: Test your strategy against the computer in this rock-paper-scissors game illustrating basic artificial intelligence.
by Science Daily | Science Daily
Using simple robots to simulate genetic evolution over hundreds of generations, Swiss scientists provide quantitative proof of kin selection and shed light on one of the most enduring puzzles in biology: Why do most social animals, including humans, go out of their way to help each other?
by Aaron Saenz | Singularity Hub
"Dumb machines like cars, dishwashers, etc, can be controlled. Intelligent machines like science fiction robots or AI computers cannot. The Three Laws of Robotics are a myth, and a dangerous one.... Apologies to Hanson, Breazeal, Yudkowsky and SIAI for paraphrasing their complex philosophies so succinctly, but these people are essentially saying intelligent machines can be okay as long as they like us..."
by Mike Nathan | Hack a Day
Video: University of Minnesota students are using a Kinect sensor to remotely control a robotic arm...
by Larry Hardesty | MIT News
A new algorithm ensures that robotic environmental sensors will be able to focus on areas of interest without giving other areas short shrift...
by Madhumita Venkataramanan | Wired Magazine
What the Kiva warehouses have done is convert a classically serial process (boxes snaking along a sequential route) to a "massive parallel processing engine" to move the inventory simultaneously through a building and bring it right to a human worker...
by Sebastian Anthony | Extreme Tech
A recent survey conducted by the Future of Humanity Institute, of Oxford University in the UK, suggests that a Skynet-like human-level artificial general intelligence could emerge as soon as 2028...
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
Australian researchers are teaching a pair of robots to communicate linguistically like humans by inventing new spoken words, a lexicon that the roboticists can teach to other robots to generate an entirely new language...
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
It is by no means the first robot able to do this, but its arboreal predecessors (RiSE and Modsnake and accidentally PackBot are just a few) weren't autonomous and didn't have the skills necessary to negotiate the complex network of branches that you tend to find on trees worth climbing...
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
Daniel H. Grollman and Aude Billard are working on ways for robots to learn from demonstrations, even if those demonstrations are failures.
by Alex Knapp | Forbes
Denise Herznig and researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a machine equipped with a computer program that, in theory, will enable researchers to communicate with dolphins and possibly learn the rudiments of dolphin language...
by CourierMail Staff | CourierMail.com
In a bid to find new ways to treat mental illnesses, researchers at the University of Texas drove an artificial intelligence program a little bit bonkers.
by Grant Deken | PRWeb
StrainBrain.com applies artificial intelligence and facial recognition technology to cannabis, allowing anyone to receive detailed strain information and find a place to purchase it legally – just by uploading a picture...
by Larry Hardesty and Anne Trafton | PhysOrg.com
The central theme of "Brains, Minds and Machines" — the last of a series of symposia celebrating MIT's 150th anniversary — is that it's time for artificial-intelligence research, cognitive science and neuroscience to get ambitious again...
by Stephen Cass | MIT Technology Review
During a panel discussion that kicked off MIT's Brains, Minds, and Machines symposium, panelists called for a return to the style of research that marked the early years of the field, one driven more by curiosity rather than narrow applications...
"Whatever happened to AI?" M.I.T. has brought together a cast of heavy-weights to take on these big questions, including Nobelist Sydney Brenner, AI pioneer Marvin Minsky and Noam Chomsky...
by Globe and Mail | Globe and Mail
"It's not perfect, there's a lot more to be done, but it works much better than what we had before and it's also more similar to how we think humans get to be intelligent..." -Yoshua Bengio
by New Scientist Via Acquire Media NewsEdge | Satelite Spotlight
...John Koza, who has pioneered their use in engineering design. He has "bred" designs for efficient radio antennas this way. What's really interesting, he says, is that it is not always clear why the evolved invention works: no human would have come up with his antenna's weird, zigzag shape...
by New Scientist Via Acquire Media NewsEdge | Satelite Spotlight
You wouldn't rest your feet on a colleague during a meeting. But what if your workmate was a robot controlled by a co-worker many kilometres away? Would it still be rude?
by Deborah Braconnier | Physorg.com
Chloe Kiddon and Yuriy Brun, computer scientists from the University of Washington, have created a software program capable of giving computers a sense of humor and the ability to understand a specific type of double entendre.
by BBC News | BBC News
An unmanned robotic yacht launched as part of a transatlantic challenge last month (Sept., 2010) has disappeared without trace after going in the wrong direction...
by Mike Szczys | Hack a Day
"This take on the competitive past-time is a little more approachable for your common mortal than the micro-bot speed maze solving we’ve seen."
by Reuters | Reuters
Video: human/robot interaction
by Jennifer Ouellette | NewScientist Magazine
As 'The New Cool' by Neal Bascomb shows, classroom robot wars can inspire the celebration of invention...
by Paul Miller | IEEE Spectrum
Back in 2006, when Bill Gates was making his tear-filled transition from the PC industry into a tear-filled career as a philanthropist, he penned an editorial on robotics that became a rallying cry for… no one.
by David Hanson | IEEE Spectrum
People often ask me why I build humanlike robots. Why make robots that look and act like people? Why can't robots be more like ... appliances?
by Erico Guizzo | IEEE Spectrum
The Geminoid robots, conceived by Prof. Ishiguro and a team at ATR meet together on camera with their models for the first time.
by Ajith Nayar | PRWeb
New developments in artificial intelligence like the one Watson displayed raises the bar for business intelligence solutions of the future, says Manthan Systems, a leading producer of retail business intelligence, in a special report.
by Alex Knapp | Forbes
"...I think this both poses some interesting questions but also illustrates some of the inherent absurdities of the very concept of general artificial intelligence that is sentient poses. The thing about an artificial intelligence, presuming that it's computer-based, is that at some level, it's inherently going to be programmed...."
by Science Daily | Science Daily
"...Whereas other published research views obstacles and empty spaces as complementary concepts, this research assumes that, rather than being complements, obstacles and vacant spaces are a pair of opposites..."
by Deborah Braconnier | PhysOrg.com
In order to look at trimming costs when it comes to rockets, researchers in Japan are looking to create a "smart" rocket. With the use of artificial intelligence, they hope to create a rocket that can diagnose, and in some cases even repair, its own system malfunctions.
by NewsBiscuit | NewsBiscuit
Satire article: "...To ensure that digital technology actually improves the quality of life, scientists finally realised that the key was to make robots even dumber than humans are..."
by Rebecca Boyle | Popular Science Magazine
Video: A new lifelike seagull 'bot is one of the most realistic bio-inspired flight machines we've seen. SmartBird takes off, flies and lands on its own, flapping its wings and turning its head and tail to steer...
by Tom Simonite | NewScientist Magazine
Can we teach robots right from wrong? In this special feature, two experts give New Scientist their tips on how to make smart technologies safe...
by David Hambling | NewScientist Magazine
The creation of robots that can hide from humans while spying on them brings autonomous spy machines one step closer...
by The Sydney Morning Herald | The Sydney Morning Herald
Astronauts at the International Space Station unpacked Robonaut on Tuesday (3-12-2011), 2 1/2 weeks after its arrival via shuttle Discovery. NASA broadcast the humorous unveiling ceremony Wednesday...
by Benedict Carey | The New York Times
David E. Rumelhart, whose computer simulations of perception gave scientists some of the first testable models of neural processing and proved helpful in the development of machine learning and artificial intelligence, died Sunday in Chelsea, Mich.
by Tomio Geron | The Wall Street Journal
Face.com and Google Inc.'s Like.com provide facial-recognition tools that enable users to search through digital photos. But new stealthy start-up Vicarious Systems intends to go much further with its artificial intelligence software.
by CBS News | CBS News
Leslie Valiant wins equivalent of the Nobel Prize of computing for computer learning research...
by Katharine Gammon | MIT Technology Review
Can IBM's Jeopardy winner help doctors treat their patients?
by Erica Naone | MIT Technology Review
"...A device capable of recognizing a user's frustration and addressing it could make workers more efficient, and mean fewer broken monitors. 'What if your computer could apologize to you?' he says..."
by Tony Pearson | IBM developerWorks Blogs
"...That got me thinking, would it be possible to build your own Watson Jr. question-answering system, something less fancy, less sophisticated, scaled-down for personal use?"
by Gerald Tesauro | IBM Research News
Daily Doubles and Final Jeopardy! are often the most critical junctures of a Jeopardy! game; the amount wagered can make a big difference in a player's overall chances to win. How does Watson decide on the amount?
by Steve Clayton | blogs.technet.com
"...I decided to dig a little deep and get past the jargon as I think it's an increasingly important field and will help unlock the potential for natural user interfaces and technology that anticipates our needs and feels more human..."
by Associated Press | Associated Press
Video: The world's first robot marathon, in the Japanese city of Osaka, tested the resilience of the robots as well as the wits and stamina of their designers.
by Carrie Schumaker and Wayne Parry | Yahoo! News
"...he thanked the crowd and gave a shout-out to 'neuron-based thinking, instead of semi-conductor thinking'..."
by Erico Guizzo | Spectrum IEEE Magazine
For us humans, with our non-upgradeable, offline meat brains, the possibility of acquiring new skills by connecting our heads to a computer network is still science fiction. Not so for robots...
by Markus Waibel | Spectrum IEEE Magazine
As part of the European project RoboEarth, I am currently one of about 30 people working towards building an Internet for robots: a worldwide, open-source platform that allows any robot with a network connection to...
by Mark Ward | BBC News
Robots could soon have an equivalent of the internet and Wikipedia...
by Paul F. Grayson | Control Engineering
In addition to raising interest in engineering education, advances in artificial intelligence and natural language programming will continue to improve industrial computers, human-machine interfaces, robotics, and automated guided vehicles.
by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | ZDNet.com
As Watson, IBM's Linux-powered computer cluster, gets ready to take on Jeopardy's all-time champs, we're learning more about what makes it tick.
by BBC News | BBC News
Jeopardy! champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter revealed what it felt like to "represent the human race" against IBM's supercomputer Watson.
by Abby Vogel Robinson | Georgia Tech Newsroom
An experiment conducted by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology as part of what is believed to be the first detailed examination of robot deception.
by Helen Knight | NewScientist Magazine
A robot inspired by human mirror neurons can interpret human gestures to learn how it should behave...
by Julian M Bucknall | TechRadar.com
You can do it, and your camera can do it - but how?
It's not the hardware that makes the evil robot one of western culture's most powerful myths. It's the software—namely the artificial intelligence—that turns machines into monsters. Here is a timeline with the most iconic examples of malevolent AI and the fears each inspired...
by Bobby Allyn | The Oregonian
The robo-showdown was the first of four challenges that 380 kids participated in Saturday (Jan. 15) at the Intel-sponsored First Lego League Championship at Liberty High School in Hillsboro...
by Popular Science Magazine | Popular Science Magazine
Photos highlighting robotics developments in 2010.
by Ben Austen | Popular Science Magazine
Even as we imagine the day when robots finally turn against us, scientists are at work on how best to control them...
by Dan Nosowitz | Popular Science Magazine
The AutoFrost robot converts digital scratchings to delicious cake decorations...
by Larry Greenemeier | Scientific American Magazine
What does 2011 hold for the field of robotics? Plenty, if 2010 is any indication. This will not be the year that mobile, artificially intelligent robot nurses assume the responsibility of caring for the world's growing elderly population...
by Duncan Graham-Rowe | NewScientist Magazine
A humanoid robot has just emulated Neil Armstrong's "giant leap" – though only in a simulation. It's one small step towards developing a robot that can handle the unusual challenges of walking on the moon...
by Science Daily | Science Daily
In a new Cognitive Robotics Lab, students at Rensselaer are exploring how human thought outwits brute force computing in the real world. The lab's 20 programmable robots allow students to test the real-world performance of computer models that mimic human thought...
by Amy Dusto | Discovery News
A cross between a honeycomb, a golf ball, and a tumbleweed, the Dustball could one day bounce around an airport lobby near you...
Twenty-nine remotely controlled robots speak to students, read them books and dance to music....
by Monica Anderson | h Plus Magazine
We can identify three major kinds of reasoning: deductive (which only proceeds "downhill or sideways" from given premises), inductive (which cautiously may proceed "uphill" – from observations to general principles – under certain conditions) and abductive (which merrily jumps to conclusions even on insufficient evidence)...
by Mark Stephen Meadows | h Plus Magazine
This is the android double of Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro, his geminoid. Forty-two pneumatic actuators are embedded in the android's torso, which allow it to silently (and relatively smoothly) sit up...
by Steve Lohr | The New York Times
"Machines will definitely be able to observe us and understand us better," said Hartmut Neven, a computer scientist and vision expert at Google. "Where that leads is uncertain."
by Steven Levy | Wired Magazine
Today's AI doesn't try to re-create the brain. Instead, it uses machine learning, massive data sets, sophisticated sensors, and clever algorithms to master discrete tasks...
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