Quadruped robot exhibits spontaneous changes in step with speed

A research group has demonstrated that by changing only its parameter related to speed, a quadruped robot can spontaneously change its steps.

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‘Tree-on-a-chip’ passively pumps water for days

Engineers have created a ‘tree-on-a-chip’ — a microfluidic pump inspired by the way trees and plants circulate nutrients. The chip pumps water for days, at constant rates that could power small robots.

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Using big data to analyze images, video better than the human brain

Improving traffic safety, better health services and environmental benefits: Big Data experts see a wide range of possibilities for advanced image analysis and recognition technology.

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New flexible sensor holds potential for foldable touch screens

Picture a tablet that you can fold into the size of a phone and put away in your pocket, or an artificial skin that can sense your body’s movements and vital signs. A new, inexpensive sensor could help make advanced devices like these a reality.

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Machine learning writes songs that elicits emotions from its listeners

Music, more than any art, is a beautiful mix of science and emotion. It follows a set of patterns almost mathematically to extract feelings from its audience. Machines that make music focus on these patterns, but give little consideration to the emotional response of their audience. Scientists have developed a new machine-learning device that detects the emotional state of its listeners to produce new songs that elicit new feelings.

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Robot uses social feedback to fetch objects intelligently

By enabling them to ask a question when they’re confused, an algorithm helps robots get better at fetching objects, an important task for future robot assistants.

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Computer bots are more like humans than you might think, having fights lasting years

Bots appear to behave differently in culturally distinct online environments. A new paper says the findings are a warning to those using artificial intelligence for building autonomous vehicles, cyber security systems or for managing social media.

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Researchers teach drones to land themselves on moving targets

Researchers are using artificial intelligence called fuzzy logic to get drones to navigate and land themselves on moving platforms. This holds promise for commercial uses such as delivering packages from moving vehicles.

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Six-legged robots faster than nature-inspired gait

Researchers have discovered a faster and more efficient gait, never observed in nature, for six-legged robots walking on flat ground. Bio-inspired gaits — less efficient for robots — are used by real insects since they have adhesive pads to walk in three dimensions. The results provide novel approaches for roboticists and new information to biologists.

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How drones and robotics may shape the future of conflict under President Trump. PRI

Drone strikes against terrorism suspects have become such a hallmark of US policy, it’s easy to forget the technology is only a couple of decades old. Also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, or remotely piloted aircraft, drones are part of a much bigger robotics revolution sweeping the globe and shaping the contours of conflict in this century. Source: How drones and robotics may shape the future of conflict under President…

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Sticky gels turn insect-sized drones into artificial pollinators

As bees slip onto the endangered species lists, researchers in Japan are pollinating lilies with insect-sized drones. The undersides of these artificial pollinators are coated with horse hairs and an ionic gel just sticky enough to pick up pollen from one flower and deposit it onto another. The drones’ designers are hopeful that their invention could someday help carry the burden that modern agricultural demand has put on colonies.

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Human intuition added to planning algorithms

Researchers are trying to improve automated planners by giving them the benefit of human intuition. By encoding the strategies of high-performing human planners in a machine-readable form, they were able to improve the performance of planning algorithms by 10 to 15 percent on a challenging set of problems.

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