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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Mobile phone and satellite data to map poverty

An international team has, for the first time, developed a way of combining anonymized data from mobile phones and satellite imagery data to create high resolution maps to measure poverty.

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Wearable AI system can detect a conversation’s tone

Scientists have developed an artificially intelligent, wearable system that can predict if a conversation is happy, sad, or neutral based on a person’s speech patterns and vitals. Coupled with audio and vital-sign data, deep-learning system could someday serve as a ‘social coach’ for people with anxiety or Asperger’s, they say.

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Transparent gel-based robots can catch and release live fish

Engineers have fabricated transparent, gel-based robots that move when water is pumped in and out of them. The bots can perform a number of fast, forceful tasks, including kicking a ball underwater, and grabbing and releasing a live fish.

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Artificial intelligence uncovers new insight into biophysics of cancer

For the first time, artificial intelligence has been used to discover the exact interventions needed to obtain a specific, previously unachievable result in vivo, providing new insight into the biophysics of cancer and raising broad implications for biomedicine.

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Surgical eye robot performs precision-injection in patient with retinal vein occlusion

Surgeons have operated on a patient with retinal vein occlusion using a surgical robot. Operated by an eye surgeon, the robot uses a needle of barely 0.03 millimeter to inject a thrombolytic drug into the retinal vein of the patient.

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Model driverless car regulations after drug approval process, AI ethics experts argue

Autonomous systems — like driverless cars — perform tasks that previously could only be performed by humans. In a new article, artificial intelligence ethics experts argue that current safety regulations do not plan for these systems and are therefore ill-equipped to ensure that autonomous systems will perform safely and reliably.

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