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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Swarm of underwater robots mimics ocean life

Underwater robots offer scientists an extraordinary new tool to study ocean currents and the tiny creatures they transport. Swarms of these underwater robots helped answer some basic questions about the most abundant life forms in the ocean — plankton.

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Engineers eat away at Ms Pac-Man score with artificial player

Using a novel approach for computing real-time game strategy, engineers have developed an artificial Ms. Pac-Man player that chomps the existing high score for computerized play.

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Making AI systems that see the world as humans do

An artificial intelligence system has been developed that performs at human levels on a standard intelligence test.

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Soft robot helps the heart beat

A customizable soft robot that fits around a heart and helps it beat has now been developed by researchers, potentially opening new treatment options for people suffering from heart failure.

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Implantable microrobots: Innovative manufacturing platform makes intricate biocompatible micromachines

Researchers have developed a way to manufacture microscale-sized machines from biomaterials that can safely be implanted in the body. Working with hydrogels, they have invented a new technique that stacks the soft material in layers to make devices that have three-dimensional, freely moving parts. The study demonstrates a fast manufacturing method they call “implantable microelectromechanical systems.”

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Control algorithms could keep sensor-laden balloons afloat in hurricanes for a week

Controls engineers have developed practical strategies for building and coordinating scores of sensor-laden balloons within hurricanes. Using onboard GPS and cellphone-grade sensors, each drifting balloon becomes part of a ‘swarm’ of robotic vehicles, which can periodically report, via satellite uplink, their position, the local temperature, pressure, humidity and wind velocity.

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A wolverine-inspired material

Scientists have developed a transparent, self-healing, highly stretchable conductive material that can be electrically activated to power artificial muscles and could be used to improve batteries, electronic devices, and robots.

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The world’s first demonstration of spintronics-based artificial intelligence

Researchers have, for the first time, successfully demonstrated the basic operation of spintronics-based artificial intelligence.

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Mimicking biological movements with soft robots

Designing a soft robot to move organically — to bend like a finger or twist like a wrist — has always been a process of trial and error. Now, researchers have developed a method to automatically design soft actuators based on the desired movement.

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Skillful rescue robot with remote-control function

A group of researchers has developed a prototype construction robot for disaster relief situations. This prototype has drastically improved operability and mobility compared to conventional construction machines.

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