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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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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