Friday, December 15, 2017

Artificial Intelligence

  • Engineers program tiny robots to move, think like insects
    While engineers have had success building tiny, insect-like robots, programming them to behave autonomously like real insects continues to present technical challenges. Engineers have recently been experimenting with a new type of programming that mimics the way an insect’s brain works, which could soon have people wondering if that fly on the wall is actually a fly. ... Read more...
    Source: Science Daily: TechnologyPublished on Thursday, December 14th, 2017
  • Artificial intelligence, NASA data used to discover eighth planet circling distant star
    Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star, with the recent discovery of an eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star 2,545 light years from Earth. The planet was discovered in data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope. ... Read more...
    Source: Science Daily: TechnologyPublished on Thursday, December 14th, 2017
    Abilix’s Robotics U kit (released in October) introduces kids ages eight and older to basic mechanical and coding skills by having them build and program a self-driving vehicle from more than... -- Read more on ... Read more...
    Source: Scientific American – AIPublished on Monday, December 11th, 2017
  • Insights on fast cockroaches can help teach robots to walk
    Scientists show for the first time that fast insects can change their gait -- like a mammal's transition from trot to gallop. These new insights could contribute to making the locomotion of robots more energy efficient. ... Read more...
    Source: Science Daily – ComputersPublished on Friday, December 8th, 2017
  • Do Robots Deserve Human Rights?
    When the humanoid robot Sophia was granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia—the first robot to receive citizenship anywhere in the world—many people were outraged. Some were upset because she now had more rights than human women living in the same country. Others just thought it was a ridiculous PR stunt. Sophia's big news brought forth a lingering question, especially as scientists continue to develop advanced and human-like AI machines: Should robots be given human rights? Discover ... Read more...
    Source: Discovery – Technology – AIPublished on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
  • The rise of the robots brings threats and opportunities | Letters
    Readers respond to the advance in robotics, and what it means for our economy, social fabric and the planetThe difference between the robots of today and all previous forms of automation is that they are so flexible (Editorial, 25 November). Intelligent robots will be utilised in any new enterprise rather than people now because the financial returns are likely to be so much greater, given that there will be no recruitment difficulties, wage demands, overtime ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian: RoboticsPublished on Sunday, November 26th, 2017By Letters