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Clearing Hurdles: Cheetah Robot Shows Off New Trick
MIT's cheetah robot clears a hurdle.
May 29th, 2015
One four-legged machine is making great leaps in the field of robotics.
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Damaged Robot Can 'Heal' Itself in Less Than 2 Minutes
Adaptable Robot
May 27th, 2015
Robots that are damaged in action can now quickly "heal" themselves by tapping into experiences from simulated lives, according to a new study.
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No Humans Needed: Underwater Robots Make Own Decisions
Autonomous underwater robots, robotics
May 12th, 2015
MIT's cognitive seabots are designed to plan autonomously and work together like ... well, like the crew from Star Trek, actually.
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Memory-Boosting Research Could Help Soldiers Recall Skills
brain graphic
May 29th, 2015
Soldiers are often under pressure to learn and remember skills from their training up to months or years later, sometimes in the heat of combat. Now, the U.S. military's R&D agency is funding research on ways to boost skill-based memory in soldiers who fa
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Jetpacks! Robots! 'Tomorrowland's' Awesome Vision of the Future
Tomorrowland movie still
May 22nd, 2015
If the movie "Tomorrowland" is anything to go by, the future will be filled with jetpacks, flying trains and, of course, evil robots.
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How Real-Life AI Rivals 'Ex Machina': Passing Turing
Still of Alicia Vikander in the sci-fi/psychological thriller "Ex Machina."
March 18th, 2015
The Turing test, a foundational method of AI evaluation, shapes the plot of the sci-fi/psychological thriller "Ex Machina." But real-life systems can already pass the test.
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Killer Robots Need Regulation, Expert Warns
Terminator 3
May 27th, 2015
It's a familiar theme in Hollywood blockbusters: Scientists develops robot, robot becomes sentient, robot tries to destroy humanity. But with seemingly sci-fi technological advances inching closer to reality, artificial intelligence and robotics experts f
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How Do You Learn the Sex Secrets of Birds? Send in the Fembot
fembot
May 14th, 2015
In a quest to figure out what makes some male sage grouse so sexy, one scientist has turned to partly taxidermied robots.
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How Real-Life AI Rivals 'Star Wars': A Universal Translator?
Star Wars droid C-3P0.
March 21st, 2015
Star Wars' beloved droid C-3PO's astounding translation abilities might be the most useful in everyday life, and the most likely to be replicated by real-life AI.
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