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Scientists to research robots of the future

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TechAndComputer (Oct. 17, 2012) — A five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to Tufts University will help launch an interdisciplinary graduate program to enable scientists and engineers to create soft-bodied robots.

Inspired by squishy, flexible creatures like the common caterpillar, the researchers from the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering will develop soft-bodied robots that will be continuously deformable and capable of collapsing and crumpling into small volumes. They will have capabilities that are not currently available in conventional robots that are rigid, mechanical machines including climbing textured surfaces and irregular objects, crawling along ropes and wires, or burrowing into...

Robots using tools: Researchers aim to create 'MacGyver' robot

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This image shows a laboratory simulation of a robot rescue capability that could result from research sponsored by the Office of Naval Research. Controlled by a human operator, a robot known as Golem Krang creates a bridge from a board to rescue a trapped human. (Credit: Georgia Tech Photo: Josh Meister)

TechAndComputer (Oct. 9, 2012) — Robots are increasingly being used in place of humans to explore hazardous and difficult-to-access environments, but they aren't yet...

Training computers to understand the human brain

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The activation maps of the two contrasts (hot color: mammal > tool ; cool color: tool > mammal) computed from the 10 datasets of our participants. (Credit: Image courtesy of Tokyo Institute of Technology)

TechAndComputer (Oct. 5, 2012) — Tokyo Institute of Technology researchers use fMRI datasets to train a computer to predict the semantic category of an image originally viewed by five different people.

Understanding how the human brain categorizes...

'Green Brain' project to create an autonomous flying robot with a honey bee brain

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TechAndComputer (Oct. 1, 2012) — Scientists at the Universities of Sheffield and Sussex are embarking on an ambitious project to produce the first accurate computer models of a honey bee brain in a bid to advance our understanding of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and how animals think.

The team will build models of the systems in the brain that govern a honey bee's vision and sense of smell. Using this information, the researchers aim to create the first flying robot able to...

Artificially intelligent game bots pass the Turing test on Turing's centenary

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UT^2 game bot faces off against an opponent. (Credit: Courtesy of Jacob Schrum)

TechAndComputer (Sep. 26, 2012) — An artificially intelligent virtual gamer created by computer scientists at The University of Texas at Austin has won the BotPrize by convincing a panel of judges that it was more human-like than half the humans it competed against.

The competition was sponsored by 2K Games and was set inside the virtual world of "Unreal Tournament 2004," a...