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Artificial intelligence algorithm can learn the laws of quantum mechanics
Tue, 19 Nov 2019 10:54:57 EST
Artificial intelligence can be used to predict molecular wave functions and the electronic properties of molecules. This innovative AI method could be used to speed-up the design of drug molecules or new materials.
Trash talk hurts, even when it comes from a robot
Tue, 19 Nov 2019 07:53:09 EST
Trash talking has a long and colorful history of flustering game opponents, and now researchers have demonstrated that discouraging words can be perturbing even when uttered by a robot.
Quantum computers learn to mark their own work
Mon, 18 Nov 2019 14:03:23 EST
A new test to check if a quantum computer is giving correct answers to questions beyond the scope of traditional computing could help the first quantum computer that can outperform a classical computer to be realized.
Researchers bring gaming to autonomous vehicles
Mon, 18 Nov 2019 07:25:51 EST
Researchers have designed multiplayer games occupants of autonomous vehicles can play with other players in nearby self-driving cars. A new study details three games created for level three and higher semi-autonomous vehicles. The researchers also made suggestions for many exciting types of in-car games for future exploration.
Tiny low-energy device to rapidly reroute light in computer chips
Thu, 14 Nov 2019 14:08:20 EST
Researchers have developed an optical switch that routes light from one computer chip to another in just 20 billionths of a second -- faster than any other similar device. The compact switch is the first to operate at voltages low enough to be integrated onto low-cost silicon chips and redirects light with very low signal loss.
Human-machine interactions: Bots are more successful if they impersonate humans
Thu, 14 Nov 2019 10:09:16 EST
An international research team sought to find out whether cooperation between humans and machines is different if the machine purports to be human. They carried out an experiment in which humans interacted with bots. The scientists show that bots are more successful than humans in certain human-machine interactions -- but only if they are allowed to hide their non-human identity.
New artificial intelligence system automatically evolves to evade internet censorship
Wed, 13 Nov 2019 12:48:22 EST
Researchers developed a tool called Geneva (short for Genetic Evasion), which automatically learns to circumvent censorship. Tested in China, India and Kazakhstan, Geneva found dozens of ways to circumvent censorship by exploiting gaps in censors' logic and finding bugs that the researchers say would have been virtually impossible to find manually.
Robots appear more persuasive when pretending to be human
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 11:39:52 EST
Recent technological breakthroughs in artificial intelligence have made it possible for machines, or bots, to pass as humans. A team of researchers studied study how people interact with bots they believe to be human, and how such interactions are affected once bots reveal their identity. The researchers found that bots are more efficient than humans at certain human-machine interactions, but only if they are allowed to hide their non-human nature.
Flexible yet sturdy robot is designed to 'grow' like a plant
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 15:59:59 EST
Engineers have developed a robot designed to extend a chain-like appendage flexible enough to twist and turn in any necessary configuration, yet rigid enough to support heavy loads or apply torque to assemble parts in tight spaces. When the task is complete, the robot can retract the appendage and extend it again, at a different length and shape, to suit the next task.
Showing robots 'tough love' helps them succeed
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 11:21:15 EST
According to a new study by computer scientists, to help a robot succeed, you might need to show it some tough love. In a computer-simulated manipulation task, the researchers found that training a robot with a human adversary significantly improved its grasp of objects.
Deep neural networks uncover what the brain likes to see
Mon, 04 Nov 2019 15:57:06 EST
Researchers built deep artificial neural networks that can accurately predict the neural responses produced by a biological brain to arbitrary visual stimuli. These networks can be thought of as a 'virtual avatar' of a population of biological neurons, which can be used to dissect the neural mechanisms of sensation.
Technique helps robots find the front door
Mon, 04 Nov 2019 14:17:00 EST
Engineers have developed a navigation method that doesn't require mapping an area in advance. Instead, their approach enables a robot to use clues in its environment to plan out a route to its destination, which can be described in general semantic terms, such as 'front door' or 'garage,' rather than as coordinates on a map.
RoboBee powered by soft muscles
Mon, 04 Nov 2019 11:28:07 EST
Researchers have developed a resilient RoboBee powered by soft artificial muscles that can crash into walls, fall onto the floor, and collide with other RoboBees without being damaged. It is the first microrobot powered by soft actuators to achieve controlled flight.
Worker robots that learn from mistakes
Mon, 04 Nov 2019 08:32:24 EST
Practice makes perfect -- it is an adage that has helped humans become highly dexterous and now it is an approach that is being applied to robots.
This AI birdwatcher lets you 'see' through the eyes of a machine
Thu, 31 Oct 2019 12:34:21 EDT
It can take years of birdwatching experience to tell one species from the next. But using an artificial intelligence technique called deep learning, researchers have trained a computer to identify up to 200 species of birds from just a photo. This tool goes beyond giving the right answer to explain its thinking, in a way that even someone who doesn't know a penguin from a puffin can understand.
Two-legged robot mimics human balance while running and jumping
Wed, 30 Oct 2019 15:11:55 EDT
Engineers have developed a method to control balance in a two-legged, teleoperated robot -- an essential step toward enabling a humanoid to carry out high-impact tasks in challenging environments.
Artificial networks shed light on human face recognition
Wed, 30 Oct 2019 13:26:55 EDT
Our brains are so primed to recognize faces - or to tell people apart - that we rarely even stop to think about it, but what happens in the brain when it engages in such recognition is still far from understood. Researchers have now shed new light on this issue. They found a striking similarity between the way in which faces are encoded in the brain and in successfully performing artificial intelligence systems known as deep neural networks.
Enabling autonomous vehicles to see around corners
Mon, 28 Oct 2019 16:44:11 EDT
To improve the safety of autonomous systems, MIT engineers have developed a system that can sense tiny changes in shadows on the ground to determine if there's a moving object coming around the corner.
Compact depth sensor inspired by spiders
Mon, 28 Oct 2019 16:43:35 EDT
Inspired by jumping spiders, researchers have developed a compact and efficient depth sensor that could be used on board microrobots, in small wearable devices, or in lightweight virtual and augmented reality headsets. The device combines a multifunctional, flat metalens with an ultra-efficient algorithm to measure depth in a single shot.
Teaching cars to drive with foresight
Mon, 28 Oct 2019 16:43:14 EDT
Good drivers anticipate dangerous situations and adjust their driving before things get dicey. Researchers now also want to teach this skill to self-driving cars.

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