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Helpful, engineered ‘living’ machines in the future?

Helpful, engineered ‘living’ machines in the future?

Engineered, autonomous machines combined with artificial intelligence have long been a staple of science fiction, and often in the role of villain like the Cylons in the "Battlestar Galactica" reboot, creatures composed of biological and engineered materials. But what...

New early warning system for self-driving cars

New early warning system for self-driving cars

A team of researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a new early warning system for vehicles that uses artificial intelligence to learn from thousands of real traffic situations. A study of the system was carried out in cooperation with the...

Scientists Create the Next Generation of Living Robots

Scientists Create the Next Generation of Living Robots

Last year, a team of biologists and computer scientists from Tufts University and the University of Vermont (UVM) created novel, tiny self-healing biological machines from frog cells called “Xenobots” that could move around, push a payload, and even exhibit collective...

How Tiny Machines Become Capable of Learning

How Tiny Machines Become Capable of Learning

Living organisms, from bacteria to animals and humans, can perceive their environment and process, store and retrieve this information. They learn how to react to later situations using appropriate actions. A team of physicists at Leipzig University led by Professor...

Soft Robotic Dragonfly Signals Environmental Disruptions

Soft Robotic Dragonfly Signals Environmental Disruptions

Electronics-free DraBot uses air pressure, microarchitectures and self-healing hydrogels to watch for changes in pH, temperature and oil Engineers at Duke University have developed an electronics-free, entirely soft robot shaped like a dragonfly that can skim across...

AI algorithm designs soft robot

AI algorithm designs soft robot

Using a specifically designed deep learning neural network, researchers were able to develop a new type of soft robot - one with optimised sensor placement resulting in superior efficiency. The majority of work we see handed off to robots are technically complex or...

People affected by COVID-19 are being nicer to machines

People affected by COVID-19 are being nicer to machines

The pandemic has forced many to increasingly rely on machines. According to USC research, it’s also led people to like them a little more. People are not very nice to machines. The disdain goes beyond the slot machine that emptied your wallet, a dispenser that failed...