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Watching this soft robotic hand move is strangely hypnotic

March 10th, 2019

Robotic technology had come a long way in the past couple of decades, with more intelligent machines capable of superhuman feats that were once thought impossible. Robots are great at doing things humans can’t, but giving machines the ability to mimic humans instead of surpassing us has proven to be challenging in some very interesting …

self-learning robot

Scientists built a robot that taught itself what it is

January 31st, 2019

AI researchers who develop machine learning algorithms have demonstrated that telling a machine to teach itself how to do a certain task is a pretty great strategy. Trial and error over countless attempts often results in a machine or program that is highly skilled. A new research effort took that concept to an entirely different …

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NASA is reconstructing the InSight lander site here on Earth

December 19th, 2018

NASA’s InSight lander touched down on Mars a few weeks ago and the team of engineers and scientists handling the robot are in the midst of preparing for its very first science activity on the planet. In a new blog post, NASA explains exactly how it tests the maneuvers that InSight will perform before actually …

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The robots are building things now

October 3rd, 2018

We all know by now that the robot apocalypse is coming. It won’t happen tomorrow, or the next day, or even next year, but at some point in the future we’ll all be slaves to AI-powered bots of our own creation. It’ll be a rough time for humans but it’s not here yet, which means …

Lightning-fast robot clinches Rubik’s Cube world record

March 6th, 2017

A robot designed by a German engineer has set a new world record for completing a Rubik’s Cube, Guinness World Records has confirmed. The Sub 1 Reloaded robot, which is the brainchild of engineer Albert Beer, solved the famous puzzle in a mind-boggling 0.637 seconds, beating the prior record of 0.887 seconds.

Incredible ping pong-playing robot earns Guinness World Record

February 27th, 2017

Guinness World Records has recognized a robot with a unique ability: a machine called FORPHEUS is officially the “first robot table tennis tutor.” The contraption, which holds a ping pong paddle and can play against and even teach a human, taps artificial intelligence to determine the ability of its opponent. It uses two vision sensors …

By squeezing and twisting, new robot could keep hearts pumping

January 30th, 2017

Like Wall–E, a new robot may soon find its way into– or rather onto– your heart. Researchers from Harvard have created a silicone sleeve that has been proven to help a pig’s heart continue to pump blood after it’s failed. With some tweaks, there’s a chance the soft, squishy robo–sleeve could work in humans, keeping …