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Paraplegics regain some feeling, movement after using brain-machine interfaces,including a virtual reality system

According to a study published Aug. 11 in Scientific Reports that eight people who have spent years paralyzed from spinal cord injuries have regained partial sensation and muscle control in their lower limbs after training with brain-controlled robotics.. The patients used brain-machine interfaces, including a virtual reality system that used their own brain activity to […]

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Robot fetches objects intelligently with social feedback

If someone asks you to hand them a wrench from a table full of different sized wrenches, you’d probably pause and ask, “which one?” Robotics researchers from Brown University have now developed an algorithm that lets robots do the same thing — ask for clarification when they’re not sure what a person wants. The research, […]

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Toddler robots help solve the problem about how the children learn

According to psychologists,children learn new words using the same method as robots. This suggests that early learning is based not on conscious thought but on an automatic ability to associate objects which enables babies to quickly make sense of their environment. Dr Katie Twomey from Lancaster University, with Dr Jessica Horst from Sussex University, Dr […]

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Google’s DeepMind AI gives robots the ability to make a dream

Following in the wake of recent neuroscientific discoveries revealing the importance of dreams for memory consolidation, Google’s AI company DeepMind is pioneering a new technology which allows robots to dream in order to improve their rate of learning. Not surprisingly given the company behind the project, the substance of these AI dreams consists primarily of […]

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Can artificial intelligence settle the America’s crisis of democracy?

Regardless of your feelings about the outcome of the election, it’s pretty clear the present voting system is so antiquated it struggles to provide a meaningful mechanism for translating the will of the people into action. For example, I was surprised that in this age of cloud storage and wireless connectivity, I couldn’t vote at […]

Gaming for gut research

You may not think of yourself in this way, but in some ways your body is just a host for hundreds of trillions of microbes (including bacteria) that colonize us in fairly unique combinations in our guts, inside our various orifices and on the surface of our skin. These tiny creatures are essential to our […]

Team of robots learns to work together, without colliding

When roboticists create behaviors for teams of robots, they first build algorithms that focus on the intended task. Then they wrap safety behaviors around those primary algorithms to keep the machines from running into each other. Each robot is essentially given an invisible bubble that other robots must stay away from. As long as nothing […]

The microdoctors in our bodies

ETH researchers are developing tiny, sophisticated technological and biological machines enabling non-invasive, selective therapies. Their creations include genetically modified cells that can be activated via brain waves, and swarms of microrobots that facilitate highly precise application of drugs. Richard Fleischner, who directed the 1966 cult film Fantastic Voyage, would have been delighted with Bradley Nelson’s […]