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An eerily life-like robot has been turning heads at the World Robot Exhibition in Beijing this week. Named Geminoid F, the robot has amassed a legion of fans, with some even describing her as 'the world's sexiest robot'.
NEW YORK -- This year you can purchase a bit more of the sci-fi future. Hoverboards aren't quite what the name implies, but there's bona fide virtual reality, a droid you should be looking for and a basketball that improves your throw, all one shopping-click away.
Here's an odd fact: Turn-of-the-century photographers used to tell subjects to say "prunes" rather than "cheese," so that they would smile less. By studying nearly 38,000 high-school yearbook photos taken since 1905, UC Berkeley researchers have shown just how much smiling, fashion and hairstyles have changed over the years.
For travellers in a hurry, navigating their way through the terminals at a busy airport can be a stressful experience. At one European airport, however, there will soon be help for those racing to reach their flight in time from a friendly robot called Spencer.
It is vital to the economy that Australia embraces innovation, according to Andrew Penn, with the Telstra CEO saying Australia should mimic the telecommunications company's strategy of combining incubation and collaboration with building human skills and developing new technologies. Speaking at the Charles Todd Oration 2015 in Sydney on Thursday, Penn outlined the three drivers of innovation as being a combination of the move to mobile and consequently the Internet of Things (IoT); the widespread usage of cloud computing; and the rise of machine-to-machine (M2M) learning and artificial intelligence.
If Hollywood ever had a lesson for scientists it is what happens if machines start to rebel against their human creators. Yet despite this, roboticists have started to teach their own creations to say no to human orders.
In rush hour traffic, road rage bubbles up. Idiots are everywhere.
Microsoft Research and a team at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a system that can train machines to examine an image and seek to answer questions the way a human might ask them. Microsoft's latest effort in developing the tools for artificial intelligence focus on the field of so-called 'image-question answering', which aims to automatically answer natural-language questions about the content of a given image.
UPS and FedEx anticipate delivering close to 1 billion packages in the next few weeks. That's a 10 percent uptick from last year and, if accurate, a new shipping record and high water mark for American consumerism.
Apple has purchased the company behind motion-capture technology used in the latest Star Wars film. Faceshift, a Zurich based start-up, specialises in software that allows 3D animated characters to mimic the facial expressions of an actor.
The World Robot Conference in Beijing has drawn big crowds to its showcase of "jiqiren", or "machine people", in Chinese. The country still has a long way to go until it catches up with Japan, among others, but on the evidence of the conference, it is only a matter of time before robots are cooking us dinner and cleaning up afterwards too.
D. Fox Harrell, associate professor of digital media with appointments in the MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing program and in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), has recently been awarded several grants to advance his research at the intersection of the social sciences and digital technology. These grants, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the MIT CSAIL Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) Alliance, and the MIT Center for Art, Science, and Technology (CAST), together amount to $1.35 million in support for Harrell's groundbreaking interdisciplinary research.
NASA is particularly interested in humanoid robots because they can either assist, or act as a precursor to, astronauts working in space - but first they're off to MIT and Northeastern. Before NASA sends its first humanoid robot to Mars, it will send it to college - in prototype form, of course.
When you ask Siri this question, "Who is Smart Alex?," she will tell you that it's the third studio album by the Adicts, taking this from Wikipedia. However, let me introduce you to a different Smart Alex.
NASA announced today that MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is one of two university research groups nationwide that will receive a 6-foot, 290-pound humanoid robot to test and develop for future space missions to Mars and beyond. A group led by CSAIL principal investigator Russ Tedrake will develop algorithms for the robot, known as "Valkyrie" or "R5," as part of NASA's upcoming Space Robotics Challenge, which aims to create more dexterous autonomous robots that can help or even take the place of humans "extreme space" missions.
In the near future, parents could get a helpful warning from Facebook before posting photos of their kids. According to Business Insider, Facebook's vice president of engineering, Jay Parikh, spoke with comedian Dara O'Briain about the platform's image recognition software at an event on Nov. 11 in London.