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2010-08-09 09:10:00

The first prototype robots capable of developing emotions as they interact with their human caregivers and expressing a whole range of emotions have been finalized by researchers. Led by Dr. Lola Cañamero at the University of Hertfordshire, and in collaboration with a consortium of universities and robotic companies across Europe, these robots differ from others in the way that they form attachments, interact and express emotion through bodily expression. Developed as...

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2010-06-21 13:48:01

A robot named MABEL with a human-like gait can walk over rough terrain in University of Michigan electrical engineering professor Jessy Grizzle's lab. Grizzle and his students Hae-Won Park and Koushil Sreenath posted a YouTube video of MABEL's first steps over wooden planks, and within five days it was viewed more than 84,000 times. (Spoiler alert!) It doesn't have a happy ending. MABEL breaks a leg and doubles over, but not before she clears planks stacked to 2.5 inches high. "In the video,...

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2010-04-28 06:00:00

A new tool for dieters is scheduled to be released later this year, but this one actually talks to you and tells you what you need to hear. A robot, named Autom, developed by Cory Kidd, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will allow dieters to have encouraging interactions with the 15-inch-tall device, as it counts calories and provides feedback about their weight-loss progress. Autom has a unique computer inside its head that allows it to search out a human face in...

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2010-03-29 10:50:00

Biomimetic guidance could make AUVs more truly autonomous Clever as a blind fish, the underwater robot "Snookie" can orient itself in murky waters with an artificial sensory organ inspired by the so-called lateral-line system, found in fish and some amphibians. The experimental vehicle was developed by researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen within the framework of the CoTeSys (Cognition for Technical Systems) excellence cluster. In the future, the researchers expect such...

2009-10-09 11:50:11

People are increasingly using household robots for chores, communication, entertainment and companionship. But safety and privacy risks of information-gathering objects that move around our homes are not yet adequately addressed, according to a new University of Washington study. It's not a question of evil robots, but of robots that can be misused. "A lot of attention has been paid to robots becoming more intelligent and turning evil," said co-author Tadayoshi Kohno, a UW assistant professor...

2009-07-29 15:15:14

When the legendary science fiction writer Isaac Asimov penned the "Three Laws of Responsible Robotics," he forever changed the way humans think about artificial intelligence, and inspired generations of engineers to take up robotics.In the current issue of journal IEEE Intelligent Systems, two engineers propose alternative laws to rewrite our future with robots.The future they foresee is at once safer, and more realistic."When you think about it, our cultural view of robots has always been...

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2009-04-03 06:05:00

On Thursday, two teams of researcher announced that they have created machines capable of reasoning, creating theories, and discovering knowledge on their own.The announcement marks a major advancement for artificial intelligence.In the future, these robots could be used to design new medical treatments, or unravel complex biological systems.Ross King and colleagues at Aberystwyth University in Wales have created Adam, a robot capable of carrying out experiments on yeast metabolism, analyzing...

2009-04-02 14:10:09

Researchers use algorithm developed for self-repairing robots to uncover scientific laws hidden in raw dataUsing the digital mind that guides their self-repairing robot, researchers at Cornell University have created a computer program that uses raw observational data to tease out fundamental physical laws. The breakthrough may aid the discovery of new scientific truths, particularly for biological systems, that have until now eluded detection.Reporting in the April 3, 2009, issue of Science,...

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2009-01-30 10:10:21

Iowa Staters advance developmental robotics with goal of teaching robots to learn Alexander Stoytchev and his three graduate students recently presented one of their robot's long and shiny arms to a visitor. Here, they said, swing it around. And so the visitor tentatively gave the robot's left arm a few twists and twirls. The metal arm was heavy, but still moved easily at its shoulder, elbow and wrist joints. Then the graduate students hit some keyboard commands and the robot replayed those...

2008-12-19 10:26:06

Top robotics expert Professor Noel Sharkey, of the University of Sheffield, has called for international guidelines to be set for the ethical and safe application of robots before it is too late. Professor Sharkey, writing in the prestigious Science journal, believes that as the use of robots increases, decisions about their application will be left to the military, industry and busy parents instead of international legislative bodies.Robots have been used in laboratories and factories for...


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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