Robots are being programmed to adapt in real time
It’s part of a field of work that is building machines that can provide real-time help using only limited data as input. Standard machine-learning algorithms often need to process thousands of possibilities before deciding on a solution, which may be impractical in pressurised scenarios where fast adaptation is critical.

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A safe, wearable soft sensor
This biocompatible sensor is made from a non-toxic, highly conductive liquid solution that could be used in diagnostics, therapeutics, human-computer interfaces, and virtual reality. Credit: Harvard SEASBy Leah Burrows Children born prematurely often develop neuromotor and cognitive developmental disabilities. The best way to reduce the impacts of those disabilities is to catch them early through a series of cognitive and motor tests. But accurately measuring and recording the motor functions of small children is tricky. As any parent will tell you, toddlers tend to dislike wearing bulky devices on their hands and have a predilection for ingesting things they shouldn’t.

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How robots are helping doctors save lives in the Canadian North
It is the middle of the winter and a six-month-old child is brought with acute respiratory distress to a nursing station in a remote community in the Canadian North.

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Holiday robot videos 2018 – part 3
Thanks to all for sending your holiday videos, here’s the last of this year’s series. Merry Christmas!

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Holiday robot videos 2018 – part 2
Happy holidays everyone! Here are some more robot videos to get you into the holiday spirit.

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Robots with sticky feet can climb up, down, and all around
Jet engines can have up to 25,000 individual parts, making regular maintenance a tedious task that can take over a month per engine. Many components are located deep inside the engine and cannot be inspected without taking the machine apart, adding time and costs to maintenance. This problem is not only confined to jet engines, either; many complicated, expensive machines like construction equipment, generators, and scientific instruments require large investments of time and money to inspect and maintain.

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Growing bio-inspired shapes with a 300-robot swarm
Our work published today in Science Robotics describes how we grow fully self-organised shapes using a swarm of 300 coin-sized robots. The work was led by James Sharpe at EMBL and the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona – together with my team at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and University of Bristol.

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Call for robot holiday videos 2018
That’s right! You better not run, you better not hide, you better watch out for brand new robot holiday videos on Robohub! Drop your submissions down our chimney at sabine.hauert@robohub.org and share the spirit of the season.

  Date: December 16, 2018     Powered by Robohub Read more..
Robot makes world-first baby coral delivery to Great Barrier Reef
Six weeks after winning the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s $300,000 Out of the Blue Box Reef Innovation Challenge, Southern Cross University’s Professor Peter Harrison and QUT’s Professor Matthew Dunbabin trialled the ground-breaking initiative on Vlasoff Reef, near Cairns in north Queensland.

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A new drone can change its shape to fly through a narrow gap
A research team from the University of Zurich and EPFL has developed a new drone that can retract its propeller arms in flight and make itself small to fit through narrow gaps and holes. This is particularly useful when searching for victims of natural disasters.

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Drones and satellite imaging to make forest protection pay
Better tracking of forest data will make the climate change reporting process easier for countries who want compensation for protecting their carbon stock. Image credit – lubasi, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0by Steve Gillman Every year 7 million hectares of forest are cut down, chipping away at the 485 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) stored in trees around the world, but low-cost drones and new satellite imaging could soon protect these carbon stocks and help developing countries get paid for protecting their trees.

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3Q: Aleksander Madry on building trustworthy artificial intelligence
Machine learning algorithms now underlie much of the software we use, helping to personalize our news feeds and finish our thoughts before we’re done typing. But as artificial intelligence becomes further embedded in daily life, expectations have risen. Before autonomous systems fully gain our confidence, we need to know they are reliable in most situations and can withstand outside interference; in engineering terms, that they are robust. We also need to understand the reasoning behind their decisions; that they are interpretable.

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Soft actor critic – Deep reinforcement learning with real-world robots
We are announcing the release of our state-of-the-art off-policy model-free reinforcement learning algorithm, soft actor-critic (SAC). This algorithm has been developed jointly at UC Berkeley and Google Brain, and we have been using it internally for our robotics experiment. Soft actor-critic is, to our knowledge, one of the most efficient model-free algorithms available today, making it especially well-suited for real-world robotic learning. In this post, we will benchmark SAC against state-of-the-art model-free RL algorithms and showcase a spectrum of real-world robot examples, ranging from manipulation to locomotion. We also release our implementation of SAC, which is particularly designed for real-world robotic systems.

  Date: December 16, 2018     Powered by Robohub Read more..
Elowan: A plant-robot hybrid
Plants are electrically active systems. They get bio-electrochemically excited and conduct these signals between tissues and organs. Such electrical signals are produced in response to changes in light, gravity, mechanical stimulation, temperature, wounding, and other environmental conditions.

  Date: December 9, 2018     Powered by Robohub Read more..
Inside “The Laughing Room”
“The Laughing Room,” an interactive art installation by author, illustrator, and MIT graduate student Jonathan “Jonny” Sun, looks like a typical living room: couches, armchairs, coffee table, soft lighting. This cozy scene, however, sits in a glass-enclosed space, flanked by bright lights and a microphone, with a bank of laptops and a video camera positioned across the room. People wander in, take a seat, begin chatting. After a pause in the conversation, a riot of canned laughter rings out, prompting genuine giggles from the group.

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  Nvidia Launches New Robotics Lab in Seattle 22 Jan

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  Video Friday: AMBIDEX Cable-Driven Robot Arm, and More 18 Jan

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  May Mobility's Self-Driving Shuttles Hit the Streets 17 Jan

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  Delivery Drones Use Bird-Inspired Legs to Jump Into the Air 17 Jan

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  Octopus-Inspired Camouflage for Soft Robotics 18 Oct 2017

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  This Mind-Bending Actuator Could Make Robots Safer and More Energy Efficient 14 Oct 2017

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  Kuri Robot Brings Autonomous Video to a Home Near You 1 Aug 2017

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  Robots Learn to Speak Body Language 22 Jul 2017

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  Anki Makes Programming Easy With Drag and Drop Coding 1 Jul 2017

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  Watch This Robot Navigate Like a Rat 21 Jun 2017

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  Startup Says Direct-Drive Motors Are the Future of Robot Actuators 4 Jan

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  Industrial Workers Will Soon Don Exoskeletons and Achieve Super Strength 2 Jan

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  How Political Campaigns Weaponize Social Media Bots 18 Oct 2018

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  AI Could Provide Moment-by-Moment Nursing for a Hospital’s Sickest Patients 24 Sep 2018

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  This AI Hunts Poachers 6 Jan 2018

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  Your Next T-Shirt Will Be Made by a Robot 5 Jan 2018

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  A Choice of Grippers Helps Dual-Arm Robot Pick Up Objects Faster Than Ever 16 Jan

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  Airbags Could Protect Humanoid Robots From Catastrophic Falls 14 Jan

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  Video Friday: China’s Jueying Quadruped Robot, and More 11 Jan

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  ElliQ, A Social Home Robot for Older Adults, Now Available for Pre-Order 9 Jan

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  UBTECH Shows Off Massive Upgrades to Walker Humanoid Robot 8 Jan

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  How to Dig a Hole With Two Drones and a Parachute 7 Jan

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  CES 2019: Advances in AI, Connectivity, and Memory Will Power New Products 4 Jan

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  Video Friday: H-Muscle Hydraulic Robot Actuator, and More 4 Jan

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  Cyberdyne’s HAL Exoskeleton Helps Patients Walk Again in First Treatments at U.S. Facility 3 Jan

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  Greeting Machine Explores Extreme Minimalism in Social Robots 3 Jan

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  In the Quest for General Intelligence, AIs Are Chasing Chickens in Minecraft 21 Dec 2018

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  Video Friday: Happy Robot Holidays! 21 Dec 2018

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  Book Review: Architects of Intelligence 21 Dec 2018

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  Q&A: How iRobot Engineered Its New Roomba i7+ Robot Vacuum and Clean Base 19 Dec 2018

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  Roomba i7+ Review: The Most Capable, Most Expensive Robot Vacuum 19 Dec 2018

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  Forget Cats, This Neural Network Spots Solar Panels 19 Dec 2018

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  Enabling Faster, More Capable Robots With Real-Time Motion Planning 18 Dec 2018

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