Researchers at MIT have developed robots that can teach eachother new things.

One advantage humans have over robots is that we’re good at quickly passing on our knowledge to each other. A new system developed at MIT now allows anyone to coach robots through simple tasks and even lets them teach each other. Typically, robots learn tasks through demonstrations by humans, or through hand-coded motion planning systemsContinue reading “Researchers at MIT have developed robots that can teach eachother new things.”

Brain scan for reading dreams now exists

Like islands jutting out of a smooth ocean surface, dreams puncture our sleep with disjointed episodes of consciousness. How states of awareness emerge from a sleeping brain has long baffled scientists and philosophers alike. For decades, scientists have associated dreaming with rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, a sleep stage in which the resting brain paradoxicallyContinue reading “Brain scan for reading dreams now exists”

When her best friend died, she rebuilt him using artificial intelligence

By Casey Newton Wen the engineers had at last finished their work, Eugenia Kuyda opened a console on her laptop and began to type. “Roman,” she wrote. “This is your digital monument.” It had been three months since Roman Mazurenko, Kuyda’s closest friend, had died. Kuyda had spent that time gathering up his old textContinue reading “When her best friend died, she rebuilt him using artificial intelligence”

This Neural Probe Is So Thin, The Brain Doesn’t Know It’s There

by Edd Gent Wiring our brains up to computers could have a host of exciting applications – from controlling robotic prosthetics with our minds to restoring sight by feeding camera feeds directly into the vision center of our brains. Most brain-computer interface research to date has been conducted using electroencephalography (EEG) where electrodes are placedContinue reading “This Neural Probe Is So Thin, The Brain Doesn’t Know It’s There”

Talking to a Computer May Soon Be Enough to Diagnose Illness

By Vanessa Bates Ramirez In recent years, technology has been producing more and more novel ways to diagnose and treat illness. Urine tests will soon be able to detect cancer: https://singularityhub.com/2016/10/14/detecting-cancer-early-with-nanosensors-and-a-urine-test/ Smartphone apps can diagnose STDs:https://singularityhub.com/2016/12/25/your-smartphones-next-big-trick-to-make-you-healthier-than-ever/ Chatbots can provide quality mental healthcare: https://singularityhub.com/2016/10/10/bridging-the-mental-healthcare-gap-with-artificial-intelligence/ Joining this list is a minimally-invasive technique that’s been getting increasing buzzContinue reading “Talking to a Computer May Soon Be Enough to Diagnose Illness”

Scientists invent machine that allows people with complete locked-in syndrome to communicate

Wendy was barely 20 years old when she received a devastating diagnosis: juvenile amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), an aggressive neurodegenerative disorder that destroys motor neurons in the brain and the spinal cord. Within half a year, Wendy was completely paralyzed. At 21 years old, she had to be artificially ventilated and fed through a tubeContinue reading “Scientists invent machine that allows people with complete locked-in syndrome to communicate”

As bee populations dwindle, robot bees may pick up some of their pollination slack

by Amina Khan One day, gardeners might not just hear the buzz of bees among their flowers, but the whirr of robots, too. Scientists in Japan say they’ve managed to turn an unassuming drone into a remote-controlled pollinator by attaching horsehairs coated with a special, sticky gel to its underbelly. The system, described in theContinue reading “As bee populations dwindle, robot bees may pick up some of their pollination slack”

Wearable Devices Can Actually Tell When You’re About to Get Sick

Feeling run down? Have a case of the sniffles? Maybe you should have paid more attention to your smartwatch. No, that’s not the pitch line for a new commercial peddling wearable technology, though no doubt a few companies will be interested in the latest research published in PLOS Biology for the next advertising campaign. ItContinue reading “Wearable Devices Can Actually Tell When You’re About to Get Sick”

Microsoft Thinks Machines Can Learn to Converse by Making Chat a Game

MICROSOFT IS BUYING a deep learning startup based in Montreal, a global hub for deep learning research. But two years ago, this startup wasn’t based in Montreal, and it had nothing to do with deep learning. Which just goes to show: striking it big in the world of tech is all about being in theContinue reading “Microsoft Thinks Machines Can Learn to Converse by Making Chat a Game”

24 / 7 Robot Miners Working in Australia

by Tom Simonite Each of these trucks is the size of a small two-story house. None has a driver or anyone else on board. Mining company Rio Tinto has 73 of these titans hauling iron ore 24 hours a day at four mines in Australia’s Mars-red northwest corner. At this one, known as West Angelas,Continue reading “24 / 7 Robot Miners Working in Australia”