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The pros and cons of artificial intelligence

AI is set to trigger a major transformation in society. As soon as algorithms influence our voting habits or design school curricula, it is up to politics to limit the damage. A new study on the opportunities and risks of AI is now being conducted.

Posted: Jul 17th, 2018

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Humans need not apply

Will automation, AI and robotics mean a jobless future, or will their productivity free us to innovate and explore? Is the impact of new technologies to be feared, or a chance to rethink the structure of our working lives and ensure a fairer future for all?

Posted: Jul 6th, 2018

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Closing the loop for robotic grasping

Roboticists have developed a faster and more accurate way for robots to grasp objects, including in cluttered and changing environments, which has the potential to improve their usefulness in both industrial and domestic settings.

Posted: Jun 25th, 2018

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Robot bloodhound tracks odors on the ground

Researchers have developed a modern-day bloodhound - a robot that can rapidly detect odors from sources on the ground, such as footprints. The robot could even read a message written on the ground using odors as a barcode.

Posted: Jun 20th, 2018

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Researchers use machine learning to search science data

Researchers are developing innovative machine learning tools to pull contextual information from scientific datasets and automatically generate metadata tags for each file. Scientists can then search these files via a web-based search engine for scientific data.

Posted: Jun 19th, 2018

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Future robots need no motors

Engineers invent world's first nickel-hydroxide actuating material that can be triggered by light, electricity, and other stimuli.

Posted: Jun 4th, 2018

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