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When AI is the inventor - who gets the patent?

It's not surprising these days to see new inventions that either incorporate or have benefitted from artificial intelligence (AI) in some way, but what about inventions dreamt up by AI - do we award a patent to a machine?

May 31st, 2022

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Researchers develop algorithm to divvy up tasks for human-robot teams

As robots increasingly join people on the factory floor, in warehouses and elsewhere on the job, dividing up who will do which tasks grows in complexity and importance. People are better suited for some tasks, robots for others. And in some cases, it is advantageous to spend time teaching a robot to do a task now and reap the benefits later.

May 24th, 2022

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A drone for ultrafast transitions between air and water (w/video)

A new robot is capable of switching from an underwater drone to an aerial vehicle in less than one second. The robot also features a suction disc inspired by the remora fish, which enables it to hitchhike on wet or dry moving objects to significantly reduce its power consumption.

May 19th, 2022

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Artificial muscles help robot vacuum manipulators get a grip

The system can adapt almost instantaneously to changes in form, switching seamlessly between differently shaped parts. The articulated gripper is driven electrically, is lightweight and accelerates rapidly and is even able to tell whether it is holding the object securely enough.

May 16th, 2022

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