Monthly Archives: August 2011

Are You Leaving Your Algorithms Unsupervised?

Don’t feel so bad, Wall Street does it too According to Kevin Slavin, Wall Street now employs over 2000 physicists  developing algorithms to help manage stock trades. Slavin fears that we’ve done the math but are now unable to understand … Continue reading

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Has IBM Taken a Trip Back to the Future?

According to scientists in the field, neuromorphic chips are old news In last week’s IBM press release, the company revealed its creation of a ¨ new generation of experimental computer chips designed to emulate the brain’s abilities for perception, action … Continue reading

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¨One Small Step for a Robot and One Giant Leap for Robot-kind¨

NASA’s International Space Station welcomes its first non-human crew member The humanoid robot R2, developed by NASA and General Motors, was launched as part of the STS-133 mission  on the Discovery shuttle on February 24, 20011.  Up until last week R2 … Continue reading

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Wiggling to the Rescue

Check out the worm-bot This robot is modeled after the Caenorhabditis elegans,  a tiny roundworm whose very simple nervous system allows it to carry out complex body movements. Its designer Dr. Jordan Boyle, from the schools of Computing and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds, … Continue reading

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Bio-ICT

Europe supports new biological approaches for Information and Communications Technology Evolvable hardware, artificial cells, bidirectional interfaces between mechanical and living entities. These are all examples of how biology can be applied to ICT. Tony Prescott, professor of cognitive

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Working With Robots

Instead of stealing our jobs, robots might keep them around and even make them easier  Robots are becoming more intelligent at the same time as they’re becoming more affordable. An article in The Economist discusses the need for executives of large … Continue reading

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Tissue Engineering

An interdisciplinary field where live cells provide building blocks for engineers. Tissue engineering provides a means for

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It’s Written on Your Face

Check out this video explaining what makes human faces so special and how this relates to a European robotics project Our faces paint a portrait of our inner emotions for the rest of the world to see. Whether we like … Continue reading

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Cognitive Automobiles

Take a ride in a car with reasoning abilities Rüdiger Dillmann and his team at the Humanoids and Intelligent Systems Lab at the Karlsruhe  Institute of Technology are working on creating cognitive automobiles that have an understanding of traffic situations … Continue reading

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Racy times with Roxxxy

Let’s talk about sex (with robots) 7000 USD can now buy you alternative forms of intimacy with a companion/sex robot developed by the American company TrueCompanion. Some people may find the idea of this revolting, perverted or just plain weird … Continue reading

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