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Artificial-Intelligence Research Revives Its Old Ambitions
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Artificial-Intelligence Research Revives Its Old Ambitions

The birth of artificial-intelligence research as an autonomous discipline is generally thought to have been the monthlong Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial...

Automatically Grading Programming Homework
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Automatically Grading Programming Homework

Researchers have created software that points out inaccuracies in student programming and offers suggestions for improvement. 

New Research Could Let Vehicles, Robots Collaborate with Humans
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New Research Could Let Vehicles, Robots Collaborate with Humans

Researchers are developing robotic systems that can negotiate with people to determine the best way to achieve their goals.

Teaching Robots Lateral Thinking
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Teaching Robots Lateral Thinking

Many commercial robotic arms perform what roboticists call "pick and place" tasks: The arm picks up an object in one location and places it in another.

The Robotic Equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife
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The Robotic Equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed milli-motein, a tiny robot that could lead to future devices that can fold themselves into almost...

The Robotic Equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife
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The Robotic Equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife

The device doesn't look like much: a caterpillar-sized assembly of metal rings and strips resembling something you might find buried in a home-workshop drawer.

3 Questions: A Web For Everyone
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3 Questions: A Web For Everyone

During the opening ceremonies of this summer’s Olympic games in London, a musical performance culminated with a stage-set house rising into the rafters to reveal...

The Robot Revolution Is Just Beginning
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The Robot Revolution Is Just Beginning

When industrial robots were first introduced in the early 1960s initially on automobile assembly lines—computers were still in their infancy, so the robots were...

Self-Sculpting Sand
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Self-Sculpting Sand

Imagine that you have a big box of sand in which you bury a tiny model of a footstool.

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Guiding Robot Planes with Hand Gestures

Aircraft-carrier crew use a set of standard hand gestures to guide planes on the carrier deck. But as robot planes are increasingly used for routine air missions...

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Speed Limit For Birds

The northern goshawk is one of nature’s diehard thrill-seekers.

Putting the 'art' in Artificial Intelligence
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Putting the 'art' in Artificial Intelligence

Like many kids, Antonio Torralba began playing around with computers when he was 13 years old. Unlike many of his friends, though, he was not playing video games...

Robots in Reality
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Robots in Reality

Consider the following scenario: A scout surveys a high-rise building that's been crippled by an earthquake, trapping workers inside. After looking for a point...

Smarter Robot Arms
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Smarter Robot Arms

A combination of two algorithms developed at MIT allows autonomous robots to execute tasks much more efficiently—and move more predictably.

Streamlined Rules For Robots
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Streamlined Rules For Robots

With the explosion of the Internet and the commoditization of autonomous robots (such as the Roomba) and small sensors (such as the ones in most cell phones),...

Finding an Edge
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Finding an Edge

MIT researchers Jason Chang and John Fisher have developed an algorithm that can determine object boundaries in digital images with at least 50,000 times greater...

Honing Household Helpers
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Honing Household Helpers

Imagine a robot able to retrieve a pile of laundry from the back of a cluttered closet, deliver it to a washing machine, start the cycle and then zip off to the...

Joichi Ito Named Director of MIT Media Lab
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Joichi Ito Named Director of MIT Media Lab

MIT announced that Joichi (“Joi” — pronounced “Joey”) Ito has been selected as the next director of the MIT Media Lab.

Programming Crowds
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Programming Crowds

With the Web, people worldwide can work on distributed tasks. But getting reliable results requires algorithms that specify workflow between people, not transistors...

Shape-Shifting Robots
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Shape-Shifting Robots

Self-folding sheets of a plastic-like material point the way to robots that can assume any conceivable 3D structure.
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