Robot dances show how messy swarms get organized

Researchers have a new theory about how groups of animals, particles, or robots become orderly. To show it off, they used dancing robots.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Jan. 11, 2021 ~7 min

Hi, robot: Why robotics and language need each other

Machines might better understand our commands if they experienced our physical worlds, researchers say. That enhanced perception could sharpen their listening skills and improve performance.

Matthew Hutson • knowable
Dec. 11, 2020 ~15 min

Your robot vacuum could spy on you

Dust and dirt aren't the only things your robot vacuum can pick up. New research shows how hackers could use them to listen to private conversations, too.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Dec. 7, 2020 ~6 min

See metal and plastic micromachines zip around

See how incredibly tiny micromachines made from metal and plastic move according to their shape. They're a step toward better drug delivery.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
Nov. 25, 2020 ~5 min

Curved origami offers a creative route to making robots and other mechanical devices

Curved origami isn't just elegant art. It's also a versatile way to vary the amount of force applied by robots and other machines.

Zirui Zhai, Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering, Arizona State University • conversation
Nov. 18, 2020 ~5 min

Versatile building blocks make structures with surprising mechanical properties

The subunits could be robotically assembled to produce large, complex objects, including cars, robots, or wind turbine blades.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 18, 2020 ~10 min

How artificial intelligence may be making you buy things

Retailers are increasingly using AI to try to predict and encourage what customers purchase.

Nov. 9, 2020 ~7 min

Old dog training methods teach robots new tricks

A robot named Spot has learned some new skills with training techniques that work on our four-legged friends, researchers report.

Jill Rosen-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Oct. 27, 2020 ~6 min

If a robot is conscious, is it OK to turn it off? The moral implications of building true AIs

Philosophers say now is the time to mull over what qualities should grant an artificially intelligent machine moral standing.

Anand Vaidya, Associate Professor of Philosophy, San José State University • conversation
Oct. 27, 2020 ~10 min

Autonomous boats could be your next ride

Five years in the making, MIT’s autonomous floating vessels get a size upgrade and learn a new way to communicate aboard the waters.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
Oct. 26, 2020 ~11 min