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

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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

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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

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How artificial intelligence may be making you buy things

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

bbcnews
Nov. 9, 2020 ~7 min

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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

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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

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Watch a tiny robot back flip through a real colon

A microrobot as small as a few human hairs can do flips through the colon to deliver drugs. Check out the video to see it in action.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
Oct. 16, 2020 ~6 min

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The threat of 'killer robots' is real and closer than you might think

Outsourcing use-of-force decisions to machines violates human dignity and is incompatible with international law.

Ingvild Bode, Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Southern Denmark • conversation
Oct. 15, 2020 ~7 min

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Google reveals Mineral crop-inspecting robots

The project will analyse every leaf on every crop, helping farmers tend the fields.

bbcnews
Oct. 14, 2020 ~3 min

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