A good egg: robot chef trained to make omelettes

A team of engineers have trained a robot to prepare an omelette, all the way from cracking the eggs to plating the finished dish, and refined the ‘chef’s’ culinary skills to produce a reliable dish that actually tastes good.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  robot  robotics  engineering  artificial-intelligence  food

Robot uses machine learning to harvest lettuce

A vegetable-picking robot that uses machine learning to identify and harvest a commonplace, but challenging, agricultural crop has been developed by engineers.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 8, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  robotics  engineering  artificial-intelligence  east-of-england  agriculture  robots

Scientists identify possible source of the ‘Uncanny Valley’ in the brain

Scientists have identified mechanisms in the human brain that could help explain the phenomenon of the ‘Uncanny Valley’ – the unsettling feeling we get from robots and virtual agents that are too human-like. They have also shown that some people respond more adversely to human-like agents than others.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 1, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: robotics spotlight-on-artificial-intelligence spotlight-on-neuroscience

AI: Life in the age of intelligent machines

In a new film, leading Cambridge University researchers discuss the far-reaching advances offered by artificial intelligence – and consider the consequences of developing systems that think far beyond human abilities.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 22, 2019 ~3 min

Tags:  robotics  engineering  artificial-intelligence-ai  spotlight-on-artificial-intelligence  machine-learning  spotlight-on-work  labour

3D-printed robot hand ‘plays’ the piano

Scientists have developed a 3D-printed robotic hand which can play simple musical phrases on the piano by just moving its wrist. And while the robot is no virtuoso, it demonstrates just how challenging it is to replicate all the abilities of a human hand, and how much complex movement can still be achieved through design. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Dec. 19, 2018 ~5 min

Tags: science-technology robot robotics engineering

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