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

robotics society technology

Why some artificial intelligence is smart until it’s dumb

Machine learning has found uses in fields as diverse as particle physics and radiology, and its influence is growing. But so is the understanding of its limits.

Tom Siegfried • knowable
Aug. 27, 2020 ~14 min

robotics technology physical-world in-review

Less toy, more workhorse: Drones get functional

Airborne autonomous vehicles could soon be dropping off your Amazon packages, delivering your food and even ensuring that the infrastructure around you is safe and sound

John Wenz • knowable
July 23, 2020 ~17 min

robotics technology qa

Robots designed to self-construct

Robot researcher Mark Yim offers a look inside the promising field of modular reconfigurable robotics — bots that can shift form to tackle an array of tasks

John Wenz • knowable
Feb. 5, 2020 ~12 min

robotics technology qa

Robots designed to self-construct

Robot researcher Mark Yim offers a look inside the promising field of modular reconfigurable robotics — bots that can shift form to tackle an array of tasks

John Wenz • knowable
Feb. 5, 2020 ~12 min

robotics technology qa

Cell meets robot in hybrid microbots

Researchers are developing microbe-propelled tiny bots to deliver drugs, target cancer or do other work in the body

Tom Siegfried • knowable
Sept. 12, 2019 ~9 min

robotics technology living-world in-review

Reaching out to touch virtual reality

New technologies mean we won’t just see and hear digital information. We’ll also feel it.

Matthew Hutson • knowable
Dec. 20, 2018 ~13 min

robotics psychology technology the-mind

Bypassing paralysis

By decoding brain activity with electrical implants, computers can help disabled people move a robotic arm — or their own

Tim Vernimmen • knowable
Dec. 4, 2018 ~11 min

robotics technology qa health-disease the-mind

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