Nerve-like 'optical lace' gives robots a human touch

[ad_1] LED light illuminating the optical lacework structure when left alone and when deformed. Credit: Xu et al., Sci. Robot. 4, eaaw6304 (2019) A new synthetic material that creates a linked sensory network similar to a biological nervous system could enable soft robots to sense how they interact with their environment and adjust their actions […]

How fast can a human cycle? With aerodynamic help, the 300km per hour barrier seems easily within reach

[ad_1] With aerodynamics out of the equation, it’s possible to go really, really fast. Credit: YouTube/Euronews British cyclist Neil Campbell recently set a new record for the men’s “fastest bicycle in a slipstream,” clocking up a breathtaking 280km per hour. This record involves bringing a cyclist up to speed in the wake of a towing […]

Five ways AI could make your car as smart as a human passenger

[ad_1] Credit: Sathienpong Prempetch/Shutterstock Driving long distances without a passenger can be lonely. If you’ve ever done it, you might have wished for a companion to talk to—someone emotionally intelligent who can understand you and help you on the road. The disembodied voice of SatNav helps to fill the monotonous silence, but it can’t hold […]

Machines are training human workers to be more compassionate

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain “You are speaking faster than usual,” reads an alert on a computer screen. The call center agent on the phone with a customer can see a speedometer icon. The conversation with the customer continues, as does the computer feedback. “Think about how the customer is feeling. Try to relate,” the […]

Researchers create electronic lens that works better than the human eye

[ad_1] All of this is thanks to an earlier technology a team of some of the same researchers developed. The flat lens design this new artificial eye takes advantage of is called a metalens. It uses tiny nanostructures to focus light. In this way, it’s able to focus the entire visible light spectrum at a […]

The future is more human than you think

[ad_1] Creating a future that is bright for all requires more humanity rather than less. Especially in the case of robots. Terms like “AI” and “machine learning” are slowly becoming a part of our everyday world. From research documents to your news feed, chances are you’ve seen these terms appearing more often in recent years. […]

Monitoring human physiological responses to improve interactions with robots

[ad_1] A system diagram for the conceptual framework for a Human Robot Collaboration as System of Systems that highlights the 3 aspects of an HRC system : Awareness, Intelligence and Compliance. Credit: Savur, Kumar & Sahin. Researchers from the Century Mold Collaborative Robotics Laboratory (CMCRL) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York have […]

Wearable pet devices are putting human privacy at risk

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain The billion-dollar pet industry now has a growing market dedicated to wearable devices but new research from the University of Bristol has found these devices capture more data on the owners rather than their pets. Consumers have the option to track location, activity and health data of their pets but […]

Teaching AI to overcome human bias

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain Are you smarter than a machine learning model? Let’s find out. Choose the answer that contradicts the following premise: Bob has a sister named Sarah. A) Bob has a sister. B) Bob doesn’t own a car. C) Bob doesn’t have a sister. If you chose C, congratulations! Examples like this […]