Robot Chef Learns to Twirl Pizza Like a Pro

Pizza has a proud history of fueling late-night lab work, and scientists in Naples—an Italian city famous for its slice—have easy access to some of the world’s tastiest take-out. But …

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Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2017

What if drinking water could be drawn from desert air easily, without requiring enormous amounts of electricity from a grid? What if a doctor could do a biopsy for a …

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Machines That Talk to Us May Soon Sense Our Feelings, Too

After great promise in the 1960s that machines would soon think like humans, progress stalled for decades. Only in the past 10 years or so has research picked up, and …

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AI That Can Argue and Instruct

Today’s digital assistants can sometimes fool you into believing they are human, but vastly more capable digital helpers are on their way. Behind the scenes, Siri, Alexa and their ilk …

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Empathy Machine: Humans Communicate Better after Robots Show Their Vulnerable Side

Robots are more prevalent in daily life than ever before. Digital assistants control smartphone apps, while physical bots teach students in schools, sanitize hospitals and deliver food. Scientists have long …

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“Particle” Robots Work Together to Perform Tasks

Scientists have created a robot consisting of multiple units that can operate as a cluster, responding to stimuli and acting on their environment without the need for any centralized control—much …

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Getting 3-D Printing and Next-Generation Manufacturing to the Factory Floor

“Additive manufacturing” offers manufacturers a powerful set of tools for making any number of products cost-effectively and with little waste, a groundbreaking development that promises to help revitalize the U.S. …

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A Drone’s-Eye View of the Quick and the Dead 

In the aftermath of disasters, drones have already been used to map the destruction and help rescuers find possible survivors. Now a new system could take this to the next …

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Artificial Intelligence Is Not a Threat—Yet

In 2014 SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted: “Worth reading Superintelligence by Bostrom. We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.” That same year University of …

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Special Report on the Rise of AI

Artificial intelligence, once discarded as a has-been technology, is now undergoing a vigorous resurgence Advertisement

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