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Doom, episode 1 level 1... Visual Doom AI’s CIG competition pits bots only that play against each other using nothing but visual references rather than internal data. (image via id Software, via Visdoom)   Academic groups and institutions have been pitting their respective AI platforms against humans in various games for a number of decades now in an effort to train their systems to learn using any number of discipline methods. The latest of which was demonstrated by Google’s re ...
Ricky Ma’s $50,000 Mark 1 has a 3D printed skeleton wrapped in a silicone skin and can respond to verbal interaction. (All images and video via Ricky Ma)   For anyone who’s ever dreamt of dating a movie star but never had the chance, that dream may finally come true, albeit if you have a lot of spare time on your hands, an extra $50,000 and have a love of robots. At least that’s what one clever Hong Kong inventor was able to achieve with his time and money when he built h ...
Tokyo researchers created an LED e-skin that can display and assess user vitals in real-time. If further refined, the skins could replace fitness trackers and hospital sensors.   Forget getting mobile updates on your watch. What if you could get text messages and calls on your skin? That’s what one team of researchers from the University of Tokyo is working on. And the team has already developed a pretty cool prototype.   Led by Takao Someya, the team of University of Tokyo r ...
Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s take of a spin liquid on a honeycomb lattice with neutrons in ‘splash mode’ in order to see the Majorana fermion. (via Oak Ridge National Laboratory)   Magnetic states are no longer considered a ‘couple’ as researchers from several prominent academic institutions have added a third state, which makes for not only an interesting magnetic threesome but could also provide a boost for quantum computing. In a recently published paper ...
EMILY, the robotic buoy saving lives. While some inventions can be a boondoogle, the latest robotic buoy, called EMILY, is making a positive splash. The remote controlled Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard may be the latest addition to beaches and search and rescue missions. (via Kimball Hall)   In inspiring news, a robot that can help save lives! While there is much news about inventions of robots and AIs that are simply created because they can be created, or because they can replac ...
A team of researchers recently created a device that creates murals based on small reference images. The technology could improve digital fabrication methodology, and replace the jobs of mural artists in the future. (via ETH Zurich, Dartmouth)   Street art might become more mainstream than ever, now that a team of researchers created a robotic spray paint can that automatically creates large murals based on small images. The technology has larger implications as well, as it may improve vis ...
SCHAFT's new walking robot doesn't have a name yet. The new walking robot can also climb up stairs and carry up to 132 pounds (via SCHAFT)   When Google's parent company was, Alphabet, was announced last year no one was sure what their output was going to be. Now, we have a better idea with the latest release from Alphabet's subsidiary company named SCHAFT, which originated at the JSK Robotics Laboratory at the University of Tokyo. The company hasn't done much over the past three years, bu ...
New self-driving car created from littleBits STEAM kit. LittleBits kit includes a range of sensors, motors, and guides for students and teachers to easily learn computing and hardware. Their latest kit allows students grade 3-8 to create a self-driving car. (via littleBits Electronic)   Talk about one of the coolest ways to introduce kids to electronic development....   LittleBits released their new STEAM kit in March and has some teachers and students raving about the new improveme ...
Could A.I. robots take over the writing industry? In terrifying news, it seems that A.I. writing technology may replace the writers of tomorrow. Researchers from Future University created the A.I. and helped to get it accepted into a national literary competition where one of it's short form stories make it past the first round. (via Future University)   It's not just laborious jobs anymore. The robotic takeover continues - as an A.l. program co-authors a book that actually passes through ...
The green LED lights help the sea turtles avoid the fishing nets. University of Exeter have created a new net using LED lights to prevent sea turtles from being trapped. (via University of Exeter)   We know it's important to take care of the environment and be nice to animals, especially since more species are becoming endangered. But sometimes we forget our friends in the sea. One of the biggest problem are sea turtles getting trapped in fish nets and dying each year. Their numbers are al ...

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