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Caltech Opens Autonomous Systems Research Center

The Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies, a new 10,000-square-foot facility at the California Institute of Technology, will unite engineers and scientists to advance research on robotics, drones, driverless cars, and machine learning.
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MIT ‘Eyeriss’ Neural Chip Powers Mobile AI
By MIT News · 8 February, 2016 • MIT's "Eyeriss" chip is designed to implement neural networks. It is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU and could enable mobile devices to run powerful artificial-intelligence algorithms locally, rather than uploading data to the Internet for processing.
Rodney Brooks: AI Systems “Very Narrow Tools”
By Steve Crowe · 4 September, 2015 • Rodney Brooks, co-founder of iRobot and founder, chairman and CTO of Rethink Robotics, says AI systems "don't have the intentionality, really, even of an insect, let a lone a small mammal. People hear AI and they think they're these smart machines with wants and desires and capabilities. They don't have any of that. I wish they did, but that's not what we've been able to do in the last, really, 55 years of AI research."
You Should Be More Scared of Smartphones Than Robots
By Steve Crowe · 3 September, 2015 • Gill Pratt, one of the top roboticists in the world, says people should not fear robots because they have legs. He says you should be more worried about all the data you carry around on your cellphone, and who has access to it.
MIT SLAM System Helps Robots Better Identify Objects
By Larry Hardesty | MIT News Office · 27 July, 2015 • MIT recently demonstrated how SLAM can be used to improve object-recognition systems, which will be a vital component of future robots that have to manipulate the objects around them in arbitrary ways. The system uses SLAM information to augment existing object-recognition algorithms. Its performance should thus continue to improve as computer-vision researchers develop better recognition software, and roboticists develop better SLAM software.
Robot Passes Self-Awareness Test
By Steve Crowe · 17 July, 2015 • Uh-oh, a robot for the first time has passed a self-awareness test. The test might seem simple, but it's extremely difficult for a robot.
Micro-Drones Crash 90th Paris Air Show
By RT Staff · 7 July, 2015 • The thought of a single, very inexpensive $1500 micro-drone going after a $60 million Russian Su-35 had Le Bourget Field abuzz with speculation.
Elon Musk Donates Millions to Protect Humans from Artificial Intelligence
By Steve Crowe · 2 July, 2015 • The Future of Life Institute has donated $7 million to help keep artificial intelligence beneficial to humans. Most of that funding came from Elon Musk, who is one of the group's top donors.
Origami Robot Self-folds, Walks, Completes Tasks
By Larry Hardesty | MIT News Office · 12 June, 2015 • MIT's Untethered Miniature Origami Robot could have a variety of medical uses when introduced inside of a human body, potentially zapping cancer cells or unclogging arteries.
Robot Cheetah Sees, Jumps Obstacles: Watch
By Steve Crowe · 29 May, 2015 • A new LIDAR system allows MIT's cheetah robot to autonomously jump over obstacles in its path while running 5 MPH.
How New AI Enables Robots to Learn Like Humans
By Sarah Yang, UC Berkeley · 22 May, 2015 • Rather than programming a robot to perform several tasks, researchers at UC Berkeley have created algorithms that direct the robot to use trial and error to learn as it goes.
Reporter Battles WordSmith Robot in Newswriting-Off
By Steve Crowe · 20 May, 2015 • NPR pinned one of its top reporters against WordSmith, an AI system that churns out millions of stories each year.
Human Pros Dominating Poker AI
By Steve Crowe · 1 May, 2015 • Carnegie Mellon's poker AI was down 626,892 chips against its human competitors at the halfway point. Can the super computer turn things around?
Watch a Micro Robot Pull 2,000 Times its Weight
By Steve Crowe · 29 April, 2015 • Stanford University researchers have built a 12-gram micro robot that can pull 2,000 times its weight. The researchers are looking to scale this technology up to larger robots to carry very heavy goods.
Can AI Help Doctors Better Diagnose Cancer?
By Adam Conner-Simons, MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab · 23 April, 2015 • MIT has developed a computational model that aims to automatically suggest cancer diagnoses by learning from thousands of data points from past pathology reports.
Watch a Robot Encounter a Sperm Whale 2K Feet Below the Sea
By Steve Crowe · 16 April, 2015 • At about 2,000 feet below the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, the ROV Hercules encountered a magnificent sperm whale. And it's all caught on tape.

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