Insect drives robot to track down smells (w/ video)
A small, two-wheeled robot has been driven by a male silkmoth to track down the sex pheromone usually given off by a female mate.
Study finds that human subjects prefer when robots give the orders
If you've seen a sci-fi flick with autonomous robots in the last 40 years, you may be wary of giving robots any semblance of control.
3D printer-built robot has insect moves (w/ Video)
Collaborative learning for robots
Machine learning, in which computers learn new skills by looking for patterns in training data, is the basis of most recent advances in artificial intelligence, from voice-recognition systems to self-parking ...
Smarter robot arms (w/ video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- A combination of two algorithms developed at MIT allows autonomous robots to execute tasks much more efficiently and move more predictably.
Helping robots handle uncertainty
Decentralized partially observable Markov decision processes are a way to model autonomous robots' behavior in circumstances where neither their communication with each other nor their judgments about the ...
Ants color vision may help march towards robot technology
Researchers at The University of Western Australia have discovered how ants see in colour, a breakthrough that one day could help scientists create more autonomous robots.
Your robot helper is on the way now it can learn from its friends
January is a time when many of us seek to better ourselves. We want to learn a new skill or improve an existing one. A network designed especially for robots, RoboEarth, is being tested in the Netherlands to ...
New algorithm lets autonomous robots divvy up assembly tasks
Today's industrial robots are remarkably efficient—as long as they're in a controlled environment where everything is exactly where they expect it to be.
Junior, the robotic car, learns to slide park (w/ Video)
Robot swarms use collective cognition to perform tasks
The COCORO project's robot swarms not only look like schools of fish, they behave like them too. The project developed autonomous robots that interact with each other and exchange information, resulting in ...
Houston, we have ants: Mimicking how ants adjust to microgravity in space could lead to better robots, scientist says
Professor Deborah Gordon recently sent hundreds of ants to the orbiting International Space Station. By studying how the ants adjust their behavior to cope with near-zero gravity conditions, scientists could ...
Engineers hand "cognitive" control to underwater robots
For the last decade, scientists have deployed increasingly capable underwater robots to map and monitor pockets of the ocean to track the health of fisheries, and survey marine habitats and species. In general, ...
UN talks take aim at 'killer robots' (Update)
Armies of Terminator-like warriors fan out across the battlefield, destroying everything in their path, as swarms of fellow robots rain fire from the skies.