#439349 The Four Stages of Intelligent Matter ...

Imagine clothing that can warm or cool you, depending on how you’re feeling. Or artificial skin that responds to touch, temperature, and wicks away moisture automatically. Or cyborg hands controlled with DNA motors that can adjust based on signals from the outside world.
Welcome to the era of intelligent matter—an unconventional AI computing idea directly woven into the fabric of synthetic matter. Powered by brain-based computing, these materials can weave the skins of soft robots or form microswarms of drug-delivering […] Continue Reading…

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#439347 Smart elastomers are making the robots ...

Imagine flexible surgical instruments that can twist and turn in all directions like miniature octopus arms, or how about large and powerful robot tentacles that can work closely and safely with human workers on production lines. A new generation of robotic tools are beginning to be realized thanks to a combination of strong 'muscles' and sensitive 'nerves' created from smart polymeric materials. A research team led by the smart materials experts Professor Stefan Seelecke and Junior Professor Gianluca Rizzello […] Continue Reading…

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#439342 Why Flying Cars Could Be Here Within the ...

Flying cars are almost a byword for the misplaced optimism of technologists, but recent news suggests their future may be on slightly firmer footing. The industry has seen a major influx of capital and big automakers seem to be piling in.
What actually constitutes a flying car has changed many times over the decades since the cartoon, The Jetsons, introduced the idea to the popular imagination. Today’s incarnation is known more formally as an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) […] Continue Reading…

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#439335 Two Natural-Language AI Algorithms Walk ...

“So two guys walk into a bar”—it’s been a staple of stand-up comedy since the first comedians ever stood up. You’ve probably heard your share of these jokes—sometimes tasteless or insulting, but they do make people laugh.
“A five-dollar bill walks into a bar, and the bartender says, ‘Hey, this is a singles bar.’” Or: “A neutron walks into a bar and orders a drink—and asks what he owes. The bartender says, ‘For you, no charge.’”And so on. […] Continue Reading…

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#439333 Rocket Mining System Could Blast Ice ...

Realistically, in-situ resource utilization seems like the only way of sustaining human presence outside of low Earth orbit. This is certainly the case for Mars, and it’s likely also the case for the Moon—even though the Moon is not all that far away (in the context of the solar system). It’s stupendously inefficient to send stuff there, especially when that stuff is, with a little bit of effort, available on the Moon already.
A mix of dust, rocks, and […] Continue Reading…

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