#439414 Air-powered computer memory helps soft ...

Engineers at UC Riverside have unveiled an air-powered computer memory that can be used to control soft robots. The innovation overcomes one of the biggest obstacles to advancing soft robotics: the fundamental mismatch between pneumatics and electronics. The work is published in the open-access journal, PLOS One.[Read more…]

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#439406 Dextrous Robotics Wants To Move Boxes ...

Hype aside, there aren’t necessarily all that many areas where robots have the potential to step into an existing workflow and immediately provide a substantial amount of value. But one of the areas that we have seen several robotics companies jump into recently is box manipulation—specifically, using robots to unload boxes from the back of a truck, ideally significantly faster than a human. This is a good task for robots because it plays to their strengths: you can work […] Continue Reading…

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#439400 A Neuron’s Sense of Timing Encodes ...

We like to think of brains as computers: A physical system that processes inputs and spits out outputs. But, obviously, what’s between your ears bears little resemblance to your laptop.
Computer scientists know the intimate details of how computers store and process information because they design and build them. But neuroscientists didn’t build brains, which makes them a bit like a piece of alien technology they’ve found and are trying to reverse engineer.
At this point, researchers have catalogued the components […] Continue Reading…

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#439395 This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From ...

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Need to Fit Billions of Transistors on Your Chip? Let AI Do ItWill Knight | Wired“Google, Nvidia, and others are training algorithms in the dark arts of designing semiconductors—some of which will be used to run artificial intelligence programs. …This should help companies draw up more powerful and efficient blueprints in much less time.”
DIGITAL MEDIA
AI Voice Actors Sound More Human Than Ever—and They’re Ready to HireKaren Hao | MIT Technology Review“A new wave of startups are using deep […] Continue Reading…

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#439394 Video Friday: Walker X

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!):
RSS 2021 – July 12-16, 2021 – [Online Event]
Humanoids 2020 – July 19-21, 2021 – [Online Event]
RO-MAN 2021 – August 8-12, 2021 – [Online Event]
DARPA SubT Finals – September 21-23, 2021 – Louisville, KY, USA […] Continue Reading…

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