Body augmentation: People adjust quickly to robotic third thumb

Scientists successfully trained people to use robotic extra thumbs, suggesting body augmentation could revolutionize future humans.

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  • Researchers trained people to use a robotic extra thumb in daily situations.
  • Brain scan data suggest the brain's quick adaptability to new limbs.
  • The scientists think body augmentation could transform human abilities.
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Scientists study moving worm "blobs" to create robot swarms

Robot developers adapt the behavior of worm "blobs".

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  • Researchers at Georgia Tech adapt the behavior of worm "blobs" to robotic swarms.
  • The goal is to utilize useful aspects of living systems in human-created ones.
  • When part of a "blob," worms tend to survive better and have more capabilities than individually.
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Could robots make better therapy animals?

Allergies might never be a concern again.

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  • University of Portsmouth researchers held play sessions with real dogs and their biomimetic counterparts.
  • The more time school children spent with the robot dog, the higher their opinion of him.
  • Robotic dogs could offer an entirely new line of emotional support animals.
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10 ways to prepare for the rise of intelligent machines – MIT study

A new MIT report proposes how humans should prepare for the age of automation and artificial intelligence.

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  • A new report by MIT experts proposes what humans should do to prepare for the age of automation.
  • The rise of intelligent machines is coming but it's important to resolve human issues first.
  • Improving economic inequality, skills training, and investment in innovation are necessary steps.
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Scientists developing controllable contact lens that zooms in

They're made from stretchy, electroactive polymer films.

  • The contact lens is made mainly from stretchy, electroactive polymer films.
  • It's able to recognize subtle electrooculographic signals that we generate in the tissues near the eye.
  • Samsung also recently filed a patent to develop what appear to be smart contact lenses.
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