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.

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  • 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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Sex robot brothel in Texas sparks controversy and ethical questions

Some say the proliferation of sex robots could lead to less demand for prostitution, but not all agree.

Will the proliferation of sex robots be a net good or bad for society? (Photo: Shutterstock)
  • A Toronto-based sex robot brothel plans to open another location in Houston.
  • Some critics argue that the proliferation of sex robots would lead to increases in prostitution and sex trafficking.
  • Others say that such technology could help some people find a degree of much-needed companionship.
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