When we cut ourselves the platelets in our blood rush by the thousands to the location of the cut and start aggregating causing the wound to close. This process is very efficient and operates automatically. Inspired by this extraordinary, yet ordinary, feed of our bodies researchers built autonomous nanobots able to locate and repair cuts in circuits, just like our platelets do in our veins.
Researchers at the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the University of Zurich have “taught” small drones how to recognize and navigate the forest paths by themselves. This means that soon, if you get lost in the woods, you may have a drone come get you and tell you how to get back on track. They can also be used in order to improve the effectiveness of rescue teams.
However, it is still impressive to watch this machine in action and complete the puzzle in 1.047 second, breaking the human record of 4.9 seconds – held by a 14-year-old boy.
In the last months we’ve been witnessing a refugee crisis of huge proportions. More than a million people crossed the sea to flee violence in Africa and the Middle-East. Together with a team from Texas A&M University, the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue is launching a pilot project this week for a very special robot: Emily, the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard.
Who doesn’t know the Wikipedia races? Using links to travel from one Wikipedia page to another to reach a destination page before the other participants. But there is an interesting phenomenon about them.
“Clicking on the first lowercase link in the main text of a Wikipedia article, and then repeating the process for subsequent articles, usually eventually gets one to the Philosophy article”.
Drones, we probably have all heard about their many possible uses. Whether they’re seen as a positive development or not, these robotic birds are increasingly employed for practical task, for example in the military. But there’s a more creative application for them as well.
Japanese fashion brand Buyma created this video with a wink, wherein drones play a crucial role. Even though the drones appear to be computer-animated from time to time, it offers an interesting view on how drones could also become a part of (performing) arts in the future.
We already talked about robot interactions with human, and we find this topic particularly actual and interesting since the way we handle this collaboration will be crucial for our future. Robots can already read, talk and reason. Yet, they do not seem to have found limits to their artistic skills either. Meet DOUG_1, the drawing robot.