Technology

Teaching a Machine to Use Nunchucks

It's not a black belt, or even a brown belt, yet, but still this video of a robot learning to swing a nunchuck is interesting for what it portends. (Sep 25, 2017)

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AI for Detecting Texting while Driving

Using cameras and other sensors, researchers at University of Waterloo have developed an AI system that can determine if a driver is texting while driving. The machine learning system classifies hand movements to make its assessment. (Sep 8, 2017)

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Development in Converting CO2 to Fuel

In a new study in Proceedings of the National Academy, scientists from Berkeley Lab have created a method to convert CO2 into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using “record-low inputs of energy.” Peidon Yang, on the research team, is quoted: “What we are reporting here is much more challenging. We discovered a catalyst for carbon dioxide reduction operating at high current density with a record low overpotential that is about 300 millivolts less than typical electrocatalysts.” (Sep 18, 2017)

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X-37B Space Plane is in Orbit

SpaceX launched the X-37B into orbit today, ahead of the impending hurricane. Click here for more on the launch and successful rocket recovery. (Sep 8, 2017)

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China Looks to Take Lead in Floating Nuclear Reactors

From the news story: "China National Nuclear Power (CNNP) is partnering with Chinese shipyards and electric machinery companies to develop a $150 million project. The combination of nuclear reactor suppliers and a shipyard suggests that floating nuclear reactors are...

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Robogami! Design Your 3D Robot from a 2D Design

Researchers from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT describe their “Interactive Robogami” where you design a robot in two dimension and then use a 3D printer to create it in hours. (Aug 23, 2017)

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