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Jan 20, 2019

These tiny swimming robots may deliver drugs in blood vessels

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, nanotechnology, robotics/AI

Scientists have developed tiny elastic robots that can change shape depending on their surroundings and can swim through fluids, an advance which may help deliver drugs to diseased tissue one day.

The smart, biocompatible microrobots that are highly flexible are made of hydrogel nanocomposites that contain magnetic nanoparticles allowing them to be controlled via an electromagnetic field.

As a result, these devices are able to swim through fluids and modify their shape when needed. They can also pass through narrow blood vessels and intricate systems without compromising on speed or manoeuvrability, said the group of scientists led by Selman Sakar at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Bradley Nelson at ETH Zurich.

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Jan 20, 2019

Why SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son is Silicon Valley’s power broker

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

Billionaire Masayoshi Son–not Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, or Mark Zuckerberg–has the most audacious vision for an AI-powered utopia where machines control how we live. And he’s spending hundreds of billions of dollars to realize it. Are you ready to live in Masa World?

[Illustration: Señor Salme]

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Jan 19, 2019

Biofeedback from the brain will help students learn faster

Posted by in categories: education, robotics/AI

Biofeedback will also be able to help with problems that feel intractable, by conditioning students to make time to think outside the box. Studies show the best way is to deal with a seemingly intractable problem is to consider it intensely for a period of time and then to relax to an almost meditative state to foster the brain’s creative side.

We have trialled technology that can help users manage this approach in Finland, using an app called Study Train that has been designed by Finnish education experts. The app combines the Pomodoro time-management technique with customised learning rhythms based on an individual’s brain waves, telling students to focus when learning efficiency is high and to rest meditatively to promote lateral thinking and creativity when efficiency is low. It is now being used by students in China, Malaysia and Taiwan as well as in Finland and next year will be rolled out further.

We have long known that the brain has good and bad times for retaining information and solving problems. By combining EEG data and machine learning we can now we confident when those different states occur and use that information to improve students’ learning. 2019 will be the year when study becomes turbocharged.

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Jan 19, 2019

Watch This Wiggly Robot Worm Swim Effortlessly Through Simulated Body Fluid

Posted by in categories: health, robotics/AI

It’s for your health, we promise.

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Jan 19, 2019

Researchers develop flexible nanobots to deliver drugs inside your body

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, nanotechnology, robotics/AI

Researchers have designed a flexible robot designed for drug delivery that’s small enough to flow through the bloodstream.

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Jan 19, 2019

Artificially produced cells communicate with each other

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biological, robotics/AI

Using a modular construction kit of tailor-made cell systems, the researchers hope to simulate various properties of biological systems in the future. The idea is that cells react to their environment and learn to act independently.

The first applications are already on the horizon: In the long term, artificial cell assemblies can be deployed as mini-factories to produce specific biomolecules, or as tiny micro-robot sensors that process information and adapt to their environments.

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Jan 19, 2019

Amazon is launching a public version of its invite-only robotics and AI conference for billionaires and tech elite

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI, space

“Hear from leaders across science, academia, and business as they share the latest research and scientific advancements, industry innovation, and their perspective on how these domains will evolve,” Amazon’s re: Mars site says. Speakers from Amazon, MIT, UC Berkeley, NASA and Harvard are on the docket.


Amazon announces a new re: Mars conference that will gather experts in machine learning, robotics, automation and space in Las Vegas.

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Jan 18, 2019

80 Acres Farms Raises $40m to Complete ‘First Fully Automated Vertical Farm’

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI, sustainability

I wonder how many people it will feed.


80 Acres Farms, an Ohio-based vertical farming startup, has raised private equity funding from Virgo Investment Group, a private equity firm from San Francisco for the construction of what it says will be the first fully automated indoor farm.

AgFudnerNews can reveal that the deal was worth more than $40 million in equity capital, according to sources close to the deal.

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Jan 18, 2019

GitHub CEO imagines a future without programmers, thinks autonomous coding is a very real thing

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

GitHub CEO predicts that automation will bring an end to traditional software programming GitHub, also referred to as the “Facebook for programmers”, is a.

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Jan 17, 2019

Rationality: research shows we’re not as stupid as we have been led to believe

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

‘’Computational rationality leads to a deeper understanding because it goes beyond descriptions of how we fail. Instead, it shows us how the brain marshals its resources to solve problems. One benefit of this approach is the ability to test theories of what our abilities and constraints are.


Decades of psychological research suggests humans are rather irrational. But a new approach, borrowing an idea from artificial intelligence, challenges this notion.

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