Scandinavian Scientists Designing Robotic Snakes

Scandinavian Scientists Designing Robotic Snakes

Not exactly a cuddly robot

The Sintef Group, a research company based in Trondheim, Norway, announced that it’s designing a robot based on snakes.

The 1.5-meter long robots, which are made of aluminum, are being designed to inspect and clean complicated industrial pipe systems that are typically narrow and inaccessible to humans. The intelligent robots have multiple joints to enable them to twist vertically and climb up through pipe systems to locate leaks in water systems, inspect oil and gas pipelines and clean ventilation systems.

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Artist/Roboticist Teaching Neural-Net Bots to Love (and Dance to) Punk Music

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All The Cool Robots Are Wearing Black These Days

Artist Fiddian Warman built some robots controlled by a neural network. Neural networks can learn, so he’s been playing them classic punk records in an attempt to turn them into robotic versions of his younger self. The robots are 2 metres tall and have the ability to pogo.

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Can Robots Evolve? On Building the “Conscious” Machine…

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How would you build a conscious machine? Well to begin with I’d get Life Insurance and then take my brain and put it in a jar and freeze my body. Then hundreds of years later wake me up and transplant me into an IronMan. Yes, I partially got that idea from the movie IronMan and from Futurama. I’m still going to do it though. But more to the point, Christof Koch and Giulio Tononi both have good points of in their articles that they wrote on consciousness and robots.

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Scientists Build Mind-Reading Computer

 Scientists Build Mind-Reading Computer

 Some brains actually need crash protection

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh have developed a ‘mind-reading’ computer.

It is hoped the mind-reading machine, which can forecast the activity patterns a brain will create for a specific word, will offer a better understanding of how and where the brain stores information and even lead to improved treatments for language disorders and learning disabilities.

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The Miracle of Bionics – Presenting Challenging Questions

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 Oscar Pitorius – the “blade runner”

Oscar Pistorius – also known as ‘Blade Runner’ – is a double leg amputee who is using specially developed artificial legs to compete in races. A world record holder in the 100, 200 and 400 meters Paralympic events, Pistorius was denied by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) his application to participate in the 2008 Summer Olympics. The IAAF argued that his prosthetic racing legs give him a clear competitive advantage. On May 16, the IAAF’s decision was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, allowing Pistorius to participate in the Olympics if he could make the minimum qualifying time.
This episode drives home the monumental issues our society will be facing in the not too distant future thanks to our increasing technological ability to enhance the human body.

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