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Ngee Ann lecturers find way to make computers think like a human brain
Two lecturers at Ngee Ann Polytechnic said they had discovered a way to make computers think like a human brain. 

Europe: Are robots after your job?
Today's fully fledged web-enabled infrastructure, coupled with the explosion in personal computing of recent years, has revived business interest in AI solutions. A recent report by management consultancy McKinsey & Co has noted a discernible rise in uptake as AI development focuses on providing real business applications.

At last ... a robot that really can think
IT cooks, cleans and washes your windows at the touch of a button -- and even matures with age

Fraud detection software catches Pentagon's eye
The software could successfully analyse "semi-structured information". This includes large amounts of free text surrounding just a handful of key numbers such as the real operating profit and bad debt figures buried in a long, complex report.

Mars rover inspires toy robot
Drawing inspiration from the US space agency's Mars rover, scientists in the US are working on creating a robot that can teach children about science.

HealthBeat: Futuristic Prostate Screening
Using artificial intelligence technology, researchers at Eastern Virginia Medical School are teaching computers to recognize the genetic patterns associated with prostate cancer.

Gentlemen, Start Your Robots
Self-reliant roadsters will race for a hefty Pentagon prize.

Fraud detection software catches Pentagon's eye
The software could successfully analyse "semi-structured information". This includes large amounts of free text surrounding just a handful of key numbers such as the real operating profit and bad debt figures buried in a long, complex report.

Friend or foe? This control hub tells in seconds
System identifies whether a plane is a normal commercial aircraft or a fighter jet through artificial intelligence

Sign Language Goes Gobbledygeek
A new gadget called the Sign Translator may take some confusion out of traveling abroad. It can automatically translate signs into English.

How Federated workforces will replace dedicated field service workforces by 2005
With web service technology standards easing application integration, and the advent of intelligent software automating field workforce management, organisations have the opportunity to seamlessly integrate not only their operational processes but also their mobile workforces with rivals, business partners and customers alike.

A Helping Hand To Find The Invisible Web
The core technology is fundamentally different to traditional spider-based search engines, which follow links between documents to discover and then index content. This is a problem where documents are not linked, and where documents are created dynamically on the fly, including from databases.

The New Age of Service Robots: From Fighting Fires to Serving Beer 
It is an article about what is happening and likely to happen in the field of robotics.

Researchers laud robot-guided heart surgery
Compared with other minimally invasive heart surgery approaches, robotic assistance allows surgeons to have better control over the surgical instruments and a better view of what they are doing.

For W3C, it's a question of semantics
In its continuing effort to make the Web more intelligent, the medium's leading standards group has published a series of drafts relevant to its Semantic Web activity. But don't call it artificial intelligence.

Boeing delivers undersea surveillance system to U.S. Navy
The vehicle is an autonomous, underwater surveillance system that is made up of two 20-foot long unmanned underwater vehicles; a 60-foot robotic recovery arm; a shore-based depot; and a special van to transport the vehicle.

Good Morning, Dave . . .
The Defense Department is working on a self-aware computer.

Alligators Below City? Try Robo-Inchworms
Deep in the heart of Little Italy in Manhattan, a "robotic inchworm" has been born, capable of welding underground steam pipes. With a few modifications, a new generation of these robo-inchworms may be called upon someday to burrow beneath alien worlds in search of life.

Dinosaur Robot Ready to Guard Your Home
Sanyo's new digital pet can sense intruders or smoke, and can send a warning to your cell phone

Center´s screen saver provides predictions about the Earth
Lifemapper uses an artificial intelligence algorithm, called GARP for short. The Genetic Algorithm for Rule-set Production examines and compares similarities between a species and the area and climate it is found in. It can then predict the likelihood of finding a specific plant or animal in an area.

Revolutionising surgical procedures with robotics
Cutting-edge voice-activated robotic endoscopy surgery equipment, which is a new breakthrough procedure in minimally invasive surgery (MIS), cuts down hospitalisation time as patients recover faster.

Artificial intelligence, swimmer detectors, and blast resistant structures
For the last 50 years, the Office of Naval Research has been in the business of guiding the most "imaginative research" * found across the country. Technologies taken for granted today ­ the cell phone, the Global Positioning System, the laser, the national bone marrow donor program, for example ­ all came from initial Navy science support. It all started during the final months of World War II and, most recently has led to such breakthroughs as autonomous vehicles and robotics, smart weapons, new semiconductor materials, progress in nanotechnologies, and agile vaccines.

CMU work aims to change relationship between vehicle, driver
Studies at CMU's Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging have highlighted how even small distractions diminish a driver's concentration.

System adds to biodefense readiness
biosurveillance systems are wonderful tools for spotting trends because health care practitioners usually can't see the big picture. These systems can be used to map the progression of diseases such as the West Nile virus, which has been spreading across the U.S. over the past few years, and listeriosis, which is caused by eating contaminated food.

Can Computers Read Your Mind?
Forgot your glasses and can't see the numbers? The computer can detect this and automatically increase the font size or change the contrast of the display. Hate annoying advertisements? Emotion-sensing ATMs could help ease your irritation.

Machine intelligence and the Turing Test
There is growing interest in the dynamics of dialog and the role of identity in computer-human exchanges. This has led to theories and experiments in dialog management, and to experiments in making computers react to human emotions.

Robots Can Teach Humans a Few Things About Life
You don't have to duplicate every feature an organism possesses to learn about something specific A robotic fly, for instance, can be used to test guesses about how real flies navigate. The robot model needs only to capture essential features of the fly's vision and nervous systems and can leave out digestion.

Scientists try for a touchy-feely Net
In a technological first, they will use pencil-like devices called phantoms to recreate the sense of touch across the Atlantic

spenTech launches Aspen Apollo manufacturing solution
Aspen Apollo uses next-generation artificial intelligence technology to apply advanced control to the complex processes found in the polymers industry.

Boeing Announces Strategic Partners for Unmanned Combat Armed Rotorcraft Program
The extremely agile system, which enables ground maneuver force superiority, will be capable of collaborating with multiple UCARs and other manned and unmanned systems. Unlike other unmanned aerial vehicles, however, UCAR will not have a dedicated ground station. Instead, the system will integrate into existing command and control platforms. Capable of autonomous mission planning while in flight, the UCAR will request guidance from a human operator only when necessary.

Now you're talking: robot bank tellers get handier
The talking ABMs work like other banking machines, except that they provide voice assistance to guide customers step-by-step through transactions. The audio prompts are heard through personal headphones that plug into a jack near the machine's card reader.

Researchers see strides in biometrics
Whether you stroll, stride, lurch or lumber, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are studying ways to identify and track you by the way you walk.

British Concern to Help U.S. Track Terrorists
The software is based on Bayesian statistical techniques, which are used to match patterns and are gaining favor among software designers and artificial-intelligence researchers.

Controlling Robots with the Mind
People with nerve or limb injuries may one day be able to command wheelchairs, prosthetics and even paralyzed arms and legs by "thinking them through" the motions

Protein Patterns In Blood May Predict Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
They then used an artificial intelligence program developed by Correlogic Systems, Inc., in Bethesda, Md., to train a computer to identify patterns of proteins that differed between patients with prostate cancer and those in which a biopsy had found no evidence of disease.

Snowdroid lands investment, developing toy robot
Powered by nickel-cadmium batteries, the toy is programmed to learn new tricks and games, such as Hide and Seek, and is sensitive to a child’s touch and voice, becoming more reactive to the child over time, much like a pet.

Football injuries are rocket science
The software collects data during workouts over a period of time, which it then translates into predictions on how likely players are to pick up injuries.

Scientist says you can be a person without being human
It is an article about what MIT is up to.

IP Applications Corp. Selects Next Generation Internet Content Filtering Service
PureSight utilizes is Artificial Content Recognition (ACR), a revolutionary artificial intelligence solution to analyze, screen and filter Internet traffic in accordance to desired corporate, intuitional or home usage policies.
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Fujitsu Robot Watches House, Uses Phone
Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a home robot capable of being controlled by, and sending video images to, a mobile phone and hopes to have the device on sale within a year.

University to study combating cyberterror
The center is already researching ways to engineer artificial intelligence into hardware so that components such as disk drives could take countermeasures in a hacker attack.

U.S. soldiers get talking translators
If U.S. troops soon storm into Iraq, they'll be counting on computerized language translators to help with everything from interrogating prisoners to locating chemical weapons caches.

Robotics with a human touch
The product utilizes technology that enables control of electronic devices through body movement or gestures, thus providing therapeutic as well as educational and entertainment value to its users — particularly special-needs children.

The Shape of Bots to Come
Eventually, researchers hope to build robots from thousands of miniaturized atoms to make infinitely flexible machines that can be used in situations where preprogrammed control software could not fully anticipate constraints on movement, such as deep sea or planetary exploration.

'Remote' surgery turning point
Kidney operations performed by robots give better results than surgeon's hand, says study

Merging Man And Machine
A British professor foresees a world in which language is obsolete and police respond to the mere thought of crime. Should we take him seriously?

U.N.: Robots Could Lighten Load of Household Chores
Technological improvements and falling prices could soon see robots doing many household chores, from cutting the grass to cleaning windows, according to a U.N. report on Thursday.

HAL on Earth
This is about getting robotics out of the lab and into the homes,"




Robots try humble path to success
Engineers at a handful of companies are finally turning out machines that promise to be useful from the ground up: smart, economically priced robots that can vacuum floors and mow lawns.

Anti-scam tech takes on thieves
U.S. retailers are increasingly turning to software to reduce the billions of dollars lost to theft and various scams each year.

Robotic Vision
Finding a purple tree house is small stuff compared with navigating a crowded street. That takes a robot that can quickly process and respond to multiple stimuli. But just knowing where to look and what to look out for is at least a small robotic step forward.

Are you getting what you want on the Net?
CodeBaby uses online database to personalize the Web

Robots could soon handle drudgery, UN predicts
Technological improvements and falling prices could soon see robots doing many household chores, from cutting the grass to cleaning windows, according to a United Nations report.

Robot rescuers ready to roll
Scientists predicts that within a decade, robots will be as common as dogs in the aftermath of a disaster.

Hi-Tech Tool Helps Traffic Snarls
Researchers at the University of Oregon have applied the computing muscle of artificial intelligence to the enormously complex and frustrating problem of battling traffic congestion in Southern California.

Robot rescue teams for New York
A robot rescue team has been set up in the aftermath of last year's terrorist attacks in New York.

End of the Tether
Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, autonomous underwater robots can scope out underwater mines and oilfields better than cable-operated drones.

Google News Search Leaps Ahead
Google crawls news sources constantly, and uses real-time ranking algorithms to determine which stories are the most important at the moment -- in theory highlighting the sources with the "best" coverage of news events.

Region's First Robotic-Assisted Surgery Performed at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital; Launching Sentara's Fully Integrated 'Smart'OR
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital's 'smart'OR is a marriage of robotics with some of the most advanced operating room equipment in the U.S. -- surgical equipment so advanced it actually follows doctors'orders.

Toddling toward high tech
New generation of toys will help next generation of kids'

The silicon defence
This week the world champion Vladimir Kramnik will pit his brains against the circuit boards of Deep Fritz, the most lethal chess computer ever created. As Nigel Farndale writes, it might be mankind's last chance to assert superiority over artificial intelligence

Credit Card Companies Turn To Artificial Intelligence
AI is used to alert unusual spending

Science fiction becomes fact
Science Fiction fantasy will be brought to life at this month’s TechStyle event with demonstrations of the latest in cybernetics and artificial intelligence.

Inventor foresees implanted sensors aiding brain functions
Ray Kurzweil said that by 2030 nanosensors could be injected into the human bloodstream, implanted microchips could amplify or supplant some brain functions, and individuals could share memories and inner experiences by "beaming" them electronically to others.

Human-Free Kick
At Robocup 2002, humanoids battle it out in soccer

Six hopefuls in the running for tech funding
Six consortia are bidding for up to $17.5 million in funding for information technology research from the Foundation for Research Science and Technology.

Check This
"Today we're facing computers that have accumulated immense knowledge of the game of chess."

I Center brings hi-tech degrees to University
"I'm not aware of another place in the United States where you can get a master's degree in artificial intelligence."

Engineering prof’s GRACE wows audience
GRACE was entered in the 2002 American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Robot Challenge at the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and received the Ben Wegbreit Award for Integration of AI Technologies.

Gray Market for Gadgets
At Carnegie Mellon, AI researchers are working on a four-foot “nursebot” named Pearl. Pearl’s job is to assist the elderly with routine chores like opening jars and more high-level tasks like monitoring their health

Space robotics lands on Earth
CSTAR is Canada's national centre for developing and testing the next
generation of minimally invasive surgical technologies and techniques,
including robotics.

Robot exhibit at Sloan teaches nuts-and-bolts biology lessons
"Kids can not only come in and play with these things, but see how they're made, see that the brain is a computer,"

Tools for taming data chaos
A new class of software uses artificial-intelligence techniques for comprehending and classifying documents in ways that meet the needs of intelligence agencies and businesses alike are being developed.

Somerville firm thinks robot will really clean up
When simple floor cleaning robots start getting mass produced the dependence on niche markets for robot manufacturers will cease.

Consumers gain voice power
One company has developed software that creates the vocal equivalent of a fingerprint

Robot rover to probe pyramid's mysteries
The toy train-sized robot will crawl 60 metres down a shaft of the Great Pyramid of Cheops, the largest of three pyramids on the Giza plateau near Cairo  

Disney star joins CMU's new entertainment technology center
Last year, U.S. consumers spent $9.4 billion on game software and devices -- more than was spent on movie tickets.

Now you're talking: robot bank tellers get handier
The talking ABMs work like other banking machines, except that they provide voice assistance to guide customers step-by-step through transactions. The audio prompts are heard through personal headphones that plug into a jack near the machine's card reader.

RightNow Technologies Receives Innovation Award From American Association of Artificial Intelligence
RightNow has been issued two patents, and has eight pending, for design and its artificial intelligence technology innovations

Researchers see strides in biometrics
Whether you stroll, stride, lurch or lumber, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are studying ways to identify and track you by the way you walk.

British Concern to Help U.S. Track Terrorists
The software is based on Bayesian statistical techniques, which are used to match patterns and are gaining favor among software designers and artificial-intelligence researchers.

Wanted: More potent antiviruses
The key antivirus technologies available today are rule-based, content-based, heuristics or artificial intelligence.

Hollywood goes to war
Last July, a virtual-reality expert at Disney's imagineering group quit to join the National Security Agency, the secretive spy agency.

Next Moon Explorers May Be Robots
Swarms of tiny robots will scurry around the surface of the moon, probing for water, minerals and other resources that will be needed for lunar settlements and industries.

Robotics: Awakening an industry
The program focuses on developing new unmanned vehicles and weapons enhanced with artificial intelligence that will give the Army more lethal and tactical capabilities, often without endangering troops.

Metaphorically Speaking
Kurzweil maintains that by 2029, we will use nano-scale brain-scanning technology to completely map and understand how the brain works and then reverse-engineer it in a computer.

Sony offers glimpse of the future
The computer would memorise your preferences and experiences over time. 

Man, Machine: Can't We Get Along?
The interplay between machines and human intellectual and emotional intelligence is the theme of an unusual exhibition showing this month at Dublin's 5th Gallery.

Hidden In Nature
“If you open up one of these ant colonies as I have done, it’s very much like looking at the operations of a Swiss watch. Nature has done it better than anything we have heretofore achieved or even imagined.”

Computer games start thinking
Dimitri is set in a small town and the computer-controlled characters are given more realism by establishing a common set of social rules defining what is acceptable or unacceptable in given situations. 

Big Brother watches you drive
This is now possible thanks to a system that studies the human face to detect fatigue or distraction and then alerts the driver.

Web May Hold the Key to Achieving Artificial Intelligence
SmarterChild, a computer program, is part of a new species of "chatterbots" that are renewing debate about the extent to which computers can achieve intelligence.

Super Robots Could Owe Their Mobility To A Cockroach's
The cockroach possesses legs with compliant muscles and skeletal components that increase dynamic stability and disturbance rejection.

To the edge 
A pair of sturdy robotic explorers have revolutionized humanity's picture of the solar system in the past 25 years.

AI helps gamers keep on playing
"The AI is based on genetic algorithms and can learn a player's style,"

Air Security Focusing on Flier Screening
Transportation and intelligence officials believe that the next-generation passenger prescreening system will form the core of aviation security: a far more intense focus on people rather than baggage. 

Perfecting the 'seeing-eye glove'
 A glove that buzzes to indicate the location of objects is one of the technologies aimed at improving 'wayfinding' for the blind.

The Robot Shopkeeper
"The human brain is very good at deciphering patterns, but there are limits as to how much it can process."

CMU robotics pioneer sets sights on old mines
Robots can be used to carry out survey where it is hazardous for human beings to tread.

Robotic plane to be costly gadget
Today, another entry for the Really Cute Gadget file: an affordable robotic airplane that, by all reports, actually works.

Game developers look beyond polygons
Graphics in games have reached the point where throwing more polygons at the screen has little effect on the quality. The next big thing will be something entirely different, say developers

Flying Blind
The Global Hawk is the first completely "man-out-of-the-loop airplane. 

The Drone Armies Are Coming
Initiated in 1996 -- and based on a humble story spy plane originnaly used for tracking whales at sea -- researchers are attempting to make this science-fiction scenario a reality.   

In Our Image
Why do we keep making robots that look like us



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