Posted on March 28, 2021Categories Technology   Leave a comment on Combustion creates Braille display for electronics

Combustion creates Braille display for electronics

A Cornell-led collaboration created a system that uses combustion to inflate silicone membrane “dots,” which could someday serve as a dynamic braille display for electronics. The stretchable technology could also be incorporated into soft robots, surgical tools and wearable virtual reality equipment. Credit: Cornell University Imagine an iPad or a Kindle for the blind, with inflatable Braille that changes shape under a user’s touch. A Cornell-led collaboration has made a crucial component for such a technology: A haptic array of … Continue reading “Combustion creates Braille display for electronics”

Posted on March 28, 2021Categories Technology   Leave a comment on Using bundles of fibers, robots mimic nature

Using bundles of fibers, robots mimic nature

Credit: Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science Octopus tentacles can move in many directions, but also form stiff joint-like structures for more precise movements. Caterpillars can travel by using inchworm movements, as well as coil up and propel themselves away from predators. Such capabilities allow organisms to thrive in the natural, unstructured world. Creating robots with that kind of fluidity of movement, though, has been a challenge. But with the use of tensile jamming—that is, vacuum-induced interaction among a … Continue reading “Using bundles of fibers, robots mimic nature”

Posted on March 28, 2021Categories Technology   Leave a comment on A model that can generate humorous versions of existing headlines

A model that can generate humorous versions of existing headlines

Diagram summarizing the process through which the model generates humorous headlines. Credit: Alnajjar & Hämäläinen. Over the past decade or so, computer scientists have developed a growing number of computational models that can generate, edit and analyze texts. While some of these models have achieved remarkable results, some aspects of human language and communication have proved particularly difficult to replicate computationally. One of these aspects is humor, the human ability to say or write things that are funny. Humor is … Continue reading “A model that can generate humorous versions of existing headlines”

Posted on March 28, 2021Categories Technology   Leave a comment on Study explores how a robot’s inner speech affects a human user’s trust

Study explores how a robot’s inner speech affects a human user’s trust

An interactive session where a participant collaborates with a robot as the robot also talks to itself. A virtual table is represented in the tablet, and the participant and the robot are setting up the table together. Credit: Pipitone et al. Trust is a very important aspect of human-robot interactions, as it could play a crucial role in the widespread implementation of robots in real-world settings. Nonetheless, trust is a considerably complex construct that can depend on psychological and environmental … Continue reading “Study explores how a robot’s inner speech affects a human user’s trust”

Posted on March 28, 2021Categories Technology   Leave a comment on Artificial intelligence is smart, but does it play well with others?

Artificial intelligence is smart, but does it play well with others?

When playing the cooperative card game Hanabi, humans felt frustrated and confused by the moves of their AI teammate. Credit: Bryan Mastergeorge When it comes to games such as chess or Go, artificial intelligence (AI) programs have far surpassed the best players in the world. These “superhuman” AIs are unmatched competitors, but perhaps harder than competing against humans is collaborating with them. Can the same technology get along with people? In a new study, MIT Lincoln Laboratory researchers sought to … Continue reading “Artificial intelligence is smart, but does it play well with others?”

Posted on March 28, 2021Categories Technology   Leave a comment on Researchers develop new process to manufacture extreme heat-resistant carbon-carbon composites

Researchers develop new process to manufacture extreme heat-resistant carbon-carbon composites

ORNL researchers developed a novel process for manufacturing extreme heat resistant carbon-carbon composites at a faster rate and produced fins or strakes made of the materials for testing on a U.S. Navy rocket launching with NASA. Credit: ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have developed a novel process to manufacture extreme heat-resistant carbon-carbon composites at a faster rate. The performance of these materials will be tested in a U.S. Navy rocket that NASA will launch this … Continue reading “Researchers develop new process to manufacture extreme heat-resistant carbon-carbon composites”

Posted on March 28, 2021Categories Technology   Leave a comment on Researchers develop new cost-cutting controls for hybrid vehicles

Researchers develop new cost-cutting controls for hybrid vehicles

Researchers from ORNL’s Vehicle and Autonomy Research Group created a control strategy for a hybrid electric bus that demonstrated up to 30% energy savings. Credit: University of California, Riverside For a hybrid electric bus, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have developed and demonstrated algorithm-based controls that yielded up to 30% energy savings compared with existing controls. The Integrated Eco-Drive technology used a combination of powertrain control techniques, advanced machine learning and multiple sensors to determine an optimal driving speed that … Continue reading “Researchers develop new cost-cutting controls for hybrid vehicles”

Posted on March 28, 2021Categories Technology   Leave a comment on Tesla reports stronger-than-expected Q3 sales

Tesla reports stronger-than-expected Q3 sales

This Feb. 9, 2019, file photo shows a sign bearing the company logo outside a Tesla store in Cherry Creek Mall in Denver. Tesla says it delivered 241,300 electric vehicles in the third quarter in 2021, even as it wrestled with a global shortage of computer chips that has hit the entire auto industry. The Palo Alto, California, company’s sales from July through September beat Wall Street estimates. Credit: AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File Tesla says it delivered 241,300 electric vehicles … Continue reading “Tesla reports stronger-than-expected Q3 sales”

Posted on March 28, 2021Categories Technology   Leave a comment on Facebook: ‘Ludicrous’ to say it fueled US Capitol riot

Facebook: ‘Ludicrous’ to say it fueled US Capitol riot

Facebook, the world’s largest social media platform, faces accusations it is harming teen girls’ self image and fueling America’s deepening political polarization. Facebook on Sunday dismissed as “ludicrous” suggestions it contributed to the US Capitol riot on January 6, a charge the social media giant expects will be leveled in an upcoming whistleblower interview. Facebook’s vice president of policy and global affairs Nick Clegg also vehemently pushed back at the assertion its platforms are “toxic” for teens, days after a … Continue reading “Facebook: ‘Ludicrous’ to say it fueled US Capitol riot”

Posted on March 28, 2021Categories Technology   Leave a comment on China tightens political control of internet giants

China tightens political control of internet giants

Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, walks past a guard of honor while visiting the Monument to the People’s Heroes during a ceremony to mark Martyr’s Day at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. Xi paid respects at a solemn commemoration for those who died in the struggle to establish Communist Party rule, as he leads a national drive to reinforce patriotism and single-party authority. Credit: AP Photo/Andy Wong The ruling Communist Party is tightening political control over China’s … Continue reading “China tightens political control of internet giants”