World The Pentagon's research wing is investigating how certain insects could provide a key to developing new technologies related to artificial intelligence. The U.S. military has long experimented with new AI applications, from missile systems to swarms of drones, but the latest focus may be about understanding how the complexities of nature could shape strategies in this field. In a research opportunity posted last week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said it was "inviting submissions of innovative basic research concepts exploring new computational frameworks and strategies drawn from the impressive computational capabilities of very small flying insects." "Nature has forced on these small insects' drastic miniaturization and energy efficiency, some having only a few hundred neurons in a compact form-factor, while maintaining basic functionality," the document read. "Furthermore, these organisms are possibly able to display increased subjectivity of … [Read more...] about U.S. Military Is Building Smarter Robots and Thinks Insects Might Be Key to New Artificial Intelligence
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According to NASA, the test run went as planned. OSIRIS-REx, with the help of engineers from Lockheed Martin, showed off the full range of motion of its arm. It flexed its shoulder, elbow, and wrist joints -- all while hurtling through space. The test's success was confirmed by telemetry data and photos captured by an onboard camera.TAGSAM will be essential for OSIRIS-REx to complete its mission. The craft will use the robotic arm to collect a couple of ounces of loose dirt and rock from the surface of Bennu. Researchers hope the sample of regolith from the carbon-rich space rock might hold some hints about the beginning of the solar system and the building blocks of life.OSIRIS-REx is expected to reach Bennu on December 3rd. It will spend two years studying and mapping the 1,650-foot asteroid before finally scooping up the sample it was sent to retrieve. Then it will make its way back to Earth. The spacecraft is expected back on this planet in 2023. In the mean time, it's already sent … [Read more...] about NASA successfully tests OSIRIS-REx robotic arm ahead of arrival
This year's hot holiday toys are more lifelike and interactive than ever before. Fuzzy robot puppies obey voice commands, animatronic ponies take you for a ride around the block and velociraptors snap and snarl in training exercises. And they also have frequent bouts of flatulence. Or bowel movements. Because, you know... for kids. Every year I track how tech changes the toy world. This year's playthings are moving away from needing mom and dad's phone screen (thank heaven, please don't play with my $1,000 phone), instead they rely on sensors and robotics to keep kids immersed offline. With STEM toys in growing demand -- which are toys that promote learning in science, tech, engineering and math skills -- we're seeing more engaging approaches to learning that tie into the popular franchise worlds of Marvel superheroes and Harry Potter wizardry. Here are some of the notable tech toys for young kids I've encountered this year: Now playing: Watch this: Hot tech toy … [Read more...] about Hot tech toys for 2018 include robots… that poo?
Digital transformation has been a high priority for many organizations for some time, and likely will continue to be for some time. But what's in store for transformation in 2019? Research firm Forrester Research just released a report with a number of predictions. Here are a few highlights.Also: Best Black Friday 2018 deals: Business Bargain Hunter's top picksDigital goes surgical This year has been one in which "reality chewed up transformational ideal," the firm said, with boards, CEOs, and CFOs wondering how their company will go from where they currently are to digital nirvana without taking on disruptive operational change. "But the world keeps spinning, and the need to address customer demands and competitive pressures continues to rise," the report said. "In 2019, digital transformation moves from super-wide enterprise efforts to a pragmatic, surgical portfolio view of digital investments with the goal of making incremental and necessary changes to operations." Tangible … [Read more...] about Digital transformation in 2019: AI, robotics, and IoT to play starring roles
The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. caption Add the Sketch Kit to the Cue Coding Robot to program the bot to draw. source Amazon Toy companies are trying to keep up with the consumer demand for products that are both fun and educational. With their Dot, Dash, and Cue robots, Wonder Workshop has positioned itself as one of the top names in STEM learning toys. I especially liked that the Cue Coding Robot has a vast array of activities that kids can keep coming back to as they develop their tech skills. Though the Wonder Workshop Cue Coding Robot is expensive for a toy (currently $179 on Amazon), it’s durably built and has enough tasks and missions to keep your child engaged for countless hours. Growing up, I remember spending long hours building houses with Lincoln Logs, Legos, and other building materials. I enjoyed … [Read more...] about This $180 toy robot has virtually limitless activities that teach my kids STEM skills, and it’s a lot of fun