research

  • Researchers Train Computers To Make Up Magic Tricks

    Researchers Train Computers To Make Up Magic Tricks

    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic but what if the technology actually creates magic? A group of researchers at the Queen Mary University of London have trained a computer to create magic tricks using puzzle pieces and cards that are reproducible by humans. This isn’t HAL sawing a woman in half, however. The tricks are very basic mathematical… Read More

  • Researchers Send Robotic Penguin Babies In To Monitor Real Penguins

    Researchers Send Robotic Penguin Babies In To Monitor Real Penguins

    As we approach the coming AI singularity, it will be important for the robots to move among us to track us undetected. If this article in Nature Methods is any indication, they will do this by dressing up a small four-wheeled rover as a facsimile of a baby George Clooney and, as paparazzi snap away, the robot will tag us using RFID chips and carry some of us away for study. That’s all in… Read More

  • Facebook Announces Stricter Guidelines For Research And Experiments On Its Users

    Facebook Announces Stricter Guidelines For Research And Experiments On Its Users

    After a study on whether emotional manipulation in the News Feed could make people sad turned into a PR disaster, Facebook has now set up a formal review process for pre-approving research on its users, and Research At Facebook website to centralize all the academic work done on its enormous data set. Facebook admitting to screwing up with the emotions study, explaining “We were… Read More

  • This Lizard-Inspired Robot Does A Barrel Roll

    This Lizard-Inspired Robot Does A Barrel Roll

    In today’s episode of “Post Featuring A Robot Doing A Barrel Roll,” we present the FlipBot, an RC car that uses the tricks used by real lizards to flip in midair. It’s essentially a car with a tail. When the FlipBot takes a sweet jump, the tail spins quickly to twist the body of the car in the air while the tail essentially remains in the same position. Given that… Read More

  • Algorithmia Raises $2.4M To Connect Academia And App Developers

    Algorithmia Raises $2.4M To Connect Academia And App Developers

    While communities built around GitHub and Stack Overflow have developers working together more than they ever have before, one group’s work is typically seen by too few, considering the impact it could have: researchers in academia, whose work at its most successful is typically discussed only at conferences or in journals. Read More

  • New Wizardry Allows Researchers To Turn Photos Into Three-Dimensional Objects

    New Wizardry Allows Researchers To Turn Photos Into Three-Dimensional Objects

    Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created a way to manipulate objects in photos in three dimensions, allowing you to see all sides of formerly 2D objects. How is it done? Some might say there is dark magic afoot, but what’s really happening is far more interesting. Read More

  • Watch This Robot Learn To “Walk Off” An Injury

    Watch This Robot Learn To “Walk Off” An Injury

    What do you do if you’re a robotic hexapod and one of your legs is broken? Do you give up? Lie down and burst into flames? Cry from tear duct-less eyes? Or, through a process of trial-and-error, do you brush yourself off, hide your broken leg, and learn to walk again? You guessed it. Researchers Antoine Cully, Jeff Clune and Jean-Baptiste Mouret have trained a hexapod to try… Read More

  • Gartner: Device Shipments Break 2.4B Units In 2014, Tablets To Overtake PC Sales In 2015

    Gartner: Device Shipments Break 2.4B Units In 2014, Tablets To Overtake PC Sales In 2015

    The gradual decline of the PC industry, spurred on by the rapid rise of mobile computing, continues apace. Today the analysts at Gartner have published their latest forecasts for global PC, tablet, “ultramobile” and mobile phone shipments: they are set to break 2.4 billion units, and nearly 88 percent of that number will be attributable to mobile phones and tablets —… Read More

  • UK Data Protection Watchdog Probes Legality Of Facebook’s Emotion Study

    UK Data Protection Watchdog Probes Legality Of Facebook’s Emotion Study

    Facebook’s attempt to learn whether the type of content users of its service are exposed to affects their mood or not has landed it into plentiful hot water this week. The latest development in the unfortunate saga is the UK’s data protection watchdog, the ICO, is investigating whether any laws were broken by the tech giant. Read More