Technology

Seeing the mind of a robot in augmented reality

  When the movers came to the Brown University robotics lab of Stefanie Tellex last week, her students watched with interest. Look how they deftly teamed to pick up a couch using body language, eye contact, and just a few commands, like “1-2-3 … lift.” Can robots and humans work together just as smoothly? That’s the goal of research in ...

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Humans are still crucial to Amazon’s fulfillment process

  Amazon’s fleet of automated warehouse robots, now more than 100,000 machines strong, is working alongside human employees to help meet the e-commerce giant’s massive fulfillment demand. The company’s robots carry inventory around massive warehouse floors, compiling all the items for a customer’s order and reducing the need for human interaction with the products. But the chief technologist of Amazon ...

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The machine vision challenge to better analyze satellite images of Earth

Machine vision technology has revolutionized the way we see the world. Machines now outperform humans on tasks such as facial recognition and many types of object recognition. And this technology is employed in a wide range of applications today, from security systems to self-driving vehicles. But there are still areas where machine vision techniques have yet to make such a ...

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Another “missing” component could revolutionize electronics

Back in 1971, Leon Chua, a young electronics engineer at the University of California, Berkeley, began working on a fundamental mathematical framework for electronics. His theory was based on the relationships between charge, current, magnetic flux, and voltage and the way these electromagnetic quantities vary as they pass through the basic circuit elements of resistors, capacitors, and inductors. A current passing through a resistor ...

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The machine vision challenge to better analyse satellite images of Earth

Machine vision technology has revolutionised the way we see the world. Machines now outperform humans in tasks such as facial recognition and many types of object recognition. And this technology is now employed in a wide range of applications from security systems to self-driving vehicles. But there are still areas where machine vision techniques have yet to make such a ...

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Job of the future: Embalming your online persona

When her mother had a severe accident that left her with quadriplegia, Annette Adamska realized how little she knew about her. Adamska didn’t know how her mother handled her money or online accounts, and her passwords were hidden away, written in code in a journal. They had a few months to speak about getting things in order before she passed ...

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Inside the business model for botnets

Botnets are shadowy networks of computers controlled by hidden actors and linked to everything that’s bad on the web. They have been implicated in distributed denial-of-service attacks, spamming campaigns, click fraud, and bank fraud, to name just a few of the nastiest flavors of cybercrime. Clearly somebody, somewhere is making a fortune masterminding this kind of criminal activity. But just how ...

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