Tag: MIT

ProBeat: AI and quantum computing continue to collide

Depending on who you ask, quantum computing is here, not here, and both. A couple things this week reminded me that it doesn’t really matter whether you believe quantum-mechanical phenomena is going to change everything. The mere research into the field is already impacting technology across the board. Binary digits (bits) are the basic units […]

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Origami-inspired robot gripper grasps objects up to 120 times its weight

Robotic hands have a tough time getting a grip on pliable objects, but it’s not for lack of trying — most make do with rigid pincers that aren’t designed for precision grasping. Fortunately, if a newly published paper (“A Vacuum-driven Origami ‘Magic-ball’ Soft Gripper”) is any indication, more versatile systems are on the horizon. In it, researchers […]

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MIT’s New Robot Can Do Backflips

The Cheetah team at MIT has already shown that they’re pretty good with making robots and their latest creation just might be their most impressive robot so far. Some of the robots that they have previously made are capable of jumping through hurdles and even navigating blindly. This new robot can do backflips. The new […]

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AI Weekly: Education is essential for the future of AI, MIT panel says

Six titans of industry stood onstage at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium yesterday, assembled to speak on a panel about artificial intelligence (AI), including David H. Koch Institute professor Robert Langer; Helen Greiner, cofounder of iRobot, the Bedford-based company perhaps best known for its line of autonomous vacuum cleaners; Xiao’ou Tang, founder of computer vision startup SenseTime, […]

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Microsoft And MIT’s Model Can Spot AI Blind Spots In Autonomous Cars

Autonomous or self-driving cars can sometimes make mistakes. It all comes down to whether the AI that’s powering the self-driving system has trained enough to handle a particular situation on the road. Since these gaps in knowledge can result in dangerous mistakes from cars that drive themselves, Microsoft and MIT have come up with a […]

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MIT’s AI can reproduce images of objects in poorly lit scenes

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that can isolate small, nearly transparent imperfections in poorly lit images in order to reproduce objects. A blog post published by MIT News today describes a deep neural network — layered mathematical functions loosely mimicking the behavior of neurons in the brain — to […]

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MIT CSAIL is using unsupervised learning for language translations

Machine learning has paved the way for faster and more accurate language translation than ever before, but it’s no Babel fish. Cutting-edge systems from Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and others require artificially intelligent (AI) models to ingest millions of documents that have been translated by hand, which they use to find matching words and phrases in […]

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MIT Lincoln Laboratory develops AI that shows its decision-making process

Artificial intelligence (AI) that explains its decisions like a human? It’s not as far-fetched as you might think. In a paper published by MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory Intelligence and Decision Technologies Group (“Transparency by Design: Closing the Gap Between Performance and Interpretability in Visual Reasoning“) presented this summer at the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern […]

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Humatics launches spatial intelligence platform for human-robot interactions

Humatics today announced the commercial launch of its spatial intelligence platform designed to help people and machines navigate a connected world with millimeter-scale precision. The technology uses a combination of radio wave beacons, software, and mobile sensors to track the movement of objects and people within a defined space and promises accuracy up to 2 […]

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MIT students use AI to cook up pizza recipes

Artificial intelligence (AI) can aid radiologists in diagnosing pneumonia, predict your taste in music, and even forecast aftershocks. Turns out it’s a pretty capable pizzaiolo, too — albeit one with a few idiosyncracies. How To Generate (Almost) Anything, a project founded by MIT graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, trained a machine learning model — specifically textgnrnn, […]

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MIT CSAIL uses AI to teach robots to manipulate objects they’ve never seen before

In few fields has artificial intelligence’s (AI) impact been more transformative than robotics. San Francisco-based startup OpenAI developed a model that directs mechanical hands in manipulating objects with state-of-the-art precision, and Softbank Robotics recently tapped sentiment analysis firm Affectiva to imbue its Pepper robot with emotional intelligence. The latest advancement comes from researchers at the Massachusetts Institute […]

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WaveSense’s ground-penetrating radars could make self-driving cars safer

Radar. Lidar. Cameras. They’re the components that help give autonomous vehicles from Uber, GM’s Cruise Automation, Google spinoff Waymo, and countless others a sense of their surroundings. But Tarik Bolat, CEO of WaveSense, thinks they have a blind spot. “A massive transformation in transportation and mobility is underway around the world as autonomous systems advance […]

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MIT researchers are developing AI for tracking sensors inside the body with wireless signals

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science AI Lab (CSAIL) are developing methods for using wireless radio signals to detect sensors inside the human body. The ReMix system could be used to find ingestible microchip implants, a technique its creators hope can someday help assist in medical imaging, the delivery of drugs to specific parts of the […]

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