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India Prepares to Send Half-Humanoid Robot On Mission to the Moon

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will attempt another lunar landing this year, and they’re sending a humanoid robot torso named Vyommitra along for the ride. Providing everything goes as planned, India’s Gaganyaan crewed orbital spacecraft, with Vyommitra on board, will set off for the Moon in December, as part of the Chandrayaan-3 lunar exploration …

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University Reveals Living ‘Xenobots’ Designed By Supercomputer

“A book is made of wood. But it is not a tree. The dead cells have been repurposed to serve another need.” That’s quite the way to begin a press release. The University of Vermont recently shared details on what their scientists have been up to lately. That is, using a supercomputer AI to construct …

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Virtual News Anchors Hit Airwaves In China

Virtual News Anchors Hit Airwaves In China

China’s Xinhua News Agency, alongside the Chinese search engine Sogou.com, have revealed what they call the “world’s first artificial intelligence news anchor.” Its appearance, facial expressions, and voice were modeled after the real news anchor Zhang Zhao, using machine learning algorithms that essentially “taught” it to recreate his likeness. The final product, what you see …

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Boston Dynamics Shows Off “Parkour Atlas” Robot

There was a time when you may have looked at Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot and thought, hey, I could outrun that. It was a lumbering hunk of metal, after all. Sure, it could open doors and go for quiet walks in the freshly fallen snow, even lift 10-pound boxes. But in a robot apocalypse scenario? …

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