‘Radiogenetics’ seeks to remotely control cells and genes

It’s the most basic of ways to find out what something does, whether it’s an unmarked circuit breaker or an unidentified gene — flip its switch and see what happens. New remote-control technology may offer biologists a powerful way to do this with cells and genes. A team at Rockefeller University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute…

2029: the year when robots will have the power to outsmart their makers

Ray Kurzweil, Google expert in artificial intelligence, predicts that by 2029 robots will make jokes and flirt Nadia Khomani The Observer,  Saturday 22 February 2014 16.00 EST Computers will be cleverer than humans by 2029, according to Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering. The entrepreneur and futurologist has predicted that in 15 years’ time computers will…

New Terminator-style ‘bots can self-assemble, leap, climb and SWARM

Creepy, limbless – MIT roboticists flywheel paves way for tiny, cube-shaped overlords By    Brid-Aine Parnell,  7th October 2013 Rise of The Machines Roboticists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have devised a range of self-assembling cube robots, which have no external moving parts. Despite their lack of limbs, the M-Blocks can climb over and around each…

Artificial intelligence ‘will take the place of humans within five years’

  Salespeople, call centre staff and customer service personnel could all be replaced by computers within the next few years, claims one technology entrepreneur. Steven Spielberg’s 2001 film Artificial Intelligence (AI) depicts a future where robots have become eerily human.   By Rebecca Burn-Callander, Enterprise Editor 4:40PM BST 29 Aug 2013 Robotics and artificial intelligence…

Chips that mimic the brain

Contact: Giacomo Indiveri giacomo.indiveri@ini.phys.ethz.ch 41-446-353-024 University of Zurich No computer works as efficiently as the human brain – so much so that building an artificial brain is the goal of many scientists. Neuroinformatics researchers from the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich have now made a breakthrough in this direction by understanding how to configure…

Creating indestructible self-healing circuits

Contact: Brian Bell bbell2@caltech.edu 626-395-5832 California Institute of Technology Caltech engineers build electronic chips that repair themselves PASADENA, Calif.—Imagine that the chips in your smart phone or computer could repair and defend themselves on the fly, recovering in microseconds from problems ranging from less-than-ideal battery power to total transistor failure. It might sound like the…

Cloud-computing platform for robots launched

Contact: Markus Waibel mwaibel@ethz.ch 41-446-323-192 ETH Zurich An Internet for robots Researchers of five European universities have developed a cloud-computing platform for robots. The platform allows robots connected to the Internet to directly access the powerful computational, storage, and communications infrastructure of modern data centers – the giant server farms behind the likes of Google,…