Archive for April, 2010

Fully autonomous self-driving cars are not so far away

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Navigation is still a challenge for robots. Now a team of researchers have developed a computer vision software which enables the computer to basically watch the road and recognize real world driving conditions a few steps in advance such as traffic signs or lane changes while also watching out for other cars and pedestrians. Read the article on bbc.co.uk or watch the video.

Memristors can possibly learn like a human brain

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Remember last weeks post about memristors (Is the memristor the basis for a computer brain?)? According to Wei Lu, a computer engineer of the University of Michigan, memristors can possibly learn like synapses and be used to build human brain like computers. How close are we to biologically inspired computer intelligence?

(via umich.edu)

Is the memristor the basis for a computer brain?

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Remember the story about memristors? Now HP, the company developing the memristor, have talked to the media. The memristor promises to perform data processing and storage tasks (even without an electrical charge) – sounds a lot like the brain.

HP’s scientist claim that the human brain are made of memristors – so they could build a Memristor-based brain that could learn and think just as the human brain.

Read the article (New York Times) or watch the 6-minute memristor guide (youtube).

How about semi-autononous cars that drive better than you?

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

In 1940, futurist Bel Geddes predicted that “in two generations, we will drive in a new kind of driverless car that is controlled by the push of a button”. So far, this is still science fiction. Recently however, GM’s R&D has unveiled a space-age “talking car” – that is, it can “sense” other cars. Read more about projects of other vehicle manufacturers (via newscientist.com)

I act, there I am

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Maybe it is not mind over matter, like Descartes’ “I think, therefore I am”. Research has shown that we think abstract concepts in terms of how our bodies function (see Embodied Intelligence Or Thinking with The Body). For example, researchers found, that the eye movements of the subject could be used to predict the size of the next number before it was spoken. Read more on how your body does your thinking (newscientist.com).