Archive for October, 2010

Brain-controlled robots

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Do you remember Kevin Warwick, Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading and incidentally also the world’s first cyborg? He is best known for his studies on direct brain-computer-interfaces. Watch the video, in which Warwick discusses a brain-controlled robot and the research findings (via itn.co.uk).

Introducing “diva-bot”, the singing robot

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

After driverless cars a singing robot made her debut at the  Digital Content Expo in Tokyo. The robot learns by mimicking a real human singer. “Diva-bot” listens to the tune and watches the singer’s lips as she performs. Then the robot re-creates its own rendition, using software named VocalListener to synthesize its own vocal sound. The technology is even able to model the singer’s breathing movements and synthesize the sounds of breathing.

First driverless car in real city traffic

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Remember our in story in April about how fully autonomous self-driving cars are not so far away? Now a team of researchers at the TU Braunschweig has realized automatic driving in real city traffic. “Leonie” is a VW Passat station wagon and can autonomously detect traffic lights, junctions including the rights of way, naturally other cars, cyclists and pedestrians. View the video (golem.de, in german).

A machine that daydreams

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Why a machine that daydreams? Computer scientist Graham Mann argues that machines will not be truly intelligent until they can also experience emotion.

Mann is not the only person working on this. There is already the so-calledd Emotion Markup Language (read EmotionML: Will computers tap into your feelings?, cnet.com)

(via itnews.com.au)