AI & Robotics
7th December 2018
AI can solve CAPTCHA tests in under 0.05 seconds
Researchers have created a new algorithm, based on deep learning, which is able to solve text-based CAPTCHA tests in less than 0.05 seconds.
4th December 2018
Walmart to deploy cleaning robots
Retail giant Walmart plans to deploy up to 360 autonomous cleaning robots by the end of January 2019.
21st November 2018
World's first TV advert scripted entirely by AI
Luxury carmaker Lexus has used IBM's Watson to create the first TV advert scripted entirely by artificial intelligence.
19th November 2018
Humanoid robot can install drywall by itself
Researchers in Japan have demonstrated a humanoid robot prototype – called HRP-5P – designed to autonomously perform heavy labour or work in hazardous environments.
23rd October 2018
London firm to launch self-driving taxis by 2021
Addison Lee and Oxbotica have agreed a wide-ranging strategic alliance that accelerates the adoption of autonomous vehicles on London's streets.
13th October 2018
A ladder-climbing robotic snake
Researchers from Japan have demonstrated a flexible, snake-like robot that could help in disaster recovery situations.
29th September 2018
Pepper harvesting robot could enter commercial use within five years
The first sweet pepper harvesting robot in the world has been demonstrated at a greenhouse in Belgium.
25th September 2018
Human-level AI could be achieved "within five to ten years", say experts
A new poll suggests that industry leaders are extremely optimistic about the emergence of artificial general intelligence.
14th September 2018
Robots can now pick up any object after inspecting it
A breakthrough at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) could allow robots to perform a variety of useful tasks in homes and workplaces.
13th September 2018
Amazon to open checkout-free store in NYC
Online retailer Amazon is to open another of its automated, cashier-less "Go" stores, this time in New York City.
9th September 2018
New "powered clothing" can enhance physical abilities
A startup company seeks to improve quality of life through quality of motion, fusing apparel with discreet robotics to create "powered clothing".
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