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Robot could load up dishwasher

Robot could load up dishwasher | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

Boris "sees" objects with depth sensors on its face and wrists. In 10 seconds it calculates up to a thousand possible ways to grasp a novel object with its five robotic fingers and plans a path of arm movements to reach its target, avoiding obstructions.

"It's not been programmed to pick it up - it's been programmed to learn how to pick it up," explained Professor Wyatt.

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33rd Square: Elephants More Intelligent Than We Realized

33rd Square: Elephants More Intelligent Than We Realized | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Elephants are large, mysterious animals that we are only just now beginning to understand.
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20 iPad Gaming Apps to Boost Kids Critical Thinking Skills ...

20 iPad Gaming Apps to Boost Kids Critical Thinking Skills ... | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
It, among many other things, help them develop strategic thinking, problem solving, active critical thinking, and meta-level thinking. Check out this post to learn more about the learning principles embedded in game play as conceptualized by ...
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Kinds of Minds | KurzweilAI

Kinds of Minds | KurzweilAI | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
In Beyond AI, published today, J. Storrs Hall offers a must-read for anyone interested in the future of the human-machine civilization, says Ray Kurzweil.
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Jaan Tallinn Compares Evolution To Artificial Intelligence

Jaan Tallinn Compares Evolution To Artificial Intelligence | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Jaan Tallinn argues that evolution has outsmarted itself by creating intelligent species actually smart enough to understand and control it. Now, with the increasing possibility of smarter-than-human artificial intelligence, ...
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Here's How a Chimp Is Smarter Than You

Here's How a Chimp Is Smarter Than You | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Chimps recently figured out a computer game more quickly than humans. It may be because they're so familiar with navigating basic win-lose dynamics.
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excerpt: “The hypothesis is that win or lose-type games are seminal things that happen in a chimp’s life,” Camerer says, referring to “hide and seek” situations with predators, gambits designed to seek domination within a group, and incursion by rival groups to maximize territory. “They have a lot of experience, we think, with these win-lose situations.”

  

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Flipper Fail: Dolphins May be Dumber Than We Think

Flipper Fail: Dolphins May be Dumber Than We Think | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
For decades, it's been common knowledge that dolphins are among the world's smartest species. Now some researchers -- and a new book -- argue the supposed underwater geniuses aren't so special after all.
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Excerpt: "Manger described an unusually high density of so-called glial cells in the animals' brain matter. He explained that these cells act like tiny ovens to keep the brain warm. Besides, he added, dolphins have a relatively simple brain structure, and noted: "The essential features of complex neural processing of information, as observed in other mammals, are missing or poorly developed."

 
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Physicist Proposes New Way To Think About Intelligence | Inside Science

Physicist Proposes New Way To Think About Intelligence | Inside Science | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A radical concept could revise theories addressing cognitive behavior.
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from the article: "The new research proposes that entropy is directly connected to intelligent behavior."

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Drink yourself smart | Drinks for the brain and studying | Study Tip 4

Drink yourself smart | Drinks for the brain and studying | Study Tip 4 | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
What you drink can be just as important as what you eat and how well you sleep when it comes to enhancing brain activity, so next time you go to the kitchen to make a brew, we want you to consider what effects the liquids you consume will be having...
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