A network for robots being tested in the Netherlands, RoboEarth, is designed to help them with their attempts at self-improvement. Soon, our mechanical minions will be able to compare notes on how to best care for us.
"Yes! Success!" It wasn't quite "Mr. Watson. Come Here. I need you." but it could prove to be just as revolutionary: Researchers at the University of Washington have completed the first experiment demonstrating human brain-to-brain communication.
Electronics store Maplin has become the first major high-street store in the UK to sell 3D printers. The Velleman K8200 costs £700 and can print smartphone cases, toys and replacement parts out of plastic.
A programme that convinced humans that it was a 13-year-old boy has become the first computer ever to pass the Turing Test. The test — which requires that computers are indistinguishable from humans — is considered a landmark in the development of artificial intelligence, but academics have warned that the technology could be used for cybercrime.
Martin Talks's insight:
On the 60th anniversary of Turing's death, his artificial intelligence test is finally passed
Moves to bring human-like senses to computers, i.e. incorporating the addition of touch, voice, facial recognition and other technologies into our information and communication devices, are gaining ground.