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Robotics News
February 22, 2011
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WHAT’S NEWS
IBM Computer Crushes Humans on “Jeopardy!” but Makes Mistakes

Silicon has prevailed in the latest men vs. machine challenge. Last week, an IBM supercomputer named Watson beat its human opponents on “Jeopardy!,” a popular U.S. quiz show. The computer dominated the game, but it also made some embarrassing mistakes. See what happened and tell us: Is this just a publicity stunt or the beginning of a new era in artificial intelligence?

A Car You Can Drive With Your Mind

Imagine you could drive your car using only your thoughts. German researchers have made that possible—and they have the video to prove it.

New Child Robot Has Expressive Face

Japanese researchers have built a child robot with an expressive face that they plan to use to study the early stages of social development.

Amazing Mobile Manipulator Unveiled

This robot has dexterous arms, a head full of sensors, and omnidirectional wheels. Is this the real Johnny 5 from the movie Short Circuit?

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ROBOTICS EVENTS
HRI 2011: 6 to 9 March 2011
International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Georgia Tech Robotics Courses: 26 to 27 April
Courses on perception, industrial robotics, autonomous vehicles, and human-robot interaction (Atlanta)
ICRA 2011: 9 to 13 May 2011
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (Shanghai)
WHC 2011: 22 to 24 June 2011
IEEE World Haptics Conference (Istanbul, Turkey)
 
ROBOT KITS
Modular Robotics’ Cubelets
Build a functional robot out of snap-together blocks with Modular Robotics’ Cubelets.
VIDEO
Robot Comedy and Interactivity
Watch two great talks on human-robot interaction from researchers Heather Knight and Cynthia Breazeal.
OPINION
Natural Intelligence and Artificial Stupidity
Airport security needs better humans, not machines.
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