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This artificial muscle is powered just like the real thing, no battery required

The artificial muscle consists of polymer material, into which the researchers have integrated enzymes. A solution of glucose and oxygen in water powers the polymer actuator, in a similar way as biological muscles. Thor Balkhed/Linköping University Aside from some impressive robotics tech and a synthetic Austrian accent, what’s the most important component for building a […]

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Robert Downey Jr. embraces his inner Tony Stark to save the world for real

In a move that sounds like it’s been ripped straight out of an Iron Man movie, big-screen Avenger Robert Downey Jr. has unveiled the Footprint Coalition, an organization that will use robotics and nanotechnology to help the environment and battle climate change. Downey took the stage at Amazon’s artificial intelligence-focused Re:Mars conference to deliver a 20-minute presentation […]

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'This is 100% real and possibly a very bad idea': Cards Against Humanity is selling used cars, medieval weapons, TVs, and even $100 bills for 99% off

“Holy f–k have we got some deals,” a new website from the makers of Cards Against Humanity reads. “Don’t be frightened by the deals. Just click and let the savings wash over you.” While many of the items sold on the site could be seen as prank gifts – like a life-size cutout of Orlando Bloom, […]

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Virtual newscaster wants to know: Is this the real me or just a fantasy?

[embedded content] “Hello, everyone. I’m an English artificial intelligence anchor. This is my very first day in Xinhua news agency.” Those are the introductory words of one of two A.I. clones presented the World Internet Conference taking place in Wuzhen, China, BBC News reported. Previous Next Xinhua news agency real and virtual news readers Xinhua news […]