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Scientists Digitise The Brain Of A Worm And Place It Inside A Robot

 

 

 

 

 

” With 100 billion neurons and 37 trillion cells, the human body is simply too complex to be artificially designed by modern computers.

  But in the quest to create artificial life, what if we started a lot smaller? That’s what team of scientists has done, creating a replica of the simplest form of life we know.

  The worm Caenorhabditis elegans has just 300 neurons and around 1,000 cells – and now a robot has been created that mimics the actions of this simple organism.

  The OpenWorm project, a global effort including researchers from the US and UK, is attempting to create the world’s first digital animal.”

Earlier this year the OpenWorm project ran a successful digital campaign to fund their digital worm (shown). Next year people will be able to buy and download their own worm for use on computers. The artificial creature accurately recreates the cells and neurons in a real C. elegans worm

” Earlier this year they ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of a worm you can download onto your computer.

  And they have also created a robot that mimics the actions of a real-life worm.

  C. elegans is one of the simplest forms of life we know, thanks to its limited neurons and cells, and thus researchers have been able to accurately map its body.

  The worm, though simple, contains 80 per cent of the same genes as humans and can be studied as a more basic version of complex life.

  With a brain, stomach and bodily functions, the worm has provided scientists with a way to study life on a much smaller and more manageable scale.

In this latest project the researchers mapped the entire physiology of a C. elegans organism.

  They then recreated the worm’s brain, cells and more in digital form, complete with neurons ‘firing’ to make decisions.”

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Atlas Robot Tries To Do The Karate Kid “Crane” Stance

 

 

 

 

 

” If robots of the future start trying to become our new overlords, we could probably trace it back to this day. Well, sort of. Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IMHC) is teaching its Atlas robot a few kickass moves. Or at least is trying to. The latest stunt this humanoid contraption is trying to pull off is that iconic stance from 1984’s Karate Kid, popularly known as “The Crane”. But while it seems to have its arm movements down to a T, it still needs a lot of work on its legs.

  OK, the Atlas won’t be kicking enemies, humans or robots, any time soon. Flapping your arms up and down is relatively easy. Jumping from a single foot to the other is easier said than done, especially for a robot that weighs 150 kg, almost thrice as much as Daniel-san back in the days. But smooth karate moves isn’t actually the point of this exercise, but more about the extremely difficult task of keeping a robot of that weight and mass balanced on one foot a top a few concrete blocks, with its arms moving around. And yes, at least one of its legs does try to make a kick. “

 

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Boeing Test Flies The Unmanned QF-16 Fighter

 

 

Boeing Pilotless F-16

 

 

 

 

” As a pilotless F-16 roared into the sky Sept. 19 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., members of Boeing’s QF-16 team and the U.S. Air Force celebrated.

  The flight represented the first unmanned QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target flight.  Put another way, fighter pilots now have an adversary for which to train against that prepares them like never before.

  Two U.S. Air Force test pilots in a ground control station at Tydall remotely flew the QF-16, which is a retired F-16 jet modified to be an aerial target. While in the air, the QF-16 mission included a series of simulated maneuvers, reaching supersonic speeds, returning to base and landing, all without a pilot in the cockpit.

“ It was a little different to see it without anyone in it, but it was a great flight all the way around,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ryan Inman, Commander, 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron. “It’s a replication of current, real world situations and aircraft platforms they can shoot as a target. Now we have a 9G capable, highly sustainable aerial target.”

  Prior to the QF-16, the military used a QF-4 aircraft, which was a modification of the F-4 Phantom, a Vietnam-era fighter The modified QF-16 provides pilots a target that performs closer to many jets flying today.

  The QF-16s were all retired aircraft. Boeing retrieved them from Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona and restored them for flight.

  Next up, live fire testing moves to Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The military will ultimately use QF-16s for weapons testing and other aerial training.

  So far, Boeing has modified six F-16s into the QF-16 configuration.

  To see the QF-16 make its first flight, watch the video. To see highlights from the cockpit video, click the link (pilotless F-16) in the written story.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Bay Wins 1st In High School Robot Competition

 

 

 

” More than 60 teams competed in the 14th annual FIRST Robotics Los Angeles Regional Competition, considered the “Superbowl of Smarts” that culminated with an alliance of teams from three South Bay high schools taking home the top trophy.

  The winners came from Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, Redondo Union High School and West High School in Torrance. They will now go on to the FIRST Championships in St. Louis set for April 23-26.

“ As the competition went on, it just got more and more exciting,” said Michael Tamaki, 17, of West High School in Torrance. This was the first year the school’s team, with about 30 students, competed in the event. “On Wednesday, when we were loading everything for the trip, we weren’t expecting to get any goals in. But we just won, and it’s an incredible feeling.”  “

 

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Meet The Robot That’s A Minimum Wage Killer

 

” Small business owners in Southern California have struggled against high taxes and a rising minimum wage for years. But a new robotics startup in San Francisco called Momentum Machines wants to sooth the burdens created by oppressive government by designing a machine that will solve these problems.

Momentum Machines is hiring for certain positions. Do you think they pay above minimum wage? “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drones And Robotic Warfare You Just Can’t Imagine

 

 

 

 

” Drones can essentially conduct perch and stare missions nearly endlessly. The technology is developing even more rapidly than the military can grasp, says the director of MIT’s Humans and Automation Laboratory.

  In just the past two years, it seems as if drones are everywhere in the news. This technology has been around for more than 60 years, but has only recently captured both national and international attention. This is primarily because of the increasing use in the military, but also because of concerns that such technology will be turned on a country’s own citizens.

  The average person thinks of a drone as a flying spy camera, loitering overhead waiting to spot a target and then possibly launching a weapon when that target is labeled as a threat. To be sure, this is indeed one mission of drones, typically of organizations like the CIA.

  However, this is by far the least common mission. The vast majority of military drone missions today are data and image collection. Their ability to provide “situational awareness” to decision makers on the ground is unparalleled in military operations since drones can essentially conduct perch and stare missions nearly endlessly.

  This is why their use and demand from the trenches has been so high – they provide an ability to watch as events unfold, providing some clarity to the fog of war, which is the Achilles Heel for military leaders.

  However, in the very near future, these intelligence surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions will be dwarfed by other uses of drones in operations inconceivable to most military personnel today.

  They will be used to enhance communications, patrol the skies, intercept incoming ballistic and short range missiles, dog fight with other aircraft in the sky, and deliver supplies. Indeed, currently the US Marine Corps has two robotic helicopters that have moved millions of pounds of goods and have been critical in current drawdown efforts.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venturing Into The Unknown

” Just as unmanned aircraft are revolutionizing the skies, Echo Ranger is changing how we explore, protect and survey the sea. Unmanned underwater vehicles have the potential to not only save lives, but also discover new areas below the surface.”

 

WTF, This $1 mil. Toy Is Called The “Kuratas” (31 Photos)

 

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