Octopus inspires new suction mechanism for robots

Suction cup grasping a stone. Credit: University of Bristol A new robotic suction cup that can grasp rough, curved and heavy stone, has been developed by scientists at the University of Bristol. The team, based at Bristol Robotics Laboratory, studied the structures of octopus biological suckers, which have superb adaptive suction abilities enabling them to […]

An ink for 3D-printing flexible devices without mechanical joints

The lab’s DNGE prototype “finger” with rigid “bones” surrounded by flexible “flesh.” Credit: Adrian Alberola EPFL researchers are targeting the next generation of soft actuators and robots with an elastomer-based ink for 3D printing objects with locally changing mechanical properties, eliminating the need for cumbersome mechanical joints. For engineers working on soft robotics or wearable […]

Researchers perform critical literature review on fairness and AI in the labor market

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Carlotta Rigotti and Eduard Fosch-Villaronga have published a new article that offers an insightful and critical literature review on fairness and AI in the labor market as part of the BIAS project. The ever-increasing adoption of AI technologies in the hiring landscape to enhance human resources efficiency raises questions about algorithmic […]

A rimless wheel robot that can reliably overcome steps

Rimless wheel robot with elastic telescopic-legs. Credit: Artificial Life and Robotics (2024). DOI: 10.1007/s10015-024-00943-w Robots with wheels could potentially navigate a variety of indoor and outdoor environments, traveling for longer distances and with fewer risks of losing balance. While some wheeled robots have achieved very promising results in recent years, most of them are unable […]

Deepfake detection improves when using algorithms that are more aware of demographic diversity

Credit: Markus Winkler from Pexels Deepfakes—essentially putting words in someone else’s mouth in a very believable way—are becoming more sophisticated by the day and increasingly hard to spot. Recent examples of deepfakes include Taylor Swift nude images, an audio recording of President Joe Biden telling New Hampshire residents not to vote, and a video of […]

AI model could optimize e-commerce sites for users who are color blind

A screenshot shows all nine versions of Aarabi’s test website, each filtered to simulate a variation of colour-blindness. The bottom-right version is weak protanomaly, or a reduced ability to perceive red light. Credit: Parham Aarabi University of Toronto researcher Parham Aarabi has created an artificial intelligence model that mimics how people use e-commerce websites—and it […]