Computer Science

This soft rotini robot could navigate with a snap

Researchers at Penn Engineering have developed soft robots that can navigate complex environments, such as mazes, without input from humans or computer software. Though autonomy...

This tiny robotic crab is the smallest-ever walking robot

Engineers have developed the smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot — and it comes in the form of a tiny, adorable peekytoe crab. Just a half-millimeter wide,...

Why Mastercard’s new face recognition payment system raises concerns

Mastercard's "smile to pay" system, announced last week, is supposed to save time for customers at checkouts. It is being trialed in Brazil, with future...

Hackers can eavesdrop 6G frequency with DIY metasurface

Crafty hackers can make a tool to eavesdrop on some 6G wireless signals in as little as five minutes using office paper, an inkjet...

Amazon, Netflix algorithms can help satellites see the Earth better

Algorithms that help consumers decide what to stream or buy online can do more than predict customers’ habits: They can help satellites see the Earth...

Researchers find way to add feelings to lips in virtual reality

Lips, together with the gums and tongue, are second only to the fingertips in nerve density. The new system uses airborne ultrasound waves to create...

This artificial skin could give robots a sense of touch like humans

One of many special human qualities is the ability to handle objects with skill and precision. This is all down to our sense of touch,...

Elon Musk: Are we living in a simulation?

The simulation hypothesis is a proposal regarding the nature of existence which posits that all of existence is an artificial simulation, such as a...

Elon Musk: My view about future of technology

Advances in digital technologies hold considerable potential to lift the trajectory of productivity and economic growth, and to create new and better jobs to replace...

Elon Musk: Why I have negative views about artificial intelligence (AI)

Artificial intelligence is intelligence demonstrated by machines, as opposed to the natural intelligence displayed by animals including humans. AI applications include advanced web search engines (e.g., Google), recommendation systems (used...