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MIT develops a way for autonomous delivery robots to find your front door

Researchers at MIT have developed a new method of navigation for robots that could be very useful for the range of companies working on autonomous last-mile delivery. In short, the team has worked out how a robot can figure out the location of a front door, without being provided a specific map in advance. Most last-mile autonomous delivery robots today, including the “wheeled cooler”-style variety that was pioneered by Starship and has since been adopted by a number of other companies, including Postmates, basically meet customers at the curb. Mapping…

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MITs recycling sorting robot can feel the difference between materials

RoCycle is, naturally, short for “recycling robot,” the latest offering out of MIT’s CSAIL lab. The pick and place ‘bot utilizes a unique combination of sensors to help distinguish the material differences of objects in order to sort them ahead of the recycling process. Built on top of a Rethink Robotics Baxter, the system utilizes a Teflon gripper with built in sensors that are capable of determining an object’s makeup based on size and stiffness. It’s not completely perfect just yet. The technology works thusly: The team’s gripper first uses…

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Dr. Katie Bouman Gets Accused Of Taking All The Credit For Black Hole Pic, Her Male Colleague Clears The Air On Twitter

In a reverse ‘Hidden Figures’ these trolls began digging around the internet to find the real (man) person responsible for this scientific feat. They landed on Andrew Chael, listed on GitHub as the primary developer for one of the algorithms of the monumental discovery – but he was quick to shut them down. Computer scientist Katie Bouman has become the face of the first black hole photo in history – and internet trolls are not pleased Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Unknown Thousands of people started upvoting/giving attention to…

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uBiome is jumping into therapeutics with a healthy $83 million in Series C financing

23andMe, IBM and now uBiome is the next tech company to jump into the lucrative multi-billion dollar drug discovery market. The company started out with a consumer gut health test to check whether your intestines carry the right kind of bacteria for healthy digestion but has since expanded to include over 250,000 samples for everything from the microbes on your skin to vaginal health — the largest data set in the world for these types of samples, according to the company. Founder Jessica Richman now says there’s a wider opportunity…

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MITs new headset reads the words in your head

There’s always been a glaring issue with voice computing: Talking to a voice assistant with other people around makes you feel like a bit of a weirdo. It’s a big part of the reason we’ve been seeing the technology start to take off in the home, where people feel a little less self-conscious talking to their machines. The advent of some sort of nonverbal device that gets the job done in a similar way, but without the talking, is a kind of inevitability. A team at MIT has been working…

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Major Breakthrough: Scientists At MIT Have Trapped Cancer Underneath A Bowl

Well, this is officially the best news you’ll read all day! After decades of research, we’re officially closer than ever to finding a cure for one of the most deadly disease on earth: Scientists at MIT have made a major medical breakthrough and have trapped cancer underneath a bowl! So much yes! This could be the end of cancer as we know it! The miraculous development was reportedly made last week, when five scientists in MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research stood together and corralled cancer into a corner…

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Escher Reality is building the backend for cross-platform mobile AR

The potential of mobile augmented reality is clear. Last summer Pokemon Go gave a glimpse of just how big this craze could be, as thousands of excited humans converged on parks, bus stops and other locations around the world to chase virtual monsters through the lens of their smartphones. Apple was also watching. And this summer the company signaled its own conviction in the technology by announcing ARKit: a developer toolkit to support iOS developers to build augmented reality apps. CEO Tim Cook said iOS will become the worlds biggest…

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MIT CSAIL research offers a fully automated way to peer inside neural nets

MITs Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab has devised a way to look inside neural networks and shed some light on how theyre actually making decisions. The new process is a fully automated version of the system the research team behind it presented two years ago, which employed human reviewers to achieve the same ends. Coming up with a method that can provide similar results without human review could be a significant step towards helping us understand why neural networks that perform well are able do succeed as well as…

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Taking a ride in MITs self-driving wheelchair

Over the past few months, CSAILs (MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory)self-driving wheelchair has become a familiar sight around the MIT halls. Its a nice little rolling advertisement for the labs work and more importantly, its a great opportunity to test the mobility device in a real world setting. As students wander by in groups, deep in conversation or face down in their smartphones, their paths are unpredictable and collisions are a very real possibility. This kind of real world testing is exactly why the chair exists in the…

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A $150 million fund, The Engine, will back startups others find too hard

A fund and accelerator for advanced technology startups, The Engine, closed its debut fund at a robust $150 million this week, according to its President, CEO and Managing Partner Katie Rae. Last year, TechCrunch reported that MIT was investing $25 million into The Engine, becoming the anchor LP for the fund. While The Engine is not owned and operated by the private, research university, it has strong ties with MIT. Several of its board members and advisers are faculty and staff at MIT. Additionally, startups backed by The Engine can…

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