Finally, a Robot That Moves Kind of Like a Tongue

Finally, a Robot That Moves Kind of Like a Tongue

Two stickers with fibers running lengthwise constrain the balloon to make it turn as it inflates (such an actuator could also use hydraulics instead of air, by the way), while a third sticker with fibers running at a 45 degree angle make the balloon twist at the end.

Our Favorite Kindle Is Only $60 for Prime Day

Our Favorite Kindle Is Only $60 for Prime Day

We highlighted our favorites below, but you can see the full list in our guide to the best Prime Day device deals . Absolute Best Amazon Prime Day Deals.

The Psychological Impact of Seeing YouTubers Spend Millions

The Psychological Impact of Seeing YouTubers Spend Millions

YouTubers like Tana Mongeau, Jeffree Star, and Jake Paul have turned showing off wealth into its own genre.

Depth of Field: The Metaphor of Trump and the MAGA Hat

Depth of Field: The Metaphor of Trump and the MAGA Hat

Depth of Field: The Metaphor of Trump and the MAGA Hat. President Trump announced his bid for reelection in Orlando on Tuesday. In the photo, it's the particular tension between Trump and the hat that I'm hypnotized by: man versus message.

Facebook Unleashes Software to Make Programming Robots Easy

Facebook Unleashes Software to Make Programming Robots Easy

“If I'm a machine learning researcher, and I only care about going to this X,Y location, I really do not want to be bothered by all the low-level details of how actually the robot ends up getting there,” says Facebook AI researcher Abhinav Gupta.

Korean Cars Are Officially the Best, a Blood-Powered Robot, and More News

Korean Cars Are Officially the Best, a Blood-Powered Robot, and More News

Korean Cars Are Officially the Best, a Blood-Powered Robot, and More News. Korea has taken the top spot among quality cars, scientists have created a robot fish that runs on blood, and Taylor Swift is causing a stir.

YouTube's 'Shitty Robot' Queen Made Her Own Tesla Pickup Truck

YouTube's 'Shitty Robot' Queen Made Her Own Tesla Pickup Truck

It marks a kind of turning point for Giertz, who says she’d like to focus more on building cars, and not the shitty kind. Around this time last year, Giertz partnered with a friend, engineer Marcos Ramirez, to start sketching out what a Model 3-turned-pickup-truck would look like.

The Glorious, Almost-Disconnected Boredom of My Walk in Japan

The Glorious, Almost-Disconnected Boredom of My Walk in Japan

I created a blocklist in Freedom and named it “THE PHONE IS A TOOL YOU DUMMY.” It prevented me from opening The New York Times app or Twitter or Facebook, virtual spaces all too easy to fall back into when approximately three seconds of boredom enter your frame.

Netflix's 'See You Yesterday' Challenges the Meaning of Time Travel

Netflix's 'See You Yesterday' Challenges the Meaning of Time Travel

Whereas filmmakers of the past have been interested in traveling through time to stop the Singularity or relive the heyday of the Walkman, director Stefon Bristol's movie, produced by Spike Lee, seeks to address police brutality against black Americans.

The Internet Changed Astrology. Then Came the Memes

The Internet Changed Astrology. Then Came the Memes

The abundance of information online about celestial movements and a seemingly infinite number of people writing horoscopes has transformed the practice from a devout subculture to a subject so popular that there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of social media accounts dedicated solely to star signs.

We Launched a Paywall. It Worked! Mostly.

We Launched a Paywall. It Worked! Mostly.

About half the stories are the kinds of pieces I would expect to lead to subscriptions: meaty features that got lots of traffic.

Will Artificial Intelligence Enhance or Hack Humanity?

Will Artificial Intelligence Enhance or Hack Humanity?

And responding to those kinds of questions and crisis that's facing humanity, I think one of the proposed solutions, that Stanford is making an effort about is, can we reframe the education, the research and the dialog of AI and technology in general in a human-centered way ?

In Automation, the Last Motion Will Come Before the Last Mile

In Automation, the Last Motion Will Come Before the Last Mile

If we want to see robots create economy-scale effects in the short term, we should skip the “last mile” and look to what I call the “last motion.” These are the short task sequences between previously automated streams of work in highly structured environments, where humans currently handle various uncertainties involving physical inputs, control actions, and outputs.

The Surprising Fireflies of the Western US

The Surprising Fireflies of the Western US

She’s the museum’s bug expert and is using science to connect with rural communities by collecting firefly sightings from all over Utah, the second driest state in the nation.

Ramy Is an Essential Voice for Millennial TV

Ramy Is an Essential Voice for Millennial TV

From the outset of Ramy, Hulu's newest half-hour comedy about a first-gen Egyptian-American in North New Jersey, its millennial disposition is apparent. Played by 28-year-old comedian Ramy Youssef, its eponymous lead is locked in a state of moral unsteadiness much like the Devs and Hannahs before him.

The Plan to Save the Rhino With a Cervix-Navigating Robot

The Plan to Save the Rhino With a Cervix-Navigating Robot

“It’s composed of a number of interlocking ridges or rings that makes it look like a number of S's connected to each other for 8 to 12 inches,” says Barbara Durrant, director of reproductive sciences at the San Diego Zoo.

Bobble-Heading Through the Mud in the Jeep Gladiator Pickup

Bobble-Heading Through the Mud in the Jeep Gladiator Pickup

Production at Jeep’s Toledo plant starts in April, with deliveries slated for May. Buy now, and you’ll get that 3.6-liter gas engine, good for 285 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque, and an EPA-rated 19 miles per gallon.

Ninja Is Being Immortalized on a Red Bull Can

Ninja Is Being Immortalized on a Red Bull Can

This week, gaming achieved a new, weird kind of crossover success, Notch became a bit less visible as Minecraft 's creator, and the scourge of industry layoffs continued apace. Ninja Is Being Immortalized in the Classic American Art Form of the Red Bull Can. Leonardo da Vinci.

Robot ‘Natural Selection’ Recombines Into Something Totally New

Robot ‘Natural Selection’ Recombines Into Something Totally New

“It gives you a lot of diversity and it gives you the power to explore areas of a design space that you wouldn't normally go into,” says research scientist David Howard, who developed the evolving leg system and recently published a framework for evolutionary robotics in Nature Machine Intelligence .

Space Photos of the Week: True Colors Shining Through

Space Photos of the Week: True Colors Shining Through

The Cat’s Paw Nebula glows in neon greens and reds, cranking out stars at an astronomical scale—it’s 80 to 90 light years across, so we’re not exaggerating. The result were images that looked back in time, filled with galaxies that, billions of years ago, had released light across the universe.

Withings Move ECG Watch Is Good for Your Ticker

Withings Move ECG Watch Is Good for Your Ticker

Which is why Withings’ Move ECG smartwatch caught my eye. And unlike the ECG-capable Apple Watch Series 4, which needs a daily recharge, the Withings uses a coin cell battery that lasts up to an entire year.

Apple iMac 2019: Specs, Price, Release Date

Apple iMac 2019: Specs, Price, Release Date

It can also be configured with a Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics card, the same option that’s available on Apple’s top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro. The 27-inch iMac, which has a 5K display, will have even more oomph.

The Uncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices

The Uncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices

WIRED sat down with Przegalinska at SXSW this week to talk about the monumental challenge of replicating human intonation, why the future of humanoid robots may not be particularly bright, and what happens when you let students teach a chatbot how to talk.

Making Beautiful Darkroom Images—Without Using a Camera

Making Beautiful Darkroom Images—Without Using a Camera

Related Stories "I just kind of let my body move around," Kent says. "My main meditation practice is a body scan," Kent says.

Forget Growing Weed—Make Yeast Spit Out CBD and THC Instead

Forget Growing Weed—Make Yeast Spit Out CBD and THC Instead

Now researchers have turned to yeast to do something more improbable: manufacturing the cannabis compounds CBD and THC. The reason researchers and cannabis companies are interested in alternative ways of producing cannabinoids is that working with the original plant is messy and complicated.

How Chris Evans Became Twitter's Avatar of Male Decency

How Chris Evans Became Twitter's Avatar of Male Decency

Regina King, making her way onstage to accept an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk , was struggling with her long white dress, so Chris Evans offered her his forearm for stability.

A 6-Legged Robot Stares at the Sky to Navigate Like a Desert Ant

A 6-Legged Robot Stares at the Sky to Navigate Like a Desert Ant

A 6-Legged Robot Stares at the Sky to Navigate Like a Desert Ant Dupeyroux et al., Sci. Robot. 4, eaau0307 (2019) Sensing polarized light is an indispensable skill for the ants, and perhaps soon it will also serve robots and autonomous cars.

18 of Our Favorite Valentine's Deals for Your Sweetheart (or You)

18 of Our Favorite Valentine's Deals for Your Sweetheart (or You)

The Fossil Q Men's Commuter Smartwatch Is 40 Percent Off If your loved one is in search of a fitness tracker that doesn't look like a fitness tracker, this Fossil men's smartwatch would be a good choice.

Donald Trump Jr.’s ‘SNL’ Gaffe Tops This Week's Internet News

Donald Trump Jr.’s ‘SNL’ Gaffe Tops This Week's Internet News

President Trump's son caught flack from the internet last week for referring to Saturday Night Live as "S&L." Drew Angerer/Getty Images OK, where to begin? What Happened: Donald Trump Jr. maybe doesn't know what Saturday Night Live is, or at least maybe doesn't fully understand the name of the NBC show.

The Punishing Polar Vortex Is Ideal for Cassie the Robot

The Punishing Polar Vortex Is Ideal for Cassie the Robot

University of Michigan “We thought the walking would be limited by the duration of the battery outdoors,” Grizzle says. (Very Game of Thrones , by the way, all the fire and now ice.) “We all want to use robots in conditions where people could be at risk,” Grizzle says.

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