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Survey: Examining perceptions of autonomous vehicles using hypothetical scenarios

Driverless car merging into traffic. How big of a gap between vehicles is acceptable? Image credit: Jordan Collver

I’m examining the perception of autonomous cars using hypothetical scenarios. Each of the hypothetical scenarios is accompanied with an image to help illustrate the scene — using grey tones and nondescript human-like features — along with the option to listen to the question spoken out loud to fully visualise an association. 

If you live in the UK, you can take this survey and help contribute to my research!

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Robohub Digest 05/17: RoboCup turns 20, ICRA in Singapore, robot inspector helps check bridges

A quick, hassle-free way to stay on top of robotics news, our robotics digest is released on the first Monday of every month. Sign up to get it in your inbox.

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Livestream: Committee to take stance in the European debate on artificial intelligence

524th plenary session, Main debating chamber, European Parliament. Credit: EESC

Today, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is going to debate its stance in the European discussion on AI and will express conflicting views on certain issues, especially on the question of legal personality for robots. The report, which has been drawn up by a Dutch rapporteur, Ms Catelijne Muller, member of the Workers’ Group, will be debated at the EESC’s plenary in Brussels on 31 May.

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Growing healthy resilient biological tissues on humanoid robots

Musculoskeletal robots may one day assist the growth of replacement tissue grafts for transplant patients.

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Robohub Digest 04/17: Robots and jobs, Royal Society’s machine learning report, and spring events


**Editor’s note: Due to yesterday’s May bank holiday in the UK, we’re posting the April Digest one day late.** A quick, hassle-free way to stay on top of robotics news, our robotics digest is released on the first Monday of every month. Sign up to get it in your inbox.

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Hands-on with TurtleBot 3, a powerful little robot for learning ROS | IEEE Spectrum

“The new TurtleBot 3 Waffle from Robotis: a powerful, modular robot that runs ROS.”

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An ostrich-like robot pushes the limits of legged locomotion | MIT Technology Review

Robots are still learning to walk. Here’s one that runs on two legs.

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No longer a dream: Silicon Valley takes on the flying car | The New York Times

“This isn’t science fiction. A number of start-ups as well as big aerospace
firms are trying to build personal aircraft you could fly around town.”

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Eight ways machine learning is already in your life | BBC

Many people are unsure about exactly what machine learning is. But the reality is that it is already part of everyday life. Robohub President Sabine Hauert writes for BBC news.

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Three-dimensional printing of transparent fused silica glass | Nature

3D printing with liquid glass? “A new approach, described in Nature, uses UV light to cure a polymer that’s been loaded with glass nanoparticles—so-called liquid glass—one layer at time, before baking it in a kiln to force out moisture and fuse the crystals.”

Read the abstract and citation details (for free) here.

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Facebook’s sci-fi plan for typing with your mind and hearing with your skin | MIT Tech Review

Inside the mysterious Building 8, the social network is working on far-out communication technologies.

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10 breakthrough technologies: Reinforcement learning | MIT Technology Review

By experimenting, computers are figuring out how to do things that no programmer could teach them.

Availability: 1 to 2 years

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Living and working with robots: European Robotics Forum to focus on robotics markets and future of work

Over 800 leading scientists, companies, and policymakers working in robotics will convene at the European Robotics Forum (#ERF2017) in Edinburgh, 22-24 March. This year’s theme is “Living and Working With Robots” with a focus on applications in manufacturing, disaster relief, agriculture, healthcare, assistive living, education, and mining.

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Fury road: Did Uber steal the driverless future from Google? | BloomburgBusinessweek

Inside the vicious patent fight over self-driving technology.

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Beware emotional robots: Giving feelings to artificial beings could backfire, study suggests | Science

Participants watched a scene play out in virtual reality and rated its eeriness.

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