Just like successful therapist or coach relationships, machine-human relationships require engagement and trust if robots are to be useful.
A soft robotic hand takes a two-pronged approach to grasping
Resembling a balloon filled with coffee grounds, this gripper uses granular jamming and electrostatic interactions to manipulate objects.
Crawling earthworm robots get a soft polymer boost
The replacement of rigid parts could help robots more closely mimic the humble worm to help them squeeze into tight spots.
Snapping metacaps propel soft robot design
An innovative design allows for sensitive soft robots that can navigate difficult tasks and environments without bulky sensors.
Laser-assisted 4D printing could open new avenues in science and technology
4D printing of metallic shape-morphing systems can be applied in many fields, including aerospace, smart manufacturing, naval equipment, and biomedical engineering.
Machines can impersonate humans, but the subconscious brain is not fooled
People cannot reliably tell whether a text is produced by a human or a machine — but subconscious neural activity reveals the true identity.
ChatGPT is making waves in the scientific literature
Crediting ChatGPT as an author on scientific papers has sparked debate around the role it should play in the scientific literature.
Robots with involuntary behaviors seem more natural
Modeling involuntary aspects of human behavior, such as blinking or even jet lag, might help build trust in robot-human interactions.
A miniature robot for diagnosing lung cancer
This tiny soft robot can be steered through the branches of the lungs without causing damage for safer diagnosis.
Bio-inspired robotic eyes that better estimate motion
Event cameras mimic the human eye to allow robots to navigate their environment, and a new approach helps minimize computational costs.