Robots evolve sharing, altruism, might not be plotting our downfall

Usually when we hear about robots learning a new skill through evolutionary programming, it makes us fear for the coming robopocalypse. But just this once it appears they may be learning something friendly, too. A program in Switzerland has put simple robots through hundreds of generations of simulated evolution, and… » 5/05/11 8:00am 5/05/11 8:00am

Breakthrough in understanding primate vision could help create robots who recognize you

We know that a dog is a dog, regardless of whether it's sitting, running, or trying to comprehend escalators. But one of the tricky parts of designing an artificial vision system for a computer is getting it to recognize that an object is the same, regardless of perspective, position, ambient lighting, and a whole… » 9/23/10 10:03am 9/23/10 10:03am