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Researchers interact with rats by becoming virtual rats themselves

A wise man once said, "In order for us to understand the rat, we must become the rat." Now, it's quite possible that no one has ever actually said this, but that doesn't matter. But what does matter is that it's the driving sentiment behind a project that's seeking to bridge the gap that's separating us humans from… » 11/01/12 2:45pm 11/01/12 2:45pm

How did this game bot score higher than humans on a Turing Test?

Anyone who plays video games knows that game bots, artificially intelligent virtual gamers, can be spotted a mile away on account of their mindless predictability and utter lack of behavioral realism. Looking to change this, 2K Games recently launched the BotPrize competition, a kind of Turing Test for nonplayer… » 10/01/12 1:20pm 10/01/12 1:20pm

Man inventing cell phone that can kiss you

Ever wished your phone was a little more... intimate? Fabian Hemmert, a design researcher at the Berlin University of the Arts, Germany, certainly does. "Mobile phones use so little of our sensory abilities," he says. "They are great for information exchange - text, video, and speech - but they provide no feeling of… » 9/11/11 8:30am 9/11/11 8:30am