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Robot Spiders Could Build the Next Generation of Objects in Space

April 7, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the most difficult parts about constructing satellites, space stations, or other orbiting objects is getting the materials into space. For the most part, existing space structures have to be built on Earth. But one company wants to use the ingenuity of spiders to change the way we build...

These Robotic Spiders Could Fix America's Satellite Infrastructure in Space

April 7, 2015 One of the most difficult parts about constructing satellites, space stations, or other orbiting objects is getting the materials into space. For the most part, existing space structures have to be built on Earth. But one company wants to use the ingenuity of spiders to change the way we build...

How Fish Could Give Us the Body Armor of the Future

April 7, 2015 William the Conquerer knew it. The Romans knew it. Even the Terracotta Army seemed to know it: In battle, a solider needs to be protected from his enemy’s volleys, but he also needs to be able to move. Otherwise, the results can be disastrous. Now a new study out of...

MIT Scientists Design Bulletproof Armor Modeled on Fish Scales

April 7, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow William the Conquerer knew it. The Romans knew it. Even the Terracotta Army seemed to know it: In battle, a solider needs to be protected from his enemy’s volleys, but he also needs to be able to move. Otherwise, the results can be disastrous. Now a new study out of...

A Search Engine Could Become the First True Artificial Intelligence

April 2, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Everything in our online life is indexed. Every idle tweet, status update, or curious search query feeds the Google database. The tech giant recently bought a leading artificial-intelligence research outlet, and it already has a robotics company on its books. So what if Google, or Facebook, or any of the...

Google's Next-Gen Robots Could Have Personalities

April 1, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Whether or not we are headed toward a robot revolution, Google wants us to get comfortable with the next generation of robots. In a new patent awarded to the company today, Google outlines ways to download and customize the personality of a robot or computer. Google’s patent details a cloud-based...

Steve Wozniak Says World Domination by Robots Could be Thwarted by Simple Physics

March 24, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Prominent scientists who are worried about the rise of artificial intelligence and robots, and about humanity’s place in the world if robots take over. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has added his name to that list. In an interview with the Australian Financial Review on March 23, Wozniak spoke of his...

Data Scientists Have Isolated the Exact Times a Yellow Taxi is a Better Deal Than an Uber

March 17, 2015 Uber, the on-demand taxi service, is on course to revolutionize the way we travel in cities. It’s so popular that it has changed how we talk aboutother new on-demand services and it’s now valued at over $40 billion. But a team of researchers has shown that—at least in New York...

Watch New 3-D Printing Technique Create Intricate Objects From a Pool of Goo

March 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 3D printing is stuck in a bit of a rut. There are companies trying to push the technology beyond the trinket market, but many of the existing printers are slow, jam often, and don’t always make perfect copies. One new printer introduced at the TED conference may have the answer....

Study: Americans Are Mostly OK With Government Surveillance

March 16, 2015 For the most part, Americans seem to have greeted the revelations about government snooping from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden with a shrug. In a new report released today by the Pew Research Center, researchers found that 82% of Americans find it acceptable to monitor communications of suspected...