A Virtual Playground Lets AI Practice Complex Tasks And Chores

As the classic saying goes, “if you want to make a chore-bot, you’ll need to crack some plates.” The old adage encapsulates a major problem facing those working on robotic household assistants: how do you build a robot that completes all the tiny steps in a task humans do with ease, like setting the table […]

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The FDA Puts the Brakes on A Major CRISPR Trial in Humans

You’ve heard it before: CRISPR has the potential to change our lives for the better. But first, we have to give it a chance. In December, gene-editing company CRISPR Therapeutics announced a partnership with biotech company Vertex to develop CTX001, the world’s first gene-based treatment for sickle cell disease (SCD). Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration […]

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This Aerial Robot Can Change Its Shape Mid-Flight

When you need a model for how to make something that flies, there’s no need to look to science fiction. Nature’s got plenty of examples. A pretty good one? Birds. Flying is kind of their thing (for most of them, anyway). So when researchers from the Étienne Jules Marey Institute of Movement Sciences (CNRS / […]

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A California City Is Gearing Up To Test Universal Basic Income

For years, the citizens of Stockton, California, have faced rampant unemployment, poverty, and hardship. For some, a new experiment could change that. In the coming months, mayor Michael Tubbs plans to launch a universal basic income trial that will — without any conditions or work requirements — give monthly payments to about 100 families over […]

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