Two Engineers, 60 Years Apart, Explore Aging Together

Photo: Kyle Hunt THE INSTITUTE The friendship between 88-year-old Pierre Thollot and 28-year-old Grace Hunt (née Watt) [pictured above] might seem like an odd one at first. After all, most…

IEEE’s Natural Disaster Relief Program Expanding to India, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico

Photo: IEEE MOVE The IEEE MOVE truck used to provide U.S. communities with power, phone service, and Internet access in areas of widespread outages due to floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and…

IEEE’s Natural Disaster Relief Program Expanding to India, Jamaica, Pakistan, Turkey, and Puerto Rico

Photo: IEEE MOVE The IEEE MOVE truck used to provide U.S. communities with power, phone service, and Internet access in areas of widespread outages due to floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and…

Video Friday: A Robot to Brush Your Hair

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few…

EXCLUSIVE: Google Snaps Up Network-on-Chip Startup Provino

Google has quietly acquired Provino Technologies, a start-up developing network-on-chip (NoC) systems for machine learning, an IEEE Spectrum investigation has discovered. The latest processors for AI applications are home to…

Coming Home: NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Mission to Begin Return from Deep Space

It’s a good thing robotic spacecraft are not sentient, because if they were, they would probably hate us. Their reward for a job well done has usually been abandonment. We…

Light Could Move Data 100X Faster Through Supercomputers

Imagine being able to read an entire book in a single second, but only receiving the pages individually over the course of a minute. This is analogous to the woes…

Used Keysight Equipment for Education, Research, and Non-Profits

Extend your budget without making compromises; used Keysight equipment provides you with great savings on quality instruments. 

How Disney Imagineering Crammed a Humanoid Robot Into a Groot Suit

From what I’ve seen of humanoid robotics, there’s a fairly substantial divide between what folks in the research space traditionally call robotics, and something like animatronics, which tends to be…

IBM Introduces the World’s First 2-nm Node Chip

IBM has become the first in the world to introduce a 2-nanometer (nm) node chip. IBM claims this new chip will improve performance by 45 percent using the same amount of…

From Refugee to Micron VP

Photo: Micron Thy Tran, vice president of DRAM process integration at Micron in Boise, Idaho. THE INSTITUTE Thy Tran had a harrowing journey to the United States. Tran, now vice…

The Next Frontier for Gesture Control is Teeth

Is totally unobtrusive control of my devices really too much to ask? Apparently, it is, because every device that I own insists that I either poke it, yammer at it,…

Computer History Museum Honors Khan Academy Founder

The Computer History Museum has created a new award: the Patrick J. McGovern Tech for Humanity Luminary. And in April it named the first wininer—Sal Kahn, whose founding of the free online…

When Autonomous Cars Teach Themselves to Drive Better Than Humans

Whether or not autonomous vehicles are able to develop the kind of dynamic, adaptive, common-sense reasoning that humans are able to leverage (when we’re paying attention, that is), AVs have…

Andrew Ng X-Rays the AI Hype

“Those of us in machine learning are really good at doing well on a test set,” says machine learning pioneer Andrew Ng, “but unfortunately deploying a system takes more than…