Robotics

Assistive robots used in medical settings could inspire caregivers—familial as well as professional—to treat patients more empathetically and patiently, potentially improving outcomes.

While AI and robotics won’t be replacing physicians any time soon, emerging applications surely will lift efficiency for human practitioners of the healing arts and sciences. 

Facebook researchers are working to see how well and how quickly robots can teach themselves to walk, feel their way around tricky spaces and otherwise try new robot-y things through AI-driven trial and error.

There’s probably a lot of overlap between computer “power users” and individuals who are comfortable with machines replacing humans in the workplace.

An AI model built by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology helps robots better predict how they’ll interact with solid objects and liquids, improving their ability to mold deformable materials.

Michigan-based startup HistoSonics raised $54 million in its Series C funding round to support the noninvasive Robotically Assisted Sonic Therapy (RAST) platform, an AI solution that combines advanced robotics and imaging to destroy unwanted tissue.

Industrial and biomedical engineers at Purdue University have demonstrated a way to print devices in 3D such that they squeeze, move and otherwise feel like human hands. The team’s hope is to create soft robots that can help care for elderly patients with a human-like touch when nursing shortages become the norm.

The nonprofit Edison Universe has named the winners of the 2019 Edison Awards, recognizing innovations of various sorts in industries of all kinds. Some of the best breakthroughs involve high tech in healthcare.

Recent advances in AI have enabled positive change in numerous areas, including public safety, sustainability and healthcare. But when algorithms go awry—as some inevitably will—who should shoulder the blame?

A recently discovered property of spider silk known as supercontraction could one day comprise a key building block of artificial muscles and robotic actuators, according to research published March 1 in Science Advances.

After seeing success from its AI-powered healthcare bot, Ohio-based healthcare technology company Olive is planning to add 100 tech jobs within the next two years, according to a report by Columbus Business First.

Microsoft unveiled a new tool that allows healthcare organizations to create their own AI-powered chatbots and virtual assistants for various services.