New ‘deep learning’ technique enables robot mastery of skills via trial and error
5/22/2015 - UC Berkeley researchers have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn, marking a major milestone in the field of artificial intelligence.
New approach trains robots to match human dexterity and speed
5/22/2015 New York Times - Linking several powerful software techniques, as Berkeley engineers have done with BRETT (Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks), makes it possible for a robot to learn tasks rapidly with a relatively little training.
Robots are really bad at folding towels
5/20/2015 NPR - Seven years ago, Berkeley researcher Pieter Abbeel set out on a quest: to teach a robot how to fold laundry. This proved to be a remarkably difficult task — and the difficulty of the task illuminates some key things about the limits of machines. See story and hear four-minute podcast.
How smart is today’s artificial intelligence?
5/20/2015 PBS News Hour - How far away are we from making intelligent machines that actually have minds of their own? Berkeley researchers Stuart Russell and Pieter Abbeel weigh in on this nine-minute PBS News Hour segment, along with Elon Musk and Google’s Ray Kurzweil.
A way to brew morphine raises concerns over regulation
5/20/2015 New York Times - A fermentation process that produces heroin’s raw ingredient has stirred debate over whether the drug trafficking trade could benefit more than the pharmaceutical industry.
5/18/2015 - In case you missed it: Watch the 2015 commencement ceremonies.
Discovery paves way for homebrewed drugs, prompts call for regulation
5/18/2015 - Research led by Berkeley bioengineers has completed key steps needed to turn sugar-fed yeast into a microbial factory for producing therapeutic drugs. But because the work could lead to home-brewing of opiates and other controlled substances, the researchers warn that regulators and law enforcement need to pay attention, too.
Throw this camera drone in the air and it flies itself
5/15/2015 Wired - The Lily is a drone that doesn't need a controller, or a pilot; it just follows you. It's the first product from Lily Robotics, founded by a pair of recent UC Berkeley graduates including CTO Henry Bradlow (B.S.'13 EECS).
Drug perks up old muscles and aging brains
5/13/2015 - UC Berkeley bioengineers have discovered that a small-molecule drug simultaneously perks up old stem cells in the brains and muscles of mice, a finding that could lead to drug interventions for humans that would make aging tissues throughout the body act young again.
ME's Wienkers is University Medal finalist
5/12/2015 - Aaron Wienkers, a graduating senior in mechanical engineering, is one of four finalists for the 2015 University Medal, which honors honors outstanding scholarship, public service and strength of character. He is also the recipient of the ME department citation.
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