MIT engineers hand 'cognitive' control to underwater robots When deploying autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), much of an engineer's time is spent writing scripts, or low-level commands, in order to direct a robot to carry out a mission plan. Now a new programming approach developed by MIT engineers gives robots more "cognitive" capabilities, enabling humans to specify high-level goals, while a robot performs high-level decision-making to figure out how to achieve these goals. image: autonomous underwater vehicles await deployment on the deck of the Falkor, Western Australia
DARPA Aims to Accelerate Memory Function for Skill Learning A new DARPA program aims to investigate the role of neural "replay" in the formation and recall of memory, with the goal of helping people better remember specific episodic events & skills. The 24-month fundamental research program, Restoring Active Memory Replay or RAM Replay, is designed to develop novel & rigorous computational methods to help determine not only which brain components matter in memory formation & recall but also how much they matter. Engagement of the replay process, frequency of activation & time during which replay occurs can affect performance on tasks designed to assess performance of learned skills. Also, some studies have investigated modulation of subsequent memory recall via sensory cues or transcranial stimulation during sleep.
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