“This surgery was done for a 43 year old woman who had been using the Mirena IUD with good results until she began with very heavy irregular bleeding and was found to have a fibroid uterus the size of 4 months of pregnancy. One of the fibroids was submucosal which means that it was immediately adjacent to the uterine lining and which are the type that typically cause the heaviest and most difficult to control bleeding problems. The robotic hysterectomy proved to be her best option with minimal recovery time, minimal hospital time and minimal pain.”
A three-week old robot at the MIT Media Lab is weaving a cocoon-like structure with a little programming help from humans. Eventually it will be autonomous.
Drawing, is the human activity we investigate in the AIKON project. It has been practiced in every civilization for at least the last 30,000 years. The project will be using computational and robotic technologies to explore the drawing activity. In particular the research focuses on face sketching. What can explain that for a non-draughtsman it proves so difficult to draw what they perceive so clearly, while an artist is able to do so sometimes just with a few lines, in a few seconds? Furthermore, how can an artist draw with an immediately recognizable style/manner? How can a few lines thrown spontaneously on paper be aesthetically pleasing? Art historians, psychologists, neuroscientists — such as Arnheim, Fry, Gombrich, Leyton, Ramachandran, Ruskin, Willats, Zeki — have argued that artists perceive the world differently.
The Aikon robot was created by Frédéric Fol Leymarie and Patrick Tresset, computer scientists at Goldsmiths, University of London.
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