Robot uses AI to personalize teaching of autistic children

Researchers have developed a new personalized learning robot for autistic children that uses machine learning to adapt its lessons to each kid’s changing needs. The University of Southern California team put a “socially assistive robot” called Kiwi in the homes of 17 autistic children and set the two-foot-tall, green-feathered robot to give each child personalized classes. Over the course of…

Virgin Galactic keeps bleeding cash — but says demand for spaceflights has doubled

Virgin Galactic’s latest earning reports confirmed it still doesn’t make any money. But, eager space nerds looking to be shot into (sub)orbit by Richard Branson can now pay a $1,000 deposit, so that’s something. The Mojave-based firm only made $529,000 revenue last quarter, leading to a loss of $55 million, higher than analysts anticipated. The quarter previous…

Smithsonian Institute just released 2.8 million high-quality images for free

Smithsonian Institute has just released a massive trove of 2.8 million high-quality two-dimensional and three-dimensional images to the public domain. Which means you can download them free of charge. These images were sourced from all 19 Smithsonian museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo. These images are a record of some famous artifacts…