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A First Kiss apple on the tree

The First Kiss: worth waiting for

The highly anticipated new apple from the U of M appears to be destined for commercial success.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
A young boy smiles at a humanoid robot in front of him, as Marie Manner, a PhD student at the University of Minnesota, observes.

Unlocking Mechanical Minds: using robots to help diagnose autism

Kids’ interactions with talking robots—which behave in a standardized, bias-free manner—could reveal telltale signs in very young children destined to develop autism. University of Minnesota researchers have collected baseline data on robots’ interactions with 2- to 4-year-olds. They hope to use this data to predict who will develop autism, unlocking the door to countless precious minds.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities