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  • Affordances are ways in which an animal or a robot can interact with the environment. The concept, borrowed from psychology, inspires a fresh take on the design of robots that will be able to hold their own in everyday tasks and unpredictable situations.

    • Jeremy Hsu
    News Feature
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) has recently re-emerged from the intersection of many fields, directing its collective energy at the building and studying of intelligent machines.

  • David Oh was lead flight director for the Curiosity Mars rover and is now part of NASA’s mission to Psyche, a 200-km-wide metal asteroid. Our editor Yann Sweeney met with David at SIGGRAPH Asia to discuss whether advances in AI could improve autonomous robots for space exploration.

    • Yann Sweeney
  • After a difficult start, medicinal chemists are now ready to embrace AI-based methods and concepts in drug discovery, explains Gisbert Schneider.

    • Gisbert Schneider
  • Preprints provide an efficient way for scientific communities to share and discuss results. We encourage authors to post preprints on arXiv, bioRxiv or other recognized community preprint platforms.

  • By organizing Kaggle competitions, astrophysicist Thomas Kitching can focus on asking the right questions.

    • Thomas Kitching
    Challenge Accepted
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) promises to be an invaluable tool for nature conservation, but its misuse could have severe real-world consequences for people and wildlife. Conservation scientists discuss how improved metrics and ethical oversight can mitigate these risks.

    • Oliver R. Wearn
    • Robin Freeman
    • David M. P. Jacoby
  • Yuanfang Guan explains how taking part in data challenges has helped her learn new analytical techniques and creatively apply them on a variety of datasets.

    • Yuanfang Guan
    Challenge Accepted
  • As artificial intelligence, robotics and machine learning are high on the agenda everywhere, Nature Machine Intelligence launches to stimulate collaborations between different disciplines.

  • Debate about the impacts of AI is often split into two camps, one associated with the near term and the other with the long term. This divide is a mistake — the connections between the two perspectives deserve more attention, say Stephen Cave and Seán S. ÓhÉigeartaigh.

    • Stephen Cave
    • Seán S. ÓhÉigeartaigh
  • Ken Goldberg reflects on how four exciting sub-fields of robotics — co-robotics, human–robot interaction, deep learning and cloud robotics — accelerate a renewed trend toward robots working safely and constructively with humans.

    • Ken Goldberg