2018-04


Autonomous Weapons Would Take Warfare To A New Domain, Without Humans

NPR

The U.S. Army's Autonomous Remote Engagement System is mounted on the Picatinny Lightweight Remote Weapon System and coupled with an M240B machine gun. It's part of a program that reduces the time to identify targets using automatic target detection and user-specified target selection. The U.S. Army's Autonomous Remote Engagement System is mounted on the Picatinny Lightweight Remote Weapon System and coupled with an M240B machine gun. It's part of a program that reduces the time to identify targets using automatic target detection and user-specified target selection. Killer robots have been a staple of TV and movies for decades, from Westworld to The Terminator series.


Amazon is reportedly making a home robot

USATODAY

Amazon is making a home robot, according to Bloomberg. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Amazon is making a home robot, according to Bloomberg.


After Uber's Fatal Crash, Self-Driving Cars Should Aim Lower

WIRED

More than a month after a self-driving Uber struck and killed a pedestrian crossing the street in Arizona, it's still not clear what sort of failure might explain the crash--or how to prevent it happening again. While the National Transportation Safety Board investigates, Uber's engineers are sitting on their hands, their cars are parked. The crash and its inconclusive aftermath reflect poorly on a newborn industry predicated on the idea that letting computers take the wheel can save lives, ease congestion, and make travel more pleasant. An industry dashing toward adulthood--Google sister company Waymo plans to launch a robo-taxi service this year, General Motors is aiming for 2019--and now, suddenly, on the verge of being rejected by a public that hasn't even experienced it yet. In other words, AV makers are clearing the technological hurdles and tripping over the psychological ones.


Robot Conquers One of the Hardest Human Tasks: Assembling Ikea Furniture

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In recent years, a handful of others have set out to teach robots to assemble Ikea furniture, a task that can mimic the manipulations robots can or may someday perform on factory floors and that involves a brand many know all too well.


How to Build Custom Alexa Skills for the Amazon Echo

WIRED

When Amazon first introduced developer tools that let people build stuff for Alexa, the company made a conscious decision to call these functions "skills" rather than apps. It was a subtle way of making Alexa seem capable, and also, suggesting to developers that building these skills would be a low lift. With just a "few lines of code," Amazon promised, "you can build entirely new experiences designed around voice." Amazon says most Echo users in the US have tried these third-party skills at least once, but getting them to work can be tricky. Alexa's voice skills often require super specific queries, and until Amazon started paying attention to the discovery process, taking the time to find new skills felt like a non-essential burden. Now, Amazon has decided to make Alexa's skills all about you: your dad jokes, your homework, your birthday.


Apple reveals new robot to destroy iPhones as part of Earth Day

The Independent

Apple has created a new robot – not for building products, but for ripping iPhones apart. The robot, named Daisy, can take nine different iPhones models apart and extract the important parts of them, in ways traditional recyclers cannot. They can then be used all over again, helping to cut wastage out of the process of making phones. The new announcement is part of Apple's broad plans for Earth Day, the event held on 22 April each year to mark green efforts. It also said that it would encourage people to recycle more of their phones, so that they can be broken up by Daisy: for every iPhone handed in until 30 April through its GiveBack recycling scheme, it will make a donation to Conservation International.


Is Your Company Ready To Invest in AI?

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Neither example cited by Gualtieri is science fiction-worthy, but techniques like natural language processing (NLP) and deep learning have the potential to help companies save time and improve operations on a massive scale. That's not conjecture: A DataScience.com client once leveraged NLP to parse thousands of customer support inquiries and online reviews for information about the most critical issues facing its product, eliminating hundreds of hours spent on manual searches. The improvements the company made based on that information resulted in a 500-point increase in net promoter score.


Why AutoML Is Set To Become The Future Of Artificial Intelligence

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When businesses identify a problem that can be solved through machine learning, they brief the data scientists and analysts to create a predictive analytics solution. In many cases, the turnaround time for delivering a solution is pretty long. Even for experienced data scientists, evolving machine learning models that can accurately predict the results is always challenging and time-consuming. The complex workflow involved in machine learning models have multiple stages. Some of the significant steps include data acquisition, data exploration, feature engineering, model selection, experimentation and prediction.


FlyJacket Lets You Control a Drone With Your Body

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

It takes a lot of practice to fly a drone with confidence. Whether it's a multirotor or a fixed-wing drone, there are a lot of complicated things going on all at once, and most of the control systems are not even a little bit intuitive. The first-person viewpoint afforded by drone-mounted cameras and VR headsets helps, but you're still stuck with trying to use a couple of movable sticks to manage a flying robot, which takes both experience and concentration. EPFL has developed a much better system for drone control, taking away the sticks and replacing them with intuitive and comfortable movements of your entire body. It's an upper-body soft exoskeleton called FlyJacket, and with it on, you can pilot a fixed-wing drone by embodying the drone--put your arms out like wings, and pitching or rolling your body will cause the drone to pitch or roll, all while you experience it directly in immersive virtual reality.


Seven Affordable Ways To Incorporate Machine Learning And AI Into Your Business

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From chatbots and automation to smart office gadgets, artificial intelligence (AI) technology has become increasingly prominent in the workplace. As smaller businesses see their larger competitors taking advantage of AI and machine learning, they've realized they need to jump on the bandwagon to keep up -- but they might be wondering how they'll be able to afford it. Fortunately for businesses on a budget, you don't need to break the bank to start incorporating AI and machine learning (ML) into your operations. By starting on a smaller scale with ready-made solutions, you can harness the power of this technology and improve your business performance. Seven members of Forbes Technology Council explain how.