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Xiaomi demos new CyberOne bipedal robot - The Robot Report


Xiaomi unveiled its bipedal robot CyberOne at an event in Beijing earlier this week. CyberOne's advanced arms and legs, as well as Xiaomi's self-developed humanoid bipedal control algorithm, support bipedal-motion posture balancing. The robot is programmed with a natural and stable walking posture, and has well-developed coordination and motion capabilities. The robot's advanced vision capabilities are provided by a self-developed Mi-Sense depth vision module and combined with an AI interaction algorithm. This gives CyberOne the ability to perceive 3D space, and recognize individuals, gestures and expressions.

Baidu rolls out driverless taxi service in two Chinese cities


Baidu has rolled out commercial driverless taxi services in the Chinese cities of Wuhan and Chongqing, expanding the transport option beyond the country's capital Beijing. The launch comes this week with the government releasing China's first draft guidelines on the use of self-driving vehicles for public transport. Baidu said in a statement that it secured regulatory approvals to collect fares for its driverless taxi service Apollo Go in the two Chinese cities. The autonomous vehicle manufacturer's vice president and chief safety operation officer of intelligent driving group, Wei Dong, said: "Fully driverless cars providing rides on open roads to paying customers means we have finally come to the moment the industry has been longing for. We believe these permits are a key milestone on the path to the inflection point when the industry can finally roll out fully autonomous driving services at scale."

One year after Afghanistan, spy agencies pivot toward China

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on In a recent closed-door meeting with leaders of the agency's counterterrorism center, the CIA's No. 2 official made clear that fighting al-Qaida and other extremist groups would remain a priority -- but that the agency's money and resources would be increasingly shifted to focusing on China. The CIA drone attack that killed al-Qaida's leader showed that fighting terrorism is hardly an afterthought. But it didn't change the message the agency's deputy director, David Cohen, delivered at that meeting weeks earlier: While the U.S. will continue to go after terrorists, the top priority is trying to better understand and counter Beijing.

Baidu's robotaxis can now operate without a safety driver in the car


Baidu has obtained permits to run a fully driverless robotaxi service in China. It says it's the first company in the country to obtain such permissions. Back in April, Baidu received approval to run an autonomous taxi service in Beijing, as long as there was a human operator in the driver or front passenger seat. Now, it will be able to offer a service where the car's only occupants are passengers. There are some limits to the permits.

Baidu Apollo starts paid Robotaxi service in Changsha


Beijing (Gasgoo)- Baidu's autonomous driving mobility service, Apollo Go, started off pilot paid commercial operation in Changsha, the capital city of Hunan Province. As one of the earliest cities to adopt autonomous mobility services in China, Changsha holds a favorable ecosystem and test environment for the intelligent connected vehicle industry. The city established a national-level intelligent connected vehicle test area and a 100-square-kilometer intelligent connected open city road area. It constructed 100km of intelligent highway and a 7.8-km smart bus demonstration route. The achievements created the fundamental conditions for the development of Apollo Go's commercialization in the city.

Artificial finger can identify what common material things are made of

New Scientist

An artificial finger can identify different materials with more than 90 per cent accuracy by sensing their surface. The technology could be useful for automating robotic manufacturing tasks, such as sorting and quality control. Touch sensors that can gain information about surfaces, such as pressure or temperature, aren't new, but sensors that can recognise the type and roughness of surfaces are less common. Dan Luo at the Chinese Academy of Sciences's Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems and his colleagues have developed a finger that can identify what a material is made from by using "triboelectric" sensors to test its ability to gain or lose electrons, and discern its roughness, without causing damage to it. When trialled on hundreds of samples of 12 substances such as wood, glass, plastic and silicon, and combined with a machine learning-based data analysis, the finger achieved an average accuracy of 96.8% and at least 90 per cent accuracy for all of the materials. The device consists of four small square sensors, each made of a different plastic polymer, chosen for their different electrical properties.

July AMA Transcript


Anything you would like to share with us about your personal life for July, what happened to you? Owen: Yeah, my daughter started her summer holidays so, I had to spend some time to be with her. Owen: That was my work, yes. Eric: And how is the Covid-19 in Beijing now? Eric: Okay, I hope we get better and better. Alright, so, Matrixians, today is the 28th of July, so as usual we are having this monthly AMA with our CEO Mr. Owen Tao, and so let's just kick it, start the ball rolling.

Emerging as global AI pioneer


BEIJING: China is emerging as a pioneer in artificial intelligence (AI) as it makes strides in filing AI patents and experimenting with the latest AI technologies to power industrial applications, industry experts said. Their comments came after a Stanford University report shows that China filed more than half of all global AI patent applications last year, and Chinese researchers produced about one-third of AI journal papers and AI citations in 2021. Wu Hequan, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said China has been working to build a solid foundation to support its AI economy and is making big contributions to AI globally. The Stanford University report said that Chinese researchers have been the most prolific for several years, publishing 27.5% of all AI journal articles worldwide. In comparison, US researchers accounted for 12%.

China's Industry Minister Faces Corruption Probe

International Business Times

China's minister for industry and information technology is being investigated for alleged corruption, state media reported Thursday, the latest senior cadre to be snared by Beijing's sweeping crackdown. Xiao Yaqing is among the biggest names caught up in President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive, and the investigation into him comes ahead of a key leadership summit this autumn where the Chinese leader will seek to cement his grip on power. Ostensibly a crackdown on corruption, critics say the wide-ranging campaign launched just after Xi took power in 2012 has also served to remove those voicing criticism of the all-powerful leader, or seen as a threat. Xiao is facing charges of "violating discipline and law," and is "currently under review and investigation," state broadcaster CCTV said without giving more details. His fall from grace comes amid a widespread crackdown on Chinese tech companies, which Beijing fears wield too much power due to lax regulations.

The Download: Chinese robotaxi drivers, and AI gun detection

MIT Technology Review

When Liu Yang started his current job, he found it hard to go back to driving his own car: "I instinctively went for the passenger seat. Or when I was driving, I would expect the car to brake by itself," says the 33-year-old Beijing native, who joined the Chinese tech giant Baidu in January 2021 as a robotaxi driver. Robotaxi driver is an occupation that only exists in our time, the result of an evolving technology that's advanced enough to get rid of a driver--most of the time, in controlled environments-- but not good enough to convince authorities that they can do away with human intervention altogether. Liu is one of the hundreds of safety operators employed by Baidu, "driving" five days a week in Shougang Park. But despite having only worked for the company for 19 months, he already has to think about his next career move, as his job will likely be eliminated within a few years.