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South Korea is developing nature-inspired military surveillance robots

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South Korea is developing robots that mimic wildlife adapted for all environments on Earth for military warfare. The nature inspired technology, known as biomimetics, will form part of the country's future weapons systems and help its soldiers in battles. Robot designs inspired by birds, snakes and marine species aim to cover both surveillance and combat via sea, land and sky. It is an attempt to catch up with neighbouring countries such as China and Russia who have made huge advances in the application of the technology, said a defence agency personnel. South Korea is developing a range of robots that mimic wildlife adapted for all environments on Earth for military warfare.

The hype cycle of AI in healthcare


Three representatives from their respective fields of AI – clinical practice, research and healthcare apps came together for a panel discussion around the current and future developments of AI in healthcare on the second day of the HIMSS Singapore eHealth & Health 2.0 Summit on April 24. The panel consisted of Dr Ali Parsa, Founder and CEO, Babylon Health, Dr Ngiam Kee Yuan, Group Chief Technology Officer, National University Health System, Singapore and Dr Hwang Hee, Chief Information Officer & Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, South Korea. Mr Neil Patel, President, Healthbox, Executive Vice President, HIMSS, USA, who was the panel moderator, began the discussion asking the panelists on their thoughts on the current hype cycle of AI broadly and in healthcare. "I think at the general level, we're seeing a much greater update of machine learning and deep learning because of the availability of two things: one is the data that becomes available and secondly, relatively cheaper or cheap computing power that one can get today. That spurred a new revolution and allowed us to use information in ways we never thought possible. But it's also created real challenges – one of the key things I tell every software developer is to ensure that the data is'clean', that's paramount. And I think from that point of view, we always have to think about AI with reference to the data we select," said Dr Ngiam.

LG to develop robots for restaurants


LG Electronics has partnered up with CJ Foodville to develop robots that will be trialled in the latter's restaurants, the companies have announced. CJ Foodville is one of South Korea's largest food service companies, and is the parent company to popular franchises such as Twosome Place and Tous Les Jours. The coffee chain Twosome Place currently has over 1,000 stores located in South Korea. No specifics regarding the robots' functions have been provided by the companies as of yet. The push into the robotics space follows LG forming a new division for robotics and autonomous vehicles, which occurred during the company's 2018 year-end reshuffle.

Video Friday: Soft Robots, and More

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!): Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos. The 2019 IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics (RoboSoft) takes place in Seoul, South Korea, next week, and the organizers put together this preview video stuffed full of--what else?--soft robots. Single-stream recycling is currently an extremely labor intensive process due to the need for manual object sorting.

How Artificial Intelligence Helps Police Catch Ponzi Schemes?


Seoul Special Judicial Police Bureau for Public Safety arrested the CEOs and key players of a cryptocurrency pyramid scheme using the help of AI (Artificial Intelligence) last Thursday. The two main suspects known as Lee and Bae stole a total of 21.2 billion won ($18.3 million in US-Dollars) in a span of 6 months - 12 people were arrested in total. The South Korean police reported the CEOs of this company set up a "members only" shopping website and cryptocurrency exchange in May 2018. The site recruited members for an annual fee of 330,000 won ($288), or a "premium" membership fee of 990,000 won ($864). It also offered 10-year memberships with discounts on hotels, leisures, and on events like weddings and funerals.

LG Uplus and Hanyang successfully trial 5G autonomous car in Seoul


Hanyang University's ACE Lab successfully trialed its autonomous car, dubbed the A1, that ran on LG Uplus's 5G network on the streets of Seoul. LG Uplus and Hanyang University have successfully trialled their 5G-connected autonomous vehicle, which rode on the streets of Seoul alongside regular cars, the pair have announced. The 5G autonomous vehicle, dubbed the A1, rode through roads with heavy traffic in Seoul. The A1 drove eight kilometres in the span of 25 minutes. The car was shown to have changed lanes and reacted to cars cutting through traffic.

A majority of AI studies don't adequately validate methods


"Nearly all of the studies published in the study period that evaluated the performance of AI algorithms for diagnostic analysis of medical images were designed as proof-of-concept technical feasibility studies and did not have the design features that are recommended for robust validation of the real-world clinical performance of AI algorithms," wrote Seong Ho Park, MD, PhD, the department of radiology and research institute of radiology at the University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea, and colleagues.

Robot Science Museum in Seoul will be built by robots


Melike Altınışık Architects has unveiled plans for a Robot Science Museum in Seoul, which will be built using robotic construction techniques and drones. Robots will be used to construct the curving metal facade of the building in the South Korean capital, which the Seoul Metropolitan Government has commissioned to educate the public about robots. Parts of the structure will be moulded, welded, assembled and polished by robots. Robots will also be used to 3D-print the concrete landscaping around the museum. Drones will be used for mapping, site inspections and to control robotic construction vehicles.

Incheon Airport to add AI to security systems


Never mind airport security, artificial intelligence (AI) may also be rooting through your luggage in the near future at Incheon International Airport. Incheon International Airport Corporation said Wednesday it will incorporate AI into its security systems in a bid to improve accuracy in screening passenger luggage for prohibited items. The airport has already started working on the project to develop an AI-based X-ray screening system to be tested in the second half of next year. Instead of the existing system that relies on X-ray scanning, manual image checking by security officers and a final physical check, artificial intelligence will crosscheck the X-ray scan and the analysis will be available to officers along with the X-ray image. The first-stage AI scan is expected to complement and improve the accuracy of the security check as an officer will continue to be responsible for the final call to physically inspect luggage.

SK Hynix Plans to Spend $107 Billion Building Four Memory Chip Plants


South Korea's SK Hynix Inc on Thursday said it would spend $107 billion building four factories, as the memory chip maker seeks to maintain its competitiveness in the face of Chinese efforts to become a leading chipmaking nation. The chip fabrication plants will be built on a 4.5 million square meter site south of Seoul beginning 2022, complementing two existing domestic factories that will receive a separate 55 trillion won ($49 billion) investment over the next decade. The plans for the factories, producing DRAM and next-generation chips, come as chipmakers prepare for a surge in demand to power new technology such as fifth-generation (5G) communication networks and artificial intelligence, even as a slowdown in smartphone sales kills off a two-year chip boom. "Though there is not enough chip demand for autonomous cars now, I believe there will be much more demand for self-driving vehicles in the next 10 years or as early as in 2023 or 2024," said analyst Kim Young-gun at Mirae Asset Daewoo.