Popular robots 'dangerously easy' to hack, experts warn

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The machines studied include robots from Softbank Robotics, UBTECH Robotics, Universal Robotics, Asratec Corp, ROBOTIS, and Rethink Robotics. UBTECH Robotic's Alpha 1 (pictured) was among the affected robots The Alpha 1S and Alpha 2 robots from UBTECH Robotics - which makes machines for the home and office - did as well. It was found that most of the robots tested were using insecure communication, meaning it's possible hackers could easily intercept communications and steal confidential information, compromise key components of the robot ecosystem, hack the robot and more. Some robots' mobile applications were even found to be sending exposed private information - including mobile network information, device information and current GPS location - remote servers without user consent.

A Brief History of Deep Learning (Part One) - Bulletproof


For example if we had a dataset containing past advertising budgets for various media (TV, Radio and Newspapers) as well as the resulting Sales figures we could train a model to use this information to predict expected Sales figures under various future advertising scenarios. Much of Machine Learning theory centres around data preparation, data sampling techniques, tuning algorithms as well as best practices for training processes to ensure best generalisation and statistical validity of results. The idea was to get computers to simulate this process to build a new kind of machine learning approach: Artificial Neural Networks. It would not be until the early 2000s that the birth of the cloud created a springboard that would catapult Artificial Neural Network research out of its winter and into the realm of Deep Learning.

DeepMind AI Teaches Itself About the World by Watching Videos


A new artificial intelligence system teaches itself to recognize a range of visual and audio concepts by watching short video clips. Researchers at Google's DeepMind unit have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that teaches itself to recognize a range of visual and audio concepts by watching short video clips. He notes the DeepMind project brings the field one step closer to the goal of creating AI that can teach itself by watching and listening to the world around it. Instead of relying on human-labeled datasets, the new algorithm learns to recognize images and sounds by matching what it sees with what it hears.



A team of researchers has developed a mechanism that uses machine-learning algorithms to distinguish between genuine and counterfeit versions of the same product. "The underlying principle of our system stems from the idea that microscopic characteristics in a genuine product or a class of products -- corresponding to the same larger product line -- exhibit inherent similarities that can be used to distinguish these products from their corresponding counterfeit versions," says Subramanian, a professor at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Counterfeit goods represent a massive worldwide problem with nearly every high-valued physical object or product directly affected by this issue, the researchers note. The Entrupy method, by contrast, provides a non-intrusive solution to easily distinguish authentic versions of the product produced by the original manufacturer and fake versions of the product produced by counterfeiters.

Google to launch 'Her' AI headphones and Chromebook Pixel

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It's unclear when these headphones could be released and if it will be at the same time as the other upcoming products In separate rumors, it's believed Google is also getting ready to announce smart headphones that will give users direct access to Google Assistant, similar to the futuristic technology in the film Her. Reports suggest Google are investing $880 million (£709 million) in LG's flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens. Reports suggest Google is investing $880 million (£709 million) in LG's flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens. Reports suggest Google is investing $880 million (£709 million) in LG's flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens for their Pixel 2 handset (pictured is first-generation Pixel handsets) Google debuted the first smartphones in its Pixel line during a conference in October 2016, a Pixel and the 5.5-inch Pixel XL.

A Beginner's Guide to AI/ML – Machine Learning for Humans – Medium


After a couple of AI winters and periods of false hope over the past four decades, rapid advances in data storage and computer processing power have dramatically changed the game in recent years. Artificial intelligence is the study of agents that perceive the world around them, form plans, and make decisions to achieve their goals. Meanwhile, we're continuing to make foundational advances towards human-level artificial general intelligence (AGI), also known as strong AI. The definition of an AGI is an artificial intelligence that can successfully perform any intellectual task that a human being can, including learning, planning and decision-making under uncertainty, communicating in natural language, making jokes, manipulating people, trading stocks, or… reprogramming itself.

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Pepper Now Available at Funerals as a More Affordable Alternative to Human Priests

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In Japan, a plastic moulding company called Nissei Eco (which also does funeral arrangements, I guess) is planning to introduce SoftBank's Pepper robot as a cheaper substitute for human priests reading sutras at Buddhist funerals. The average cost of a funeral in Japan is somewhere between two and three million yen, as of the most recent study of the industry, which is nearly a decade old. Nissei Eco is offering the small, white, and aggressively shiny humanoid robot, suitably attired in the robe of a Buddhist monk, as an optional add-on in their a la carte menu of funeral services. And with a per-funeral cost of just 50,000 yen (about $450), the robot costs "significantly less than the cash offerings typically made to Buddhist priests," according to the Japan Times.

Elon Musk And Over 100 AI Experts Are Urging The UN to Ban Killer Robots


Elon Musk and more than 100 leaders and experts in artificial intelligence (AI) have come together urging the UN to commit to an outright ban on killer robot technology. An open letter signed by Musk, Google Deepmind's Mustafa Suleyman, and 114 other AI and robotics specialists urges the UN to prevent "the third revolution in warfare" by banning the development of all lethal autonomous weapon systems. But despite the concerns AI experts are voicing, ongoing delays in developing an effective ban against autonomous weapons have led some to fear the dangers could be beyond regulation, especially given the rapid pace at which AI systems are developing. "We should not lose sight of the fact that, unlike other potential manifestations of AI which still remain in the realm of science fiction, autonomous weapons systems are on the cusp of development right now."

Artificial Intelligence Predicts Dementia Before Onset of Symptoms


Identifying individuals destined to develop Alzheimer's dementia within time frames acceptable for clinical trials constitutes an important challenge to design studies to test emerging disease-modifying therapies. Although amyloid-β protein is the core pathologic feature of Alzheimer's disease, biomarkers of neuronal degeneration are the only ones believed to provide satisfactory predictions of clinical progression within short time frames. Importantly, the proposed method was designed to overcome the inherent adverse imbalance proportions between stable and progressive mild cognitive impairment individuals within a short observation period. With its high accuracy, this algorithm has immediate applications for population enrichment in clinical trials designed to test disease-modifying therapies aiming to mitigate the progression to Alzheimer's disease dementia.