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Arduino powered and 3D printed, this robot translates to sign language

ZDNet

Sign language translators are scarce. Three engineering students from the University of Antwerp have novel solution: Cheap 3D printed humanoids that can translate to sign language on the fly. It's a solution that's only become possible with the converge of 3D printing, the massive popularity of microcontrollers like the Arduino Due, and falling prices for robotics components. ASLAN is an abbreviation which stands for: "Antwerp's Sign Language Actuating Node."


Attractive, slavish and at your command: Is AI sexist? - BBC News

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A little more conservative, but just as eager to please, is virtual personal assistant Amy Ingram, the brainchild of New York start-up X.ai. Dr Ileana Stigliani, assistant professor of design and innovation at London's Imperial College Business School, says the answer is a resounding yes. London's Imperial College Business School runs an MBA [Master of Business Administration] programme that considers the social impact of AI and how it can address fundamental human needs. "Teaching the robot to ignore the bad ideas is critical," says Kriti Sharma, vice-president of bots and AI at financial services firm Sage Group.


This 3D-printed robotic arm is built for sign language

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Or -- and this one is real -- a robot arm that can perform rudimentary sign language. Their solution is "Antwerp's Sign Language Actuating Node," or ASLAN. It's a robotic hand and forearm that can perform sign language letters and numbers. It also could be used to help teach sign language -- a robot doesn't get tired of repeating a gesture for you to learn.


Machines Are Developing Language Skills Inside Virtual Worlds

MIT Technology Review

Both the DeepMind and CMU approaches use deep reinforcement learning, popularized by DeepMind's Atari-playing AI. A neural network is fed raw pixel data from a virtual environment and uses rewards, like points in a computer game, to learn by trial and error (see "10 Breakthrough Technologies 2017: Reinforcement Learning"). By running through millions of training scenarios at accelerated speeds, both AI programs learned to associate words with particular objects and characteristics, which let them follow the commands. The millions of training runs required means Domingos is not convinced pure deep reinforcement learning will ever crack the real world.


Institute Announces Unique Business Courses for Artificial Intelligence – American Institute of Artificial Intelligence

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American Institute of Artificial Intelligence is announcing the launch of several business courses in Artificial Intelligence. Each course trains corporate and government leaders on how to design the future of their firms by using and incorporating Artificial Intelligence. Tiffany Parker, Head of Business Development and Operations, said, "We are meeting with C-Level officers and business strategy leaders to brief them on the need for artificial intelligence centric business courses.


Sign language turned to text with new electric glove

Daily Mail

An electric glove which can convert sign language into text messages has been unveiled by scientists. The device consists of a sports glove which has been fitted with nine stretchable sensors positioned over the knuckles. When a user bends their fingers or thumb to sign a letter, the sensors stretch, which causes an electrical signal to be produced. When a user bends their fingers or thumb to sign a letter, the sensors stretch, which causes an electrical signal to be produced.


Glove turns sign language into text for real-time translation

New Scientist

A new glove developed at the University of California, San Diego, can convert the 26 letters of American Sign Language (ASL) into text on a smartphone or computer screen. "For thousands of people in the UK, sign language is their first language," says Jesal Vishnuram, the technology research manager at the charity Action on Hearing Loss. In the UK, someone who is deaf is entitled to a sign language translator at work or when visiting a hospital, but at a train station, for example, it can be incredibly difficult to communicate with people who don't sign. The flexible sensors mean that you hardly notice that you are wearing the glove, says Timothy O'Connor who is working on the technology at the University of California, San Diego.


Preparing MBA students for the artificial intelligence and machine age

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Dr. Keng Siau introduced artificial intelligence and machine learning into his business curriculum during the spring 2017 semester. The Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Information Systems Management course looks at the latest developments in artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, automation and advanced information technology, and "their effect on our current ways of life and work as well as on economic/business models," says Siau, professor and chair of the business and information technology department. Business managers and executives need to understand and comprehend the impending artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning and automation revolution and its devastating impacts." "We are one of the pioneers in introducing artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotics to our MBA students," Siau says.


I learned how to break bad news to patients and loved ones more from business school than medical school

Los Angeles Times

Like most doctors, I spent four years in medical school learning to treat hundreds of illnesses and help patients manage their health. I spent very little of this time learning how to work with patients when modern medicine runs out of miracles -- and only a few hours, spread over four years, learning to lead end-of-life conversations and deliver bad news. A recent study of medical curricula, published last year in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, found that the average time dedicated to end-of-life care is 13 hours spread across multiple courses over four years. Medical schools need to teach doctors to do the same.


'Superhero' 3D printed hands help kids dream in Argentina

Daily Mail

Hundreds of Argentine kids like Kaori who were born without limbs are now able to write, play sports and make music thanks to low-cost prosthetic hands devised by Gino Tubaro, a 21-year-old inventor whose work was praised by President Barack Obama during a visit to Argentina last year. In this June 12, 2017 photo, Kaori Misue attends art class in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In this May 30, 2017 photo, Gino Tubaro, right, fits a prosthetic arm on Juan Pablo Pelaez in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In this May 30, 2017 photo, Juan Pablo Pelaez stands in Gino Tubaro's workshop, as he waits for a 3D printer to finish a piece for his prosthetic arm, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.