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Salto-1P Is the Most Amazing Jumping Robot We've Ever Seen

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

We brainstormed about 40 different ways to control Salto-1P's orientation including multiple tails, a single multi-degree-of-freedom inertial tail (like the body of the original Raibert hopper and Disney's LEAP robot), and big steerable wings. You mentioned that Salto-1P's duty factor [the amount of time the robot spends touching the ground] is twice as fast as a one-legged cheetah would be. The low duty factor means high accelerations on the ground, and very little time to do any control with the leg. Interestingly, like running animals, Salto gets more efficient the faster it runs until it can't run any faster.


Kodi tears into illegal add-on sites and 'fully loaded box' sellers

The Independent

Kodi has blasted sites and repositories that promote the use of illegal add-ons, and says it doesn't care if its user base drops as a result of them shutting down. The TVaddons library recently went offline with no warning, following popular Kodi add-on Phoenix, which provided access to TV shows, films and sports channels. Kodi is perfectly legal software, but third-party add-ons built by developers can enable users to illegally access copyrighted content through it. Criminals are also selling media players pre-loaded with these add-ons, which have become known as "fully loaded Kodi boxes", despite having nothing to do with Kodi. Though Kodi has said it will not police its own software, it has been very critical of these box sellers, and has made it clear that it supports the EU Court of Justice's decision to make it illegal to use a media player to stream copyrighted content, and to sell a media player deliberately pre-loaded with links to copyrighted content. It has now acknowledged ...


Google experimenting with new virtual reality ads that react to users' eyes

The Independent

Google has started experimenting with new ad formats for virtual reality (VR). The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot ...


iPhone hacks: 10 hidden Apple iOS features you need to know

The Independent

The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art ...


The Robotarium: A remotely accessible swarm robotics research testbed

Robohub

Making robotic hardware available online requires the Robotarium to tackle a number of challenges including robust and safe long-term operation of large groups of robots with minimal operator intervention. Part of this desired user experience is achieved by providing a seamless transition from prototyping swarm algorithms in the Robotarium simulator to executing the same code on robotic hardware. Therefore, the Robotarium contains custom-designed robots that use a novel wireless charging system, WiFi-based wireless communication between the robots and the Robotarium's servers, as well as an overhead position tracking system. Here, we just want to highlight the components that set the Robotarium apart, namely its custom miniature robots and their novel wireless charging system that enables automated maintenance and charging.


How artificial intelligence is taking on ransomware

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Consumer protections to such attacks on computers are slowly emerging in a patchwork fashion. Twice in the space of six weeks, the world has suffered major attacks of ransomware -- malicious software that locks up photos and other files stored on your computer, then demands money to release them. How to find malware: In the early days, identifying malicious programs such as viruses involved matching their code against a database of known malware. Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder and chief technology officer at the California vendor CrowdStrike, said that even if a particular system offers 99 percent protection, "it's just a math problem of how many times you have to deviate your attack to get that 1 percent."


Apple Smart Glasses' Expected AR-Based Features And Release Date

International Business Times

While the company, as usual, has been secretive about its upcoming products, recent developments like Apple's recent purchases of eye-tracking company SMI have lent credence to the notion that we might see the Apple smart glasses in the future. The device has started creating a buzz because recent supply chain leaks indicate it is being actively being worked upon. Integrating SMI's technology might make the Apple device consumer-oriented. Apple updated its Siri patent in China and the European Union earlier this year, mentioning that Siri would support smart glass capability.


How AI and IoT must work together

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Below are a few examples of how AI and IoT can be strongly synergistic in improving outcomes across areas such as power, health care, system design, and security. A built-in AI could alert the utility staff to an impending brownout that requires human action to avert. Or the AI could be more sophisticated and proactively turn thermostats up three degrees at homes and non-essential businesses, while keeping the thermostats stable at temperature-sensitive facilities such as hospitals and refrigerated warehouses. The IoT includes everything from very basic sensors to sophisticated devices that have basic intelligence programmed in.


Pyramid: Enhancing Selectivity in Big Data Protection with Count Featurization - Semantic Scholar

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However, many of today's big data applications rely on machine learning (ML) workloads that are periodically retrained by accessing, and thus exposing to attack, the entire data store. Training set minimization methods, such as count featurization, are often used to limit the data needed to train ML workloads to improve performance or scalability. We present Pyramid, a limited-exposure data management system that builds upon count featurization to enhance data protection. As such, Pyramid uniquely introduces both the idea and proof-of-concept for leveraging training set minimization methods to instill rigor and selectivity into big data management.


Ten Myths About Machine Learning, by Pedro Domingos

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Machine learning can only discover correlations, not causal relationships. Mining more attributes of the same entities can indeed increase the risk of hallucination, but machine learning experts are very good at keeping it to a minimum. But not all learning algorithms start with a blank slate; some use data to refine a preexisting body of knowledge, which can be quite elaborate, provided it's encoded in a form the computer can understand. If a learning algorithm outputs the rule for skin cancer diagnosis we saw earlier and the rule is very accurate (in the sense that almost all the moles that match it are indeed tumors), that doesn't necessarily mean you should believe it.