Robotics & Automation


Don't Let the Robots Rule: Millions Flow to Steer AI in the Right Direction

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Artificial intelligence keeps barreling forward, and of all the sectors it will likely impact, we ought to think through autonomous vehicles, criminal justice and the media sooner than later. Those are the first three areas that a new AI-centered philanthropic fund is engaging first. The fund formed early this year with a $27 million pool of donations from the Knight and Hewlett foundations, Reid Hoffman, the Omidyar Network, and investor Jim Pallotta. Now it's announced its first round of payouts. The main grantees won't be a surprise, as the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard and the MIT Media Lab are the anchor institutions, and will share $5.9 million.


There's about to be a lot more creepy Boston Dynamics robots in the world

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At a technology conference in Hannover, Germany, Marc Raibert, the founder of Boston Dynamics, outlined how his company may soon begin to turn its decades-long robotics research into an actual business. Boston Dynamics was sold to SoftBank by Alphabet last year following concerns around its ability to generate revenue. Since the acquisition, it seems that the company has ramped up testing on its increasingly dexterous and nimble robots. Earlier this year, Raibert said the company planned to start selling its SpotMini robot dogs in 2019, and onstage this week, he said the company plans to produce about 100 of the robots by the end of this year. The goal is to begin mass production at the rate of about 1,000 robots per year in the middle of 2019.


An artificial nerve system gives prosthetic devices and robots a sense of touch

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The work, reported May 31 in Science, is a step toward creating artificial skin for prosthetic limbs, to restore sensation to amputees and, perhaps, one day give robots some type of reflex capability. "We take skin for granted but it's a complex sensing, signaling and decision-making system," said Zhenan Bao, a professor of chemical engineering and one of the senior authors. "This artificial sensory nerve system is a step toward making skin-like sensory neural networks for all sorts of applications." This milestone is part of Bao's quest to mimic how skin can stretch, repair itself and, most remarkably, act like a smart sensory network that knows not only how to transmit pleasant sensations to the brain, but also when to order the muscles to react reflexively to make prompt decisions. The new Science paper describes how the researchers constructed an artificial sensory nerve circuit that could be embedded in a future skin-like covering for neuro-prosthetic devices and soft robotics.


DBS to use robot to screen applicants for human jobs

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DBS is using an AI-based recruitment agent to pre-screen candidates for job interviews, reviewing CVs, firing off questions and conducting psychometric tests.


Understanding The Background of Artificial Intelligence - Code Briefly

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Artificial Intelligence (or AI) is the human quality intelligence; decision making, wisdom, analyzing, and awareness revealed by machines, along with the undergrowth of computer science and engineering that seek to build up intelligent machines. A computer-based software program without AI answers the particular questions it is required to solve. Here, you can make queries according to the set of program or structure of the software program only and will get the readily available answer in the database. Hence, the scope of intelligence required is nil here. A computer-based software program with AI answers the generic questions it is required to solve.


Collaborative Robots Used in eCommerce Fulfillment

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What we refer to as autonomous mobile robots are not. They are not really autonomous that is. Autonomy suggests some level of independence by a human, or a robot, in picking which tasks to work on and how they are completed. But the ROI from mobile robots is based on the centralized intelligence that choreographs the movement of human associates and the fleet of robots that support them in in a manner that minimizes travel for the associates. Both Jerome Dubois, the Co-CEO at 6 River Systems, and Bruce Welty, the Chairman at Locus Robotics made a similar point during different presentations referred at eft's 3PL & Supply Chain Summit in Atlanta in early June.


Apple poaches senior self-driving engineer from Waymo

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Apple hired Jaime Waydo, previously a systems engineer at Waymo, Apple said, confirming a report by tech news website The Information. "We wish Jaime well in her next endeavor," Waymo said in a statement. Before joining Waymo, Waydo was a longtime engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, according to her LinkedIn profile. At Waymo, she oversaw systems engineering - the process of ensuring hardware and software work well together - and helped make key decisions about when to remove human safety drivers from the company's test fleet in Arizona, The Information reported. Apple has been tight-lipped about its efforts in the development of self-driving cars, although Chief Executive Tim Cook has called it "the mother of all AI projects."


AI robot writes new Brothers Grimm fairytale

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The Brothers Grimm have been dead more than 150 years, but they recently released a new story with a little help from artificial intelligence. The Princess and the Fox was created after a group of writers, artists and developers used a programme inspired by predictive text on phones to scan the collected stories of the Brothers Grimm to suggest words and similar phrases. Human writers then took over, to help shape the AI's algorithmic suggestions into the latest Grimm fairytale. The new tale tells the story of a talking fox who helps a lowly miller's son rescue a beautiful princess from the fate of having to marry a horrible prince she does not love. But here's the thing, the Brothers Grimm didn't actually write their fairytales in the first place.


That Vision Thing: New AI System Can Imagine What It Hasn't Seen

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"Before we work on artificial intelligence, why don't we do something about natural stupidity?" The latter might be a tall order. But AI, it appears, just took one small step for robotkind. New research published June 14 in Science reports that for the first time scientists have developed a machine-learning system that can observe a particular scene from multiple angles and predict what it will look like from a new, never-before-observed angle. With further development the technology could lead to more autonomous robots in industrial and manufacturing settings.


Nuro's self-driving vehicle is a grocery-getter and errand-runner

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Not every self-driving car has to be able to move passengers from point A to point B. Take, for example, Nuro: The startup just revealed their unique autonomous vehicle platform, which is more of a mobile small logistics platform than a self-driving car. The company, which has been working away in stealth mode in Mountain View until now, has raised a $92 million Series A round led by Banyan Capital and Greylock Partners to help make its unique vision of autonomous transport take shape. Nuro's vehicle is a small, narrow box on wheels, which is about half the width of a regular car, and which is designed to be a lightweight way to get goods from a local business to a customer, or from one person to another within a neighborhood or city. The platform is just one example of what Nuro wants to do, however; the startup bills itself as a product company focused on bringing "the benefits of robotics" to everyday use and ordinary people. Nuro's AV also operates completely autonomously, and looks like something you'd see on a Moon base in a retro-futuristic sci-fi show.