Robotics & Automation


AI, robotics, and automation

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AI,robotics, and automation have gained a rapidly expanding foothold in the workplace, faster than many organizations ever expected. While organizations are increasingly using these technologies to automate existing processes, true pioneers are radically rethinking work architecture to maximize the value of both humans and machines--creating new opportunities to organize work more effectively and to redefine the human workforce's skills and careers. The adoption of automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI) is accelerating dramatically. Almost half (47 percent) of this year's respondents say that their organizations are deeply involved in automation projects, with 24 percent using AI and robotics to perform routine tasks, 16 percent to augment human skills, and 7 percent to restructure work entirely. Expectations for AI and robotics have also increased significantly.


Have A Cool Idea To Help End World Hunger? Pitch It To The U.N.

NPR

A World Food Programme convoy carries humanitarian aid to Aleppo, Syria. Getting food into conflict zones is a major hurdle -- and a topic of discussion at the WFP's Innovation Accelerator. A World Food Programme convoy carries humanitarian aid to Aleppo, Syria. Getting food into conflict zones is a major hurdle -- and a topic of discussion at the WFP's Innovation Accelerator. Let's figure out how to end hunger forever.


Rolls Royce plans to replace UK trains with electric alternative

The Independent

Famed British manufacturer Rolls Royce has signed a deal to test electric-hybrid trains on UK railways. The deal with UK firm Porterbrook could see hundreds of diesel trains converted to be less polluting. "We expect hybrid technology to grow at above the current growth rates of diesel," said Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. 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.


Alibaba will build its own AI chip to support self-driving cars

Engadget

Chinese internet giant Alibaba is doubling down on its chip manufacturing with a dedicated subsidiary, co-founder and chairman Jack Ma said at an event in Hangzhou this week. The company wants to launch its first self-developed AI inference chip in the second half of 2019, supporting its move into self-driving vehicles and smart products. The move follows the company's announcement back in April that it had begun testing its own autonomous vehicle technology. China's government has been pushing to raise the standard of its home-produced chips -- particularly for use within the transport and healthcare sector -- in a bid to raise its profile as a leading tech innovator, but also to avoid over-reliance on US imports, which are continually under jeopardy due to ongoing trade tensions. Back in June, for example, President Donald Trump levied a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods.


A mean robot supervisor could make you a better-performing employee

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People are likely to perform better cognitively when under the supervision of a "mean" robot than a "nice" one, according to a study published in Science Robotics on Wednesday. For their study, the researchers asked 58 young adults to complete the Stroop task, a psychological experiment in which a person sees a word and must state the color of the font. This can be challenging when what the word says and the color it's written in diverge (for example, when the word "green" appears in a red font). Years of psychology studies have shown that people are better at the test when they're under stress, either from competitors or simply a human supervisor. The researchers had the young adults complete the Stroop task twice.


AI - Fact or (Science) Fiction

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Artificial Intelligence has in the past been the topic for many science fiction movies (think I, Robot and Star Wars), however, now science fiction is becoming a reality in front of our very eyes. Developing at a rate that no-one could have expected; it has never been as important for companies to understand AI technology and how it could be utilised to improve business efficiency and growth right across the globe. It has been a reality in many industries for quite a while now. Manufacturing companies have been using automated machines and processes for several years. The healthcare/ medical device industries are using and developing new'Smart' products all the time for treatment, diagnostic and testing purposes.


Fifa 19 review: EA Sports finally gives an easy answer to Fifa's most pressing question

The Independent

There has only ever been on question to ask about each year's Fifa: is it worth getting? And there's usually been far more than one answer, all kinds of caveats about the kind of features you use and player you are. This year the answer is as simple as the question. The changes are subtle but they are everywhere, and offer something for every kind of player. If you're a fan of authenticity the Champions League will be worth it alone, but if you want silliness like games with no fouls then there's plenty of that too.


A mind-reading headset lets people fly drones using their thoughts

New Scientist

I think, therefore I fly. Headsets that read brain waves are being used to fly drones, letting us control machines with just our thoughts. A team from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore trained 14 people to control a multirotor drone using commercially available EEG headsets, devices that use small electrodes to test the electrical activity in your brain.


This Supple, Squishy Robo-Jellyfish Can Explore Ocean Reefs

WIRED

Jellyfish float through the ocean like drones of the sea. Their simple nature makes them a natural muse for robot engineers building devices that can squeeze through tight spaces, check the ocean's health, and eventually, explore the human body. This week, a team at Florida Atlantic University unveiled a new eight-inch wide robo-jellyfish built to monitor marine life and harsh underwater habitats. Researchers at Virginia Tech, for example, built a massive 170-pound mechanical one that swims with a parachute-like apparatus.


Legal Service Robots Are On The Rise - Today's Conveyancer

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The rise of the robots has plagued the imagination of science-fiction since its inception. Whether it involved Asimov's three rules of robotics or the time travelling robotic psychopaths in the Terminator franchise, the world has worried about the role of robotics. The world has prepared itself for the robotic invasion with many low skilled jobs in retail, customer services and industrial industries like factories all replacing humans with robotic counterparts to some extent; many of which improve efficiency, productivity and costs. Shockingly, San Francisco-based company, Atrium, believe that robots have the potential to supersede and complete the job of some high-paid legal service workers. As young as 14 months, Atrium, along with the $65 million investments from adventure capitalists, are set to revolutionise the legal sector by using artificial intelligence to work alongside legal service professionals, and in some cases, replace them.