Robotics & Automation

Facebook launches initiative with husband of murdered MP Jo Cox to challenge hate speech

The Independent

Facebook is encouraging users to counter hate speech online, with the UK launch of its Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI) in the UK. 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 Corp's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' performs during its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan Singulato Motors co-founder and CEO Shen Haiyin poses in his company's concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China A picture shows Singulato Motors' concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China Connected company president Shigeki Tomoyama addresses a press briefing as he elaborates on Toyota's "connected strategy" in Tokyo. A Toyota Motors employee demonstrates a smartphone app with the company's pocket plug-in hybrid (PHV) service on the cockpit of the latest Prius hybrid vehicle during Toyota's "connected strategy" press briefing in Tokyo An employee shows a Samsung Electronics' Gear S3 Classic during Korea Electronics Show 2016 in Seoul, South Korea Visitors experience Samsung Electronics' Gear VR during the Korea Electronics Grand Fair at an exhibition hall in Seoul, South Korea Amy Rimmer, Research Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, demonstrates the car manufacturer's Advanced Highway Assist in a Range Rover, which drives the vehicle, overtakes and can detect vehicles in the blind spot, during the first demonstrations of the UK Autodrive Project at HORIBA MIRA Proving Ground in Nuneaton, Warwickshire Chris Burbridge, Autonomous Driving Software Engineer for Tata Motors European Technical Centre, demonstrates the car manufacturer's GLOSA V2X functionality, which is connected to the traffic lights and shares information with the driver, during the first demonstrations of the UK Autodrive Project at HORIBA MIRA Proving Ground in Nuneaton, Warwickshire In its facilities, JAXA develop satellites and analyse their observation data, train astronauts for utilization in the Japanese Experiment Module'Kibo' of the International Space Station (ISS) and develop launch vehicles The robot developed by Seed Solutions sings and dances to the music during the Japan Robot Week 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight. "The UK Online Civil Courage Initiative will support [non-governmental organisations (NGOs)] and community groups who work across the UK to challenge the extremist narratives that cause such harm.

He Moved Fast and Broke Uber


Uber and others--Google and Tesla and the auto companies--have invested a lot of money in developing technology for self-driving cars because technologists believe that the technology is still good and will eventually become so pervasive that most of us won't drive cars around anymore. If you're the company that controls that technology, then you could in theory control the transportation network that runs that technology. That's why it's investing a lot of money in its own self-driving car technology. General Motors is investing a lot of money.

Robot Butlers, Here We Come!


As with most practical AI, the experiment will use machine learning algorithms to teach the machine to react to situations politely: for instance, saying thank you when it is given something. It will then derive new manners not directly taught to it via deep learning.

Google's self-driving car unit nabs senior Tesla engineer


SAN FRANCISCO -- Google's autonomous car company, Waymo, has hired Tesla engineer Satish Jeyachandran to lead its hardware team. At Waymo, he'll work with Google's proprietary LiDAR (light detection and ranging) technology, radar, and camera vision -- hardware that helps self-driving cars to see the road. Jeyachandran's hiring comes is the second high-level exit this week from Tesla's self-driving car team. Two days ago, the company's software chief, Chris Lattner, left Tesla's self-driving car unit after six months on the job.

Autonomous Vehicles Will Choose Who Lives and Dies -- What Are We Going To Do About It?


It's true a significant amount of labor will be displaced, but second order effects will create a net increase in new jobs. It's true that the auto did displace pre-auto transportation jobs, but it also paved the way for entirely new industries -- three big beneficiaries come to mind. Second, consumer industries; the actual businesses that lived in these newly constructed complexes needed labor after all. It's the precise reason why every tech company and auto company is strategizing on how they will navigate the space.



How can we anticipate and manage trends in AI, and will creative and analytical skills really be the key to job success in an AI world? The progression and extensive testing of these vehicles presents a problem that cannot be easily fixed, meaning there'll be a gap between the smart cruise control phase and the introduction of a truly autonomous vehicle. That's not to say that autonomous vehicles won't be amazing. This next generation will become amazing at controlling and training the bots that manage their life.

TEO the ironing robot is here to steal the job you never wanted anyway


This robot will ensure that your work trousers and shirts remain wrinkle-free. With that in mind, they've developed a humanoid robot called TEO that has mastered the art of ensuring your shirts and trousers are wrinkle-free -- courtesy of some smart image recognition algorithms. "To continue our work, we would like to teach the robot to perform other tasks, such as folding garments. For this, we are beginning to use deep reinforcement learning techniques, a recent field that combines traditional reinforcement learning with deep learning.

Wisconsinites can now (legally) get 20 pounds of cheese and beer delivered by robot


If you live in the Badger State, you can now legally have your award-winning cheeses delivered to you 20 pounds at a time inside Starship Technologies' delivery bots. The only stipulation is that the bots weigh 80 pounds or less, and a human must be in position to take control of the machine in case the six-wheeled pods try to steal a customer's cheese and/or beer. Starship bots weigh 40 pounds on their own and can carry 20 pounds of supplies, about the equivalent of 20 bricks of Widmer's 10-year aged cheddar cheese. If three's a trend, then Starship delivery bots are now on a literal roll.

Factories Will Start Using Cheaper And Smarter Robots, Report Says

International Business Times

In a new report from Loup Ventures, the venture capital firm predicts that a smarter sub-series of robots could increasingly become a more popular option for manufacturers. Compared to the larger single-purpose robots that are commonly used in fields like automotive assembly, Loup argues that smarter robots, which the report calls co-bots, will be used by more factories over time. Loup estimates that the market for these smarter types of robots could see fast adoption grow to $9.2 billion by 2025. Loup still expects traditional robots to maintain a larger market share of around $24 billion in the same 2025 window, adding to a total estimated market value of roughly $33 billion.

Germany's biggest industrial robotics company is working on consumer robots The Verge


You might not have heard of Kuka, but you'll almost certainly know its products. The German firm is one of the world's top manufacturers of industrial robots, and its robot arms are instantly recognizable thanks to their signature orange livery. But in the future, Kuka's robots might become an even more familiar sight, with the company saying it's now exploring the world of consumer robotics.