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This Kerala restaurant has robot waiters to serve customers, details INSIDE- News Nation

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A newly opened restaurant in Kerala's Kannur district will be one of the first restaurant in Kerala where robots will do the job of waiters. The new outlet named Be@Kiwizo will see Aleena, Helen and Jane, the unconventional waitresses' serving the customers in the restaurant. These robots will offer menu card to the customers and record their choice of food. After taking the order and taking it to the restaurant kitchen, the same robot will serve the food to the designated table. These robots will be moving through a designated path and would speak in English with the customers.


Timeline: Every Billion-Dollar Artificial Intelligence Exit - CB Insights Research

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Our timeline visualizes AI company exits valued at $1B at acquisition or IPO, including electric AV company NIO's public offering and Roche's massive acquisition of cancer tech company Flatiron Health. Artificial intelligence is a sector that attracts big investor checks: Q2'19 recently saw record quarterly funding to AI startups at $7.4B. This included several $100M mega-deals to companies like robotic process automation company UiPath and AI-powered insurance startup Lemonade. It's also a sector that produces some very valuable exits. Download the free report to learn about the biggest emerging trends in AI and strategies to watch for 2019.


Waymo Gives Away Free Self-Driving Training Data -- But With Restrictions

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Yesterday, Waymo announced it would "open" a large dataset of self-driving training data. This gathered attention because Waymo has, by a huge margin, the largest number of self-driving miles under its belt, and thus one of the most envied collections of tagged data that can be used to train and test neural networks, one of the key tools used in building robots and self-driving cars. People setting up to build a self-driving car almost universally use machine learning techniques. With machine learning for computer vision, you provide the computer with images that a human being has already put labels on, saying what in the image is a car, or pedestrian, or road surface. Give the computer enough, and your machine learning technique -- today, most commonly a convolutional neural network -- will use advanced statistical techniques to come to a more general understanding of what distinguishes the various components.


How Tesla is Using Artificial Intelligence and Big Data

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Thirteen years ago, in Silicon Valley, a company was born. One simple goal of this company was to prove that electric cars could be better in every way over the traditional fuel-powered cars. Since then, Tesla led by Elon Musk has become a household name in the automotive industry, especially when it comes to manufacturing electric cars. They are said to be the pioneer in manufacturing electric cars, but they were not the first one to make electric cars. What they did first was to create a large consumer base who would want to try out new technology, and Tesla did not let their car owners down.


FedEx turns to Segway inventor to build delivery robot

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FedEx's robot has a top speed of 10 mph and can carry about 100 pounds. A company spokesman said its typical speed would vary depending on the route. The robot relies on sensors typically used on self-driving cars to identify and avoid pedestrians. The SameDay Bot is capable of climbing steps, but customers will need to be home to accept packages -- it won't leave a package on a doorstep or open a front gate. The robot is being developed by DEKA, the Manchester, New Hampshire engineering company owned by Segway inventor Dean Kamen.


Russia blasts futuristic humanoid robot into orbit to complete 'hazardous' space tasks

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Fedor, which is travelling to the orbital outpost aboard the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft, was created by Russia's Android Technology Company and the Advanced Research Fund on a technical assignment from Moscow's Emergencies Ministry. Its basic goals include transmitting telemetry data, determining parameters related to the flight safety, including overloads, and carrying out experiments to test the Skybot's operations capabilities on spacewalks outside the ISS. A Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket blasted off from the Gagarin Start launch pad of the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan yesterday delivering the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft with Fedor into the near-Earth orbit.


Trust, Explainable AI, and Looming Profit Opportunities

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming big business, with all kinds of fascinating opportunities. Growth has been extraordinary: in 2015, global AI revenues were $126 billion, and last year revenues were $482 billion. The prediction for 2024 is that revenues will top $3.061 trillion. Advances in AI are making it possible for computers to take on more tasks that were formally done by humans. While this trend is creating greater efficiencies, it is also increasing the degree to which people feel that they are talking to a wall.


Meet the AI Robots Helping Take Care of Elderly Patients

TIME - Tech

Robots powered by artificial intelligence have been popping up in hotels, airports and shopping malls. Now, they're showing up at assisted living homes, too. With names like Stevie, Paro and Pillo, these robots can do everything from keeping the elderly company to reminding them to take their medication at the right time. "Robotics has the potential to play a huge role in elder care facilities and hospitals to enable people to do more with less," says Conor McGinn, a roboticist and assistant professor at Trinity College Dublin. Watch the video above to learn more about how robots are being used in elderly care.


AI at work: Machines are training human workers to be more compassionate

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Art and imagination are often considered to be exclusively human traits, but now an artificially intelligent robot, named "Ai-Da" - has been coded to be create. "You are speaking faster than usual," reads an alert on a computer screen. The call center agent on the phone with a customer can see a speedometer icon. The conversation with the customer continues, as does the computer feedback. "Think about how the customer is feeling. Try to relate," the artificial intelligence-powered tool interjects.


Scientists create 'Baxter' the robot who can assist the elderly amid a shortage of nurses

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Scientists have created a robot that may be able to help the elderly perform tasks amid a shortage of nurses in the UK. Named Baxter, it has two arms and 3D printed'fingers', allowing it to step in when a person is struggling with things such as getting dressed. Artificial intelligence allows the robot to detect when assistance is needed and learn about the owners difficulties over time. When it's ready for use in healthcare settings, it could help free up the time of staff so they can do other work. There are around 40,000 nurse vacancies in NHS England, which is expected to double after Brexit, according to figures.