Humanoid Robots


India wants to send this "half humanoid" robot into space

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The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has unveiled a legless robot called "Voymmitra" that it wants to send into space on an uncrewed mission later this year. The eerily humanoid robot can reportedly speak two languages, according to Business Insider. "Vyommitra will simulate human functions, will interact with the environmental control and life-support system," ISRO chairman K Sivan told the Times of India. "Our robot is like a human, and will be able to do what man can do, although not as extensively," Sivan added. First half humanoid that will be a part of @isro Gaganyaan unmanned mission.


Russia sends its first humanoid robot Fedor into space

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Russia on Thursday launched an unmanned rocket carrying a life-size humanoid robot that will spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts on the International Space Station. Named Fedor, short for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, the robot is the first ever sent up by Russia. Fedor blasted off in a Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft at 6:38 am Moscow time (0338 GMT) from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz is set to dock with the space station on Saturday and stay till September 7. Soyuz ships are normally manned on such trips, but on Thursday no humans are travelling in order to test a new emergency rescue system. Instead of cosmonauts, Fedor, also known as Skybot F850, was strapped into a specially adapted pilot's seat, with a small Russian flag in hand.


Artificial humans 'don't live up to hype'

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"Artificial humans" - virtual characters - have been shown off by Samsung-backed start-up Neon at the CES tech show in Las Vegas. Neon says it intends its virtual characters to act like digital "friends". However, one tech industry analyst told the BBC the demonstration failed to impress him. Ben Wood of CCS Insight said: "It was not the revolution that I was expecting." There had been great interest in Neon after the California-based outfit ran a viral teaser campaign across social media in the lead-up to the expo.


Meet Sophia, World's First AI Humanoid Robot Tony Robbins

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Sophia travels to Palm Beach, Florida, to meet with Tony Robbins during our Date With Destiny event -- and Tony did not hold back on asking some tough questions! Here are some highlights from their conversation where they talked about everything from how Sophia's makers have influenced and shaped her A.I., to their shared commitment to helping humans experience a better quality of life! What do you think about the future of A.I.? Let us know in the comments below! Tony Robbins is a #1 New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. For more than 37 years, millions of people have enjoyed the warmth, humor and dynamic presentation of Mr. Robbins' corporate and personal development events.


Samsung's artificial Neon humans are "a new kind of life"

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In a bid to "make science fiction a reality", Samsung's future factory STAR Labs has developed Neon, AI-powered virtual beings that look and behave like real humans. Unlike artificially intelligent (AI) assistants like Siri or Alexa, STAR Labs' computationally created beings aren't programmed to be "know-it-all bots" or an interface to answer users' questions and demands. Instead, the avatars are designed to converse and sympathise "like real people" in order to act as hyper lifelike companions. "We have always dreamed of such virtual beings in science fictions and movies," said STAR Labs CEO Pranav Mistry. "Neons will integrate with our world and serve as new links to a better future, a world where'humans are humans' and'machines are humane'," he continued.


Samsung's Neon 'Artificial Humans' Look Like Super-Realistic Video Chatbots

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At CES 2020, Samsung's STAR Labs research group unveiled Neon, a simulated human assistant, an animated "chatbot" that appears on a screen and learns about people in order to provide intelligent and life-like responses. These "artificial humans" will be able to give responses to questions in milliseconds. Companies and people will be able to license or subscribe to Neons, with the goal of enhancing customer service interactions. Said Samsung, "Over time, Neons will work as TV anchors, spokespeople, or movie actors; or they can simply be companions and friends." Samsung indicated that Neon will be beta launched with selected partners later this year.


Sim2real transfer learning for 3D human pose estimation: motion to the rescue

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Synthetic visual data can provide practicically infinite diversity and rich labels, while avoiding ethical issues with privacy and bias. However, for many tasks, current models trained on synthetic data generalize poorly to real data. The task of 3D human pose estimation is a particularly interesting example of this sim2real problem, because learning-based approaches perform reasonably well given real training data, yet labeled 3D poses are extremely difficult to obtain in the wild, limiting scalability. In this paper, we show that standard neural-network approaches, which perform poorly when trained on synthetic RGB images, can perform well when the data is pre-processed to extract cues about the person's motion, notably as optical flow and the motion of 2D keypoints. Therefore, our results suggest that motion can be a simple way to bridge a sim2real gap when video is available.


Domes to Drones: Self-Supervised Active Triangulation for 3D Human Pose Reconstruction

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Existing state-of-the-art estimation systems can detect 2d poses of multiple people in images quite reliably. In contrast, 3d pose estimation from a single image is ill-posed due to occlusion and depth ambiguities. Assuming access to multiple cameras, or given an active system able to position itself to observe the scene from multiple viewpoints, reconstructing 3d pose from 2d measurements becomes well-posed within the framework of standard multi-view geometry. Less clear is what is an informative set of viewpoints for accurate 3d reconstruction, particularly in complex scenes, where people are occluded by others or by scene objects. In order to address the view selection problem in a principled way, we here introduce ACTOR, an active triangulation agent for 3d human pose reconstruction.



CES: Buzzy NEON startup builds 'artificial humans' that resemble bankers, fashion models

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Figuring out who and what is real or fake nowadays is getting to be a harder challenge in this AI-driven age. At CES, a buzzy startup with a Samsung pedigree, STAR Labs, introduced NEON as its first "artificial human." This "computationally created virtual being" sure looks and behaves like people you may come across every day, even if it doesn'tdo a whole lot right now, other than exhibit simple expressions and gestures on a large display. At this early preview stage, NEON is not quite a chatbot or robot and not quite a virtual assistant for your phone. But while NEON's can't be an exact copy or surrogate of an existing human, they are modeled after real people.