Humanoid Robots


Ai-Da, the humanoid robot artist, gears up for first solo exhibition in Oxford

The Japan Times

OXFORD, ENGLAND - Wearing a white blouse and her dark hair hanging loose, Ai-Da looks like any artist at work as she studies her subject and puts pencil to paper. But the beeping from her bionic arm gives her away -- Ai-Da is a robot. Described as "the world's first ultra-realistic AI humanoid robot artist," Ai-Da opens her first solo exhibition of eight drawings, 20 paintings, four sculptures and two video works next week, bringing "a new voice" to the art world, her British inventor and gallery owner Aidan Meller said. "The technological voice is the important one to focus on because it affects everybody," he said at a preview. "We've got a very clear message we want to explore: the uses and abuses of AI today, because this next decade is coming in dramatically and we're concerned about that and we want to have ethical considerations in all of that."


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Meet Ai-Da, the world's first humanoid robot

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A humanoid AI robot is set to open its own exhibition of artwork in Oxford, drawn independently using a robotic arm and an inbuilt camera. The robot, called Ai-Da after the mathematician Ada Lovelace, is said to be the first ultra-realistic robot capable of drawing people from life using her eye and a pencil in her hand, according to its creators. Ai-Da's solo exhibition Unsecured Futures, which opens at Oxford University from June 12, will showcase a selection of the robot's work, developed using AI processes and algorithms at the university. Ai-Da's solo exhibition Unsecured Futures, which opens at Oxford University from June 12, will showcase a selection of the robot's work, developed using AI processes and algorithms at the university The artwork will include drawing, painting, sculpture and video art, exploring the boundaries between AI, technology and organic life. The artwork will include drawing, painting, sculpture and video art, exploring the boundaries between AI, technology and organic life.


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When we program morality into robots, are we doomed to disappoint them with our very human ethical inconsistency? In his newest novel, Machines Like Me, the British writer Ian McEwan takes on the rise of artificial intelligence, exploring how humans would react to the creation of perfectly human-like robots. But he does it in his particularly McEwan-esque fashion. Rather than creating a work of speculative fiction set in a near future where general artificial intelligence has become a reality, McEwan sets Machines Like Me in an alternate past, a 1980s London where the internet already exists and the English A.I. pioneer Alan Turing -- who in our world was effectively hounded to death by government authorities in 1954 because of his homosexuality -- instead lived and went on to create the first true A.I.: a collection of androids for purchase called Adams and Eves. Why paranoia about digital voice assistants is overblown.


Humanoid Robots – What to Expect in the Coming Year

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Sharp jawline, doe-brown eyes and fluttery eye-lashes; Sophia, the world's first AI-powered humanoid is quite a stunner with impressive features. Besides looks, she boasts of an admirable sense of humour. Designed by Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics, Sophia has many human values like wisdom, compassion and kindness. She is also capable of expressing her emotions, holding eye contact, recognizing faces and understanding human speech. Well, Sophia is not the only humanoid robot the world is gushing over.


#286: Halodi Robotics' EVEr3: A Full-size Humanoid Robot, with Bernt Børnich

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Børnich discusses how Eve can be used in research, how Eve's motors have been designed to be safe around humans (including why they use a low gear ratio), how they do direct force control and the benefits of this approach, and how they use machine learning to reduce cogging in their motors. Børnich also discusses the longterm goal of Halodi Robotics and how they plan to support researchers using Eve. Below are two videos of Eve. The first is a video of how Eve can be used as a platform to address several research questions. The second shows Eve moving a box and dancing.


Hulking 165-pound humanoid robot delicately 'walks a tightrope' of tiny blocks

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Fascinating footage shows a robot using autonomous planning to precisely move along a treacherous path of narrow cinder blocks. Researchers trained the 165-pound'humanoid robot' to walk across narrow terrain by using human-like control, perception and planning algorithms. The video shows the robot, called Atlas, carefully moving across a balance beam using body control created using LIDAR. This system uses a pulsed laser to measure the distance between objects and this is procssed by the machine so it can step correctly on the narrow terrain. The researchers, from the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC) in Florida, hope that the tech could be used for bomb squads or rescue missions.


Headspace: How the meditation app turns your stressful phone into a source of calm

The Independent

Meditation and mindfulness have been around for thousands of years. But the advent of smartphones and computers led to a new phenomenon: the mindfulness app. There are a few to choose from, including the punchy, assertive 10% Happier, the elegant and placid Calm and the first app that really brought mindfulness to our phones, Headspace. Andy Puddicombe, a former Buddhist monk who went on to run a meditation clinic in London, met a new business partner, Richard Pierson, and launched Headspace in 2010. The company began as an events organisation and led to the now-ubiquitous app in 2012.


Artificial Intelligence In Humanoid Robots

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When people think of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the major image that pops up in their heads is that of a robot gliding around and giving mechanical replies. There are many forms of AI but humanoid robots are one of the most popular forms. They have been depicted in several Hollywood movies and if you are a fan of science fiction, you might have come across a few humanoids. One of the earliest forms of humanoids was created in 1495 by Leonardo Da Vinci. It was an armor suit and it could perform a lot of human functions such as sitting, standing and walking.


Facebook expecting $5bn fine for privacy violations

The Independent

Facebook has said that it expects to be fined up to $5bn by the Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations. The penalty would be a record by the agency against a technology company and a sign that the United States was willing to punish big tech companies. The social network disclosed the amount in its quarterly financial results on Wednesday, saying it estimated a one-time charge of $3bn to $5bn in connection with an "ongoing inquiry" by the commission. Facebook added that "the matter remains unresolved, and there can be no assurance as to the timing or the terms of any final outcome". We'll tell you what's true.