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Meet Spod: Your new AI-powered shopping pal which suggests products based on age & gender

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By Tushar Kaushik IN YOUR CART AI-enabled shopping assistant Spod can suggest products based on customer's age, gender. At an office in HSR Layout, a boxshaped robot, mounted with a tablet, moves along the office floor while avoiding objects. As it detects a human face, it stops to greet and introduce itself: "Greetings, I'm Spod. I'm here to help you shop." Spod is an artificial intelligence-enabled robotic shopping assistant that visitors to supermarkets may well see in near future.


Automation and AI; What's the Real Difference? - ReadWrite

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Automation is good for business. It means delegating manual, mundane administrative tasks that suck up valuable hours to software or machines, freeing up time for human employees to focus on more complex, challenging, and creative work. Its benefits are twofold–better working conditions and employee engagement, as well as improving the bottom line by cutting costs. Think of it as the modern-day equivalent of the cotton gin. Before the invention of the cotton gin, people had to separate the cotton from their seeds by hand manually.


US warns about alleged spying threat from Chinese-made drones

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The US government is warning businesses about the risks of using Chinese-made aerial drones on claims they may pose a spying threat. On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security issued an industry alert over the alleged spying dangers, according to CNN. The alert doesn't name a specific company, but one of the biggest drone manufacturers in the world is DJI, which is based in Shenzhen, China. The department is worried the drone technologies can collect information and secretly send it back to their manufacturers in China. If this occurs, the Chinese government has the power to compel the manufacturer to hand over all the acquired data.


Build your own best friend! Students design $3,000 kit robo-dog that can jump, flip and dance

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A robotic dog that can dance, do flips and jump has been created by a team of students - and they are encouraging people to build their own. The robo-dog senses when it is out of position and uses'virtual springs' to pop upright with precision. It has been created with the goal of being reproduced by anyone and the team has published their designs and blueprints online to encourage people to make their own robots. Doggo's creators wanted to share their joy so much they have made the plans, code and a supply list all freely available on GitHub, a specialist platform for developers to share computer code. On the Stanford Doggo Project Github blog, the students describe themselves as undergraduate and graduate students in the Stanford Student Robotics club and part of the club's'Extreme Mobility team'.


Enhance Customer Experience with Artificial Intelligence and Robotics - Grata Software

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The most important aspect of a successful business is the ability to provide a customer experience that exceeds expectations. According to a GrooveHQ Blog Post on customer experience, 86% of customers are willing to pay more for better customer experience. These same customers have a 60%- 70% probability of recommending new customers to your business if they have a great customer experience. As a customer-centric organization, how do you know what makes the best experience for your customers? How do you know what works?


Renault Launches Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab With ZOE Cab

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The Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab project was initiated by Groupe Renault, Groupe Transdev, IRT SystemX, Institut VEDECOM and the University of Paris-Saclay. Its purpose is to develop new autonomous (i.e. The Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab was inaugurated on 15 May 2019 at the SPRING 2019 innovation event by Grégoire de Lasteyrie, Île-de-France Regional Councillor, Special Delegate responsible for New Mobility and Mayor of Palaiseau; Francisque Vigouroux, Vice-President of the Paris-Saclay urban community responsible for Mobility and Transportation and Mayor of Igny; and Michel Bournat, Mayor of Gif-sur-Yvette and President of the Paris-Saclay urban community. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Thierry Mallet, Chairman and CEO of Groupe Transdev; Arnaud Molinié, Senior Vice President, Mobility Services, Groupe Renault; Paul Labrogere, CEO, IRT SystemX; Sylvie Retailleau, President of the University of Paris-Saclay; Philippe Watteau, Managing Director, VEDECOM; and Elizabeth Crepon, Director, ENSTA. This first stage of the Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab project is one of the SAM4 experiments selected by the French government on 24 April 2019 following the EVRA5 call for projects under the Investments for the Future (PIA) program.


ROCHE Tower Talks at ETH: 'Human or Machine – Who makes the diagnosis?'

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Dr. Daniel Stauffacher and Regina Surber of the Zurich Hub for Ethics and Technology (ZHET) participated at the discussion event'Mensch oder Maschine – Wer stellt die Diagnose?, co-organised by the pharmaceutical company Roche and the University ETH in Zurich, on 8 May 2019. One of the firsts of its kind, this very important panel opened the discussion about the transformative change of current and future healthcare through new technologies. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics are already a given in our modern technological lives. Those technologies – and others – also fundamentally influence the healthcare sector, a fact that raises pressing questions, such as: What is the role of future medical doctors? Which human medical aspects are quantifiable and might therefore be outsourced or supported by, e.g., AI-enabled technologies, and which are not, and will still require human power and discernment?


This clever transforming robot flies and rolls on its rotating arms – TechCrunch

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There's great potential in using both drones and ground-based robots for situations like disaster response, but generally these platforms either fly or creep along the ground. Not the "Flying STAR," which does both quite well, and through a mechanism so clever and simple you'll wish you'd thought of it. Conceived by researchers at Ben-Gurion University in Israel, the "flying sprawl-tuned autonomous robot" is based on the elementary observation that both rotors and wheels spin. So why shouldn't a vehicle have both? Well, there are lots of good reasons why it's difficult to create such a hybrid, but the team, led by David Zarrouk, overcame them with the help of today's high-powered, lightweight drone components.


Research indicates the only defense against killer AI is not developing it

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A recent analysis on the future of warfare indicates that countries that continue to develop AI for military use risk losing control of the battlefield. Those that don't risk eradication. Here's what that means, according to a trio of experts. Researchers from ASRC Federal, a private company that provides support for the intelligence and defense communities, and the University of Maryland recently published a paper on pre-print server ArXiv discussing the potential ramifications of integrating AI systems into modern warfare. Get 50% off tickets if you buy now.


Senior Research Associate in Robotics for Infrastructure Maintenance and Repair (Offshore Wind Farms) Job at School of Design in London, England

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Fixed term contract until 1 March 2021 The Royal College of Art is the UK's only entirely postgraduate art and design university. In 2018/19 the College will have some 2,300 students registered for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees and over 450 permanent academic, technical and administrative staff, with more than 1,000 visiting lecturers and professors. The RCA Robotics Laboratory, recently established and directed by RCA's Academic Leader in Robotics, Dr Sina Sareh, develops new bioinspired technologies for robot mobility, manipulation and attachment in unstructured and extreme environments through funded projects by EPSRC, Innovate UK and industrial partners. Following the Royal College of Art's Strategic Plan 2016-2021, the lab is intended to create significant research and education capacity in robotics by 2020, to support the RCA's ambitious expansion plans in Battersea South including a new robotics facility and new research centres - the most radical transformation of the institution's campus in its 181-year history. Through the Innovate UK's "Robotics and AI: Inspect, Maintain and Repair in Extreme Environments" funding scheme, a research project grant entitled Multi-Platform Inspection, Maintenance & Repair in Extreme Environments (MIMRee) has been awarded to the RCA.