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AKA Customized Functions, Pepper Can Work as an English

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AKA, an artificial intelligence development company, announced a function called "Academy Mode", developed for Pepper to serve in the classroom despite the current situation of COVID-19. Academy Mode is designed specifically for the Softbank Robotics Humanoid robot, Pepper, to fit classroom settings and will be released in Korea, Japan, and China's market first. Since entering Japan's market in 2015, AKA has been working together continuously with Softbank Robotics Japan. In May 2019, AKA became an official reseller of Softbank Robotics China for the Pepper robot. Since then, AKA has been actively developing different functions for Pepper to work better in the English education environment.


This guy built a hilariously complicated robot barber and let it cut his hair with scissors

Mashable

Shane Wighton's YouTube channel, Stuff Made Here, is no stranger to remarkably complicated robotics projects. You might remember his viral video where he built a basketball hoop where he'd never miss. So now, with many barbershops and salons closed during the pandemic, Wighton's latest project was a robot that could cut hair. But we're not talking a robotic arm that buzzes hair. Wighton's robot uses scissors, sensors, probes, and lots of other things I don't fully understand to do a full haircut.


AI 50 Founders Predict What Artificial Intelligence Will Look Like After Covid-19

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Transportation "can also become truly contactless if needed," says James Peng, who is CEO of ... [ ] self-driving startup Pony.ai. The first few months of 2020 have radically reshaped the way we work and how the world gets things done. While the wide use of robotaxis or self-driving freight trucks isn't yet in place, the Covid-19 pandemic has hurried the introduction of artificial intelligence across all industries. Whether through outbreak tracing or contactless customer pay interactions, the impact has been immediate, but it also provides a window into what's to come. The second annual Forbes' AI 50, which highlights the most promising U.S.-based artificial intelligence companies, features a group of founders who are already pondering what their space will look like in the future, though all agree that Covid-19 has permanently accelerated or altered the spread of AI. "We have seen two years of digital transformation in the course of the last two months," Abnormal Security CEO Evan Reiser told Forbes in May.


Creator of 'robot chef' makes move on commercial kitchens in the UK

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The company behind the world's first AI-powered robot kitchen assistant has announced its debut funding round in the UK in what could be a pivotal step in its quest to get the concept established with restaurant chains here. Miso Robotics – the US creator of the Flippy robot – is aiming to raise £24m via Crowdcube to support its expansion into Europe. The company has previously raised more than $17m (£13m) in funding rounds in the US, following a valuation of over £64m in 2019. Flippy, which cooks burgers, fries and chicken, can learn from its surroundings and acquire new skills and is already deployed in the US market at CaliBurger restaurants and iconic venues such as the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles through Levy Restaurants, part of Compass Group. This week, Miso Robotics announced that US fast food chain White Castle will deploy Flippy in order to modernise its operations. The fundraising comes at a time when QSRs are having to work even harder to build resilient operations that offer safer working environments as they reopen following the Covid-19 pandemic.


IT Decision Makers Will Increase Investments in Automation of COVID-19

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Nearly two-thirds of US IT decision-makers plan to increase their investments in automation technology over the next year as a result of Covid-19, noting that intelligent self-service has been key to remaining agile during the crisis. These are some of the findings from a new survey conducted by market research firm Opinion Matters and commissioned by Intelligent Virtual Agent (IVA) platform provider Inference Solutions. The study, Intelligent Automation Post-Covid-19, explores how IT leaders in mid-sized businesses and enterprises across eight industries are evolving their digital strategies in the wake of the pandemic, and how they have used automation to tackle challenges driven by shutdowns and social distancing. Significantly, 71% of IT decision makers agree that intelligent self-service automation has helped their organizations remain agile, and 64% expect to increase automation investments over the coming year as a result of the crisis. More than a quarter (26%) of organizations will increase their investments by 10% or higher.


Japan Is Figuring Out How to Deliver Goods Untouched by Humans

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Getting products from one place to another with as little human contact as possible is becoming an imperative for Japanese businesses as retailers, warehouses, and transport providers adapt to the coronavirus pandemic. Japanese companies are developing next-generation logistics technology to deliver goods without human touch, driven by worker shortages and the Covid-19 pandemic. Manufacturer Tsubakimoto Chain's sorting and conveyor systems are growing increasingly popular as companies seek ways to move things around, while startup Hacobu aims to increase use of its online platform for trucks to share information as they load and unload goods at warehouses. Meanwhile, companies in Japan and other Asian countries have expressed interest in U.S. startup Above Robotics' cloud-based software, which stitches together various autonomous logistics and transportation systems. Japan's government views automated logistics as important for global competitiveness, with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism urging greater use of data and artificial intelligence in managing truck fleets, autonomous vehicles, and drones.


Pegasystems launches tool to enable self-healing RPA bots

ZDNet

Pegasystems is launching X-ray Vision, a tool that enables robotic process automation to fix itself without human intervention. X-ray Vision aims to address the problem of bot failures. The tool will be combined with automated bot authoring tools in Pega RPA, which is part of the Pega Infinity suite. Broken bots occur when applications user interfaces and processes change and can result in downtime and maintenance costs. X-ray Vision will detect broken bots and then fix them.


White Castle to test out Flippy kitchen robot to cut down on human contact with food

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

White Castle has plans to usher robots into the kitchen. The burger chain announced a partnership with the artificial intelligence firm Miso Robotics on Monday. The idea is to reduce human contact with food during the cooking process and comes after many restaurants were crippled due to the pandemic, White Castle said in a statement. "The deployment will put autonomous frying to work for enhanced production speeds, improved labor allocation and an added layer of health and safety in the cooking process," the burger chain said. The restaurant didn't address how many workers could be displaced by robots.


Demand for robot cooks rises as kitchens combat COVID-19

The Japan Times

HAYWARD, California – Robots that can cook -- from flipping burgers to baking bread -- are in growing demand as virus-wary kitchens try to put some distance between workers and customers. Starting this fall, the White Castle burger chain will test a robot arm that can cook french fries and other foods. The robot, dubbed Flippy, is made by Pasadena, California-based Miso Robotics. White Castle and Miso have been discussing a partnership for about a year. Those talks accelerated when COVID-19 struck, said White Castle Vice President Jamie Richardson.


Robot cooks can reduce spread of COVID-19

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

The pandemic is feeding demand for robots that can flip burgers, make salads and blend smoothies as businesses and consumers seek to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Experts say COVID-19 is accelerating automation in the food-service industry. (July 14)