Seven adult-sized humanoid robots together for first time in the U.S.

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Each robot is 1.3 meters, or about 4-feet, 3-inches, tall. They are fully actuated, which means that they have similar joints and movement capabilities to that of a human, including arms, legs and hands with fully functional fingers and an opposable thumb. "This is an historic event," said Dr. Youngmoo Kim, an associate professor and assistant dean of media technologies in the College of Engineering and the director of the Music and Entertainment Technology (MET) Lab. "Never before have seven adult-sized, fully actuated humanoids appeared on stage together, so it's truly a milestone in robotics research." This gathering of robots is the fruition of seeds planted in 2008 when Drexel received a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation's Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE) Program with the goal of training engineers to work in global multi-disciplined design teams.


When a machine takes control

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Robotics and artificial intelligence not only give us means to take care of traditional physical routines, they also vastly expand our intellectual capacity and our capacity related to understanding. Artificial intelligence facilitates a new kind of working life and moulds the hierarchical structure that we are used to operating within. Robotics can be used to replace organisations' middle management, administrative supervisory functions. Artificial intelligence is more efficient than humans in taking care of rotas, performance assessments and routine employee guidance. Robotics and artificial intelligence not only give us means to take care of traditional physical routines, they also vastly expand our intellectual capacity and our capacity related to understanding.


6 Ways Machine Learning Can Help with Security - Security Boulevard

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If you were to believe all the marketing buzz about machine learning, you would think it the answer to all security teams' prayers. Even so, machine learning is pretty powerful tech and there are places it can be helpful to your security measures right now. Here are six of them. Behavioral analytics are very helpful in sorting routine behaviors and work patterns from activities that may indicate either a tendency toward bad behavior on the job or an insider threat in progress. Machine learning coupled with behavioral analytics and associated data means the machine can recognize nuanced behaviors even earlier than behavioral analytics and experienced security personnel alone could.


Toward Bootstrap Learning of the Foundations of Commonsense Knowledge

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Our goal is for an autonomous learning agent to acquire the knowledge that serves as the foundations of common sense from its own experience without outside guidance. This requires the agent to (1) learn the structure of its own sensors and effectors; (2) learn a model of space around itself; (3) learn to move effectively in that space; (4) identify and describe objects, as distinct from the static environment; (5) learn and represent actions for affecting those objects, including preconditions and postconditions, and so on. We will provide examples of progress we have made, and the roadmap we envision for future research.


Carnegie Mellon-led non profit received $250 million to create a new robotics institute

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A new nonprofit run by Carnegie Mellon University will receive more than $250 million for a new robotics institute in Pittsburgh dubbed the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute, or ARM, the university announced today. The award is primarily funded by the Department of Defense, which gave $80 million toward the new center. Another $173 million came from undisclosed partner organizations. The university did not respond to a late request for information on the undisclosed donors. The money will be used to research and develop robotic technologies in the area of manufacturing, artificial intellegence, 3D printing and industrial robotics.