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Many Robots Make Short Work: Report of the SRI International Mobile Robot Team

AI Magazine

Indoor mobile robots are becoming reliable enough in navigation tasks to consider working with teams of robots. Using SRI International's open-agent architecture (OAA) and SAPHIRA robot-control system, we configured three physical robots and a set of software agents on the internet to plan and act in coordination. Users communicate with the robots using a variety of multimodal input: pen, voice, and keyboard. The robust capabilities of the OAA and SAPHIRA enabled us to design and implement a winning team in the six weeks before the Fifth Annual AAAI Mobile Robot Competition and Exhibition.


Your Next Nurse Could Be a Robot

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An international team of researchers has trained a robot to imitate natural human actions, in the hope that humans and robots can coordinate their actions during critical events such as surgeries. Researchers from Italy's Polytechnic University of Milan led an international team that trained a robot to imitate natural human actions. As part of the experiment, the researchers photographed a human being conducting numerous reaching motions, in a way similar to handing instruments to a surgeon. Finally, several humans observed the robotic arm making numerous motions, and determined about 70% of the movements were "biologically inspired."


Man arrested for knocking over a 21-stone security robot while drunk

The Independent - Tech

A US man has been arrested for allegedly knocking over a security robot while drunk. The incident took place in a car park in Mountain View, California. The autonomous robot, called K5, suffered a number of scratches but is now back on patrol. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


Elon Musk to plant computers in human brains to prevent AI robot uprising

The Independent - Tech

Elon Musk has launched a new "medical research" company called Neuralink, according to a new report. The firm was registered in California last July, and will focus on developing "neural lace" technology, reports the Wall Street Journal. Mr Musk tweeted that more information about Neuralink could emerge in April, but recent comments from the CEO of Tesla suggest that he's aiming to create cyborgs. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


The UN has decided to tackle the issue of killer robots in 2017

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The United Nations decided to formally address the issue of killer robots. At the International Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva, the 123 participating nations voted to form a group in 2017 of governmental experts to look at lethal autonomous robots that can select targets without human control, which could lead to a ban, reported Human Rights Watch. Many of Silicon Valley's elite, including Steve Wozniak and Elon Musk, have expressed concern over the development of killer robots. Musk and Wozniak both signed on to a letter last year urging the UN to take up the issue, calling for an international ban on the creation of lethal autonomous weapons. Stephen Hawking and leading AI researchers -- including University of California Berkeley computer scientist Stuart Russell, Google Director of Research Peter Norvig and Microsoft Managing Director Eric Horvitz -- were among the over 1,000 scientists who signed the letter calling for a killer robot ban.