Forget a doorman, this apartment will have a ROBOT: San Francisco building will offer droid that delivers everything from champagne to toiletries

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Jasper apartments in San Francisco is set to offer a robot staff member'Relay' will deliver items to residents who place orders via the in-app menu When a guest places their order, a human staff packs the item into the robot Using Wi-Fi and cameras, Relay summons an elevator and travels up to the unit'Relay' will deliver items to residents who place orders via the in-app menu Jasper apartments in San Francisco is set to include an autonomous robot named'Relay' that will deliver items from an in-app menu to units inside of the building Would you let a robot perform surgery on your EYE? Axsis... Driverless cars are let loose at a Nissan production plant:... Try the brain training game that could boost your vision:... How life first walked on land: Four-legged fossils found in... Would you let a robot perform surgery on your EYE? Axsis... Driverless cars are let loose at a Nissan production plant:... Try the brain training game that could boost your vision:... How life first walked on land: Four-legged fossils found in... Relay stands three feet tall, and has a compartment at the top that can be loaded with items for delivery and moves at teh speed of a human. So far, 12 of these robots have been employed in the US and are in use at five of the world's major hotel brands Apartment dwellers will have use of a valet service, indoor pool, a gym with free classes, among other things, and access to entertaining events like scotch and wine tasting. Once the robot arrives at the correct aprtment unit, it will then call the guest's phone and wait to be met at the door. Man punches kangaroo in the face to save dog being strangled CCTV shows woman hit by a CAR as thieves dodge paying for petrol Mob storm police station and lynch suspected paedophile Watch the original 1972 trailer for'Last Tango in Paris' Christmas advert so touching it's being shared around the world Moment judge gets slapped in the face at 2016 IFBB Diamond Cup Heart-stopping moment child climbs on tracks in front of train Adorable baby'sings' along with Dutch champion beatboxer B-Art Which body types do women like best? Christmas advert so touching it's being shared around the world Adorable baby'sings' along with Dutch champion beatboxer B-Art Which body types do women like best?


Uber's self-driving truck delivered 50,000 cans of Budweiser

Washington Post - Technology News

If you drank a cold beer in Colorado Springs this weekend, it may have been delivered by a self-driving truck. That's where a big rig tricked out with a sophisticated system that lets a computer take control on the road delivered 50,000 cans of Budweiser last week -- in what the beer company says was the first commercial delivery using the tech. The truck that made the 120-mile journey is one of a handful of Volvo rigs equipped with tech developed by Otto, a start-up Uber acquired in August. Unlike other self-driving systems on the market, such as Tesla's autopilot, Otto's tech lets drivers get out from behind the wheel altogether. At least when it's on the highway and doesn't have to watch out for things like cyclists and pedestrians, that is.


Learning to Memorize in Neural Task-Oriented Dialogue Systems

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

In this thesis, we leverage the neural copy mechanism and memory-augmented neural networks (MANNs) to address existing challenge of neural task-oriented dialogue learning. We show the effectiveness of our strategy by achieving good performance in multi-domain dialogue state tracking, retrieval-based dialogue systems, and generation-based dialogue systems. We first propose a transferable dialogue state generator (TRADE) that leverages its copy mechanism to get rid of dialogue ontology and share knowledge between domains. We also evaluate unseen domain dialogue state tracking and show that TRADE enables zero-shot dialogue state tracking and can adapt to new few-shot domains without forgetting the previous domains. Second, we utilize MANNs to improve retrieval-based dialogue learning. They are able to capture dialogue sequential dependencies and memorize long-term information. We also propose a recorded delexicalization copy strategy to replace real entity values with ordered entity types. Our models are shown to surpass other retrieval baselines, especially when the conversation has a large number of turns. Lastly, we tackle generation-based dialogue learning with two proposed models, the memory-to-sequence (Mem2Seq) and global-to-local memory pointer network (GLMP). Mem2Seq is the first model to combine multi-hop memory attention with the idea of the copy mechanism. GLMP further introduces the concept of response sketching and double pointers copying. We show that GLMP achieves the state-of-the-art performance on human evaluation.


United Airlines incident video could have broken flight provider's rules, but not the law

The Independent - Tech

A video of a passenger forcibly ejected from a United Airlines flight has been condemned across the world. It shows a man being dragged off a plane, sustaining injuries as in the process, apparently because the airline wanted to make space for it own passengers. But some have chosen instead to focus on filming of the video itself -- even claiming that the people who should actually be punished are the people that recorded it. 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.


Context-aware Dialog Strategies for Multimodal Mobile Dialog Systems

AAAI Conferences

Multimodal mobile dialog systems face new challenges which do not exist in traditional spoken dialog systems. A mobile dialog system should provide robust task management during network loss, and intelligent assistance in new environments. To provide these capabilities, a system must sense changes in the user environment, and communicate them effectively to the user. In the field of human-computer interaction, such systems are referred to as context-aware systems. Two possible approaches have been explored: in one, the user requests information when needed (information pull), and in the other, the system automatically offers relevant information (information push).