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Pororobot: A Deep Learning Robot That Plays Video Q&A Games

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Recent progress in machine learning has lead to great advancements in robot intelligence and human-robot interaction (HRI). It is reported that robots can deeply understand visual scene information and describe the scenes in natural language using object recognition and natural language processing methods. Image-based question and answering (Q&A) systems can be used for enhancing HRI. However, despite these successful results, several key issues still remain to be discussed and improved. In particular, it is essential for an agent to act in a dynamic, uncertain, and asynchronous envi-ronment for achieving human-level robot intelligence. In this paper, we propose a prototype system for a video Q&A robot “Pororobot”. The system uses the state-of-the-art machine learning methods such as a deep concept hierarchy model. In our scenario, a robot and a child plays a video Q&A game together under real world environments. Here we demonstrate preliminary results of the proposed system and discuss some directions as future works.

Boston Dynamics' latest robot stymied by a banana skin


Boston Dynamics, the Google-owned robot maker that's apparently up for sale, has a new four-legged robot small enough to walk around a house, agile enough to load your dishwasher, and not quite clever enough to avoid banana skins on the floor. Called Spot Mini, it's a smaller version of the company's Spot robot. Spot was developed for use by the U.S. military and took part in tests with Marines last year. In a video posted to YouTube on Thursday, Spot Mini is seen in several configurations. In one it has a prominent LIDAR laser imaging sensor on top of its body and in another is an arm with a gripper on the end.

Creepy humanoid robot sends Twitter users into a panic (but all is not as it seems)

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A startling video of a humanlike robot has been making the rounds on the internet showing the droid casually walking up a driveway. If you didn't know any better, you might think the video is real, as the hi-tech robot walks with what resembles a human's gait and, just as it passes the cameraman, gives viewers a closer look at its white-masked face and a pair of black eyes. The clip has racked up five million views and caused many scared Twitter users to warn of the end of days. A startling video of a humanlike robot has been making the rounds on the internet showing the droid casually walking up a driveway. In actuality, the creepy humanoid isn't real after all, since it was created using computer-generated graphics.

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