If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
A team led by the University of California San Diego has developed a new system of algorithms that enables four-legged robots to walk and run on challenging terrain while avoiding both static and moving obstacles. In tests, the system guided a robot to maneuver autonomously and swiftly across sandy surfaces, gravel, grass, and bumpy dirt hills covered with branches and fallen leaves without bumping into poles, trees, shrubs, boulders, benches or people. The work brings researchers a step closer to building robots that can perform search and rescue missions or collect information in places that are too dangerous or difficult for humans. The team will present its work at the 2022 International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), which will take place from Oct. 23 to 27 in Kyoto, Japan. The system provides a legged robot more versatility because of the way it combines the robot's sense of sight with another sensing modality called proprioception, which involves the robot's sense of movement, direction, speed, location and touch--in this case, the feel of the ground beneath its feet.
I did a startup in 1998 by applying AI to the lead generation and qualification problem. It was early. The data was not yet rich enough. Now, the data is there. Can the problem finally be solved at the right level of sophistication? Sramana Mitra: Let's go to the very beginning of your journey. Where were you born and raised? Jonathan Spier: I'm a California guy raised in San Diego. I came up here to go to school at Berkeley. I was never able to escape again. Sramana Mitra: What did you do after Berkeley? Jonathan Spier: I went briefly into consulting and then I landed at a company called Ariba. I was the number 85 employee. Within a few years, we were 3,500 people. It was a fun place to be. Sramana Mitra: We have the Ariba case study. Keith Krach was on the series. Jonathan Spier: He was a great leader. That whole team was amazing. I was the youngest person they hired. It was a really senior team they had by the time I joined. I got pretty much hooked on growth
When humans try to strike a tennis ball, unlock a door, or crack an egg, they rely on sound as a signal of success. Similarly, using auditory signals can help robots learn motor skills. AURL learns to generate dynamic behaviors from contact sounds produced from a UR10 robot's interaction. It uses multi-channel sound data to output parameters that control dynamic behavior. To learn low-dimensional representations from audio, self-supervised learning methods are used.
Can John Deere become one of the leading AI and robotics companies in the world alongside Tesla and Silicon Valley technology giants over the next decade? That notion may seem incongruous with the general perception of the 185-year-old company as a heavy-metal manufacturer of tractors, bulldozers and lawnmowers painted in the signature green and yellow colors. But that is what the company sees in its future, according to Jorge Heraud, vice president of automation and autonomy for Moline, Illinois-based Deere, a glimpse of which was showcased at last January's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where Deere unveiled its fully autonomous 8R farm tractor, driven by artificial intelligence rather than a farmer behind the wheel. The autonomous 8R is the culmination of Deere's nearly two decades of strategic planning and investment in automation, data analytics, GPS guidance, internet-of-things connectivity and software engineering. While a good deal of that R&D has been homegrown, the company also has been on a spree of acquisitions and partnerships with agtech startups, harvesting know-how as well as talent.