Drones that drive

MIT News

"The ability to both fly and drive is useful in environments with a lot of barriers, since you can fly over ground obstacles and drive under overhead obstacles," says PhD student Brandon Araki, lead author on the paper. The project builds on Araki's previous work developing a "flying monkey" robot that crawls, grasps, and flies. Rus says that systems like theirs suggest that another approach to creating safe and effective flying cars is not to simply "put wings on cars," but to build on years of research in adding driving capabilities to drones. "As we begin to develop planning and control algorithms for flying cars, we are encouraged by the possibility of creating robots with these capabilities at small scale," Rus says.


CEOs use VR headsets to experience 'realities' of homelessness

The Independent

Our Sydney CEOs using virtual reality to get a glimpse of the realities faced by the people who experience this everyday. 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. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall ...


Why Anonymous claims Nasa is about to announce the discovery of aliens

The Independent

It also took caviar, ready for the satellite's inhabitants to celebrate the holidays X-rays stream off the sun in this image showing observations from by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, overlaid on a picture taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) This near-infrared color image shows a specular reflection, or sunglint, off of a hydrocarbon lake named Kivu Lacus on Saturn's moon Titan Although Mimas and Pandora, shown here, both orbit Saturn, they are very different moons. Mimas (246 miles or 396 kilometers across), a "medium-sized" moon, formed into a sphere due to self-gravity imposed by its higher mass An X1.6 class solar flare flashes in the middle of the sun in this image taken 10 September, captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory An image from Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) shows a 200,000 mile long solar filament ripping through the Sun's corona in September 2013 An image of the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy seen in infrared light by the Herschel Space Observatory. Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope has unveiled in stunning detail a small section of the Veil Nebula - expanding remains of a massive star that exploded about 8,000 years ago Four images from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with colour data from the Ralph instrument to create this enhanced colour global view of Pluto The HiRISE camera aboard Nasa's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired this closeup image of a "fresh" (on a geological scale, though quite old on a human scale) impact crater in the Sirenum Fossae region of Mars. "And as we know from experience, NASA's scientific discoveries of today continually drive impactful research for tomorrow that goes far beyond the initial observations."


Microsoft's plan to stop thieves stealing laptops revealed by patent

The Independent

The document describes functionality that would bring the devices in line with smartphones, which users can remotely disable and wipe, in order to prevent thieves from re-selling them. 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.


Assistive robots compete in Bristol

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The Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) will host the first European- Commission funded European Robotics League (ERL) tournament for service robots to be held in the UK. BRL's assisted living research group is developing interactive assistive robots as part of an ambient smart home ecosystem to support independent living. The ERL Service Robots tournament will be held in the BRL's Anchor Robotics Personalised Assisted Living Studio, which was set up to develop, test and evaluate assistive robotic and other technologies in a realistic home environment. The two teams in the Bristol event will be Birmingham Autonomous Robotics Club (BARC) led by Sean Bastable from the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham, and the Healthcare Engineering and Assistive Robotics Technology and Services (HEARTS) team from the BRL led by PhD Student Zeke Steer.


From braille to Be My Eyes – there's a revolution happening in tech for the blind

The Guardian

I am using an app called Be My Eyes, an app that connects blind and visually impaired people to sighted volunteers via a remote video connection. In the mid-1970s Ray Kurzweil, a pioneer in optical character recognition (OCR) – software that can recognise printed text – founded Kurzweil Computer Products and programmed omni-font, the first OCR program with the ability to recognise any kind of print style. All the time, companies are finding new ways to improve accessibility and Be My Eyes isn't the only assistive technology company taking advantage of the real time human element, building technology that is based on the creation of dialogue with its users. Earlier this year, Aira helped Erich Manser, who has retinitis pigmentosa, run the Boston marathon.


Sorting Lego sucks, so here's an AI that does it for you

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You see, Mattheij decided he wanted in on the profitable cottage industry of online Lego reselling, and after placing a bunch of bids for the colorful little blocks on eBay, he came into possession of 2 tons (4,400 pounds) of Lego -- enough to fill his entire garage. As Mattheij explains in his blog post, resellers can make up to €40 ($45) per kilogram for Lego sets, and rare parts and Lego Technic can fetch up to €100 ($112) per kg. Instead of spending an eternity sifting through his own, intimidatingly large collection, Mattheij set to work on building an automated Lego sorter powered by a neural network that could classify the little building blocks. "By the end of two weeks I had a training data set of 20,000 correctly labeled images."


Three Real Use-Cases of Machine Learning in Business Applications

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In the statement above, the term "empathetic" is used in better understanding a person or group of people--the why behind a certain behavior or process--and in turn using that knowledge to design a better product or service according to the customer's needs and desires. While machine learning excels at identifying and categorizing anything that can be quantified, humans still rule in interpreting and understanding how quantitative and qualitative data fits into a greater context. For example, an algorithm might observe that a particular group of consumers waits a certain number of days after scanning flight tickets to purchase, or that a certain group searches for particular flight routes during a specific time of the year. But the why behind these behaviors is something that can only be found out by contacting and listening to customer's stories.


India needs legal infrastructure to lead in artificial intelligence, says study

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New Delhi: In order to become a frontrunner in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), India should take the lead in establishing a legal infrastructure on its application, a study said here on Thursday. According to a recent Assocham-PwC joint study titled "Leveraging artificial intelligence and robotics for sustainable growth", an early public sector interest could trigger a spurt of activity in the AI field in India, instead of waiting for technology to reach a level where regulatory intervention becomes necessary. The study said a range of applications for AI techniques in large-scale public endeavours like "Make in India", "Skill India" and others could range from crop insurance schemes, tax fraud detection, detecting subsidy leakage and security strategy. The study added that in comparison to the West and frontrunners of AI adoption in Asia, such as China and Korea, the culture and infrastructure needed to develop a base for the adoption of AI in mainstream applications in India is in need of an impetus.


How Four AI Startups Help Brands Exploit Customer Reviews

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Revuze analyses aren't limited to reviews; the company's tech applies applies NLP for topic, keyword, and sentiment extraction from, additionally, survey responses, call-center text, and social media. It extracts opinion words and phrases and fine-grained sentiment and provides analyses by review and by opinion holder with the ability to generate customer profiles. Use spaCy NLP -- SentiGeek's choice -- for Python native information extraction; spaCy plays nice with TensorFlow, Keras, Scikit-Learn, Gensim, and the rest of Python AI ecosystem." We will see a continued strong market for analytics -- NLP, machine learning, and data science -- as a best response to the volume–impact combination, text analytics and also image and video analytics that can detecting entities, emotions, and context in diverse media.