Olympic Games

Robots from 'Gundam' series to greet 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic athletes from space

The Japan Times

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games announced plans Wednesday to launch robots from the "Mobile Suit Gundam" anime series into space aboard a satellite that will broadcast messages of support to athletes. In the project, conducted in collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and the University of Tokyo, two 10-centimeter models depicting Gundam and Char's Zaku robots from the animation series will be sent into orbit on a 30-cm long, 10-cm wide microsatellite. The "G Satellite," with an electronic bulletin board for displaying messages, will be sent to the International Space Station aboard a supply ship next March and later launched from the ISS. After the satellite enters the Earth's orbit, it will deploy the robots and the bulletin board. The organizers of the project will then share images taken with an onboard camera, including congratulatory messages in multiple languages, with athletes through social media and other outlets.

How Are Game-Changing Technologies Reshaping The Sports Industry?


The sports industry has observed a paradigm shift over the decades. Thanks to the technology that had taken the sports from a dirt field to the high-tech arenas, from field training to the virtual training with stats, from the manual scoreboard updation to the electronic scoreboard and from cheering up the team from the stadium to the sports enjoyment from the comfort of living room. It has really come a long way. A lot has changed with the technology advancements that one can easily witness by looking at the differences between the first Olympic games played in 776 BC and the Olympic games organized now. Take a look at the technology trends that will continue to impact sports industry and are here to stay: Online streaming A decade back, to view the matches or the highlights at home, the viewers have to wait for a couple of hours due to unavailability of any technology in place and time zone difference.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will use robots to make it the most innovative games ever


The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games announced its new "Tokyo 2020 Robot Project." Toyota's Human Support Robot and Delivery Support Robot are being deployed to assist spectators in wheelchairs, carry food and other goods, guide people to their seats, and provide event information.

Tokyo 2020 Robot Project powered by Toyota, Panasonic


Athletes may be the focus of the Olympics, but in recent years the competition has also become an important technology showcase for tech savvy host countries. Nowhere will that be more true than in Tokyo, host of the upcoming 2020 Games. This month, the organizing committee announced the Tokyo 2020 Robot Project, a collaboration between Toyota, Panasonic, and several Japanese government entities that will bring robots front and center while all eyes are on Tokyo. Japan, of course, is a world leader in industrial automation and autonomous mobile robots, and the models selected by Toyota and Panasonic to participate in the showcase will be familiar to industry watchers. What will be novel is the size of the deployment and the opportunity the Games affords to create a real-life laboratory for human-robot interaction.

Robustness of Neural Networks to Parameter Quantization

arXiv.org Machine Learning

Quantization, a commonly used technique to reduce the memory footprint of a neural network for edge computing, entails reducing the precision of the floating-point representation used for the parameters of the network. The impact of such rounding-off errors on the overall performance of the neural network is estimated using testing, which is not exhaustive and thus cannot be used to guarantee the safety of the model. We present a framework based on Satisfiability Modulo Theory (SMT) solvers to quantify the robustness of neural networks to parameter perturbation. To this end, we introduce notions of local and global robustness that capture the deviation in the confidence of class assignments due to parameter quantization. The robustness notions are then cast as instances of SMT problems and solved automatically using solvers, such as dReal. We demonstrate our framework on two simple Multi-Layer Perceptrons (MLP) that perform binary classification on a two-dimensional input. In addition to quantifying the robustness, we also show that Rectified Linear Unit activation results in higher robustness than linear activations for our MLPs.

Robots Will Help Spectators at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

Last week, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games organizing committee announced the launch of the "Tokyo 2020 Robot Project." The project will involve the deployment of an assortment of robots to do useful things for visitors at the games, but so far, we've just seen specific details about two: Toyota's Human Support Robot (HSR) and Delivery Support Robot (DSR). These robots are supposed to be part of a "practical real-life deployment helping people," and the idea is that HSR and DSR will work together to assist disabled visitors, showing them to their seats and fetching food or other items that can be ordered with a tablet. The Toyota HSR is a mobile manipulator, able to move around and pick stuff up. It can do all kinds of things, provided that you can program it to do all of those things, which is not easy, especially if it's supposed to operate autonomously in an Olympic venue rather than a robotics lab.

Tokyo's Olympics may become known as the 'Robot Games'


Tokyo's Olympics may become known as the "Robot Games." Organizers on Friday showed off robots that will be used at the new National Stadium to provide assistance for fans using wheelchairs. Tokyo Olympic official Masaaki Komiya pointed out that Japan is known for its robot technology, and the 2020 Summer Games are a good place to show off. "Robots should not overwhelm people," Komiya, the vice director general to the Tokyo Olympics, told a news conference. "Robots are something that have an amicable relationship with human beings and can work together. That's the kind of robots we envision."

Robot team set to clean up at the Tokyo Olympics -- in between serving drinks and guiding guests

The Japan Times

Acting on its aim to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics "the most innovative in history," organizers on Friday unveiled robots that will be deployed to assist spectators and staff during the games. The robots shown to reporters are to be used as part of the Tokyo 2020 Robot Project, as the games' organizers see the event as a chance to showcase how the country's robot technology focuses on practicality rather than just entertainment. The Human Support Robot and Delivery Support Robot, developed by Toyota Motor Corp., will be used in tandem to assist visitors using wheelchairs. HSR, a one-armed robot about a meter in height, can hold objects, pick things up off the ground and reach high up. It can move by itself or can be controlled remotely as it attends to people in wheelchairs, guiding them to their seats and helping carry items.

Olympics: Tokyo 2020 Unveils Robots to Help Wheelchair Users, Workers

U.S. News

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics organizers launched their ambitious Robot Project on Friday, unveiling two of the robots designed to assist supporters, workers and athletes at the Games.

Lord Holmes: AI has the potential to transform the NHS


Artificial intelligence (AI), already affecting us in ways we may not currently even be aware of, will completely transform our lives in the next 25 years. One of the areas in which this transformation has the potential to be most significant is in healthcare. In the UK, our crowning glory is the National Health Service. The principle of universal healthcare free at the point of need is, rightly, a point of national pride. I'm still moved by the memory of Danny Boyle's tribute to the NHS in the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.