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) …
In this podcast series of episodes we are going to explain how to create a robotics startup step by step. We are going to learn how to select your co-founders, your team, how to look for investors, how to test your ideas, how to get customers, how to reach your market, how to build your product… Starting from zero, how to build a successful robotics startup. I'm Ricardo Tellez, CEO and co-founder of The Construct startup, a robotics startup at which we deliver the best learning experience to become a ROS Developer, that is, to learn how to program robots with ROS. Our company is already 5 years long, we are a team of 10 people working around the world. We have more than 100.000
Look younger in your 40's Chinese researchers say they have developed an artificial intelligence technology that can calculate a person's biological age from a 3D image. Biological age is a measurement of age based on various biomarkers, and can change due to lifestyle and other health factors.A team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences said their study showed that yoghurt, coffee, fruits, chicken, beans and "eating on time" could help to slow down ageing. In contrast, smoking, drinking alcohol, eating pickled food, taking antibiotics and exposure to ultraviolet could make people look older.
AI is one of the hottest sectors, with its technology promising to revolutionize and automate every industry imaginable. Even AI-enabled applications can bring the next major disruption within enterprise software. While AI is still in its early stage, people across the globe are interacting with it either directly or indirectly on a daily basis via virtual assistants, facial-recognition technology, gaming platforms, chatbots, mapping applications, and a host of other software. As developments in AI accelerate, companies are looking to expand their offerings by attracting investments or series funding. Hence, this makes a perfect time for startups to find investors to further their projects and plans.
Running a robotics startup is no easy task. Yet, we are always amazed by the number of robotics startups working on innovative technologies. Here, in alphabetical order, are 10 robotics startups The Robot Report will be watching in 2020. The companies are working on a variety of products, including autonomous vehicles, mobile robots for construction, toy robots, and software to give robots common sense and make them easier to use. It's hard to narrow this list down to just 10 robotics startups, so please share in the comments some robotics startups you will be watching in 2020. Make sure to also check out our must-watch robotics startups from 2019.
Becoming data-driven and driving the AI-first strategy is the ultimate objective of most companies today as they are gearing towards a digital transformation journey. While the final results are gratifying, the journey of analytics or AI adoption can be slow. As a result, many analytics projects and startups ultimately fail to scale up or stand the test of time. In the last year, there have been several reports that suggested that a majority of data science projects will face failure. In fact, one report said that 87% of data science projects fail to move past the preliminary stages.
The Valley's affinity for robotics shows no signs of cooling. Technical enhancements through innovations like AI/ML, compute power and big data utilization continue to drive new performance milestones, efficiencies and use cases. Despite the old saying, "hardware is hard," investment in the robotics space continues to expand. Money is pouring in across robotics' billion-dollar sub verticals, including industrial and labor automation, drone delivery, machine vision and a wide range of others. According to data from Pitchbook and Crunchbase, 2018 saw new highs for the number of venture deals and total invested capital in the space, with roughly $5 billion in investment coming from nearly 400 deals.
Deep ocean robotics is not generally an area where we expect to see much in the way of significant innovation. When we do write about submersible robots, they're usually confined to very near-surface operations. This isn't a total surprise: It seems like the only people who really worry about what's going on in the deep ocean (meaning hundreds or thousands of meters beneath the surface) are the military, the occasional scientist, and the oil and gas industry. Robots are important to these folks, even critical in some cases, but the technology has been more or less stagnant for decades, which is why we don't write about it very frequently. To be fair, there are some very good reasons why it's hard to innovate when it comes to submersible robotics.
There's a new robotic exoskeleton aimed at a niche audience: skiers and snowboarders. According to a spokesperson, the wearable robot "promises to extend your ski day, [allow you to] access longer challenging terrain, make stronger turns, or simply enjoy the sport without the pain. The device is the flagship product of Bay Area startup Roam Robotics. It may seem fanciful to build a company targeting a small, untested market with a relatively expensive piece of technology. Roam's founder, Tim Swift, is an alum of Ekso Bionics, one of the early companies to bring an exoskeleton to market.
Farmers Business Network, a San Carlos, Calif.-based farmer-to-farmer network raised $110 million in Series D funding. T. Rowe Price Associates Inc and Temasek led the round, and were joined by investors includingAcre Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, GV and DBL Partners. Ripcord, a Hayward, CA robotic digitization company, raised $59.5 million this year in a March Series A and Aug/Dec Series B equity funding led by GV and Icon Ventures with Lux Capital, Telstra Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank, Kleiner Perkins, Google and Baidu Ventures. Ripcord has developed and is providing as a service a digitization service using AI, scanning and robotics to go from cardboard storage boxes full of tagged manila folders, to scanable pdf files available through ERP and other office systems. JingChi, a Chinese-funded Beijing and Silicon Valley self-driving AI systems startup, raised $52 million (in September) in a seed round led by Qiming Venture Partners.
Toyota Motor Corp. wants to smooth the oft-bumpy ride for startup companies by forming a new venture capital business. Armed with an initial $100 million to invest, Toyota AI Ventures will seek companies that are taking on challenging research also being pursued by Toyota Research Institute, the carmaker's artificial intelligence and robotics R&D unit. The first three companies to receive financing are a maker of cameras that monitor drivers and roads, a creator of autonomous car-mapping algorithms and a developer of robotic companions for the elderly. In starting the venture fund, Toyota Research Institute is answering President Akio Toyoda's call "to be attacking and defending at the same time" in an age where automakers that used to compete for decades by bending metal now have to contend with the likes of Google and Tesla Inc. in programming cars capable of driving themselves. Toyoda told shareholders last month that the almost 80-year-old company would consider options including partnerships, mergers and acquisitions to improve its competitiveness.