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The wait is over: artificial intelligence (AI) is here. And despite apocalyptic predictions about workers being replaced by intelligent machines, leading organizations are taking a new tack: actively searching for strategies to integrate AI into teams to produce transformative business results. These "superteams" hold the promise of enabling organizations to reinvent themselves to create new value and meaning, while giving workers the potential to reinvent their careers in ways that help increase their value to the organization and their own employability. For organizations that still view AI mainly as an automation tool to reduce costs, connecting their AI initiatives with their efforts to craft more effective teams is a first step toward enabling humans and machines to work together in new, more productive ways. The Readiness Gap: Fifty-nine percent of organizations say the redesign of jobs to integrate AI technology is important or very important for their success over the next 12 to 18 months, but only 7 percent say they are very ready to address this trend.

National University of Singapore demonstrates artificial skin to help robots 'feel'


Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) on Wednesday announced they have been conducting work that aims to give robots a sense of touch through artificial skin. The two researchers, who are also members of the Intel Neuromorphic Research Community (INRC), presented research that demonstrates the promise of event-based vision and touch sensing, in combination with Intel neuromorphic processing for robotics. The majority of today's robots operate solely based on visual processing and lack the capability humans have where the sense of touch is concerned. The researchers hope to change this using their artificial skin, which NUS touts as being able to detect touches more than 1,000 times faster than the human sensory nervous system. The artificial skin, NUS said, can also identify the shape, texture, and hardness of objects "10 times faster than the blink of an eye".

Model helps robots think more like humans when searching for objects


Robots can learn how to find things faster by learning how different objects around the house are related, according to work from the University of Michigan. A new model provides robots with a visual search strategy that can teach them to look for a coffee pot nearby if they're already in sight of a refrigerator, in one of the paper's examples. The work, led by Prof. Chad Jenkins and CSE Ph.D. student Zhen Zeng, was recognized at the 2020 International Conference on Robotics and Automation with a Best Paper Award in Cognitive Robotics. A common aim of roboticists is to give machines the ability to navigate in realistic settings--for example, the disordered, imperfect households we spend our days in. These settings can be chaotic, with no two exactly the same, and robots in search of specific objects they've never seen before will need to pick them out of the noise.

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Phil Duffy, is the VP of Product, Program & UX Design at Brain Corp a San Diego-based technology company specializing in the development of intelligent, autonomous navigation systems for everyday machines.The company was co-founded in 2009 by world-renowned computational neuroscientist, Dr. Eugene Izhikevich, and serial tech entrepreneur, Dr. Allen Gruber. The company is now focused on developing advanced machine learning and computer vision systems for the next generation of self-driving robots.Brain Corp powers the largest fleet of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) with over 10,000 robots deployed or enabled worldwide and works with several Fortune 500 customers like Walmart and Kroger.What attracted you initially to the field of robotics?My personal interest in developing robots over the last two decades stems from the fact that intelligent robots are one of the two major unfulfilled dreams of the last century--the other dream being flying cars.Scientists, science-fiction writers, and filmmakers all predicted we would have intelligent robots doing our bidding and helping us in our daily lives a long time ago.

Can Artificial Intelligence Replace the Role of Doctors?


The development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has increased rapidly. Not only does it are likely involved in the field of entertainment and communication, but the future traces of AI in the area of health insurance and life start to be seen. In some countries, AI is integrated into sophisticated analytical tools to help medical practioners in hospitals diagnose cancer and other diseases. But can artificial intelligence replace the role of doctors? Through the application, AI automatically helps patients diagnose illness complaints on line before visiting the medical practitioner.

Ex-Google executive unveils helper 'Stretch' equipped with arm to help with simple household tasks

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A robotics company co-founded by an ex-Google executive has launched its first ever product called, Stretch. The bot, which Hello Robot has spent three years developing, is being marketed as a'home automation platform' designed to spur advancements in home robotics. It consists of a robotic arm and gripper attached to a wheeled base and can be programmed for a number of household tasks like removing laundry from a dryer or operating a handheld vacuum. 'What sets this robot apart is its extraordinary reach -- which is why we named it Stretch,' said Edsinger in a statement. 'Its patent pending design makes possible a range of applications such as assisting an older parent at home, stocking grocery shelves, and wiping down potentially infectious surfaces at the workplace.

Dubai Health Authority uses Artificial Intelligence to sterilise its health facilities


The Dubai Health Authority, DHA, has begun to sterilise its hospitals and health centres by using smart robots, in line with precautionary measures to enhance the safety of all staff members and patients across the DHA health facilities. The sterilisation process coincides with the return of all diagnostic and therapeutic services for patients. Using smart technology makes the sterilisation process thorough, efficient and less time-consuming. Kholoud Abdullah Al Ali, Project Manager and leader of the DHA's Dubai Future Accelerators team, said that the Authority has begun using eight intelligent robots to perform UV sterilisation scans for all rooms and corridors in its health facilities. Al Ali said the move is part of the DHA's ongoing efforts to adopt the latest technologies and smart systems in its operations and procedures, in line with DHA's strategic plan to keep pace with global developments in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Al Ali explained the multiple advantages of the UV robot, which can move automatically without the need for human intervention and ensure greater and better coverage of high-contact areas.

Stretch is an $18,000 robot that can vacuum your couch


Stretch is a robot with a strong grip and it's ready to do your laundry. Hello Robot launched the 50-pound bot on Tuesday. The startup was founded by Google's former robotics director, Aaron Edsinger, and Georgia Tech professor Charlie Kemp, who met at MIT. The helpful robot can be teleoperated from a computer, although Hello Robot says it will eventually work autonomously. With the gripper, 3D camera, laser, and other sensors, and the help of open-source software, you can use the robot to open cabinet doors, grab a coffee cup, wipe down a table, or vacuum the couch.

You Scared, Bro? Maybe Your Autonomous Car Should Ease Your Fears


Most people surveyed about autonomous are comfortable with the technology and yet billions continue ... [ ] to be invested in the technology. In a recent survey by Myplanet of various technologies, "autonomous driving" came in as the most uncomfortable of the thirty-five technologies at 66.8% of the Americans surveyed. To put that in perspective, one of the technologies near the middle of the pack was "surgical robot" at 42% negative, which translates into "I'd rather your'bot cuts me open than have it drive me to the corner store." As summarized well by Jason Cottrell, Myplanet CEO, "Customers have made up their minds about autonomous driving and it's skewed heavily to the negative." Other studies, in fact, corroborate that level of fear (e.g.

White Castle to test out Flippy kitchen robot to cut down on human contact with food

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White Castle has plans to usher robots into the kitchen. The burger chain announced a partnership with the artificial intelligence firm Miso Robotics on Monday. The idea is to reduce human contact with food during the cooking process and comes after many restaurants were crippled due to the pandemic, White Castle said in a statement. "The deployment will put autonomous frying to work for enhanced production speeds, improved labor allocation and an added layer of health and safety in the cooking process," the burger chain said. The restaurant didn't address how many workers could be displaced by robots.