Exercising robot breaks a sweat in the gym


A Japanese research team has built a humanoid robot that resembles the intricate muscular and skeletal structure of a human body, making it capable of mimicking human activities like push-ups and sit-ups.

AI robot finds ingredient in toothpaste may help fight malaria


A laboratory robot powered by artificial intelligence (AI) has discovered that a compound commonly found in toothpaste could be used to combat drug-resistant malaria parasites. Triclosan could be deployed against strains of plasmodium malaria parasites that have evolved resistance to the widely used drug pyrimethamine, according to the University of Cambridge. Pyrimethamine works by inhibiting a particular enzyme called DHFR and scientists have known for some time that triclosan can be employed to target another enzyme, ENR. The fast-moving AI routines of the robot "Eve", however, which formulate, test and re-evaluate hypotheses in quick succession, discovered that the common toothpaste chemical also attacks DHFR – even in parasites resistant to pyrimethamine. It has led researchers to hope that triclosan could be developed for use in a two-pronged attack on plasmodium in the liver and in the blood.

Why robots need creativity: the year ahead for AI


When our chief executive, Arthur Sadoun, announced that we were going to stash one year's awards cash to fund Marcel's creation, many a jaw dropped. But while we all wait with bated breath for Marcel's first whispers, the project is already a success. Rather than talking, we're doing, trying, trialling. We're on a journey to see how AI can grapple with the complexities of a multinational organisation, where the ultimate product is human creativity. We know we can leverage our creative resources better, it's just way too complex and nuanced to perform through more mechanistic, cruder tools.

The future looks bright if Generation AI can address cybersecurity


There's quite a lot of optimism in Generation AI, the IEEE study of millennial parent's attitudes about artificial intelligence. The findings of the study are evolutionary, not revolutionary, as views towards artificial intelligence have become more refined over the years. These findings reflect the growing acceptance of robots in the classroom and elsewhere by children, millennial parents, and teachers. Robots were initially used in the classroom to help children with autism and have now been in classrooms as teaching assistants or tools for several years. A separate study by the IEEE found that teachers, "had numerous positive ideas about the robot's potential as a new educational tool for their classrooms."

Don't be fooled: AI-powered tech still needs to prove its intelligence


If you were to wander through the halls at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 (CES) this year, chances are that one of the phrases you will have heard most often is artificial intelligence (AI). AI is, it appears, this year's IoT or Cloud. The hot buzzword that every company wants to associate itself with. The term has been plastered on marketing material for hundreds of disparate gadgets: Samsung's massive 8K TVs apparently use AI to upscale lower resolution images for the big screen. Sony has created a new version of the Aibo robot dog, which this time promises more artificial intelligence.

This home robot will clean your house, find your keys, then bring you a beer


Unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, the Aeolus Robot hopes to deliver the promise of Rosie the robotic maid popularized by The Jetsons. The prototype home robot showed off its skills at the show by mopping floors, moving furniture, and even retrieving drinks from the refrigerator on command. Alexander Huang of Aeolus Robotics told the Washington Post that the household robot will learn its surroundings and the individual inhabitants of the home, adapting its behavior over time. "Right now it's like a child, but we will continue to grow its capability so that it grows from a child to an adult," he said. "The more people that use the robot, the stronger it becomes."

The Future of Human Work Is Imagination, Creativity, and Strategy


It seems beyond debate: Technology is going to replace jobs, or, more precisely, the people holding those jobs. Few industries, if any, will be untouched. Knowledge workers will not escape. Recently, the CEO of Deutsche Bank predicted that half of its 97,000 employees could be replaced by robots. One survey revealed that "39% of jobs in the legal sector could be automated in the next 10 years.

Why automation may be more evolution than revolution


Give us your feedback Thank you for your feedback. The talk was that automation was going to imperil the jobs of millions of workers, leading to an "industrial revolution of unmitigated cruelty". The concern was that robot weapons would run out of control, leading to unconscionable slaughter on a mass scale. The terror was that every degree of independence given to machines would increase the possible defiance of our wishes: "The genii in the bottle will not willingly go back in the bottle, nor have we any reason to expect them to be well disposed to us." These were not views expressed recently by some neo-Luddite.

AI is revolutionising the sales process – here's how


Imagine a world where you can accelerate the sales pipeline, improve win rates and save time in the process. It sounds like a pipe dream. Artificial intelligence (AI) is making this a reality, upending the traditional sales process and transforming it for the better. There's a lot of fear out there around artificial intelligence – that it will replace the role of salespeople. AI shouldn't be looked at as an army of robots about to steal our sales jobs – it should be viewed as a resource that's going to give salespeople supercharged abilities.

#252: Embedded Platform for SLAM, with Zhe Zhang


In this episode Abate talks with Zhe Zhang from Perceptin where they are building embedded platforms for robots to do Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) algorithms in real time. Zhe explains the methods they incorporate such as sensor fusion and hardware synchronization to make a highly accurate SLAM platform for IOT, consumer, and automotive grade robots. Zhe is the co-founder and CEO of PerceptIn. Prior to founding PerceptIn, he worked at Magic Leap in Silicon Valley and prior to that he worked for five years at Microsoft. Zhang has a PhD in Robotics from the State University of New York and an undergraduate degree from Tsinghua University.