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The teeniest robot in the world is a jumping crab

Mashable

Engineers from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois have developed the smallest walking robot ever, and it's a crab. The half-millimeter robot is modeled after a peekytoe crab and is just the latest iteration in a long line of small robots created by the researchers. The goal for creating a bot so small is to move towards more practical uses of the technology and gaining entry to more hard to reach, tightly confined spaces.


The Morning After: Dyson's secret robot projects

Engadget

The NFL's rumored streaming service could debut in JulyDyson, the company that's recently branched out into hair curlers, air-purifying headphones and not cars, has revealed it has an entire division secretly developing robot prototypes for household chores. The company didn't detail any of the models specifically, but many look like robot arms adapted to do specialized home chores, like cleaning and tidying. Dyson also showed off its Perception Lab dedicated to robotic vision systems, environment detection and even mapping humans with sensors, cameras and thermal imaging systems. So why reveal its secret lab now? Well, Dyson's on a recruiting drive, looking for around 700 engineers to help finally make at least some of these ideas a reality in our homes.


All You Need to Know About Industrial Automation and Robotics - The AI Journal

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The use of computers and control systems in every industry has become very important in the last two decades. This is because computers are the backbone of the development of an industry. Information technology (computers, control systems) is used to handle all types of industrial methods; it also controls the processes of the planted machinery, increases efficiency, manually replaces the industry's workers, and enhances the speed and quality of that industry. All of these uses are called Industrial automation and robotics. Industrial automation and robotics cover a wide range of control systems from any production methods assembly lines, medical and aircraft etc.


Interview with Alessandra Rossi: an insight into the RoboCup virtual humanoid league

AIHub

Alessandra Rossi is a member of both the technical and organising committees for the RoboCup Humanoid League. We spoke to her about the Humanoid League Virtual Season, which concluded with the grand final of the virtual soccer competition, and a three day workshop. The Humanoid League Virtual Season (HLVS) has been driven by two main core motivations: firstly to allow teams to have support for continuous testing while making progresses and changes to their software, and secondly, to keep the teams connected throughout the year, thus strengthening the community and collaboration between teams. We wanted to let teams use the longer periods between games, and the continuous games throughout the year to test novel approaches, with less risk, and to aid their success in the overall tournament. In addition, this way, teams can thoroughly analyse the collected data between games, and make informed decisions on how to improve and implement their approaches for the following match.


Preparing the Global Workforce for AI Disruption

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Within the next decade, the world will see a major disruption of the workforce due to advances in artificial intelligence (AI) technology. According to a McKinsey Global Institute report, 375 million workers, or about 14 percent of the global workforce, may be required to shift occupations as digitization, automation, and AI technologies start to take over the workspace. In a separate 2018 report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), half of the global workforce is expected to be impacted one way or another by machine-learning technologies. AI technology will be at the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and it will prove to be a far greater challenge than the ones that preceded it. If the world does not prepare, robots and technology could cause mass unemployment.


Artificial Intelligence in Everyday Life

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming every walk of life. Ever wondered about artificial intelligence examples that the common man is enjoying? Artificial Intelligence is a technology that has evolved so much in itself in the past few years. We can say that it has'truly' become intelligent. Artificial intelligence is a technology that makes a device smart and allows it to perform actions that simulate human beings.


John Deere closes in on fully autonomous farming with latest AI acquisition

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John Deere is announcing the acquisition of a state-of-the-art algorithm package from artificial intelligence startup Light. For those of you wondering when driverless vehicles will truly begin to make their mark on society, the answer is: today. Up front: No, you won't be seeing green tractors rolling themselves down city streets anytime soon. But the timeline for fully autonomous farming is being massively accelerated. Today's purchase is all about John Deere's need for speed -- and accuracy, but first let's talk about rapid development.


Ethics in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

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As robots are becoming increasingly intelligent and autonomous, from self-driving cars to assistive robots for vulnerable populations, important ethical questions inevitably emerge wherever and whenever such robots interact with humans and thereby impact human well-being. Questions that must be answered include whether such robots should be deployed in human societies in fairly unconstrained environments and what kinds of provisions are needed in robotic control systems to ensure that autonomous machines will not cause humans harms or at least minimize harm when it cannot be avoided. The goal of this specialty is to provide the first interdisciplinary forum for philosophers, psychologists, legal experts, AI researchers and roboticists to disseminate their work specifically targeting the ethical aspects of autonomous intelligent robots. Note that the conjunction of "AI and robotics" here indicates the journal's intended focus is on the ethics of intelligent autonomous robots, not the ethics of AI in general or the ethics of non-intelligent, non-autonomous machines. Examples of questions that we seek to address in this journal are: -- computational architectures for moral machines -- algorithms for moral reasoning, planning, and decision-making -- formal representations of moral principles in robots -- computational frameworks for robot ethics -- human perceptions and the social impact of moral machines -- legal aspects of developing and disseminating moral machines -- algorithms for learning and applying moral principles -- implications of robotic embodiment/physical presence in social space -- variance of ethical challenges across different contexts of human -robot interaction


Tiny robotic crab is smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot: Smaller than a flea, robot can walk, bend, twist, turn and jump

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Just a half-millimeter wide, the tiny crabs can bend, twist, crawl, walk, turn and even jump. The researchers also developed millimeter-sized robots resembling inchworms, crickets and beetles. Although the research is exploratory at this point, the researchers believe their technology might bring the field closer to realizing micro-sized robots that can perform practical tasks inside tightly confined spaces. The research will be published on Wednesday (May 25) in the journal Science Robotics. Last September, the same team introduced a winged microchip that was the smallest-ever human-made flying structure.


Where the billions spent on autonomous vehicles by U.S. and Chinese giants is heading

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For years, Alphabet's Waymo and others leaders have promised autonomous vehicles are just around the bend. But that future has not arrived yet. "In one word, it's complexity," said James Peng, CEO and co-founder of Pony.ai, an autonomous vehicle company. "Every time there is a technical breakthrough, there are challenges. We have the AI, the fast computer chips, the sensors. Despite promises of life-saving, climate-change fighting, and cost-efficient driving, the reality is that "the autonomous vehicle nirvana is 10 years out," said Michael Dunne, CEO of autotech consultancy ZoZoGo. "While it's not impossible to get there, even the most advanced technologies are not there yet and used mainly in confined areas where things are predictable.