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Video Friday: Friendly Cobot, Drone Swarms, and Robotic Recycling

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Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next two months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!):


Video Friday: RoboCup, Drone Magic, and NotBot Is Pedro

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Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next two months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!):


Algorithm Aims to Predict Bickering Among Couples

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Smartphone apps could eventually predict arguments among couples and help nip them in the bud before they blow up. For the first time outside the lab, artificial intelligence has helped researchers begin looking for patterns in couples' language and physiological signs that could help predict conflicts in a relationships.


U.S. Marines Testing Disposable Delivery Drones

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Getting supplies delivered to troops in remote areas is a big part of what the U.S. military does in terms of logistics. In many cases, it's too dangerous to send an airplane or helicopter, so the military is always looking for new ways of carrying out such resupply missions.


In the U.S., Flying Drones Out of Sight Is Still Out of Mind

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For years, companies like Amazon have promised that they'll eventually be delivering packages using drones. One problem, at least in the United States: The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) Small UAS Rule doesn't allow drones to be flown outside the visual range of the remote pilot. That pretty much puts drone deliveries on hold.


Video Friday: Volleyball Robots, Bioinspired Design, and Deep Robotic Learning

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Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next two months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!):


AI Learns Gender and Racial Biases from Language

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Artificial intelligence does not automatically rise above human biases regarding gender and race. On the contrary, machine learning algorithms that represent the cutting edge of AI in many online services and apps may readily mimic the biases encoded in their training datasets. A new study has shown how AI learning from existing English language texts will exhibit the same human biases found in those texts.


Ohmni: An Easy-to-Use Telepresence Robot That's (Sort of) Affordable

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Yesterday, OhmniLabs (a robotics startup based in Santa Clara, Calif.) launched a new consumer telepresence robot on Indiegogo called Ohmni. With a lightweight design, integrated screen, and easy to use software, Ohmni is designed to be the most accessible (and affordable) mobile telepresence robot yet.


Video Friday: Pepper's Fish Mode, Deep Learning in the Warehouse, and Stealing From a Delivery Robot

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Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next two months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!):


Fetch Robotics Introduces Burly New Freight Robots

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It's a good sign for the robotics industry that more and more robotics companies are starting to make major announcements at specialized events and trade shows, indicating that their robots are ready for tough, real-world applications. This week at ProMat, "the premier showcase of material handling, supply chain, and logistics solutions," Fetch Robotics is showing off two very new, and very large, stuff-transporting robots.