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Hyundai puts Boston Dynamic's Spot robot to work as a factory safety inspector


Boston Dynamics' Spot has found itself a new job, and thankfully this time it doesn't involve a potential battlefield role. Hyundai has started testing the robot at a Kia manufacturing plant in South Korea where it will be one of the tools the company uses to ensure the facility is safe for workers. The pilot represents the first public collaboration between the two companies since Hyundai acquired a majority stake in Boston Dynamics this past June. You'll notice the Spot featured in the video Hyundai released looks different from the robot we've seen in past clips. That's because the automaker's Robotics Lab outfitted it with what is essentially a backpack that features a host of enhancements, including a thermal camera, LiDAR and more powerful computing resources for handling additional AI tasks.

GitHub - keras-team/keras-contrib: Keras community contributions


This library is the official extension repository for the python deep learning library Keras. It contains additional layers, activations, loss functions, optimizers, etc. which are not yet available within Keras itself. All of these additional modules can be used in conjunction with core Keras models and modules. As the community contributions in Keras-Contrib are tested, used, validated, and their utility proven, they may be integrated into the Keras core repository. In the interest of keeping Keras succinct, clean, and powerfully simple, only the most useful contributions make it into Keras.

A New Vision for Violin Instruction


Students learning classical violin usually have to wait until a session with a music teacher to get personalized feedback on their playing. Soon they may have a new tool to use between lessons: an app that can observe them play and guide them toward better posture and form--key elements both for sounding their best and avoiding overuse injuries. Two University of Maryland researchers are drawing on very different academic backgrounds--one in classical violin and music education, the other in robotics and computer science--to develop this virtual "teacher's aide" system powered by artificial intelligence (AI) technology. In addition to expanding the market for violin instruction, it will allow students who may not have access to private lessons to receive feedback on their playing. Associate Professor of Violin in the School of Music Irina Muresanu, who is collaborating with Cornelia Fermüller, associate research scientist in UMD's Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, said the technology will be revolutionary for a field rooted in tradition.

Using Artificial Intelligence in violin making


The computer screen shows a height map of the 1716 'Messiah' Stradivari violin, taken from a 3D scan (left); and an X-ray of the ribs of the 1718 'San Lorenzo' Stradivari (right) The following extract is from The Strad's September 2021 issue feature'Violin Making and AI: Intelligent Design'. To read it in full, click here to subscribe and login. The idea that the shape and thickness of a violin's top and back plates can affect its sound is nothing new. Antonio Stradivari was undoubtedly aware of it 300 years ago, and the science behind it was scrutinised and written up at length by Carleen Hutchins in the 1950s. Since then, the phenomenon of violin'modes' and resonances has been investigated by both violin makers and academics; indeed, for many luthiers, one of the first steps in making a new instrument will be to examine its'tap tones', or speed of sound along the plates.

Artificial intelligence is taking over real estate – here's what that means for homebuyers


Brick-and-mortar real estate may seem like the only tangible thing left in an increasingly virtual world, but it too is being taken over by artificial intelligence. Some of the biggest names in the business, such as Compass, Zillow and LoanSnap, are now employing AI to help find buyers the perfect mortgage and the perfect home. And for real estate agents, it may already be a game-changer. Most real estate data is public, from land records to title documents, purchase price and even mortgage liens. The trouble was it was an onerous process to go to local offices and obtain all the information.

Artificial intelligence helps diagnose leukemia


The presence of cancer of the lymphatic system is often determined by analyzing samples from the blood or bone marrow. A team led by Prof. Dr. Peter Krawitz from the University of Bonn had already shown in 2020 that artificial intelligence can help with the diagnosis of such lymphomas and leukemias. The technology fully utilizes the potential of all measurement values and increases the speed as well as the objectivity of the analyses compared to established processes. The method has now been further developed so that even smaller laboratories can benefit from this freely accessible machine learning method – an important step towards clinical practice. The study has now been published in the journal "Patterns".

Neuroscience Is Inspiring Some Amazing Sci-Fi


Daryl Gregory's collection Unpossible features several short stories inspired by neuroscience, including "Digital," in which a man's consciousness migrates from his head into his finger, and "Glass," in which sociopaths are "cured" by activating their mirror neurons. "It's great to have a job where you get permission to feed your hobby and buy as many books as you want, and so I keep buying neuroscience books," Gregory says in Episode 484 of the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast. "I'm endlessly fascinated by that stuff, and so I'm always looking for ways to make that into stories." In his story "Dead Horse Point," a genius physicist suffers from a strange condition that causes her to disappear into her own mind for weeks at a time. Gregory says the story was inspired by a friend of his. "He wasn't completely dysfunctional like the character in my story, but he was a really gifted mathematician, and when he was working on a hard problem, he would--for days at a time--he would drift around, he would eat automatically, he would barely talk to people," Gregory says.

'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' is on sale


Save $18: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is on sale for the Switch for just $41.99 -- an 18% savings -- at Amazon as of Sept. 17. If you own a Switch, and you don't own Breath of the Wild, I hate to say I fundamentally do not understand you but -- fundamentally, I might not understand you! Maybe this seems like an overreaction, but this beautiful, engaging, and unforgettable game from 2017 tends to evoke strong feelings, and not without good reason. If you're interested in seeing what the fuss is all about, now would be a good time to do so. As of Sept. 17, physical copies for the Switch of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are on sale for $41.99, down from $59.99, at Amazon (and even Best Buy).

2041 envisioned: AI-driven futures according to Kai-Fu Lee


The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recently connected with pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) expert Kai-Fu Lee, former president of Google China, CEO of Sinovation Ventures, and co-author of the forthcoming book "AI 2041: Ten visions for our future." Here, Lee shares insights on how much – and how deeply – AI could shape our world in the decades to come. Kai-Fu Lee: Classic childhood companions like Barbie or GI Joe – once inanimate objects - will come to life on mobile phone screens, or through virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) glasses. This can help kids learn things in a fun way – like multiplication or division – before going into school. Or recast problems: math equations could become basketball games.

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