Robots


SoftBank-led trio develop robot that can transform into car

The Japan Times

A SoftBank Group Corp. subsidiary and two other firms have developed a prototype of a two-seat humanoid robot that can transform into a car for use in amusement parks, the companies said Thursday. Invoking the heroes from the "Transformers" movies, the experimental J-deite Ride can go from humanoid mode to vehicle mode in about a minute. The 3.7-meter, 1.6-ton robot can lumber on two legs at an agonizingly slow pace of 100 meters per hour but go 60 kph in vehicle mode. The electric car can be driven both manually and by remote control, according to a press release from the companies. The robot was developed by SoftBank's software subsidiary Asratec Corp., Tokyo-based start-up Brave Robotics Inc. and Sansei Technologies Inc., an Osaka-based game machine maker.


Google's Parent Company Spends Like It's Thinking of a Future Beyond Ads

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Alphabet, Google's parent company, is spending like it is beginning to prepare for life after advertising. Currently, Alphabet makes nearly 90 percent of its money from selling advertising on the internet, and gobbles up heaps of data about its users to help marketers target those ads more effectively. But a close reading of Alphabet's financial results for the first quarter of 2018, which were announced on Monday, showed that the Silicon Valley giant is accelerating its efforts to diversify into other businesses. Alphabet has made investments in areas like self-driving cars and online computer services for businesses for years, but spending in those areas was up dramatically in the first quarter. The company's capital expenditures, which included installing undersea cables and the construction of new data centers, were $7.7 billion -- more than triple the same period last year.


Google Parent Posts Surge in Profit, but Expenses Also Jump

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

The earnings growth was Alphabet's strongest since the fourth quarter of 2009. Advertising revenue, which accounts for nearly all of the company's top line, soared 24% to $26.6 billion. Revenue from "Other Bets," a segment which includes Waymo self-driving cars, totaled $150 million, an increase of 14% from the same period last year. The results landed while regulators in Washington are considering getting tougher on internet privacy. While most of the attention on the issue has focused on Facebook Inc., many observers believe Google's dominant role online means the firm will also be subject to tougher scrutiny.


Participate in DEEP AERO Pre-ICO and win a passenger drone

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DEEP AERO has announced today that it will give passenger drones as a reward to three lucky winners from the pool of all contributors who contribute 1 ETH or more to its pre-sale campaign, subject to the pre-sale campaign getting fully subscribed*. "The use of unmanned aerial vehicles is increasing exponentially," says Mr. Gurmeet Singh, CEO of DEEP AERO. "We're heading towards a future in which millions of drones will fly billions of flights. At some point in the not-too-distant future, fleets of commercial drones are expected to swarm across the skies. Current airspace management and air traffic flow management systems don't have the capabilities to handle the type of operations relevant to drones.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) in North America 2018-2023 - NA will Lead the Global AI Market with 34% Market Share by 2023 - ResearchAndMarkets.com

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DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Artificial Intelligence (AI) in North America: AI Market by Platforms, Components, Deployment Mode, Applications, and Industry Verticals 2018 - 2023" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. Artificial Intelligence (AI) represents machine-based intelligence, typically manifest in "cognitive" functions that humans associate with other human minds. There are a range of different technologies involved in AI including Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Deep Learning, and more. One of the primary drivers for AI is automated machine-driven decisions. Consequently, AI is rapidly making its way into many advanced solutions including autonomous vehicles, smart bots, advanced predictive analytics, and more.


How Big Data Can Use Language To Find The Hidden Reason To Sell A Stock

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Traders and financial professionals work at the opening bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). It's no secret on Wall Street that a "sell" recommendation in sell-side research reports is exceedingly rare, and it can't be chalked up to today's bull market recently surpassing its ninth birthday. According to FactSet data, only 6% of analyst recommendations on S&P 500 companies are "sell" ratings or the equivalent, lending credence to the notion that conflicts of interest persist despite reform efforts to make recommendations more objective in nature. Put simply, negative recommendations can place an analyst in the virtual penalty box when it comes to getting access to companies, and the effects are clear in a business where access is king. So, is there still use to looking through research reports to figure out which stocks are worth buying and selling?


Canada's Most Innovative Hotel Opens Its Doors In The Heart Of Downtown Montréal

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Setting new trends in the industry, this 20-storey, four-star hotel offers 269 guest rooms including 54 suites. Designed by the team that successfully relaunched the Hôtel Gault, Monville is redefining customer service by offering the latest integrated technological innovations. This robot, developed by the California firm Savioke, helps make a stay at Monville a truly unique experience, in harmony with the growing digital age. Guests can check in easily and quickly at electronic kiosks, where they will also automatically receive their room keys. Human receptionists can thus dedicate more time to helping guests discover Montréal's many attractions.


Elon Musk's bad spell continues amid a spat with the National Transportation Safety Board

USATODAY

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said it's "unhappy" that Tesla made public information about a deadly crash involving a Model X vehicle. This file photo taken in 2017 shows billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, founder of the Tesla electric car company and the SpaceX aerospace exploration firm, speaking at the 2017 International Astronautical Congress 2017 in Australia. Tech billionaire Elon Musk's bad spell is continuing into a second month, amid a spat with a federal safety agency, an auto recall and production issues, an adverse court ruling, and a debt rating downgrade. Shares of the Musk-led electric car company Tesla (TSLA) were down 2.4% at $259.65 in Monday afternoon trading, recovering from a more than 6% drop earlier in the day amid National Transportation Safety Board displeasure with the firm's disclosure of preliminary details about a fatal Tesla crash. Christopher O'Neil, an NTSB spokesman over the weekend said the safety agency was unhappy with Tesla's announcement that its Autopilot partial self-driving system was engaged when one of its Model X electric crossover SUVs crashed on March 23 in Mountain View, Cal., killing the driver.


Robot ANYmal Dancing to Live Music

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ANYmal carries an onboard microphone with which music can be perceived. The beat of the music is analyzed and a suitable sequence of dance motions is choreographed. The desired and real motion trajectories are compared such that the delay between music and motion can be minimized. This work has been conducted as part of ANYmal Research, a community to advance legged robotics.


Open Bionics' latest 3D-printed arm goes on sale next month

Engadget

Open Bionics announced today that its 3D-printed Hero Arm prosthetic will be available for purchase in the UK next month. The company's founders started Open Bionics because they were interested in developing prosthetic limbs that were less expensive than traditional options, which typically cost tens of thousands of dollars. Using 3D-scanning and 3D-printing, they aim to produce more affordable options that can be constructed much more quickly than other prosthetic devices. In the past, they've developed Star Wars-, Iron Man- and Frozen-themed prosthetic hands for children as well as a Deus Ex-inspired arm. The Hero Arm is the company's latest design.