World Robot Conference 2018 launches in Beijing


The World Robot Conference 2018 kicked off in Beijing, Wednesday, with over 300 experts and entrepreneurs taking part. The five-day conference features forums, symposiums, exhibitions and contests that have attracted nearly 5,000 competitors from more than ten countries.

Foe accused by Maduro says Venezuela military is fracturing

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BOGOTA, Colombia – The exiled opposition leader accused by Venezuelan authorities of directing a failed plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro says the greatest threat to the embattled socialist leader may be his detractors in uniform standing quietly behind him. Julio Borges, who once led Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly, said Tuesday that the arrests of two high-ranking military officers in connection with the attack using drones loaded with plastic explosives is yet another signal that fractures within the nation's armed forces are growing. "The conflict today is within the government -- not just at the political level, but more importantly within the armed forces," Borges said in an interview with The Associated Press in Colombia's capital. His comments came hours after Venezuela's chief prosecutor announced the arrest of Gen. Alejandro Perez and Col. Pedro Zambrano from Venezuela's National Guard as part of the investigation into the Aug. 4 attack. Their alleged roles were not described.

Kasparov on AI: Can We Create Ethical AI? (Video)


One of the machine learning mistakes was the tragic death of Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona by UBER's self-driving car. Initially there was a focus on the fact that machine learning made an error, but in fact, the answer was even more unsatisfying: the algorithm did detect the pedestrian but the car was programed to be less sensitive to potential false positives, causing the image and detection of the pedestrian to be ignored. As people become more aware of the number of decisions driven by artificial intelligence, some have raised a call for so-called "ethical AI." AI is not ethical, but our use of it and tuning definitely is. At FICO World 2018, I sat down with Chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov to discuss the hot topics in the world of AI, and asked: What do you think of ethical AI? Watch the video below, and for more of my conversation with Garry Kasparov on AI go to, Do I agree with Garry?

Robots ruin the fun of 'Where's Waldo?' with facial recognition


Where do we draw the line with robots? When they become murderous blind dogs? Autonomous Peeping Toms that watch your children? Or movie stars that make us cry over Transformers trailers? Maybe the final straw is when they start ruining our childhoods, as the There's Waldo robot seems determined to do.

Chinese Firefighter Drone In Action


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Security experts create DeepLocker - the AI-based malware


The past 100 years have seen an incredible rise in technology advancement, and Artificial Intelligence is part of it. While humans strive to make their lives easier, like using self-driving cars or relying on Cortana, Alexa[1] and Siri to do their daily tasks, the computing technologies can also be used for far worse purposes. While others worry about machines taking over the world and destroying humanity, security researchers at IBM[2] considered a far likely scenario in the near future and created DeepLocker – an AI-powered malware that is capable of using evasive techniques to obfuscate its presence and avoid security software entirely. The most notorious malware like WannaCry, Trickbot,[3] and Zeus devastated the most influential organizations, resulted in millions of damages, and disrupted the work of vital sectors like hospitals all over the world. While such attacks can be prevented by using safety measures and adequate security software, the AI-based malware can result in an attack the world has never seen before.

What Termites Teach Us About Robot Cooperation


At a glance, a single worker of the genus Macrotermes is not a very complex creature--less than half an inch long, eyeless, wingless, with an abdomen so transparent you can spot the dead grass it ate for lunch. Put it in a group, though, and it may pile up pinhead-sized balls of mud, one after the other, until a complex mound takes shape. By the time that mound is 17 feet tall, it will be equivalent in scale to the Burj Khalifa. In its basement sits a symbiotic fungus, which digests grass for the nest and requires continuous care from the workers. Although termites build without the benefit of architects or engineers, their mounds are ingeniously constructed, using cues known only to the bugs.

This robot uses AI to find Waldo, thereby ruining Where's Waldo


If you're totally stumped on a page of Where's Waldo and ready to file a missing persons report, you're in luck. Now there's a robot called There's Waldo that'll find him for you, complete with a silicone hand that points him out. Built by creative agency Redpepper, There's Waldo zeroes in and finds Waldo with a sniper-like accuracy. The metal robotic arm is a Raspberry Pi-controlled uArm Swift Pro which is equipped with a Vision Camera Kit that allows for facial recognition. The camera takes a photo of the page, which then uses OpenCV to find the possible Waldo faces in the photo.

Maduro alleges 2 opposition leaders linked to drone attack

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CARACAS, Venezuela – President Nicolas Maduro has accused two opposition legislators of having roles in the drone attack that Venezuelan officials have called an assassination attempt on the leader, and his allies are moving against the accused. The head of Venezuela's pro-government constitutional assembly said he would have the body take up a proposal Wednesday to strip the lawmakers of their immunity from prosecution. During a national television broadcast Tuesday night, Maduro said statements from some of the six suspects already arrested in the weekend attack pointed to key financiers and others, including Julio Borges, one of the country's most prominent opposition leaders who is a lawmaker but is living in exile in Colombia. "Several of the declarations indicated Julio Borges. The investigations point to him," Maduro said, though he provided no details on Borges' alleged role.

Boston Dynamics Is Getting Ready to Produce Lots of SpotMinis

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At CEBIT back in June, Boston Dynamics' CEO Marc Raibert mentioned in a talk that they're currently building about 100 SpotMinis, and that they're planning on scaling that up to be able to build something like 1,000 SpotMinis by the end of 2019. This has attracted some attention recently, since it seems like Boston Dynamics is ready to "productify" its robots on a commercial scale, and Raibert even mentioned some areas in which they've had interest from potential customers. "We're trying to take what we already know, and reduce it to practice by making robot products," he said. "Robot products are new for Boston Dynamics … we've been operating for a long time working on the future, and now we're trying to make practical products." Making practical robotic products is a very difficult thing to do, as Boston Dynamics knows.