Robots in the work place can perform hazardous or even 'impossible' tasks; e.g., toxic waste clean-up, desert and space exploration, and more. AI researchers are also interested in the intelligent processing involved in moving about and manipulating objects in the real world.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the way we live our lives; it is everywhere and here to stay. The concepts of Artificial intelligence started on the pages of science fiction, which introduced us to the notion of smart robots. With the invention of electronic digital computers in the early 1940s the pursuit of AI was made possible. The term itself was coined at a conference at Dartmouth in the summer of 1956, where scientists gathered to discuss ways to program computers to solve problems with the skills of a human. AI flourished for the next two decades and optimism was high that we would soon have machines with the general intelligence of an average human.
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 few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!): Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos. I have no idea what to even say about the Opportunity rover. I'm not sure that the amazing people at JPL do, either.
Did you know there's a sealed copy of the classic Super Mario Bros. for NES out there priced at over $100,000 at auction? No, you won't find anything priced for that much on this round-up, but if you have the money to spend on a single video game, by all means have at it. We've found plenty of other stuff that will be worth your time and money, though. Find deep savings on smart home devices from Nest, Google, and more, home products from Instant Pot and Dyson, and video streaming devices and tablets from Amazon. Plus, take a peek at our deep dive into Presidents Day sales here.
In Binged, Mashable breaks down why we binge-watch, how we binge-watch, and what it does to us. Because binge-watching is the new normal. The screen-filled electric car company Byton knows you can't put down that Netflix series. The Chinese EV company designed its upcoming M-Byte SUV knowing the car is another place to consume shows, movies, music, games, podcasts, and social media GIFs, streaming videos, and more. This isn't just about taking on Tesla's battery, range, and price (the base M-Byte will start at $45,000), but building out a unique user experience inside the car.
Robotic arms prepare dishes at a hot pot restaurant in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 5, 2018. Six of the 11 artificial intelligence (AI) startups that are considered to be unicorns – which means to have a value of one billion U.S. dollars or above – come from China, according to CB Insights, a research firm that tracks venture capital and startups. SenseTime took the top spot with a valuation of 4.5 billion U.S. dollars, followed by Yitu Technology at 2.3 billion U.S. dollars and smaller unicorns 4Paradigm, Horizon Robotics and Momenta. The annual report published by CB Insights compiles a list of 100 of the most promising private companies. The selection is based on several factors, including patent activity, investor profile and market potential.
Data collected by vehicles through cameras, LiDAR and GPS allow the researchers to capture video snippets of humans in motion and then recreate them in 3D computer simulation. With that, they've created a "biomechanically inspired recurrent neural network" that catalogs human movements. With it, they can predict poses and future locations for one or several pedestrians up to about 50 yards from the vehicle. "Prior work in this area has typically only looked at still images. It wasn't really concerned with how people move in three dimensions," said Ram Vasudevan, U-M assistant professor of mechanical engineering.
A SZ DJI Technology Co. drone is displayed during keynote presentations on artificial intelligence at the Microsoft Developers Build Conference in Seattle, Washington, U.S., on Monday, May 7, 2018. The public might consider them nuisances, but in the commercial market, drones are valuable data collection devices. Their primary task is to capture, store, and transmit data. So as IT departments consider integrating more drone data into existing enterprise business processes, they face new data governance requirements. As drone technology matures, it is important for companies to know what it means for their information technology and software.
While the Academy Awards are (foolishly) cutting four categories from its broadcast later this month, Sony is (smartly) cutting the cost of the PlayStation Classic down to just $39.99. We don't know about you, but we think the mini console would make a great retro Valentine's Day gift for your special someone -- especially if you two want to play video games together like it was 1995. If gaming isn't your thing, we also found deals on smart home products, vacuums and kitchen gear, and Amazon devices and tablets for video streaming and home security. Here are the best deals from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Macy's, and more for Tuesday, Feb. 12: You can save $30 on the Instant Pot Smart Wi-Fi (priced at $119.99), while you can save $169 on the iRobot Roomba 860 (certified refurbished) (priced at $279.99) on Amazon. Maybe it's time to convert your home into a smart home.
My concerns about the skilled workforce are pragmatic as well as principled. As an industry, we have an incredible obligation to build a road from the classroom to the workplace so the necessary skillfulness is taught to the next generation. CEOs need to envision and reshape the "Worker of the Future" as a critical role for success moving forward. Business leaders also have a keen responsibility in developing the profession so that they match the skills that are in demand tomorrow. The new generation will only want the keys to the kingdom if we show them what's possible.
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 few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!): Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos. The Gecko Gripper uses the same adhesive system for gripping as the feet of a gecko, with millions of fine fibers that adhere to the surface of the workpiece and generate strong van der Waals forces. And then Endeavor spoils everything by reminding us that "this is humor. Snow clearing is not the robot's primary mission."