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Don't Fight the Robots, Embrace Them

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We've all heard doom and gloom reports of the coming AI revolution. Some forecasters predict a very grim future indeed: Robots take over and humans find themselves unceremoniously kicked to the curb, suddenly unable to provide for themselves and their families. According to these doomsdayers, what happens next is anyone's guess, and predictions run the gamut from jobless, rootless humans fighting for resources on a planet-wide scale (think Lord of the Flies) to the robots annihilating us all, Skynet-style. There are alternate visions for the way AI will impact human development. Many predict an era in which humans flourish, able to achieve more with less labor.


This Humanoid Robot Can Mimic Human Movement In Real Time Mach NBC News

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Toyota has been working on humanoid robots for a while. It recently unveiled the THR-3 that's built to test specific joints and movements by putting together a full body that can be controlled by a human operator. The robot can mimic a variety of human movements in real time. NBC News is a leading source of global news and information. Here you will find clips from NBC Nightly News, Meet The Press, and original digital videos.


Video Of Niger Ambush Shows US Forces Fighting For Survival

International Business Times

A drone footage of the Niger ambush that killed four U.S. and five Nigerian soldiers that surfaced recently shows the service personnel desperately trying to escape and fighting for their lives after friendly Nigerien forces mistook them for the enemy. The video shows the harrowing hours of troops holding off their enemy and waiting for rescue. It shows how the soldiers set up a defensive location on the edge of a marsh and wrote letters to their loved ones thinking they were going to die. Pentagon released the video with explanatory narration and it contains more than 10 minutes of drone footage, animation and file tape that was not made public last week when the military released a portion of the final report on the October attack, the Guardian reported. In a failed attempt to target a local ISIS leader, 46 U.S. and Nigerien troops were involved in the initial mission in the West African nation.


Video Friday: Andy Rubin on Robotics, Dynamic Exoskeleton, and Two Robot Heads

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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 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. Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert returns to TechCrunch Sessions Robotics and doesn't disappoint, talking about the Google acquisition, Masayoshi Son's 300-year technology investment plan, and SpotMini's "butt-cam." Playground founder and CEO Andy Rubin was also a guest at TC Sessions Robotics.


Watch: 3D-Printed Smart Gel Walks, Manipulates Objects Underwater

International Business Times

A group of engineers have created a weird type of smart gel that not only retains the soft nature and flexibility of a hydrogel, but also walks and manipulates objects placed underwater. Though most hydrogels host more than 70 percent water and are commonly found in the human body, diapers, contact lenses, and many other things, this particular creation, developed through sophisticated 3D-printing techniques, goes a step ahead and moves and changes its shape under the impact of electricity. Essentially, whenever the hydrogel is kept in a saltwater solution, such as an electrolyte, and electricity is applied, it reacts and starts walking forward, reversing course, grabbing and moving objects. The team behind this project, researchers from Rutgers University, United States, even shared a video showcasing how the unique gel works. In the video, the smart gel can be seen picking up and dropping as well as moving an object under the impact of an electric field.


Niger drone video shows US forces fighting for their lives

FOX News

WASHINGTON – Dramatic new drone video of the Niger ambush that killed four American soldiers shows U.S. forces desperately trying to escape and fighting for their lives after friendly Nigerien forces mistook them for the enemy. It describes how the fleeing troops set up a quick defensive location on the edge of a swamp and -- thinking they were soon to die -- wrote messages home to their loved ones. The video, released by the Pentagon with explanatory narration, includes more than 10 minutes of drone footage, file tape and animation that wasn't made public last week when the military released a portion of the final report on the October attack. The video depicts for the first time the harrowing hours as troops held off their enemy and waited for rescue. There were 46 U.S. and Nigerien troops out on the initial mission in the west African nation, going after but failing to find a high-value militant, then collecting intelligence at a site where the insurgent had been.


New Niger drone video shows harrowing escape of surviving U.S. forces amid friendly fire

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – Dramatic new drone video of the Niger ambush that killed four American soldiers shows U.S. forces desperately trying to escape and fighting for their lives after friendly Nigerien forces mistook them for the enemy. It describes how the fleeing troops set up a quick defensive location on the edge of a swamp and -- thinking they were soon to die -- wrote messages home to their loved ones. The video, released by the Pentagon with explanatory narration, includes more than 10 minutes of drone footage, file tape and animation that wasn't made public last week when the military released a portion of the final report on the October attack. The video depicts for the first time the harrowing hours as troops held off their enemy and waited for rescue. There were 46 U.S. and Nigerien troops out on the initial mission in the West African nation, going after but failing to find a high-value militant, then collecting intelligence at a site where the insurgent had been.


Is Artificial Intelligence going too far, too quick?

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We have all seen movies like Terminator or I Robot where Artificial Intelligence is slowly taking over the world, but we would never have thought that in this day and age AI would be this big, this quick. So what would happen if machines had a conscience? What if they understand that humans are endangering the planet and decide to eradicate them because that's what could be best for them and the earth. There are a lot of worries and fantasies about this subject because our lives are becoming more and more intertwined with technology. Artificial intelligence involves implementing a number of techniques to enable machines to imitate a form of real intelligence.


Amazon helping Canadian customers utilize machine learning

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Amazon is one of the most innovative companies in the tech sector right now, testing out ideas like artificial intelligence (AI)-powered self-serve grocery stores, autonomous delivery drones, and voice assistants in healthcare. At its AI Innovation event on May 15 at the ecobee headquarters in Toronto, Amazon Web Services (AWS) spoke about how it is incorporating machine learning into its products and services, and why moving in this direction is so important. "As we see the proliferation of data and more devices being connected to the internet, that creates an incredible opportunity for machine learning to be applied to solve business problems, to make different decisions, to go after really challenging circumstances, to address the needs of businesses, as well as consumers and citizens," Eric Gales, director of AWS Canada, told CDN. "It's an interesting area that Amazon has been investing in for two decades and it's a big part of our business in terms of how it gets applied. Whether that's using AI robots in warehouses or machine learning to develop better suggestions when you shop online, we've been focused on taking those capabilities and creating a portfolio of services to make it much more accessible to much wider range of applications." And while the Seattle-based tech giant is going all in on machine learning and AI, it recognizes that many of its partners need a boost.


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