Robots: AI-Alerts

A Confused Police Officer Pulled Over a Self-Driving Vehicle on Its First Day Carrying Passengers

TIME - Tech

A self-driving shuttle got pulled over by police on its first day carrying passengers on a new Rhode Island route. Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements says an officer pulled over the odd-looking autonomous vehicle because he had never seen one before. The bus-like vehicle operated by Michigan-based May Mobility was dropping off passengers Wednesday morning when a police cruiser arrived with blinking lights and a siren. It was just hours after the public launch of a state-funded pilot shuttle service. The shuttle offers free rides on a 12-stop urban loop.

Working hypothesis: From deepfake Dali to black toothpaste

New Scientist

The Dali Museum in St Petersburg, Florida, got an AI to study archive footage of the great artist and recreate him as a deepfake. Microsoft will help you mind your Ps and LGBTQs with a version of Office that checks documents for inclusive language, such as changing "housewives" to "homemakers". People are coming for robot jobs. Japanese start-up Mira Robotics will soon sell a robot butler – the catch is it is controlled remotely by a human. The Orbital Reflector, a piece of "space art" in the form of a shimmering balloon, has failed in orbit.

Swarms of Drones, Piloted by Artificial Intelligence, May Soon Patrol Europe's Borders


Imagine you're hiking through the woods near a border. Suddenly, you hear a mechanical buzzing, like a gigantic bee. Two quadcopters have spotted you and swoop in for a closer look. They send the signals to a central server, which triangulates your exact location and feeds it back to the drones. Cameras and other sensors on the machines recognize you as human and try to ascertain your intentions.

Robots are coming to a hospital near you

Fast Company

Hospitals and medical practices are already using a fair amount of automation. Some hospitals are set up for delivery robots to open remote-control doors and even use elevators to get around the building. Robots can also assist with more complex tasks, like surgery. Their participation can range from simply helping stabilize a surgeon's tools all the way to autonomously performing the entire procedure. Perhaps the most famous robotic surgery system lets a surgeon operate full-size, ergonomically friendly equipment as a remote control to direct extremely tiny instruments what to do inside a patient's body, often through extremely small incisions.

AI marketing: how seriously should you take artificial intelligence?


Recent years have seen the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) adoption in the marketing and media industries. While often a buzzword for marketers to make their work sound more exciting, the real benefits to brands center on the use of machines to carry out deep learning and make humans' jobs easier. AI is certainly growing in notoriety, with up to 85% of UK businesses said to be set to invest in the field by 2020. In addition, studies have shown the gradual uptake of soft robotics in the home – 23-32% of households in the US and 18% of households in the UK have at least one voice assistant, the most popular models being either Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant. Moreover, Apple claimed in 2018 that a staggering 500 million of its users now frequently make use of Siri, its pre-installed voice assistant.

Toyota Looks to an Autonomous and Electric Future


Toyota announced creation of a $100 million venture fund to invest in autonomous driving and robotic technology start-ups as automakers increasingly push into the self-driving market. Toyota AI Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based subsidiary of Toyota, plans to invest the said amount into early-stage startups that are developing "disruptive" technologies in those fields, the company said. Jim Adler, managing director of Toyota AI Ventures, said in a statement, "Auto manufacturers must participate in the startup ecosystem to stay ahead of the rapid shift in the auto industry." The company added that the fund is part of Toyota's mission is a futuristic "discover what's next" phase. Toyota's AI venture fund has already invested in 19 different start-ups over the last two years, bringing its total funding commitment to autonomous driving technology to $200 million, the company further stated.

Atlas Robot Walks The Plank


A big challenge for humanoid robots is bipedal walking. IHMC has been pioneering advanced control techniques for bipedal robots to maintain balance while walking over a wide variety of terrains. While great strides have recently been made in robotics, robots still are unable to get to all the same places as people. Our humanoid projects are focused on pushing our bipedal humanoids capabilities forward to handle rough terrain without any knowledge of the environment from onboard sensors. Then, when this knowledge is included, their performance is further improved.

Toyota AI Ventures launches $100M fund to invest in robotics and autonomous tech – TechCrunch


Toyota AI Ventures, a subsidiary of Toyota Research Institute, has a new $100 million fund that will focus on finding and investing in early-stage robotics and autonomous technology startups. This second fund, aptly dubbed Fund II, brings the firm's total assets under management to more than $200 million. "The growing interest in automated systems has created great opportunities to improve human lives using AI and next-generation mobility technology," said Dr. Gill Pratt, chief executive officer at TRI and Toyota AI Ventures investment committee member. Toyota AI Ventures is a newcomer to the scene. Still, it's managed to invest in 19 startups since launching in 2017, including Nauto, autonomous shuttle company May Mobility, social companion cognitive AI startup Intuition Robotics and Joby Aviation, the electric vertical takeoff and landing passenger aircraft service.

Even In The Robot Age, Manufacturers Need The Human Touch

NPR Technology

A robotic arm works on the production line at Volvo's factory in Ridgeville, S.C. But other essential jobs, including major portions of final assembly, are still left to people. A robotic arm works on the production line at Volvo's factory in Ridgeville, S.C. But other essential jobs, including major portions of final assembly, are still left to people. Robots have revolutionized auto manufacturing, making plants safer and products more reliable -- and reducing the number of people involved in the process.

The Robots Are Here: At George Mason University, They Deliver Food To Students


At George Mason University in Virginia, a fleet of several dozen autonomous robots deliver food to students on campus. At George Mason University in Virginia, a fleet of several dozen autonomous robots deliver food to students on campus. George Mason University looks like any other big college campus with its tall buildings, student housing, and manicured green lawns – except for the robots. This Northern Virginia university recently set up several dozen meal delivery robots from Starship Technologies to make it easier for students to access food. Multiple colleges across the country have deployed delivery robots – including University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., and Northern Arizona University – but George Mason University is the first college in the United States to incorporate robots into its student dining plan.