Robots: Instructional Materials


Dip your toes into AI with these online courses for Google Cloud

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AI systems have led to improvements in a broad spectrum of industries, including medicine and business, and sprouted new technologies like voice assistants (can you imagine what your day would be like without Alexa?) and self-driving cars. If you're curious about learning more and want to dip your toes in a bit -- whether out of sheer fascination or for business and job hunting purposes -- the Google Cloud Mastery Bundle can serve as your primer to the world of AI. While Google Cloud has yet to reach the heights of what Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure have achieved, it sure is promising. After all, its litany of cloud computing services runs on the same infrastructure as Google Search and YouTube, two of the most frequently digital products used today. Undoubtedly, learning its inner workings can prove to be useful if you're running a business or carving out a career in tech.


Ensemble Machine Learning in Python: Random Forest, AdaBoost

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In recent years, we've seen a resurgence in AI, or artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Machine learning has led to some amazing results, like being able to analyze medical images and predict diseases on-par with human experts. Google's AlphaGo program was able to beat a world champion in the strategy game go using deep reinforcement learning. Machine learning is even being used to program self driving cars, which is going to change the automotive industry forever. Imagine a world with drastically reduced car accidents, simply by removing the element of human error.


The Future of Labor: It's Not All Robots in the Workplace - ReadWrite

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Is the robot revolution arriving sooner -- and with more devastating force -- than you once believed? While much of the automation discussion has surrounded blue-collar careers in manufacturing and transportation, recent studies on the subject see a much wider range of jobs being affected. According to an algorithm developed in 2013 by researchers at Oxford University, 47 percent of U.S. jobs could be automated "in the next decade or two." A more recent multinational study puts 210 million jobs in 32 countries at risk. But these numbers don't show the full picture of the future of work.


Data Science: Supervised Machine Learning in Python

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In recent years, we've seen a resurgence in AI, or artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Machine learning has led to some amazing results, like being able to analyze medical images and predict diseases on-par with human experts. Google's AlphaGo program was able to beat a world champion in the strategy game go using deep reinforcement learning. Machine learning is even being used to program self driving cars, which is going to change the automotive industry forever. Imagine a world with drastically reduced car accidents, simply by removing the element of human error.


Math for Machine Learning: Open Doors to Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

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From self-driving cars and recommender systems to speech and face recognition, machine learning is the way of the future. Would you like to learn the mathematics behind machine learning to enter the exciting fields of data science and artificial intelligence? There aren't many resources out there that give simple detailed examples and that walk you through the topics step by step. This ebook not only explains what kind of math is involved and the confusing notation, it also introduces you directly to the foundational topics in machine learning. This book will get you started in machine learning in a smooth and natural way, preparing you for more advanced topics and dispelling the belief that machine learning is complicated, difficult, and intimidating.


4 ways artificial intelligence will shape the future of learning technology

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With the rapid pace of innovation continually disrupting business models, and in many cases entire industries, how will online learning keep up to provide the relevant courseware for today's and tomorrow's workforce? This will be essential for economic growth and to support a thriving, college-educated workforce that's equipped with the very latest knowledge, ideas and technology. In the future, I believe that institutions at the forefront of online education will be recognized via several capabilities which will have digitally transformed today's EdTech market. They will include a powerful combination of omni-channel learning pathways, cognitive courseware, virtual counselors and AI-enabled course development and grading. These innovations, underpinned by artificial intelligence (AI), will help to provide students the ultimate choice in their courseware – including up-to-the-minute courses on high-interest/high-growth subject matter – as well as highly-innovative digital services that support them every step of the way to help maximize their success and personal objectives.


Video Friday: Roboy, AI Ethics, and Big Clapper

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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. We wrote about HAMR back in February, and it's now grown some cute lil' footpads that allow it to walk on water, and also sink (on purpose). In nature, cockroaches can survive underwater for up to 30 minutes.


Alumni-founded robotic kitchen cooks up tasty meals

MIT News

Four hungry MIT student-athletes were on a mission to find a filling, inexpensive meal and ended up creating the first robotic kitchen. "It was a natural solution to the problem of creating inexpensive, healthy food. We just wanted to figure out how to cook in a new way," says Kale Rogers '16, who co-founded Spyce -- a fast-casual eatery featuring a robotic kitchen -- with his friends, fraternity brothers, and fellow Course 2 (mechanical engineering) graduates Braden Knight '16, Luke Schlueter '16, and Michael Farid '14, SM '16. "We wanted to see if we could automate the process and make it as efficient as possible so we could get a meal right around $7.50 as opposed to $12." With their minds set on reworking the process, their background in engineering started to come into play.


HAL-Like Robot to Help Astronaut in Space Odyssey

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A science fiction-inspired robot hardwired to assist astronauts will launch from Florida early Friday morning to become the first personal, artificial intelligence-powered companion in space. The Crew Interactive Mobile Companion, or CIMON, is an English-speaking droid roughly the size of a basketball that will help German astronaut Alexander Gerst conduct experiments on the International Space Station. "What we're trying to do with CIMON is to increase the efficiency of the astronaut," Matthias Biniok, an engineer for chip maker IBM and one of the lead architects behind CIMON's artificial intelligence, told Reuters. CIMON will verbally communicate step-by-step instructions to Gerst during three planned science experiments on the space station's European module. Currently, astronauts read these instructions from a laptop, which Biniok says is an arduous process that a responsive, hands-free companion like CIMON can replace.


HAL-Like Robot to Help Astronaut in Space Odyssey

U.S. News

CIMON will verbally communicate step-by-step instructions to Gerst during three planned science experiments on the space station's European module. Currently, astronauts read these instructions from a laptop, which Biniok says is an arduous process that a responsive, hands-free companion like CIMON can replace.