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.
Naturally: Kris Kobach was the Kansas secretary of state for almost eight years, and it was his job to make sure the state's election procedures were shipshape, Mark Joseph Stern writes. So of course, because Kris Kobach is a disaster, the aftermath of the Aug. 7 primary contest between him and the state's incumbent governor has become a comedy of errors. Fruitless: Does Omarosa have a tape of Donald Trump using the N-word? It doesn't matter, Christina Cauterucci writes. She's got no credibility, for one thing.
Sex robots could one day help failing marriages. According to an economics professor at the University of British Columbia, the futuristic droids could improve marriages by making husbands and wives focus more on love and parenting, instead of sexual compatibility. In a book called'Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications,' professor Marina Adshade claims the advent of sex robots will change our societal norms around marriage, particularly when it comes to monogamy. Adshade refers to this phenomenon as'sex-bot induced social change' and compares it to the societal impacts of birth control when it was first commercialized. 'I predict their availability will give couples greater opportunity to define their own types of marriages,' Adshade explained.
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 concept of artificial intelligence was the stuff of science fiction in the early days and became popular when anthropomorphic robots were featured on literature and eventually the silver screen. With technology making amazing things happen over the years, science fiction has now become reality. AI has improved in leaps and bounds in recent years, with machines now closer to being that of the droids of Star Wars. Our real-world robots are now being developed to be capable of carrying out tasks in such a way that we consider'smart' due to machine learning (ML). Machine learning is an advanced application of AI based on the idea that humans feed machines data and let them learn for themselves.
Imagine having a digital assistant to schedule your next meeting or speaking to a chatbot to help you finalize a challenging task at work. Forward-thinking companies are implementing AI already, with Amazon launching Alexa for Business last year and Google recently trialling its Duplex human-sounding AI. A recent report from Gartner suggests that technology like this will be more commonplace, with one in five workers set to have a machine as their'co-worker' by 2022. For businesses to thrive in the future of work, humans will need to work in tandem with AI. Get this right, and they'll have the tools they need to increase productivity and master a more personalized experience for their employees.
Despite these dire warnings, we continue to press ahead in robotics and AI research. Because there is a dissonance between the sci-fi debate and the future role of robots in our society. The first generation of truly smart AI devices is likely to be self-driving vehicles, which offer potentially massive social benefits. From a public safety perspective these benefits are clear. In 2016, 1,810 people were killed on Britain's roads and 25,160 were seriously injured.
Samsung has announced that it plans to invest $22 billion in artificial intelligence and other technologies like 5G over the next three years. As part of the investment, the South Korean tech giant said it will increase the number of researchers it has across its global AI centers in the UK, Canada, Russia, US and South Korea to 1,000. In addition to AI and 5G, the $22 billion will also go towards developing electronic components for future cars and bio-pharmaceuticals. "Samsung expects innovations powered by AI technology will drive the industry's transformation, while the next-generation 5G telecommunications technology will create new opportunities in autonomous driving, the Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics," the company wrote in a press release. The money will come from a larger $161 billion investment plan that includes capital expenditure and research and development. The majority of the money will be spent in South Korea, Samsung said.
NASA's bid to crowdsource an arm for its Astrobee cube robot is starting to bear fruit. The agency and Freelancer.com have chosen early winners for the Astrobee Challenges Series, each of which has designed a key component for the robotic appendage. South African grad student Nino Wunderlin produced an attachment mechanism, while Filipino conceptual engineer Myrdal Manzano crafted a "smart" attachment system. Indian software engineer Amit Biswas, in turn, developed a simple deployment mechanism. There's still a ways to go when nine of the contests in the challenge have yet to be unlocked.
The robot Nao is featured as part of an experiment studying whether humans would shut off a robot if it pleaded with the participant. Would you unplug a robot if it was begging you to stop? A study from researchers in Germany found humans were more likely to listen to the robot if it objected to being turned off than when it didn't respond. The study featured 85 people who sat opposite the robot, named Nao, and were told the goal of their experiment was to improve its interaction capabilities through a series of tasks. Once all tasks were completed, participants were told they could shut off the robot.