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Humans are so social that we try to fit in with robots


Humans, like most social animals, mirror each other's mannerisms and facial expressions through an act psychologists call mimicry. More often than not, mimicry helps humans feel more positive about the person they're with. "When humans are interacting, they adopt the other's rhythms in terms of breathing, speaking, and moving--and it's unconscious," says Ghiles Mostafaoui, a researcher from the Université de Cergy-Pontoise in France. It is, he says, "kind of the social glue." In some cases, mimicry can facilitate bonding across species, like between humans and monkeys.

How robots learn to hike (w/video)


To navigate difficult terrain, humans and animals quite automatically combine the visual perception of their environment with the proprioception of their legs and hands. This allows them to easily handle slippery or soft ground and move around with confidence, even when visibility is low.

When The Art Connoisseur Is a Robot


Popularly, art connoisseurs are portrayed as sophisticados who carry themselves with an aura of mystery, in command of an inner portal to truth that the rest of us inexplicably just don't possess. Presented with an unassuming Renaissance painting purchased for $1,000 in New Orleans, for instance, one might be stricken with certainty that the painting was authored by no other than Leonardo da Vinci; another attributes hundreds of paintings to Rembrandt and claims that his genius is obvious to the "experienced eye." The elusive certainty of connoisseurship has always come with raised eyebrows: can you tell a garage sale replica from the real deal, let alone a workshop painting from an Old Master one? Can we trust anyone who claims to know? Recent developments in machine learning applied to photographs of artwork promise to lend more objectivity to processes of attribution when the provenance is uncertain.

Hello, sparkling floors: Save 25% on a robot mop from iRobot


SAVE 25%: If you have pets or kids -- or are prone to spillages yourself -- check out the iRobot Braava Jet 240. As of Jan. 24, this robot mop is on sale at Amazon for $149. Ever mop yourself into a corner of the room, then have to choose between going about your day and mussing your newly clean floor? If this scenario strikes a familiar dread into your heart, consider the iRobot Braava Jet 240. You can also customize the areas of the house it's allowed to roam with Virtual Wall Mode, schedule mopping sessions during the week, or start/stop its process remotely.

A Robocar Specialist Gives Tesla 'Full Self-Drive' An 'F'


I've owned a Tesla TSLA since 2018 and I'm a huge fan of the car. My background is in software and self-driving cars. In addition to writing about them for 15 years, I've worked for and advised a wide variety of companies including Waymo, Zoox, Cruise, Starship, giant car OEMs and many others. So naturally been very interested in both Autopilot and the promised future system Tesla calls "full self driving." Tesla has released a prototype (which they call a "beta") version of that system out to some Tesla owners, and I finally got it recently. I've watched many videos of it in action, some good, some bad, and wanted to see it for myself. I have great respect and admiration for Elon Musk, so sorry to say this but ... it's terrible. After all those videos I didn't expect a lot, but I expected more than this.

How The US Department Of Energy Is Transforming AI


The US Department of Energy (DOE) has long stood out as one of the most science, technology, and innovation-focused US federal agencies. It should come as little surprise then that the DOE continues to invest in transformative technology such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. The DOE established the Artificial Intelligence and Technology (AITO) office to help transform the DOE into a world leading Artificial Intelligence (AI) enterprise by accelerating the research, development, delivery, and adoption of AI. Pamela Isom, the new Director of the AITO, will be presenting at the February 2022 AI in Government event to share how they are maximizing the impacts of AI through strategic coordination, planning, and customer service excellence. In this interview article Ms. Isom goes into greater detail about how the DOE is leveraging data, and transformative technologies to help advance the agency's core missions.

Tech: Six-legged robot expertly SKIS down a slope in China in unbelievable footage

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The history of the modern day recreational snowmobile is fairly recent, however, travel over snow goes back many years, although man actually flew before he could master snow travel. While the Wright Brothers flew in 1903, the very first vehicle that was built to go in snow wasn't created until 1908. That was the Lombard log hauler designed and built in Waterville, Maine. It was a large cumbersome machine that resembled a steam locomotive, only it had a half track design and front skis. In 1909, a man named O.C. Johnson built an over the snow machine that went on top of the snow, when it worked.

The runaway robot: how one smart vacuum cleaner made a break for freedom

The Guardian

The robots are finally coming for us. Well, it seems that way. But if it's any consolation, it won't be for a while. Well, last Thursday, for example, a robot vacuum cleaner made a valiant bid for freedom during a shift at the Orchard Park Travelodge in Cambridge. There are two working theories.

Top 10 Mistakes Robotics Startups Should Avoid in 2022


Robots are taking over the world. They are now into every industry namely the healthcare industry, defense, education, and many others. It also now uses different technologies such as AI, ML, and many others to improve its functions and applications. Across the globe, there are 300,000 Robotics Engineers are striving to discover or invent some of the other new things in robotics. But every segment has its own merits and demerits. Just because you got capital to invest in doesn't mean you've succeeded.

Startup Ottonomy uses the airport to help autonomous delivery take flight


Autonomous robots were a major focus this year at CES, from roaming device demonstrations on the exhibit floor to virtual presentations discussing emerging trends in the space. Autonomous-delivery startup Ottonomy used the Las Vegas event to spotlight its Ottobot, the company's newly named delivery robot capable of navigating "crowded and unpredictable environments" and working indoors as well as outside. Two of Ottonomy's autonomous delivery robots, or ADRs, are operating inside Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, where the bots make food, beverage and retail deliveries to passengers waiting to board flights. The autonomous robots, which resemble high-tech coolers on wheels, have a range of 2.5 miles and can operate for six to eight hours before needing to be recharged. The speed of the Ottobots is limited to 5 to 10 mph for safety reasons.