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Introducing Dall-E, The Uncomfortable Robo-Painter


The idea being that in an evolving artistic landscape, technology will play a huge role in the next wave of masterpieces. The hope is that AI will be able to take over for the painstaking grunt work of individual cell shading and clumsy greenscreen for movies, and much more. Currently the application has been limited to a few websites that are in beta mode (essentially a testing phase), a few invitations sent out to curious users who are sharing their findings with the rest of the internet. The results have been a mix of curious, terrifying, and hilarious. Already, a new wave of memes has surged through social media, pictures of clowns on the moon, beloved television shows overrun by dinosaurs, and celebrities eating cheese.

Open-sourcing simulators for driverless cars


"You put a car on the road which may be driving by the letter of the law, but compared to the surrounding road users, it's acting very conservatively. This can lead to situations where the autonomous car is a bit of a fish out of water," said Motional's Karl Iagnemma. Autonomous vehicles have control systems that learn how to emulate safe steering controls in a variety of situations based on real-world datasets of human driving trajectories. However, it is extremely hard to program the decision-making process given the infinite possible scenarios on real roads. Meanwhile, real-world data on "edge cases" (such as nearly crashing or being forced off the road) are hard to come by.

Aurora's Autonomous Tests in Texas Keep Rolling


After lumbering through a gravel parking lot like a big blue bull, one of Aurora Innovation Inc.'s self-driving truck prototypes took a wide right turn onto a frontage road near Dallas. The steering wheel spun through the half-clasped hands of its human operator, whose touch may not be needed much longer. Fittingly for Texas, these Peterbilts are adorned with a sensor display above the windshield that looks much like a set of longhorns. This was the beginning of a 28-mile jaunt up and down Interstate 45 toward Houston in a truck with a computer for a brain, and cameras, radar and lidar sensors for eyes, capturing objects more than 437 yards out in all directions. The stakes for test drives like this one are incredibly high for the future of freight.



Traditionally, it's been difficult for visually-impaired students to learn about aerospace engineering because understanding the mechanics of machine parts often requires being able to see how they move. But Dr. Kavan Hazeli, Associate Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arizona, hopes to change that. He is using cutting-edge robotics, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality technologies to develop advanced educational tools that rely more on touch and sound. Together with roboticist and former pupil Sahand Sabet, Hazeli is testing prototypes of these educational tools with students from the Arizona State School of the Deaf and the Blind.

Brain-Computer Interface Enables Quadriplegic Man to Feed Himself


A new study published in Frontiers in Neurorobotics demonstrates how a brain-computer interface enabled a quadriplegic man to feed himself for the first time in three decades by operating two robotic arms using his thoughts. Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs), also known as brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) are neurotechnology powered by artificial intelligence (AI) that enables those with speech or motor challenges to live more independently. "This demonstration of bimanual robotic system control via a BMI in collaboration with intelligent robot behavior has major implications for restoring complex movement behaviors for those living with sensorimotor deficits," wrote the authors of the study. This study was led by principal investigator Pablo A. Celnik, M.D., of Johns Hopkins Medicine, as part of a clinical trial with an approved Food and Drug Administration Investigational Device Exemption. A partially paralyzed quadriplegic 49-year-old man living with a spinal cord injury for around 30 years prior to the study was implanted with six Blackrock Neurotech NeuroPort electrode arrays in the motor and somatosensory cortices in both the left and right brain to record his neural activity.

Why Self-Driving Cars Shouldn't Be Allowed


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For the Record: What Do State IT Leaders Think About Emerging Tech?


GT caught up with state technology leaders at the recent National Association of State Chief Information Officers Midyear conference. Here's what they had to say about artificial intelligence, chatbots, blockchain and other headline-grabbing technologies. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Amanda Crawford, Texas: We use AI today. We certainly use robotic process automation in a variety of applications and projects across the state. One of the exciting areas for us is using AI for security.

Whitepaper: AI Intelligent Automation: 6 AI Applications that Are Changing Industry


Magic and hype: Two words that are frequently applied to artificial intelligence. Today, solutions leveraging the power of artificial intelligence are already paying off in robotics, automation, and manufacturing. AI is powering predictive systems, increasing the capabilities of robots, improving the precision of machine vision, and helping businesses optimize their processes to improve quality and reduce waste. This Association for Advancing Automation (A3) whitepaper will examine six application spaces where AI is already taking hold in automation and manufacturing. We will discuss how the technology is making a difference and what you should consider in your enterprise's AI journey.

Putin wages 'economic terrorism' in Ukraine through mining operation: official warns

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has waged "economic terrorism" in Ukraine by stocking its farmlands and Black Sea ports full of explosive mines, an official working to de-mine Kyiv told Fox News. "There's 20 plus years of mining work already in Ukraine and for every day of war there's an additional 30 days of mining work that will be required," Cameron Chill, CEO of drone company Draganfly Inc. (DPRO), explained to Fox News upon his return from Kyiv. Chill has been working with Ukraine's emergency management services to deploy drones to efficiently detect buried mines left behind by Russian forces after they withdrew from areas surrounding Kyiv in late March. Draganfly officials help Ukrainians detect landmines after Russian forces withdrew from Kyiv. However, the drone expert said where Russian troops left the explosive devices says a lot about the war Putin is raging against its former Soviet neighbor.

A Starbucks barista just proved we trust robots more than people


At a local parking lot, you push a button to get your ticket. The ticket emerges and a voice says: "Take the ticket." It's a female voice, attempting to be as erotically alluring as possible. It's a robot female voice, of course, and it always makes me wonder why this parking lot believes it should offer an erotic experience. Yet robot voices have become part of our lives. Who hasn't thanked Siri at least once when she's answered a question or found the very song we just asked for?