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Medical Data and Robotics: Saving Lives, Improving Care


Imagine a future where a wide range of surgeries, no matter how complex, could be conducted remotely, a future where a patient in dire need of help could access the most highly regarded specialists in any area of medicine regardless of where on the globe that person may be. In 2019, Dr. Ryan Madder from Spectrum Health performed a series of simulated remote percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) via a control station outside of Boston. The robotic devices he was manipulating were in New York City and San Francisco. The robots successfully performed the procedure, which involves a catheter being used to place a small structure called a stent to open blood vessels in the heart that have been narrowed by plaque buildup, a condition known as atherosclerosis. A year earlier, Dr. Tejas Patel completed the first-in-human remote PCI cases in India, with about 20 miles between the physician and his patients.

Which country leads the innovation charge in AI research? - Tech Wire Asia


The prevalence of artificial intelligence (AI) applications in many a tech-driven aspect of our daily lives (everything from driving sustainable agriculture to powering a range of smartphone features) would not have been pronounced if not for the research that went into understanding AI abilities and harnessing them to enhance self-driving cars or mobile apps, to name a handful of use cases. These are powerful, yet functional roles that can be easily comprehended. What's perhaps more exciting is AI's growing potential in sourcing and producing new creations and ideas, from writing news articles to discovering new drugs -- in some cases, far quicker than teams of human scientists would have been able to do. New discoveries and understanding of AI capabilities are ever-evolving, much like the technology itself. Hence many national and private interests are charging ahead with AI research and development in a dizzying assortment of fields, from intelligent automation and robotics to AI-powered databases and systems of national importance.

Unity 3D And Robotics


When installed in the Unity Editor, this package allows the user to select a URDF file to import. It parses the XML file in behind the scenes and stores the links and joints in the correct C# classes. Afterwards It creates a hierarchy of Game Objects, where each one of those is an Articulation Body component representing a link in the robot. From the URDF It assigns properties to the corresponding fields in the Articulation Body. When adding a robot to Unity, the URDF Importer will create a keyboard joint controller. You can replace this controller with your own preferred controller using the Articulation Body APIs.

Understanding Robotic Process Automation


"Robotic process automation (RPA) is the application of technology that allows employees in a company to configure computer software or a bot to capture and interpret existing applications for processing a transaction, manipulating data, triggering responses, and communicating with other digital systems." In simple terms, RPA is the automation of repetitive, rule-based manual tasks (performed on windows) by the use of automation agents that can run attended or unattended without making any errors. Attended RPA is most prominently used by customer-facing functions such as customer service. This kind of RPA requires user intervention to make decisions or update based on conditions. There is absolutely no human intervention, and the bots run automatically to execute the tasks end to end.

Podcast: Former presidential candidate John Delaney talks about his giant robot SPAC deal


The Senate parliamentarian ruled Thursday that the provision to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour cannot be included in the broader $1.9 trillion COVID relief package. Why it matters: It's now very likely that any increase in the minimum wage will need bipartisan support, as the provision cannot be passed with the simple Senate majority that Democrats are aiming to use for President Biden's rescue bill.

Consumers want AI-enabled smart homes but not smart workplaces, O'Reilly reveals


Consumers are the most positive and excited for AI technologies that benefit their lives outside of work, research from O'Reilly shows. The survey, which delves into the opinions of consumers and compares them to that of AI-creators – those working to develop AI driven solutions including CTOs, data scientists, software engineers, solutions architects and IT Directors – reveals a wider indifference to the potential of AI in a work setting. The results suggest that while AI may be inserting itself into our lives in more ways than we recognise, to encourage adoption, developers should focus their efforts on leveraging AI to make consumers lives easier, augmenting existing experiences to make them more seamless. Adoption and acceptance outside the office, will ultimately lead to the same in a work setting, alleviating fears of job loss and instead focusing on job enhancement. Rachel Roumeliotis, Vice President of Data and AI at O'Reilly said: "Consumer conceptions of AI are still very much influenced by popular culture, science fiction and the virtual assistants they use every day. However, there are strong areas of overlap between AI developers and AI users. Both groups appreciate the success of smart home technology and are watching the development of autonomous vehicles very closely. It's up to these sectors to capitalise on the hype, but the results are also a call for the creators of work-focused AI to make solutions that capture the imagination and generate excitement."

War Mongering For Artificial Intelligence


The ghost of Edward Teller must have been doing the rounds between members of the National Commission on Artificial Intelligence. The father of the hydrogen bomb was never one too bothered by the ethical niggles that came with inventing murderous technology. It was not, for instance, "the scientist's job to determine whether a hydrogen bomb should be constructed, whether it should be used, or how it should be used." Responsibility, however exercised, rested with the American people and their elected officials. The application of AI in military systems has plagued the ethicist but excited certain leaders and inventors. Russian President Vladimir Putin has grandiloquently asserted that "it would be impossible to secure the future of our civilization" without a mastery of artificial intelligence, genetics, unmanned weapons systems and hypersonic weapons.

6 AI Predictions for 2021: A View From the Trenches


At CloudFactory we have a pretty intimate seat at the table with well over 100 active tech teams applying AI to a myriad of different use cases and industries. Our clients come in all sizes and from all industries, from small startups to those listed on the Fortune 500, and they work on solutions from cashierless checkout to self-driving cars. With all the AI hype, it sometimes feels like a gold rush, which would make CloudFactory's workforce solutions the picks and shovels. We see no signs of an AI winter. Both AI adoption and business value will increase over the next 12 months.

Introducing the AI chip leading the world in precision scaling


To keep fueling the AI gold rush, we've been improving the very heart of AI hardware technology: digital AI cores that power deep learning, the key enabler of artificial intelligence. At IBM Research, we've been making strides in adapting to workload complexities of AI systems while streamlining and accelerating performance – by innovating across materials, devices, chip architectures and the entire software stack, bringing closer the next generation AI computational systems with cutting-edge performance and unparalleled energy efficiency. In a new paper presented at the 2021 International Solid-State Circuits Virtual Conference (ISSCC), our team details the world's first energy efficient AI chip at the vanguard of low precision training and inference built with 7nm technology. Through its novel design, the AI hardware accelerator chip supports a variety of model types while achieving leading edge power efficiency on all of them. This chip technology can be scaled and used for many commercial applications -- from large-scale model training in the cloud to security and privacy efforts by bringing training closer to the edge and data closer to the source.

AOC criticizes NYPD's new robot dog

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FOX News contributor Miranda Devine and OutKick founder Clay Travis weigh in on'Fox News @ Night.' Democrat firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., claimed that the New York City Police Department's (NYPD) new robot dog is "being deployed for testing on low-income communities of color with under-resourced schools." On Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez -- a member of the left-wing "Squad" -- blasted the NYPD's new "Digidog" on Twitter two days after the cyber hound was filmed responding to a break-in and barricade situation in the Bronx. "Shout out to everyone who fought against community advocates who demanded these resources go to investments like school counseling instead," the congresswoman wrote on Twitter, linking to a story about the robo-dog. "Now robotic surveillance ground drones are being deployed for testing on low-income communities of color with under-resourced schools," she added. "Please ask yourself: when was the last time you saw next-generation, world class technology for education, healthcare, housing, etc consistently prioritized for underserved communities like this?" she added in a second tweet.