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Giving robots human-like perception of their physical environments

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To carry out such high-level tasks, researchers believe robots will have to be able to perceive their physical environment as humans do. "In order to make any decision in the world, you need to have a mental model of the environment around you," says Luca Carlone, assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT. "This is something so effortless for humans. But for robots it's a painfully hard problem, where it's about transforming pixel values that they see through a camera, into an understanding of the world." Now Carlone and his students have developed a representation of spatial perception for robots that is modeled after the way humans perceive and navigate the world. The new model, which they call 3D Dynamic Scene Graphs, enables a robot to quickly generate a 3D map of its surroundings that also includes objects and their semantic labels (a chair versus a table, for instance), as well as people, rooms, walls, and other structures that the robot is likely seeing in its environment.


"Alexa, go to the kitchen and fetch me a snack"

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Wouldn't we all appreciate a little help around the house, especially if that help came in the form of a smart, adaptable, uncomplaining robot? Sure, there are the one-trick Roombas of the appliance world. But MIT engineers are envisioning robots more like home helpers, able to follow high-level, Alexa-type commands, such as "Go to the kitchen and fetch me a coffee cup." To carry out such high-level tasks, researchers believe robots will have to be able to perceive their physical environment as humans do. "In order to make any decision in the world, you need to have a mental model of the environment around you," says Luca Carlone, assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT. "This is something so effortless for humans. But for robots it's a painfully hard problem, where it's about transforming pixel values that they see through a camera, into an understanding of the world."


The Brookings glossary of AI and emerging technologies – IAM Network

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Algorithms: According to author Pedro Domingos, algorithms are "a sequence of instructions telling a computer what to do."[1] These software-based coding rules started with simple and routine tasks, but now have advanced into more complex formulations, such as providing driving instructions for autonomous vehicles, identifying possible malignancies in X-rays and CT scans, and assigning students to public schools. Algorithms are widely used in finance, retail, communications, national defense, and many other areas. Artificial Intelligence (AI): Indian engineers Shukla Shubhendu and Jaiswal Vijay define AI as "machines that respond to stimulation consistent with traditional responses from humans, given the human capacity for contemplation, judgment, and intention."[2] This definition emphasizes several qualities that separate AI from mechanical devices or traditional computer software, specifically intentionality, intelligence, and adaptability.


9 Augmented Reality Trends to Watch in 2020: The Future Is Here - MobiDev

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Brands, development companies, agencies, and startups rapidly followed, taking advantage of their potential. ARKit 2 landed at WWDC 18, with Apple introducing the USDZ format that makes adding models, data and animations to AR landscapes simple.


The Metaverse Is Coming And It's A Very Big Deal

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So what happens when the world becomes a billboard, robots have spatial reasoning and virtual assistants own the relationship with the consumer? The metaverse is coming and it's a very big deal.


4 big tech trends for 2021

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The tech industry is constantly evolving in a chain reaction of rapid technological developments. No matter where you are based in the world, it is nearly impossible to escape the way new technologies are reshaping everyday life. So, how will your work and personal life be changed by technology in the next 12 months? Here are four top tech trends that you should be looking out for. Cloud computing and the cloud are now an omnipotent part of everyday life.


9 Augmented Reality Trends to Watch in 2020: The Future Is Here - MobiDev

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Brands, development companies, agencies, and startups rapidly followed, taking advantage of their potential. ARKit 2 landed at WWDC 18, with Apple introducing the USDZ format that makes adding models, data and animations to AR landscapes simple.


Amazon Turns To AI And AR To Help Its Warehouse Workers Socially Distance

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To combat the spread of the coronavirus, many health experts around the world have advised people to practice social distancing. This means that people should stand at a distance away from each other to prevent the virus from transmitting, or at least make it a bit more difficult for it to find a new host. Over at Amazon, the company has announced a new feature they'll be implementing in its warehouse called "Distance Assistant". This will rely on augmented reality, time-of-flight sensors, and also AI to help enforce social distancing rules amongst its warehouse workers by letting them know if they get too close to each other. According to Amazon, "As people walk past the camera, a monitor displays live video with visual overlays to show if associates are within 6 feet of one another. Individuals remaining 6 feet apart are highlighted with green circles, while those who are closer together are highlighted with red circles. The on-screen indicators are designed to remind and encourage associates to maintain appropriate distance from others."


Coronavirus: Amazon using augmented reality to keep workers 2m apart during pandemic

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Amazon has revealed a new tool it's using to ensure warehouse employees keep socially distant during the coronavirus pandemic. The new "Distance Assistant" is a combination television screen, depth sensor, and artificially-intelligent camera that can track workers' movements. As workers move past the camera, a monitor gives visual information to show if employees are within six feet of one another. If they are at a safe distance, they will be enclosed within a green circle on the screen. If they are not, they will be in a red circle.


Artificial Intelligence for Business - Strategy Edition 2020 Udemy Coupon

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This Artificial Intelligence for Business course or AI4B for short takes place in the future… Somewhere between 2030 and 2035… Executives taking this course will be helped think of the world 10-15 years into the future. This course is designed to help them integrate into strategy all the emerging technologies, and be aware that their convergence will make the next couple of decades the most disruptive ever. We will cover business scenarios that make use of emerging technologies such as AI, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Robotics, Drones, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Blockchain, Chatbots, Driverless Systems, and Megacities. The goal is to take a trip into the future so we can figure out what new businesses are worth creating in the present and what steps need to be taken today in your existing businesses so they will thrive in this rapidly evolving environment. Another goal in addition to building your AI-muscle is developing your AI-flexibility.