Augmented Reality Makes Robots Better Co-Workers

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

Most robots are designed to do work. As such, not a lot of time, effort, or money is spent on making them able to communicate with humans, because they're usually just doing their own thing. This is starting to change a bit, though, as robots become versatile enough that it's reasonable to have humans working with them more directly, and it's becoming more important that those humans have some idea what the robot is up to. Some robots manage this with sounds, or lights, or screens with faces on them, but there are many systems for which hardware modifications like that aren't a good option. In one of best papers from all of HRI 2018 (seriously, they won a best paper award), roboticists from the University of Colorado Boulder explore how using augmented reality to help robots communicate with humans can make the bots feel safer, more efficient, and more part of a collaborative team.

A world ruled by robots? This artificial intelligence expert paints a different reality


SINGAPORE: Artificial intelligence: Two words that have been bandied about everywhere to seemingly give anything a shimmer of technological star dust. Choose the latest AI-enabled machine to better clean your clothes. There's an AI chatbot waiting to answer all your queries. Yet, the buzzword also throws up questions for many. Does artificial intelligence mean robots?

Donald Trump says massive Google fine has proved him right in argument with EU

The Independent

Donald Trump has responded to the EU's decision to charge Google with a record-breaking fine. "I told you so!" the president tweeted. "The European Union just slapped a Five Billion Dollar fine on one of our great companies, Google. They truly have taken advantage of the US, but not for long!" The post is just the latest mark of deteriorating relations between the EU and the US.

Agilox Robots Rely on Swarm Intelligence

Forbes Technology

I talked to Dirk Erlacher, the CEO of Agilox, on this topic. Austrian headquartered Agilox designs and manufactures mobile logistics robots that use "swarm intelligence" to intelligently navigate through warehouses and factories, delivering pallets and totes where they are needed. A mobile logistics robot (MLR) is a more advanced form of an automatic guided vehicle (AGV); AGVs are used to reduce labor by taking over tasks that were traditionally performed with fork lifts. More complex AGVs have fleet management software. This software makes sure that not too many AGVs are in the same aisles, decides which AGV has the right of way at crossings, and in more complex scenarios, decides which unit will be used to complete a particular task and how it will navigate through the facility.

10 best books on artificial intelligence


Artificial intelligence has been the stuff of mad dreams, and sometimes nightmares, throughout our collective history. We've come a long way from a 15th-century automaton knight crafted by Leonardo da Vinci. Within the past century, artificial intelligence has inched itself further into our realities and day to day lives and there is now no doubt we're entering into a new age of intelligence. Early computing technology ushered in a new branch of computer science dealing with the simulated intelligence of machines. In recent history, we've used A.I. for common tasks, such as playing against the computer in chess matches and other gameplay behaviors.

Samsung plans Bixby smart speaker to rival Amazon Echo and Google Home

The Independent

Samsung is set to become the latest technology giant to vie for a place in your living room with a voice-enabled smart speaker, following similar efforts from Amazon, Apple and Google. The smart speaker is anticipated to cost around $300, making it considerably more expensive than the Amazon Echo and Google Home devices, but still cheaper than Apple's $349 HomePod. To justify this price, it will market the speaker as a high-end music player with innovative features like sound shifting, whereby the direction of the audio will be beamed at the person speaking to the device. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.

Dive Under the Ice With the Brave Robots of Antarctica


These are among the most perilous of environments on planet Earth, places where few humans dare tread. They ain't got nothin', though, on waters of our planet's polar regions, where frigid temperatures and considerable pressures would snuff a puny human like you in a heartbeat. This is the stuff their tough-as-hell bodies were made for. But it comes at a price: Getting the bot back to its icebreaking boat alive can be more challenging than communicating with a Mars rover millions of miles away. Seabed doesn't swim like your typical autonomous underwater vehicle.

Beyond the Naked Eye: How Tech Is Revolutionizing Industrial Inspections


Ask any technician who has ever scaled a massive wind turbine and they'll tell you: Manual inspections of industrial assets can be dangerous and imprecise. Today, companies are tapping advanced tech tools like autonomous robots and drones, as well as AI-powered predictive analytics, to make inspections not only safer but more accurate. Avitas Systems, launched in 2017 by GE Ventures, is one of the emerging pioneers who are upending traditional modes of industrial inspection. The Boston-based company combines autonomous robot and drone inspections, AI analytics and digital data warehousing in a single service. Not yet two years old, Avitas Systems already counts heavy hitters in the oil and gas, electric power and transportation industries among its client roster.

Holocaust deniers are being sincere so we won't ban them from Facebook, says Mark Zuckerberg

The Independent

Mark Zuckerberg has defended the rights of holocaust deniers to stay on Facebook – because they are being genuine. The Facebook boss said that he found the belief that the holocaust did not happen was deeply offensive. But he said that the people using his site to promote should be allowed to use it and that the posts should stay up. There are many things that people get wrong and those that claim that the holocaust did not happen are one of them, he suggested during an interview. He claimed that since the people are mistaken in their belief, rather than intending to harm anyone, they will continue to be allowed to post on the site.

Facebook Hires Several Experts In Artificial Intelligence


Facebook announced several new hires of top academics in the field of artificial intelligence Tuesday, among them a roboticist known for her work at Disney making animated figures move in more human-like ways. The hires raise a big question -- why is Facebook interested in robots, anyway? It's not as though the social media giant is suddenly interested in developing mechanical friends, although it does use robotic arms in some of its data centers. The answer is even more central to the problem of how AI systems work today. Today, most successful AI systems have to be exposed to millions of data points labeled by humans -- like, say, photos of cats -- before they can learn to recognize patterns that people take for granted.