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Study: AI expert Gary Marcus explains how to take AI to ‘the next level’

The field of AI, especially in the realm of deep learning, is at an inflection point. We’re either going to break on through to the other side – where deep learning becomes deep understanding – or continue spinning our collective wheels pouring trillions of dollars worth of compute into making Alexa a fraction of a percent better at pretending it understands what you’re saying. That’s a trite summation for what’s happening, but according to Gary Marcus, the CEO and co-founder of Robust.AI, AI de...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Alexa, Gary Marcus, Neural


UK plan to replace migrant carers with automation branded ‘ridiculous’

A UK government plan to replace migrant care workers with automation has been slammed as “ridiculous” by one of the country’s AI luminaries. The new immigration system would close the door to “low-skilled” workers from the EU, who currently make up a huge proportion of staff in social care, a sector where there are already more than 120,000 job vacancies — and growing demand. The government wants employers to fill this gap with “wider investment in technology and automation.” “We need to shift t...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Neural


Scientists build robot snake that could help in disaster response

Robot is almost as fast as a real snake and can nimbly and stably climb large stepsA robot snake has been developed by scientists in the race to advance the abilities of search and rescue machines.It is hoped that the robots may some day help to explore inaccessible terrain, such as rubble after an earthquake. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Animals, Environment, World news, US news, Snakes, Robots, Baltimore


New artificial evolution research could finally prove Darwin was right

An international team of researchers may have just figured out why single-celled organisms such as the AIDS virus and cancer cells manage to be so incredibly successful. And, in doing so, they may also have unraveled the mystery behind the origin of life. Hooray for science! Life on Earth emerged as the result of a bunch of chemicals swirling around in a primordial ooze until they turned into amino acids, then proteins, and eventually cells. The spark of life happened at some point and those non...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Darwin, Neural


China Using Drones in Increasingly Dystopian Ways to Combat Coronavirus Outbreak

Authorities in China have deployed drones to combat the spread of coronavirus in a variety of ways since the outbreak began, including disinfectant drones and drones that fly around with a loudspeaker to tell people they should keep their masks on. But there’s another way that police in China have started to use…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, China, Drones, Robots, Jetsons, Outbreaks, Children of Men, Tiktok, Coronavirus, Covid 19


The Coronavirus Robot Is Real Swole But Real Dumb

The coronavirus robot has one thing going for it: out of all the androids that have asked me if I’ve experienced diarrhea in the past seven days, this one is definitely the most swole. Sadly, the machine (called Promobot) is also a total himbo—ultimately just a laggy iPad attached to a large, imposingly muscular metal…Read more...
Tags: Science, Robots, Promobot, Coronavirus, Disruption Has Its Limits


Adam Savage builds a steampunk rickshaw to be pulled by a Boston Dynamics robot

The fine folks at Boston Dynamics, busy building our future robotic overlords, have loaned Adam Savage a Spot robot for the Tested team to play with. For his first project, Adam built a gorgeous steampunk/Victorian rickshaw for Spot to pull. The results are glorious.
Tags: Post, News, Steampunk, Robots, Adam Savage, Boston Dynamics, Adam


Adam Savage Found the Perfect Reason To Spend Tens of Thousands of Dollars on a Robotic Dog

With a price tag of tens of thousands of dollars, Boston Dynamics’ Spot robodog was a tough sell when it officially went on sale last September. A real dog was much cheaper, and arguably more useful, but as an alternative to an electric car, Adam Savage might have found the perfect way to justify buying a robotic dog.Read more...
Tags: Science, Softbank, Robots, Robotics, Tested, Adam Savage, Boston Dynamics


‘Sensorized’ skin helps robots understand where the hell they are

Clumsy robots have been offered hope of improving their coordination after MIT researchers found a new way to help them find their bearings. The system gives soft robots a greater awareness of their movements by analysing motion and position data through a ‘sensorized’ skin. It works by collecting feedback from sensors on the robot‘s body. A deep learning model then analyses the data to estimate the robot‘s 3D configuration. [Read: Scientists used stem cells to create a new life-form: Organic ro...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Neural


Would These 5 Robot Couples Be a Match Made in Computing Heaven?

Many of our fictional robot friends are chronically dateless, but we think all robots are deserving of love. With Valentine’s Day approaching, the io9 video lab decided to run some experiments. We dimmed the lights, lit some candles, popped some champagne, and sat upon our rotating love bed to intently ponder:  Which…Read more...
Tags: Video, Science, Romance, Love, Robots, Valentines Day


Robot That Can Perform 'Supermicrosurgery' Passes First Test in Humans

A surgical robot capable of reconnecting vessels with diameters as tiny as 0.3 millimeters has been tested on human patients, and the results are promising. Read more...
Tags: Science, Medicine, Robots, Surgery, Robotics, Robotic Surgery


Robots steady breast cancer surgeon's hands in first human trial

It is hoped delicate procedure to divert 0.3mm vessels could benefit more patientsDoctors have used a robot to perform extremely delicate surgical operations on breast cancer patients in the first human trial of the technology.Eight women had the robot-assisted procedure at Maastricht University Medical Center, in the Netherlands, to alleviate a common complication of breast cancer surgery. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Technology, Cancer, Society, Robots, Netherlands, Maastricht University Medical Center


’World’s strongest’ robotic hand can cut paper, hold eggs — and even play the piano

Researchers have unveiled a robotic hand that can serve drinks, pick up eggs, cut paper with scissors, and even play a few notes on the piano. The Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials (KIMM) claims that the device offers the world’s strongest grasping force measured against its own weight. The hand is comprised of four fingers and 16 joints, which are all moved independently by 12 individual motors. This design intends to replicate the movements of human fingers. Sensors attached to the fing...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Creativity, Robots, Neural, Korea Institute of Machinery Materials KIMM


Automation apocalypse: Too many robots? More like not enough.

Ezra Klein, editor-at-large and cofounder of Vox, doesn't buy into automation apocalypse theories. The data is not there to support those predictions. "In many cases, part of the problem in our economy is not that we have too many robots but that we don't have enough robots," says Klein. "If we were being able to do a better job automating things ... we would be getting richer faster and we would be able to share those gains faster."Klein doesn't believe greater automation will leave us with a u...
Tags: Work, Technology, Economics, Intelligence, Computers, Robots, Innovation, Machine Learning, Ai, Vox, Ezra Klein, Klein


Bartenders watch out: A robot server in Tokyo can make cocktails in one minute

A bar in Tokyo is tackling its problems finding new staff by employing an automated alternative: A robotic bartender that can pour a beer in 40 seconds and mix a cocktail in a minute. Customers at the Zeroken Robo Tavern in Ikebukuro train station first order their drinks at an automated kiosk, which prints a QR code receipt that they take to the robot. The machine then scans the code, which triggers its robotic arm to swing into action, mixing the drink and swiftly returning it to the customer....
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Tokyo, Ikebukuro, Neural, Zeroken Robo Tavern


Watch Japan's first robot bartender mix and serve a cocktail

Robotic employees such as hotel concierges and English teachers are nothing new in Japan, but here is its first robotic bartender. QBIT Robotics created this chatty robot that works in one of Tokyo's Yoronotaki izakaya restaurants. According to Reuters, "it uses four cameras to monitor customers to analyze their expressions with artificial intelligence (AI) software." It can pour a beer in 40 seconds and "mix a cocktail in a minute"--although in this video it's closer to two minutes. From ...
Tags: Video, Japan, News, Automation, Robots, Tokyo, Reuters, Panasonic Corp, Toyota Motor, Yoronotaki


Nomagic, a startup out of Poland, picks up $8.6M for its pick-and-place warehouse robots

Factories and warehouses have been two of the biggest markets for robots in the last several years, with machines taking on mundane, if limited, processes to speed up work and free up humans to do other, more complex tasks. Now, a startup out of Poland that is widening the scope of what those robots can do is announcing funding, a sign not just of how robotic technology has been evolving, but of the growing demand for more automation, specifically in the world of logistics and fulfilment. Nomagi...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Ecommerce, Europe, Hardware, Enterprise, Funding, US, Tech, E-commerce, Robots, Poland, Silicon Valley, North America, Khosla


Elon Musk to solve self-driving with a ‘Super Fun’ AI hackathon

Tesla CEO Elon Musk yesterday announced that he’s throwing a “Super Fun AI Party/Hackathon” with Tesla engineers and a select group of invitees. Tesla will hold a super fun AI party/hackathon at my house with the Tesla AI/autopilot team in about four weeks. Invitations going out soon. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 2, 2020 This comes on the heels of last week’s fourth quarter earnings call, where Business Insider reports Musk admitted Tesla was at least a “few months” from rolling out “feature...
Tags: Startups, Elon Musk, Science, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Musk, Insider


Caltech wants to explore the ocean with swarms of bionic jellyfish

A new pacemaker-style device can help propel bionic jellyfish through the water faster than ever before.
Tags: News, Trends, Robots, Bionic, Emerging Tech, Caltech


A Robotic Swinging Spider-Man Is Coming to Disneyland This Summer

After first revealing what many speculated to be robotic stunt doubles several years ago, today the official Disney Parks Blog confirmed that Disney Research’s swinging, posing, self-contained animatronic trapeze artists will be used to create a real-life version of Spider-Man swinging over the upcoming Avengers CampusRead more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Disney, Robots, Theme Parks, Disneyland, Disney Research, Marvel Studios, Spider Man, Animatronics, Disney Parks Blog, Disney California Adventure, Avengers Campus


Stanford’s Doggo quadrupedal robot and siblings Pupper and Woofer are coming to TC Sessions: Robotics+AI

Animal-like, four-legged robots have been a crowd pleaser since Boston Dynamics’ BigDog, and Stanford’s Doggo shows how the technology can be made open source, accessible, and educational. Doggo’s creators will bring the diminutive robot, plus its smaller and larger siblings Pupper and Woofer, to TC Sessions: Robotics+AI on March 3. P.S. Early bird ticket sales end this Friday – book your tickets today and save $150. We first heard of Doggo last year when the Stanford Robotics Club showed off...
Tags: Python, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Education, Stanford, Events, Tech, Companies, Artificial Intelligence, Culture, Robots, Robotics, Robot, Sri Lanka, Stanford University


Robot fry cook Flippy is getting a makeover to make it even more useful

Robo-fry cook Flippy is getting a makeover. Here's what Miso Robotics' next-gen kitchen robot is able to do.
Tags: News, Trends, Robots, Emerging Tech, Flippy


A History of Star Trek's Uneasy Relationship With Androids

Sci-fi has been fascinated with sentient synthetic life since its earliest days, but Star Trek, in particular, has had quite the tumultuous history with its own consideration of androids and their place in its far future. From classic interpretations of sinister ‘bots to one of the franchise’s most beloved characters,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Data, Star Trek, Robots, Explainer, Streaming, Cbs, Ai, Cbs All Access, Cyborgs, Androids, Star Trek The Next Generation, Sentience, Star Trek Picard, Star Trek The Original Series


Coming soon to Japan: a 60-ft walking Gundam robot

Who cares about the Tokyo Olympics, when a 60-foot walking RX-78-2 robot is going to be stomping around nearby Yokohama in October? It will have 24 degrees of motion and will weigh 25 tons, according to New Atlas. It sounds pretty impressive, and the video above makes it seem cool, but Yoshiyuki Tomino, who created Gundam in the late 1970s, has some harsh words for the project: "It's boring. It rubs me the wrong way ... It's just not interesting ... It feels like they're going backwards, tryi...
Tags: Post, Japan, News, Robots, Tokyo, Yokohama, Gundam, Yoshiyuki Tomino


Watch a wild Silverback Gorilla and his family meet a robot gorilla

From BBC Earth's "Spy in the Wild" series. Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty robot!
Tags: Video, News, Gorillas, Animals, Bbc, Robots, Robotics, Silverback Gorilla


Peter Diamandis: ‘In the next 10 years, we’ll reinvent every industry’

The entrepreneur and futurologist says the rapid pace of technology should fill us with optimism not fearPeter Diamandis is best known as the founder of the XPrize Foundation, which offers big cash prizes as an incentive for tech solutions to big problems. The entrepreneur and investor is also co-founder of the Singularity University, a Silicon Valley-based nonprofit offering education in futurology. His new book, The Future Is Faster Than You Think, argues that the already rapid pace of technol...
Tags: Technology, XPrize Foundation, Robots, Computing, Consciousness, Silicon Valley, Self-driving Cars, Peter Diamandis, Singularity University, Diamandis, Artificial intelligence (AI


Using Force-Like Powers This Robotic Gripper Can Grab Things Without Touching Them

Engineers have developed robots that are capable of picking up objects as delicate as eggs or grapes without damaging them, but soon they could handle even the smallest and most fragile components using a new gripper design that can lift and manipulate objects without actually touching them.Read more...
Tags: Science, Research, Robots, Eth Zurich, Acoustic Levitation, Marcel Schuck


Automation isn't wiping out jobs. It's that our engine of growth is winding down | Aaron Benanav

Automation is a red herring. The wider environment of slowing growth explains low labor demand largely by itselfAn army of robots now scrub floors, grow microgreens and flip burgers. Due to advances in artificial intelligence, computers will supposedly take over much more of the service sector in the coming decade, including jobs in law, finance and medicine that require years of education and training. Related: Republicans have turned the impeachment trial into a dangerous sham | Andrew Gawth...
Tags: Business, Technology, Economics, World news, US news, Global Economy, Robots, Andrew Gawthorpe, Aaron Benanav


This ultrasonic gripper could let robots hold things without touching them

If robots are to help out in places like hospitals and phone repair shops, they’re going to need a light touch. And what’s lighter than not touching at all? Researchers have created a gripper that uses ultrasonics to suspend an object in midair, potentially making it suitable for the most delicate tasks. It’s done with an array of tiny speakers that emit sound at very carefully controlled frequencies and volumes. These produce a sort of standing pressure wave that can hold an object up or, if th...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Robots, Switzerland, Robotics, Eth Zurich, ETHZ, Schuck, Marcel Schuck


One of a Kind Machine-Made Ceramics

Israeli designer Ofri Lifshitz’s “Industrial One Of” addresses our fear of automation overtaking craft. Lifshitz created a machine-run reproduction of a ceramic jigger that can produce impressive plates and bowls—complete with unique inclusions and a maker’s signature. The deviation is made using a string she programmed to stroke at a particular moment in the process, but each remains slightly different due to the jigger’s sporadic …
Tags: Design, Tech, Robots, Craft, Robotics, Ceramics, Machines, Linkaboutit, Plates, Bowls, Lifshitz, Ceramicists, Industrial One Of, Ofri Lifshitz