robots

  • A New System Lets Self-Driving Cars “Learn” Streets On The Fly

    A New System Lets Self-Driving Cars “Learn” Streets On The Fly

    SegNet is a new system created by the University of Cambridge that can “read” a road and assess various features including street signs, road markers, people, and even sky. The system looks at an RGB image of a road and then classifies different layers using a Bayesian analysis of the scene. From the release: The first system, called SegNet, can take an image of a street scene… Read More

  • The Human Touch Crunch Network

    The Human Touch

    Blame it on Hollywood. So many people have seen science-fiction movies about robots taking over the world that they’ve started to believe it’s happening. Many workers are worried that automated systems will soon take over their jobs — and leave them no role in a tech-driven economy. This kind of hysteria is best reserved for the big screen. Humans have nothing to fear… Read More

  • Programming Hate Into AI Will Be Controversial, But Possibly Necessary Crunch Network

    Programming Hate Into AI Will Be Controversial, But Possibly Necessary

    In the last few years, the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) has been thrust into the mainstream. No longer just the domain of sci-fi fans, nerds or Google engineers, I hear people discussing AI at parties, coffee shops and even at the dinner table: My five-year-old daughter brought it up the other night over taco lasagna. When I asked her if anything interesting had happened in school… Read More

  • The Next 10 Years Of Automation And What It Might Mean For The Job Market Crunch Network

    The Next 10 Years Of Automation And What It Might Mean For The Job Market

    After decades of subtle developments that largely went unnoticed by much of the working world, artificial intelligence has taken center stage in the last 2-3 years as a “hot” technology. From Google’s surge of acquisitions (DeepMind, Boston Dynamics, etc.), to increased venture capital attention, to the safety concerns of Elon Musk and Bill Gates about potentially… Read More

  • When Robots Come To Pray Crunch Network

    When Robots Come To Pray

    A developer colleague of mine recently went on and on about Google Photos. He knew my background in computational neuroscience and thought I would be interested in what Google was doing with deep learning. That night I moved all my iPhone photos from an external hardware to The Magical Cloud, then forgot about it for a week. Read More

  • When The Pentagon Comes Knocking: An Open Letter To Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    When The Pentagon Comes Knocking: An Open Letter To Silicon Valley

    The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, has made two trips to Silicon Valley this year, but has only spoken directly to his counterpart in Russia once in the same period — despite NATO being on its highest possible alert level. That’s how serious the Pentagon is about courting Silicon Valley to bolster defense innovation. Read More

  • Forget Apps, Now The Bots Take Over Crunch Network

    Forget Apps, Now The Bots Take Over

    As the number of mobile apps increases while the size of our mobile screens decreases, we’re reaching the limits of the mobile “OS + apps” paradigm. As an alternative, messaging apps are becoming the new platform, subsuming the role played by the mobile operating system. Just as websites replaced client applications, messaging bots will replace mobile apps. Bots, therefore… Read More

  • If You Watch One Video Of Robots Making A Rope Bridge Today, Make It This One

    If You Watch One Video Of Robots Making A Rope Bridge Today, Make It This One

    As we enter the next era of rope bridge construction we must ask ourselves “Who shall make the next rope bridge?” The researchers at ETH have the answer. Their solution, created in connection with architectural researchers Gramizio Kohler, employs four robots working in sync to drag rope around a frame. The bridge, which can hold over 1,300 kg, was made by having the robots fly… Read More

  • What Steam Engines, Robots And Analytics Have In Common Crunch Network

    What Steam Engines, Robots And Analytics Have In Common

    Are robots going to put us all out of work? That seems to be the question on every click-bait economic article’s mind. The short answer: They aren’t. The long answer: They will change the kinds of jobs we do, just like stone tools, the printing press, the first factories and computers changed how we work. Thinking about how those changes are going to happen and what organizations… Read More

  • Watch This Robot Hunt And Kill Destructive Starfish

    Watch This Robot Hunt And Kill Destructive Starfish

    Dear friends: there is now a robot that can kill starfish underwater by hunting them down and injecting them with poison. The starfish in question is the Crown of Throns Sea Star, a destructive seadweller that has been hurting coral reefs for a while. They are so pervasive that they create massive populations – 100,000 per kilometer – in a few years. So now there’s a robot… Read More

  • Elon Musk Can’t Be That Afraid Of Robots, Check Out This Tesla Production Line

    Elon Musk Can’t Be That Afraid Of Robots, Check Out This Tesla Production Line

    Elon Musk has warned us about robots taking over with the help of AI. He’s even donated money to make sure that it doesn’t happen. However, it sure does seem like Tesla relies on robots quite a bit, even if they’re not being primed to turn the company into Skynet. At one point this year Musk referred to AI as “summoning the demons.” He says it’s still… Read More

  • Artificial Intelligence, Legal Responsibility And Civil Rights Crunch Network

    Artificial Intelligence, Legal Responsibility And Civil Rights

    I have been a huge science fiction fan as long as I can remember, and a recurring theme in both science fiction literature and movies is the creation of artificial intelligence. However, the subject is becoming increasingly more science and less fiction. Read More

  • Researchers Teach Robots To Avoid Childhood Bullies

    Researchers Teach Robots To Avoid Childhood Bullies

    Kids are mean. Just ask any robot. Robotics engineers have discovered a tendency for little kids – kindergarteners and grade schoolers – to be abusive towards robots when they’re not near their parents. To prove this, the researchers sent a wheeled robot out into a mall and watched it perambulate around foot traffic. When a little kid approached with his or her parent, the… Read More

  • Not Just An App: The Front End Of The Trillion-Dollar, Full-Stack Revolution Crunch Network

    Not Just An App: The Front End Of The Trillion-Dollar, Full-Stack Revolution

    Stop calling Uber, Airbnb and Munchery just apps. These apps are the front end of a full-stack revolution powered by cloud, mobile, drones, robots and AI. These apps started as simple solutions to match demand and supply, but they have the potential to reinvent entire industries. Read More

  • The Enterprise Model Of Pepper, SoftBank’s Robot, Will Cost $440 A Month To Rent

    The Enterprise Model Of Pepper, SoftBank’s Robot, Will Cost $440 A Month To Rent

    SoftBank will start taking pre-orders for the enterprise model of its humanoid robot, Pepper, on October 1. The company revealed today “Pepper for Biz” will cost 55,000 yen (about $440 a month) per month to rent. Contracts are for 36 months, so businesses have to spend a total of about $15,940 in rental charges. Read More

  • Vortex Is A Toy Robot That Teaches Kids How To Code

    Vortex Is A Toy Robot That Teaches Kids How To Code

    DFRobot, a company that has been building robots for the education market since 2008, this week introduced its first attempt at making a robot accessible to all children, with the debut of Vortex – an interactive, programmable robot aimed at kids 6 and up. The Vortex robot pairs with iOS and Android smartphones or tablets over Bluetooth, and lets kids control its movement by tapping… Read More

  • Scientists Turn To Seahorses For Nearly Unbreakable Limbs

    Scientists Turn To Seahorses For Nearly Unbreakable Limbs

    Researchers at Clemson University have created a new sort of robotic design based on the long, curled tail of the seahorse. The seahorse is unique because it consists of “square prisms surrounded by bony plates that are connected by joints.” Other animal tails are cylindrical and therefore easily crushed. The researchers write: Researchers found that the square prototype was… Read More

  • Nanometer-Sized Robots Can Now Take Colon Biopsies

    Nanometer-Sized Robots Can Now Take Colon Biopsies

    Researchers have invented a non-invasive way for thousands of nanometer-sized robots to perform tissue biopsies. Developed by Professor David Gracias at Johns Hopkins University, these starfish-shaped robots are able to enter the body, collect a minuscule tissue sample, then be extracted by a doctor. Read More

  • South Korean Team KAIST Wins DARPA Robotics Challenge With Bipedal Wunderdroid

    South Korean Team KAIST Wins DARPA Robotics Challenge With Bipedal Wunderdroid

    The DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals is a tough contest. Designed encourage researchers to create robots that can handle multiple difficult environments and tasks including breaching a door, turning a valve, and negotiating obstacles, many robots entered but only one won – DRC-HUBO from a joint team that included researchers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Team KAIST from… Read More

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