News Links for: 2012

by Terence Chea | Yahoo News
These robotic stand-ins are still a long way from going mainstream, with only a small number of organizations starting to use them. The machines can be expensive, difficult to navigate or even get stuck if they venture into areas with poor Internet connectivity. Stairs can be lethal, and non-techies might find them too strange to use regularly.
by Department of Informatics, University of Zurich | University of Zurich
"Roboy", a "soft robot" financed by crowd funding, is a more advanced version of his famous brother "Ecce". Thanks to his construction as a tendon-driven robot modeled on human beings, Roboy moves almost as elegantly as a human.
by Byron Spice | Carnegie Mellon News
The researchers' algorithm for determining "social saliency" could ultimately be used to evaluate a variety of social cues, such as the expressions on people's faces or body movements, or data from other types of visual or audio sensors...
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
Yes, it's a video of a guy controlling a robot and a robot controlling a robot.
by Steve Lohr | The New York Times
The coming sensor innovations, said Bernard Meyerson, an I.B.M. scientist and vice president of innovation, are vital ingredients in what is called cognitive computing. The idea is that in the future computers will be increasingly able to sense, adapt and learn, in their way.
by Thomas Melin | University of Gothenburg
Research at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology has resulted in a new type of machine that sorts used batteries by means of artificial intelligence (AI). One machine is now being used in the UK, sorting one-third of the country's recycled batteries.
by Sebastian Anthony | ExtremeTech
The brain, called Spaun (Semantic Pointer Architecture Unified Network), consists of 2.5 million simulated neurons, allowing it to perform eight different tasks. These tasks range from copy drawing to counting, to question answering and fluid reasoning.
by Nikolaus Correll and Carol Rowe | University of Colorado Boulder
Correll plans to use the droplets to demonstrate self-assembly and swarm-intelligent behaviors such as pattern recognition, sensor-based motion and adaptive shape change.
by John Markoff | The New York Times
Using an artificial intelligence technique inspired by theories about how the brain recognizes patterns, technology companies are reporting startling gains in fields as diverse as computer vision, speech recognition and the identification of promising new molecules for designing drugs.
by University West, Sweden | AlphaGalileo
Researchers at University West in Sweden have created an automation system where machines and robots make their own decisions and adapt to external circumstances. They continue to work even when something goes wrong.
by Georgia Institute of Technology | Georgia Tech: Newswise
"The deceptive behaviors worked. The deceiving robot lured the 'predator' robot to the false locations, delaying the discovery of the protected resources."
by TechNewsDaily Staff | TechNewsDaily
V-Bat's vision system coordinated with the drone's onboard GPS so that the robot could approach and place its payload on the ladder as it hovered in midair. --one step closer to a drone that delivers tacos!
by Ron Recinto | Yahoo News: The Lookout
The micro-bot's basic working principle is that each device has a motor that can be programmed to pivot into any angle. Interconnected and individually programmed, a group of a thousand could form any 3-dimensional shape.
by George Dvorsky | Gizmodo
Chomsky chimes in again about why he thinks A.I. sucks.
by Angelica Lim | IEEE Spectrum
Researchers using "localization, separation, and recognition", can recover the original sounds from a mixture based on where the sounds are coming from. Their reasoning is that "noise" shouldn't just be suppressed, but be separated out and then analyzed afterwards, since the definition of noise is highly dependent on the situation.
by Angelica Lim | IEEE Spectrum
In a study presented at the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems last month, Barbara Gonsior of Technische Universität München examined whether the effects of emotional mirroring can be extended to our future robot partners.
by Jamie Carter | TechRadar
"...and it may well be the most vital of all the commodities, surpassing water, food, heat and light. Without it, we will certainly not survive as a species."
The field of "artificial general intelligence" or AGI has made no progress whatever during the entire six decades of its existence, says Oxford University physicist David Deutsch in this abridged version of an essay in aeon magazine.
by Luis Miranda |
"We're about two-thirds engineering and one-third journalism," said Kristian Hammond, chief technology officer at Chicago-based Narrative Science.
by University of Zurich | University of Zurich
A listing of robots currently under study in the AI lab, including ECCCEROBOT-2 (and version 1), mini-rHex, OCTOPUS, WANDA, Yokoi Robot Hand, iCub, and others...
by Will Ferguson | NewScientist Magazine
Robots that visualize their surroundings like primates do can step out into uncharted territory...
by Hal Hodson | NewScientist Magazine
A robot that learns to play ping-pong from humans and improves as it competes against them could be the best robotic table-tennis challenger the world has seen.
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
Video: Watch a quad copter herd a swarm of little robots together to help them climb a hill...
by Suzanne Mustacich | Phys.Org
A new vineyard worker is looking for a job in France. White with red trim, 50 centimetres (20 inches) tall and 60 wide, he has four wheels, two arms and six cameras, prunes 600 vines per day, and never calls in sick.
Robots have the potential to help older adults with daily activities that can become more challenging with age. But are people willing to use and accept the new technology? A study by Georgia Tech indicates the answer is yes, unless the tasks involve personal care or social activities.
by Lynn Yarris | Berkeley Lab News Center
Teaching a robot a new trick is a challenge. You can't reward it with treats and it doesn't respond to approval or disappointment in your voice. For researchers in the biological sciences, however, the future training of robots has been made much easier thanks to a new program called "PaR-PaR."
by Douglas Heaven | NewScientist Magazine
Antonio Chella suggests that a conscious organism should be able to produce novel connections - between, say, musical phrases - that result in the creation of something new. That, in essence, is the idea behind improvisation.
by Om Malik | GIGaom
Rethink Robotics, a Boston-based startup co-founded by robotics pioneer Rodney Brooks, announces Baxter, a new manufacturing robot.
by Douglas Heaven | NewScientist Magazine
The system works by matching the features of a live event - such as the teams, key players, the score and the remaining time - against a database of available stories.
by Megan Gannon | Yahoo! News
We tend to feel creeped out around lifelike robots and animatronics that fall in the "uncanny valley," the divide between the fully human and the not-exactly-human. New research suggests this type of reaction might start in infancy.
by Douglas Heaven | NewScientist Magazine
The prototype system uses an Xbox Kinect camera to observe the human performing an activity, then breaks that activity into a sequence of key actions necessary to carry out the task.
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
Field trials have shown that this robot team, the Unicorn UAV, MARE ASV and the Aqua AUV, is robust enough to actually work in practice, and is in fact drastically more efficient than human divers trying to perform similar surveys.
by Neha Prakash | Mashable
Video: "It turns out that the feature learning networks being used by Google are similar to the methods used by the brain that are able to discover objects that exist..."
by John Toon | Georgia Tech
"We want to understand the basic cognitive processes that allow humans to take advantage of arbitrary objects in their environments as tools. We will achieve this by designing algorithms for robots that make tasks that are impossible for a robot alone possible for a robot with tools."
by CargoCollective | CargoCollective
Video: Need a mobile suitcase that follows you around by the signal from your cell phone?
by George Dvorsky | Gizmodo
Video: Is the internet a possible breeding ground for an artificial intelligence to emerge? Michio Kaku explores the question.
by Yukiko Tokida | ResearchSEA
Teaching computers to read brain scans and interpret the language encoded in brain activity could have a variety of uses in medical science and artificial intelligence.
by Adrian Covert | Gizmodo
Video: Radio-controlled tank-bot with ketchup bottle for cannon serves up dinner. What could possibly go wrong?
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
Video: This video shows a trio of quadrotors throwing and catching a ball with a net.
by David Deutsch | The Guardian
AI is achievable, but it will take more than computer science and neuroscience to develop machines that think like people...
by Claire Cain Miller | The New York Times
"It is the third wave of computing. At first, computers could count. Today, they are programmed to follow 'if this, then that.' Next they will need to discover and learn on their own, not just as a search engine, but proactively."
by Beck Lockwood | EurekAlert!
"So far, researchers have typically studied brains such as those of rats, monkeys, and humans, but actually 'simpler' organisms such as social insects have surprisingly advanced cognitive abilities."
by Charles Q. Choi | Yahoo! News
It analyzed satellite and aerial images of 100 known fossil sites. They first let the network know that 75 of these areas were fossil-rich so it could learn what this kind of site looked like. When they had it search for the other 25 sites, it correctly spotted 20 of them...
by Daniel Oppenheimer | EurekAlert!
"In the case of the BotPrize, a great deal of the challenge is in defining what 'human-like' is, and then setting constraints upon the neural networks so that they evolve toward that behavior..."
by Lior Shamir | Science Daily
An algorithm has been developed that demonstrates computers are able to "understand" art in a fashion very similar to how art historians perform their analysis, mimicking the perception of expert art critiques.
by Susan Kelley | Cornell University
"The research could also affect natural language processing by encouraging scholars to focus on sequential structure when trying to create humanlike speech and other types of language processing..."
by Randy Nelson | Tecca
Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law today that officially legalized self-driving vehicles, following in the footsteps of Nevada and Florida.
by staff |
NASA will award a total of $2.7 million to eight advanced robotics projects, in an effort to push forward the frontiers of space exploration...
by Georgia Tech | Georgia Tech
Home page for the research works of Andrea Thomaz, Maya Cakmak, Simon the Robot and others.
by Michael Terrazas | Georgia Tech
Simon the Robot, created in the lab of Andrea Thomaz (School of Interactive Computing), learns new tasks from participants in a study seeking to determine the best questions a robot learner can ask to facilitate smooth human-robot interaction...
by Christopher MacManus | CNET News
Last week, a group of students at the University of Freiburg's humanoid robots lab in Germany detailed how they gave robots the ability to maneuver extremely difficult obstacles, such as stairs and ramps, without assistance.
by Kevin Stacey | Brown University
Researchers have produced a computer application that can identify simple abstract sketches of objects almost as often (56 percent of the time) as human viewers (73 percent).
by Steve Lohr | The New York Times
A shameless promotion for "Rocket Fuel", a four-year-old Silicon Valley start-up that uses artificial-intelligence software to place advertisements in the most annoying places in your daily Web experience.
by Kuka Robotics | Kuka Robotics
Infographic: How robotics opens up new job opportunities in U.S. manufacturing, and why our factories are a better business decision than offshoring.
by Eric Pfeiffer | Yahoo! News
Officially named the Legged Squad Support System (LS3), the walking "pack mule" prototype was designed to show that "a legged robot can unburden dismounted squad members by carrying their gear, autonomously following them through rugged terrain, and interpreting verbal and visual commands..."
by Kate Darling | IEEE Spectrum
"...humans' moral consideration of robots may depend more on our own feelings than on any inherent qualities built into robots."
by Steven Levy | Gizmodo
Peter Norvig felt it would be ludicrous to have a separate division at Google that specialized in things like machine learning - instead, artificial intelligence should be spread everywhere in the company.
by Douglas Heaven | NewScientist Magazine
Researchers at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, set up an experiment to find out how different levels of competence in a robot teacher affected children's success in learning English words for shapes.
by Ben Goertzel | NewScientist Magazine
"...when a robot can enrol in a human university and take classes in the same way as humans, and get its degree, then I'll consider we've created a human-level artificial general intelligence: a conscious robot."
by Roke | Roke
The STARTLE system uses a combination of artificial neural network and diagnostic expert systems to emulates a mammal's conditioned fear-response mechanism.
by Harriet McLeod | Reuters
A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research laboratory in Miami sent the "Wave Glider," a floating platform of sensors with an underwater stabilizer christened Alex, into ocean waters about 100 miles north of Puerto Rico last week to try to intercept Isaac...
by David J. Hill | Forbes
A longstanding belief is that the inconvenience of using CAPTCHAs is the price we all pay for having secured websites. But there's no escaping that CAPTCHAs are becoming harder for humans and easier for artificial intelligence programs to solve...
by Niall Firth | New Scientist Magazine
Machine learning algorithms pool the continuous data arriving from each of these traps and predict when the local fruit fly population is about to explode...
by Evan Killham | VentureBeat
Its opinions may surprise you. Alright, some of them will definitely surprise you. I think 15 years of nonstop exposure to the Internet has made Cleverbot neurotic.
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
Shelley can't navigate in traffic or in unfamiliar environments. She just uses GPS to get where she's going, and she'll plow right through anything that gets in her way, which is why she's restricted to racetracks.
by Hal Hodson | NewScientist Magazine
NICO spends a lot of time looking in the mirror. But it's not mere vanity - Nico is a humanoid robot that can recognize its reflection - a step on the path towards true self-awareness.
by University of Southampton | Phys.Org
"...given the right conditions..," "...carefully employed...," humans are excellent at controlling the traffic. Researchers have now developed 'machine learning' traffic control computers that can learn how to control the lights like a human would, "...given the right conditions..," "...carefully employed...," --research grants well spent.
by John Toon | Georgia Tech: Newswise
Admit it... You didn't want that job anyway.
by Kevin Gold |
When the Director of Research for Google compares one of the most highly regarded linguists of all time to Bill O'Reilly, you know it's on.
by Alan Winfield | Alan Winfield's Web Log
"when your robots start telling each other stories, then you'll really be onto something..."
by Jim Patterson | Vanderbilt University
SUAVe, for Semi-autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, will be integrated with a software system that can discern an optimal flight pattern and transform the resulting data into three-dimensional maps.
by Morphi | Morphi
Morphi is the concept of machines, computers and software that behave as if they possess human characteristics...
by George Dvorsky | io9
Robots of the future take note: Humans will stereotype you and assign you gender roles depending on how male or female you look...
by Nick Bilton | The New York Times
"At the dinner, one of the PR2s dropped a soda can on the floor and just stood there, befuddled. It couldn't figure out what had happened to the can. It was as if it had just performed a wonderful magic trick on itself."
by Daniel Bates | Daily Mail
German design researcher Christian Fiebig has developed Computer Augmented Crafts, a computer program that makes predictions about what people will do next by monitoring their behavior. He uses it to assist with his welding by closely watching his movements with a webcam.
by Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
Researchers at MIT, Harvard University and Seoul National University have engineered a soft autonomous robot that moves via peristalsis, crawling across surfaces by contracting segments of its body, much like an earthworm. The robot, made almost entirely of soft materials, is remarkably resilient...
by John Roach | Future Of Tech on MSNBC
"I taught the computer how to diagnose breast cancer," says Brittany Wenger, whose cloud-based neural network took top prize in this year's Google Science Fair.
by Nancy Owano |
For those who subscribe to the "uncanny" theory of human-like robots being disturbingly like their human companions, Hanson thinks otherwise and has founded his company's future on the belief that humanoid robots will increasingly occupy a place in science...
by Phys.Org | Phys.Org
"Though the competition is fun, the AI research that is required to compete could someday lead to enhanced bomb-searching robots; autonomous cars that increase traveling efficiency and reduce automobile accidents; self-healing, smart computers; and AI agents that manage business supply chains more effectively than humans."
by Newswise | Newswise
Fantastic! Let's hook them up to ELIZA and see what happens!
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is safe and sound on the surface of the Red Planet.
by Yahoo! News | Yahoo! News
Dubbed the Dexmart Hand, the device was able to handle a delicate Easter egg and lift a five kilogram load...
Speech-recognition software is great—unless you're trying to use it on a phone.
by American Chemical Society | American Chemical Society
The first bio-inspired microrobot capable of not just walking on water like the water strider – but continuously jumping up and down like a real water strider – now is a reality.
This anime-inspired mech drives, shoots water-propelled rockets, and fires 6,000 BBs a minute...
by InnovationNewsDaily | InnovationNewsDaily
Japanese researchers at Osaka University's Asada Lab have built the "Affetto" robot in their attempt to make the most realistic baby robot ever...
by Ljubomir Milasin | Yahoo! News
At Italy's Sant'Anna university, a bionic arm commanded by the human brain or a limb extension that allows rescuers to lift rubble after earthquakes are just some of the futuristic innovations in the pipeline.
by Courtney Reagan | CNBC News
"Employee retention has also improved thanks to the robots. Without them, warehouse employees would walk between ten and twelve miles a day, retrieving products located in pods in the 300,000-square-foot warehouse..., It's exhausting work..."
by Sarah McDonnell | MIT News Office
"It's not enough to just view it from a safe distance..., The vehicle has to go in and fly through the propellers and the rudders, trying to sweep everything, usually with short-range sensors that have a limited field of view."
by Alan Winfield | Alan Winfield's Web Log
"In artificial systems it seems we need a new and broader definition of self-awareness - but what that definition is remains an open question..., And lower levels of self-awareness may be hugely useful and interesting - as well as more achievable in the near-term."
by Celeste Biever | NewScientist Magazine
At first it's just noise: a stream of incoherent sounds, burbling away. But, after a few minutes, a fully formed word suddenly emerges: "red". Then another: "box". In this way, a babbling robot learns to speak its first real words, just by chatting with a human.
by Liane Yvkoff | CNET Reviews
Cameras mounted inside the cabin study the driver's facial expressions to customize the electronics system based on the driver's mood.
by Jacob Aron | NewScientist Magazine
The AI manager evaluates players' previous performance statistics to predict how many points they will receive during the forthcoming week. It then picks a squad that will maximize the expected fantasy football score while adhering to the rules of the game, such as how much it costs to buy or exchange a player...
by Liat Clark | Wired Magazine
Using visual recognition software while processing video clips of people playing Connect 4, Gomoku, Pawns and Breakthrough -- including games ending with wins, ties or those left unfinished -- the system would recognise the board, the pieces and the different moves that lead to each outcome...
by Niall Firth | NewScientist Magazine
Smart software could detect online bullying via a database system that can identify even the subtlest of abusive comments.
by Philip Ball | The Guardian
The first music composed by computer considered good enough for top-class musicians to play is to be performed to mark the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing's birth.
by Paul Marks | NewScientist Magazine
Step aside Batman, there's a new show in town. A drone that mimics the way a bat changes its wing shape in flight could make small uncrewed vehicles far more agile.
by Niall Firth | NewScientist Magazine
A robotic teacher that monitors students' attention levels and mimics the techniques human teachers use to hold their pupils' attention promises to end the snoozing, especially for students who have their lessons online.
by Debora Setters | Electronic Products Magazine
Called SAFFiR, the autonomous robot will be able to carry and operate fire extinguishers, fire hoses, throw PEAT (Propelled Extinguishing Agent Technology) canisters, as well as interact with humans and find fires.
by Larry Greenemeier | Scientific American Magazine
Team Part-Time scientists are developing "Asimov" to roam the lunar landscape autonomously, that is, after they navigate the rover the required 500 meters to win the Google Lunar X PRIZE.
by Catie Lichten | EurekAlert!
To right itself in mid-air, Lizard-inspired robot, RightingBot, swings its tail one way to rotate its body the other, lands on all four feet.
by Institute of Physics (IOP) | AlphaGalileo
The neural architecture, musculoskeletal architecture and sensory feedback pathways in humans have been simplified and built into the robot, giving it a remarkably human-like walking gait...
by John Toon and Abby Vogel Robinson | Georgia Institute of Technology
Using piezoelectric materials, researchers have replicated the muscle motion of the human eye to control camera systems in a way designed to improve the operation of robots. This new muscle-like action could help make robotic tools safer and more effective for MRI-guided surgery and robotic rehabilitation.
by The Economist | The Economist
As robots become more autonomous, the notion of computer-controlled machines facing ethical decisions is moving out of the realm of science fiction and into the real world.
by Anil Ananthaswamy | NewScientist Magazine
Matthew Baggott of the University of Chicago and colleagues used machine-learning algorithms to help understand the effects of psychedelic drugs by analyzing narrative reports written by drug users.
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
Too lazy to cook your meals from scratch? Just microwave some frozen dinners. Too lazy to microwave frozen food? Have a robot do it for you.
by Leena Rao | TechCrunch
Utilizing this system, robots scurry about the floor locating individual items before transporting them to workers who pack and ship. Kiva accounts for "two-to-four times as many orders per hour as they have done the old way".
by jacob Aron | New Scientist Magazine
Software that generates video-game artwork, music or even whole levels is not new, but Angelina takes it a step further by creating a simple video game almost entirely from scratch.
by Duncan Geere | Wired Magazine
The computer is successful, and passes the test if, as Turing puts it, "the interrogator decides wrongly as often when the game is played with the computer as he does when the game is played between a man and a woman"
by Glenn Mandel and James Little | BusinessWire
The application is currently available on Google Play with over one million downloads to date with most users having awarded it the highest rating. It uses assistant visualization and makes it possible to use API for the creation of services, and SDK for integrating a meaning recognition system for third-party applications.
by Prof Noel Sharkey | BBC News
Computer pioneer and artificial intelligence (AI) theorist Alan Turing would have been 100 years old this Saturday. To mark the anniversary the BBC has commissioned a series of essays. In this, the fourth article, his influence on AI research and the resulting controversy are explored.
by John Markoff | The New York Times
Scientists in Google's secretive X laboratory created one of the largest neural networks for machine learning by connecting 16,000 computer processors, which they turned loose on the Internet to learn on its own.
by Digital Crave | Yahoo! News
The A.I. at the New York Times website does it with statistics, this robot does it with a high-speed camera (and never loses!).
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
"The MH-2 wearable miniature humanoid lives on your shoulder and can be remotely inhabited by your friends from anywhere in the world." --and your girlfriend can use it to slap you when she can't be there to do it herself.
by Karsten Strauss | Forbes
Computational intelligence, the ability to gather information or find your destination on the web faster and more efficiently with an artificial search partner that can predict what you want.
by University of Calgary | University of Calgary
The algorithm can learn new biometric patterns and associate data from different data sets, allowing the system to combine information, such as fingerprint, voice, gait or facial features, instead of relying on a single set of measurements.
by Michelle Taute | Yahoo! News
"Lesson one: Don't believe everything your husband says—especially about reading instructions."
by Nick Heath | TechRepublic
"Mankind has long been fascinated by the idea of intelligent machines, but in the information age the sci-fi dream of creating a human-like AI appears increasingly anachronistic."
by David F. Dufty | The New York Times
Article and interview, explaining how a team of researchers at the University of Memphis collaborated robotics expert, David Hanson, to create what was then the most sophisticated android anywhere, a replica of the science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick.
A new type of tactile sensor, built to mimic the human fingertip, outperforms humans in identifying a wide range of natural materials according to their textures.
by Masahiro Mori | IEEE Spectrum
Mori's revised version of the Uncanny Valley essay, re-translated by Karl F. MacDorman and Norri Kageki, who hopefully improved this translation by getting more sleep.
by Jeremy Hsu | InnovationNewsDaily
How do you win against the Uncanny Valley? Easy. Just tell everyone it wasn't translated correctly. "I was tired. It was 1:00am. What was I thinking?"
by Sean Captain |
There is rote learning, but no understanding of new situations, professors argue. "In terms of computational ability, even the world's most-powerful computers are just approaching that of an insect," a researcher says. "That makes rats look pretty smart."
by Nic Halverson | Discovery News
"The process of dying is probably the most vulnerable moment of a human life, where one seeks the assurance of human connection," Chen writes, "In this installation, human presence is replaced with a robot, questioning the quality of intimacy without humanity."
by Phys.Org | Phys.Org
University of Granada researchers are working on the application of neural networks to develop a urban noise forecasting model, which would be very useful to people who is interested in buying a new house.
by University of Hertfordshire | Alpha Galileo Foundation
Dr. Caroline Lyon, Professor Chrystopher Nehaniv and Dr. Joe Saunders have carried out experiments as part of the iTalk project with the childlike iCub humanoid robot to show how language learning emerges.
by Dan Goodin | Ars Technica
The proof-of-concept attack, Stiltwalker, exploits weaknesses in the audio version of reCAPTCHA intended for the visually impaired. "reCAPTCHA was also undermined by its use of just 58 unique words."
by John McCullock | BRS Labs
Homepage of the company that plans to sell its cameras and AISight security software to San Francisco's Municipal Transit Authority. Examples of their system are shown in traffic and security applications. Big Brother has new ways to spy on us.
by Neal Ungerleider | Fast Company
"A new breed of security cameras can supposedly detect terrorism and crime without a human judgment call--and mass transit agencies are shelling out big bucks for the product..., uses algorithms and machine learning techniques to spot anomalous behavior."
by Paul Marks | NewScientist Magazine
Joggers who find it hard to set a steady pace could soon have a robot companion to help – a small, quad-rotor helicopter drone.
by CBS4 Denver | CBS4 Denver
Video: A whole new practical use for small-sized aerial drones.
by Brooke Donald | Stanford University News
Could sarcastic computers be in our future? Researchers describe a mathematical model they created that helps predict pragmatic reasoning and may eventually lead to the manufacture of machines that can better understand inference, context and social rules.
by James Hutchinson | IT News
"Exetel CEO Steve Waddington told Sri Lankan media last week that by automatically answering common user issues online - often by pointing them to a centralised wiki of support information - the new system freed up support engineers' time and reduced the company's support costs." --the diabolical goal of outsourcing.
by Ville Viitaniemi |
Instead of presenting the computer an open question of what is in a picture, the computer is better off solving a bunch of small sub-tasks in which the images are dissected into categories. By choosing the right categories and combining them, the contents of images can be increasingly more accurately described.
by Nest Labs | Nest Labs
Nest Sense(tm) is a combination of sensors and algorithms that help Nest understand what's happening around it. "...uses Wi-Fi connection to monitor weather forecasts so it can understand how the outside temperature affects your energy use...," --the weatherman being wrong half the time, I can guess what will happen.
by Francesca Lee |
People are reluctant to switch robots off because they see them as "somewhat alive", research shows.
by R. Steven Rainwater |
They want the AI running on a virtual machine inside a simulated reality, so when the OAI tries to take over the world, it's merely a virtual world that can be rebooted.
by Tom Harris | How Stuff Works
Older article, but fun.
Joseph Engelberger, a pioneer in industrial robotics, once remarked "I can't define a robot, but I know one when I see one." Everybody has a different idea of what constitutes a robot.
by David L. Chandler | MIT News
A computerized system developed at MIT can tell the difference between smiles of joy and smiles of frustration.
by Elhuyar Fundazioa | Alpha Galileo Foundation
"According to the Japanese philosophy, equipping robots with a human appearance encourages their entry into the labour environment and their interaction with the workers. That is why the upper part has a head, a trunk and two extremities..., and four eyes..." --am I reading that right?
by Lee Swee Heng | ResearchSEA
New intelligent algorithms could help robots to quickly recognize and respond to human gestures. Researchers at A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research in Singapore have created a computer program which recognises human gestures quickly and accurately, and requires very little training.
by SHOAL Project Consortium | SHOAL Project Consortium
The SHOAL Project's homepage.
by Jacob Aron | NewScientist Magazine
Navigation relies on a related system that communicates with four "pingers" at the corners of the port, which act much like GPS satellites for the fish. If one fish senses pollution in an area it can call the others to create a detailed map of high and low concentrations around it, helping port authorities to locate the exact source of the pollutant.
by Zach Puchtel | The Huffington Post
What if a robot gets turned on by a cyborg? Would they be able to reproduce? What about a person and a robot, or a person and a cyborg? Really, these are the important questions that we need to ask ourselves. You think same-sex marriage is a big deal? Wait until Joe the Robot wants to take out your teenage daughter!
by InnovationNewsDaily Staff | InnovationNewsDaily
Austrian scientists are looking to break the record for the longest journey made by a fully autonomous sailboat, all while collecting data on a Baltic Sea porpoise.
by Adam Hadhazy | Life's Little Mysteries
"What we've learned from 60 years of AI research is that surpassing human intelligence in a very narrow area is a lot easier than creating machines that have what we call the 'common sense' of a 3-year-old child...,"
Scientists have begun venturing deeper into the metaphorical valley to better understand why robots or virtual characters with certain human characteristics can trigger the "uncanny valley" phenomenon.
by Larry Greenemeier | Scientific American Magazine
M.I.T. researchers experiment with modular bots smart enough to morph into things placed near them.
by Denise Chow |
ViviSat's Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) is being designed to dock to satellites in orbit, and then use its own thrusters to provide propulsion and attitude control. Among other functions, the spacecraft will be able to adjust an older satellite's orbit, rescue fully fueled satellites that may have launched into the wrong location, or move a satellite into a different orbit for a completely new purpose.
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
While it seems clear that children won't have much trouble developing substantive relationships with humanoid robots, it's less clear to what extent these robots will be treated as tools, and to what extend they'll be treated as living things...
by Nic Halverson | Discovery News
Japanese scientists (who else?) have decoded the derriere and developed a mechanical butt that is truly asstonishing. It twitches, tenses up and even responds to touch just like a real rump.
by Jennifer Wade |
The quest for artificial intelligence (AI) began long ago in human history – even earlier than you might think...
by Yahoo! News | Yahoo! News
The Mars rover Opportunity is on the go again. Eight years and still roving.
by Quantum Picture | Quantum Picture
"...we have built a computer-controlled device that visually determines if Flo is carrying anything in her mouth when she enters, and if she does, it simply does not let her in..."
by Francie Diep | InnovationNewsDaily
Aaron Forster says he is tired of his cat Timothy bringing in dead or dying birds and mice and dropping them on the carpet. He's developing a special cat door which uses a smartphone to recognize if Timothy is carrying anything in his mouth...
by Steve Lohr | The New York Times
An impressive crossword-solving computer program, called Dr. Fill, matched its digital wits against 600 of the nation's best human solvers at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in Brooklyn. It lost, coming in at 141st out of 150.
by Jeremy Hsu | InnovationNewsDaily
The FEMA dog's keen sense of smell and swift-footed approach combines with the robot snake's camera and slinky exploration capabilities to give human rescuers a close-up look at the scene.
by Anne Trafton | MIT News
The study is the first step to "reverse-engineer" infant cognition by studying babies at ages 3, 6 and 12 months to map out what they know about the physical and social world. That "3-6-12" project is part of a larger goal to understand the nature of intelligence and replicate it in machines.
by Andrew Liszewski | Gizmodo
Robotic polar bear pillow "Jukusui-Kun" gently tickles sleepers face to move to their side. -- here's an idea that might save a few marriages.
by Marcus du Sautoy | BBC News
Is it possible to create true artificial intelligence and, if so, how close are we to doing so, asks mathematician Professor Marcus du Sautoy.
by Yahoo! News | Yahoo! News
During March 2012, more than 1,800 jobs were advertised online requiring robotics skills, according to WANTED Analytics. Hiring for this skill set reached a new four-year high in March, with demand growing 44% compared to March 2011 and 80% versus 2010.
by Jason Weinstein | FOX 40 News
Video and article: Binghamton University Bioengineering senior Chris Paquette is trying to use machine-learning alogrithms to predict cancer and treatment outcomes to better arm doctors with a plan of attack to beat the disease.
by Sam Biddle | Gizmodo
Lucas, one half of a robotic brother and sister duo, uses an advanced voice recognition kit that doesn't just understand English sentences—it can cross-reference them to make inferences, suggestions, and decisions.
by University Saarland | Alpha Galileo Foundation
"This was made possible by a novel string actuator, making use of small electric motors to twist strings. The robotic hand is thus powerful yet delicate and could one day be deployed as a helper around the house or in catastrophic scenarios..."
by James Taylor | SmartData Collective
"KDNuggets had an interesting poll this week in which readers expressed themselves as 'Skeptical of Machine Learning replacing Domain Expertise.' This struck me not because I disagree but because I think it is in some ways the wrong question..."
by Erico Guizzo | IEEE Spectrum
The DARPA announced on April 10th an ambitious robotics program aiming to revolutionize disaster response robots. The DARPA Robotics Challenge is the brainchild of DARPA program manager Dr. Gill Pratt, a researcher and educator with numerous inventions to his credit.
by Brandon Keim | Wired Magazine
One hundred years after Alan Turing was born, his eponymous test remains an elusive benchmark for artificial intelligence. Now, for the first time in decades, it's possible to imagine a machine making the grade.
She is translating her 1993 discovery of what she has dubbed "Super-Turing" computation into an adaptable computational system that learns and evolves, using input from the environment in a way much more like our brains do than classic Turing-type computers.
by Joab Jackson | ComputerWorld UK
David Ferrucci predicts machines of the future will constantly improve their understanding of the data they work with, which in turn will help them provide users with more appropriate information.
The SlugBot Project represents the first stage of a study in energy autonomy; a proof-of-concept vehicle capable of detecting and collecting slugs.
by Quentin Cooper | BBC
"Like a lot of people, I find it hard to separate robots that exist from their all pervasive fantasy-world counterparts. In part, that's because ever since George Melies' The Clown and the Automaton in 1897 we have been fed a slow drip diet of walking, talking mechanoids..."
by Liam Young |
"In the skies above the city a drone flock drifts into formation broadcasting their local file sharing network. Part nomadic infrastructure and part robotic swarm they form a pirate internet, an aerial napster, darting between the buildings..."
by Bill Weir, C. Michael Kim, David Miller, Justin Bare & Mark Monroy | Yahoo! News
"Once in operation these WiFi drones, acting as WiFi hotspots, could be flown above crowds of protestors when access to the internet is cut off by authorities, like during the Arab Spring, or to house servers out of the jurisdiction of hostile governments..."
by Marcus Wohlsen | Yahoo! News
Among groups seeking to take advantage of the steep drop in price of drone technology are journalists who want to attach cameras to aircraft the size of small pizzas and cost as much to buy — about $400 — as a one-hour helicopter rental for a photographer.
by Justin Hyde | Yahoo! News: Motoramic
Video and article: Google puts legally blind man behind the wheel of its self-driving car.
by Mike Krumboltz | Yahoo! Games Plugged In
With a few clicks on your smart phone, you place your order, knowing that the automated Tacocopter (that's a mini-helicopter with tacos attached) will track you down via GPS and deliver you some (hopefully) still warm food.
In 2008, Rodney Brooks started the company. This is their home page.
by Robotdalen | YouTube
Video: Presentation given by Rodney Brooks about next-generation robots developed to improve productivity in manufacturing environments and for places that has not been automated before.
by Microsoft | Microsoft
RDS 4, with support from the Kinect sensor, aims to make it easier for developers to build applications, including those directed at personal robotics and consumer scenarios, both in hardware and in simulation.
by Larry Hardesty | MIT News Office
MIT researchers are developing a system that would allow aircraft-carrier crews to direct autonomous planes using ordinary hand gestures.
by IEEE Spectrum | IEEE Spectrum
News, features, and videos about robots, robotics, artificial intelligence, automation, and related topics. From the editors of IEEE Spectrum Magazine.
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
"...and though he volunteered for this, he looks a bit terrified about what's going to happen to his head, and once you see the result, you won't blame him."
by Jessica Marshall | Discovery News
A new jellyfish-mimicking robot runs on hydrogen to fuel its artificial muscles as it propels itself through water.
by Thomas Albrecht | Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
On its own, an ant is not particularly clever. But in a community, the insects can solve complicated tasks. Researchers intend to put this "swarm intelligence" to use in the logistics field. Lots of autonomous transport shuttles would provide an alternative to traditional materials-handling technology.
2011 Alan M. (A.M.) Turing Award winner's home page, including links to his recently published articles.
by Jason Koebler | U.S. News
Interview with Judea Pearl, winner of the 2011 A.M. Turing Award for innovations in computing.
by Yasmin Anwar | UC Berkeley Newscenter
People often wonder if computers make children smarter. Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, are asking the reverse question: Can children make computers smarter? And the answer appears to be "yes."
by Esther Inglis-Arkell | io9
Sparko was designed to follow light sources. A careless worker left the door to its storage area open. Immediately, the dog saw the headlights of a passing car. Off it went. Apparently it, "rushed headlong towards it and was run over, despite the efforts of the driver to avoid it."
by Adrienne Alessandro and Dewayne Washington | NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
NASA's highly anticipated Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) began operations on the International Space Station with the Canadian Dextre robot and RRM tools March 7-9, 2012, marking important milestones in satellite-servicing technology and the use of the space station robotic capabilities.
by Michael Terrazas | Georgia Tech College of Computing
"People are not so good at teaching robots because they don't understand the robots' learning mechanism. It's like when you try to train a dog, and it's difficult because dogs do not learn like humans do. We wanted to find out the best kinds of questions a robot could ask to make the human-robot relationship as 'human' as it can be."
by Susan Guibert | Notre Dame News
Affective AutoTutor adds emotion-sensitive capabilities by monitoring facial features, body language and conversational cues; regulating negative states such as frustration and boredom; and synthesizing emotions via the content of its verbal responses, speech intonation and facial expressions of an animated teacher.
by Yahoo! News | Yahoo! News
Will and Matt Burrard-Lucas share their up-close-and-personal photos of a lion pride taken in 2011 by their homebrew armored, remote-controlled robots. Fantastic closeup photos of lions and cubs. Big cats, expensive cat toys.
by Lisa Grossman | NewScientist Magazine
A suite of artificial intelligence algorithms may become the ultimate chemistry set. Software can now quickly predict a property of molecules from their theoretical structure.
by Jacob Aron | NewScientist Magazine
The AI creates games using a technique known as cooperative co-evolution. The system separately designs different aspects, or species, of the game. It then cross-breeds and mutates the most successful members of each species to evolve a new generation, typically 400 times.
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
"Non-verbal communication, whether or not subtlety is involved, is going to be a critical skill for human-robot interaction in the short term, since it doesn't require any complex hardware or software to implement and it's generally language and age independent."
by Jesse Emspak | Discovery News
The previous speed record set by a robot, in 1989, was 13 miles per hour. Usain Bolt's record-breaking 100-meter run in 2009 clocked in at about 23 miles per hour.
by Jeremy Hsu |
"...successful containment requires careful planning so that a clever AI cannot simply threaten, bribe, seduce or hack its way to freedom..., It can discover new attack pathways, launch sophisticated social-engineering attacks and re-use existing hardware components in unforeseen ways."
by Simson L. Garfinkel | MIT Technology Review
The path computing has taken wasn't inevitable. Even today's machines rely on a seminal insight from the scientist who cracked Nazi Germany's codes.
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
"If accepted by the animals, robotic fish may act as leaders and drive them away from human-induced ecological disasters that are affecting life in aquatic environments, such as oil spills, and man-made structures, such as dams."
by ScienceDaily | ScienceDaily
" reacts to gestures and learns by watching a human colleague how to empty a dishwasher or clean the counter."
by Adam Hadhazy |
Given the current pace of technological development, does the "robopocalypse" scenario seem more far-fetched or prophetic? The fate of the world could tip in either direction, depending on who you ask.
by Rigan Ap-apid | De La Salle University
PDF File: Some of the original research inspiring the design for nude.js, an open-source nudity scanner for child security filters, etc.
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by Netzer, et. al. | Google User Content
PDF File: A Google/Stanford team explain how they set about extracting house numbers from Street View images. Histograms-of-Oriented-Gradients HOG, K-Means and Stacked Sparse Auto-Encoder algorithms are compared.
by Andrew Tarantola | Gizmodo
"...the program is designed to supplement its pattern recognition algorithms with human psychological traits..., We're trying to make programs that can discover the same types of patterns that humans see."
by Erico Guizzo | IEEE Spectrum
"You know what's missing in your life? Yes, that's right, a robot that wanders around your house seeking out bad smells and neutralizing them. Obviously there's a huge market for these things...,"
by Don Sambandaraksa | Telecom Asia
"The AI does not know any Thai at all but it picked it up quickly and learned to chat quite proficiently in the matter of a few weeks thanks to early adopters. Only the early adopters were all too eager to teach it politics and profanity."
by Marcia Dunn |
The commander of the International Space Station, Daniel Burbank, shook hands Wednesday with Robonaut. It's the first handshake ever between a human and a humanoid in space...
by Katie Neal | ScienceDaily
Wake Forest University researchers are refining a genetically inspired algorithm that proactively discovers more secure computer configurations by leveraging the concept of "survival of the fittest."
by ABC News | ABC News
Video: ABC News reporters discuss and review remote controlled aerial robots with cameras used by military, real estate agents, paparazzi, and everyday hobbyists. A wide variety of robot designs and their video capture are demonstrated.
by Thunderbolt Labs | Thunderbolt Labs
A few recommendations on books and tools for studying machine learning.
by John McCullock | Mnemosyne Studio
Sebastian Thrun sent out an email to all Stanford Online AI Course participants announcing:
"Due to popular demand, we are teaching a follow-up class: AI for Robotics at . Also due to popular demand, we now have a programming environment, so you can develop and test software. Our goal is to teach you to program a self-driving car in 7 weeks. This is a topic very close to my heart, and I am eager to share it with you. (This class builds on the concepts in ai-class, but ai-class is NOT required)."
"Siri is a breakthrough in voice control, sure, but she's also a breakthrough in computerized personality. The question is: Do we want our gadgets to have personality?"
by Michael Campbell | h Plus Magazine
"Nebulous attributions of morality's origin to supernatural sources will only confound our ability to program a thinking machine. Scientific grounding in the philosophy of morality via rigorous mathematical representations is the most likely route to progress..."
by Miwa Suzuki |
A Japanese-developed robot that mimics the movements of its human controller is bringing the Hollywood blockbuster "Avatar" one step closer to reality.
by Jesse Emspak | Discovery News
"Low-frequency signals, which are already used to communicate with submarines because they can pass through water, move well through materials that would block a high-frequency Bluetooth or cell phone transmitter."
by Bill Spurr | The Chronicle Herald
"We're a robotics team that happens to be made up of girls, and I think that has a lot of advantages to it..., We look at things differently. Like when we try to solve things, we don't solve them by knocking things over like a boy would. We look at things more logically..."
by Jeremy Hsu and InnovationNewsDaily | Scientific American Magazine
Human waste might someday turn human urine or waste into useful electricity for radios or space robots..., "EcoBot-III was able to both eat and crap inside its lab environment."
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
"The GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania is already famous for its quadrotor tricks..., Now, those big bad quadrotors have been shrunk down into much smaller 'nano quadrotors,' and the GRASP Lab has been playing around with lots of them..."
by Stuart Mason Dambrot |
"As robots became more sophisticated and animations more realistic, it was found that our empathy for these human analogues grew with their similarity to ourselves. But there's a catch: As robots become increasingly humanoid in appearance and behavior past a certain point, a phenomenon known as the uncanny valley emerges."
by David Anderson | YouTube
Video: Dallas Personal Robotics Group's David Anderson provides tips, tricks and instructions for designing subsumption-based mobile robots.
by Clay Dillow | Popular Science Magazine
Video: Constructed from Lego NXT components, this model of a working robotic factory system has four flexible arms (capable of motion in three dimensions) each packing a pneumatic gripper that can pick things off the line and sort them into the appropriate spaces.
by Keith Barry | Wired Magazine
"Road trains are ideal for rush hour traffic, where cars and trucks follow similar patterns each day. In those situations, it's really great for the car to take over..., I can spend the time any way I want. Want to read a book, check your e-mail or eat breakfast? In a road train, you can — without endangering the lives of those around you."
by True Knowledge Ltd. |
"Evi understands natural language..., You can talk to her like a normal person and she will understand what you are asking."
by ScienceDaily | ScienceDaily
"there are many challenges ahead, the biggest remains getting the robots to match the needs and expectations of the human mind..., How we interact with embodied machines is different than how we interact with a computer, cell phone or other intelligent devices...,"
by Jonathan Blum |
Interviewer: "If I ordered a pair of shoes now, when do you think I can get them shipped to me?" CyberTwin: "Things often look more complete when they are in a pair, less lonely perhaps. Would you agree?" ELIZA, shoot me now.
by Lee Swee Heng |
"A vending machine that can estimate the age of a buyer could be useful for products that involve age control, such as alcoholic drinks and cigarettes."
by Patsy Sampson | MIT News
CSAIL's Project Angstrom has been working toward designing computer hardware and software systems that will essentially act as 'brains' to coordinate computer components and to learn, thereby allowing them to optimize themselves to meet user-specified goals.
by Travis Deyle | Hizook
Photos and Videos: "Ant-Roach is less than 70 lbs and can probably support up to 1000 lbs; the inflatable robot arm is less than 2 lbs and can lift a few hundred pounds at 50-60 psi."
by Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
Third annual Zero Robotics competition pits robots against each other on the International Space Station.
by Annette Grotz | Yahoo! News
On January 28, 2012, hundreds of student teams from the top schools in North America will be writing Artificial Intelligence players for a combat game. Sponsored by Windward, the Code Wars competition is a fight to the death – literally. After the 8-hour programming deadline teams go head to head, with each team's software trying to kill the other teams in the game.
by Nevada State Legislature | Nevada State Legislature Official Website
PDF Document. Back in June, 2011, Nevada's Department of Transportation drew up Assembly Bill 511 authorizing "driverless" cars on its roads. The regulations would include safety standards, insurance requirements and testing sites.
by Vicki Larson | The Huffington Post
Although Levy believes "availability of regular sex with a robot will dramatically reduce the incidence of infidelity as we know it today," he also acknowledges "Some human spouses and lovers might consider robot sex to be just as unfaithful as sex with another person."
by Celeste Biever | New Scientist Magazine
An artificial brain has taught itself to estimate the number of objects in an image without actually counting them, emulating abilities displayed by some animals including lions and fish, as well as humans..., "It answers the question of how numerosity emerges without teaching anything about numbers in the first place," says Marco Zorzi.
by Jesse Emspak | Discovery News
Article and Video: Scalybot 2 can change the angle of its scales depending on the terrain or the slope. That allows it to pull itself along in the same way snakes do.
by Chris Kanaracus | PC World Magazine
An older article, but still pretty interesting. It uses predictive analytics software from IBM's SPSS division to crunch information showing what types of crimes are occurring, where and when. Police officials use the resulting models to dispatch more resources to the neighborhoods that appear to need the most help.
by Memphis Police Department | Memphis Police Department official website
The Memphis Police Department's official explanation of their predictive policing system, often sensationalized in the media as a "pre-crime system".
by Machines Like Us | Machines Like Us
Scientists at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid have presented a new technique based on Artificial Intelligence that can automatically create plans, allowing problems to be solved with much greater speed than current methods provide when resources are limited.
by Nancy Owano |
The Tokyo-based Veltrop has a video out that demonstrates how Nao, a humanoid robot, is able to take a brush and gently apply it to the cat. With the exception of being bopped on the head, the cat indicates that it is a pleasant experience.
by Steve |
The drone successfully located and photographed the ship before any whales were killed..., "We can cover hundreds of miles with these drones and they have proven to be valuable assets for this campaign," said Captain Paul Watson.
by Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
Well, if it doesn't come with a flamethrower, how much fun can it be? For $1,000, I want something to catch on fire!
by David A. Ferrucci | The New York Times
"A few people were extremely hesitant to join the project and later left, thinking that the whole enterprise was insane. But a majority bought in."
by Ashlee Vance | Bloomberg Businessweek
They fret about a super-powerful artificial intelligence run amok and hordes of killer nanobots. "There are a number of people who estimate humanity's chance at making it through this century at about 50 percent..."
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