Designing Agile Human-Machine Teams

DARPA seeks mathematical methods to enable a general-purpose design tool for optimizing human-machine teams in a diverse range of national security contexts

Stanford study concludes next generation of robots won't try to kill us

Bruce Brown for DigitalTrends:  It sounds like we can all take a breath and forget about robot attacks occurring — at least anytime soon. Robots turning against their makers is a common theme in science fiction. However, there’s “no cause for concern that AI poses an imminent threat to humanity,” according to Fast Company, citing the first report from the One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (AI100).

The Stanford University-hosted project represents a standing committee of AI scientists. The AI100 project is ongoing but will not issue reports annually — the next one will be published “in a few years.” The first report, Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030, downloadable at this link, looks at how advances in AI will make a difference in the U.S. between now and 2030. Areas of change explored by the report include transportation, healthcare, education, the workplace, and policing and public safety.  Cont'd...

"SANDY" Android Supported Humanoid Robot in India

Sandy was made in India taking in efforts of the 'i-Brain Robotics, and the 'I Brain', is customarily one of the first Intelligent and Human Sized Humanoid the world has ever witnessed. And, Sandy happens to be the only one in our country and the maiden one in the Indian Subcontinent. With a 5 feet stature, and a cosmic network of sensory circuits, creation of Sandy is made to meticulously mimic a human camaraderie.

Robotics entrepreneur unveils spider creation set to take gaming world by storm

David Clensy  for Bristol Post:  For Silas Adekunle, the fascination has always been about how the very best robotics learns from biology.

There is a twinkle in the eye of the 25-year-old Reach Robotics founder, as he introduces me to Mekamon – the spider-like robot with which he plans to transform the future of augmented reality gaming among techies around the world.

Silas only graduated from the University of the West of England in 2014, but is already employing 10 people in his rapidly growing tech company.  Cont'd...

Deep-Domain Conversational AI

Deep-Domain Conversational AI describes the AI technology which is required to build voice and chat assistants which can demonstrate deep understanding of any knowledge domain.

RobotShop.com Wins Legal Battle Against Robotshop35.com

On October 10, 2016, the Commercial Court of Rennes acknowledged that Mr. Quibel and Robot Access Services engaged in passing off and unfair competition against RobotShop by operating robotshop35.com

A new standard in robotics

Phys.org:  On the wall of Aaron Dollar's office is a poster for R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), the 1920 Czech play that gave us the word "robot." The story ends with the nominal robots seizing control of the factory of their origin and then wiping out nearly all of humanity. Dollar, fortunately, has something more cheerful in mind for the future of human-robot relations.

He sees them as helpers in our daily lives—performing tasks like setting the table or assisting with the assembly of your new bookcase. But getting to the point where robots can work in the unstructured environment of our homes (as opposed to industrial settings) would take a major technological leap and a massive coordination of efforts from roboticists around the globe. The living room has been called the last frontier for robots—but first, the robotics community needs some standards that everyone can agree on.

Enter a suitcase-sized box containing 77 objects. It contains things like hammers, a cordless drill, a can of Spam and a nine-hole peg test. As ordinary as they may seem, these carefully curated household items could be the future of a new kind of standardization for robotics. Known as the Yale-CMU-Berkeley (YCB) Object and Model Set, the intent is to provide universal benchmarks for labs specializing in robotic manipulation and prosthetics around the world.  Cont'd...

New Standard Helps Optical Trackers Follow Moving Objects Precisely

Throwing a perfect strike in virtual bowling doesn't require your gaming system to precisely track the position and orientation of your swinging arm. But if you're operating a robotic forklift around a factory, manipulating a mechanical arm on an assembly line or guiding a remote-controlled laser scalpel inside a patient, the ability to pinpoint exactly where it is in three-dimensional (3-D) space is critical.

Pilot Labs Moorebot is Now Shipping

The world's most expressive and fun robotic personal assistant Available Now at Amazon - perfect for kids, families, smart home, offices, businesses, and retailers

Rising Media Announces 3D Printing, VR/AR, and Robotics Startups Selected to Compete in the Frontier Tech Showdown December 14 in San Diego, California

Rising Media, Inc. and Asimov Ventures have revealed the eight startups selected to compete in the Frontier Tech Showdown, coming to the San Diego Convention Center on December 14, 2016 during the Frontier Tech Forum.

Leading automotive perception technology conference, AutoSens, doubles up in 2017 due to widespread demand

For those who missed the opportunity to attend in 2016, organisers Sense Media have released two dates and locations for these "best in class" conferences next year. Both venues provide the perfect backdrop for the continuation of technical discussion concerning the future of vehicle perception technology.

RobotShop's Black Friday Treasure Hunt is back this year!

Robotics Tomorrow is stoked to let you know that RobotShop's Black Friday Treasure Hunt is back this year! Participate in RobotShop's Black Friday Treasure Hunt sale by searching their catalog in order to find your free product.

Innovative Machine Learning Training Method Opens New Possibilities for Artificial Intelligence

From AZoRobotics:  As a result of a new machine learning algorithm formulated by engineering researchers Parham Aarabi (ECE) and Wenzhi Guo (ECE MASc 1T5) at University of Toronto, smartphones may soon be able to provide users with honest answers.

The researchers prepared an algorithm that was capable of learning directly from human instructions, instead of an existing set of examples, and surpassed conventional techniques of training neural networks by 160%.

But more astonishingly, their algorithm also surpassed its own training by 9% - it learned to identify hair in pictures with better reliability than that enabled by the training, signifying a major leap forward for artificial intelligence.  Cont'd...

Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara Partner with Easy Aerial to Develop a Unique Search and Rescue Drone Platform

Project First Responders seeks to answer some of the biggest problems facing search and rescue drone operations, such as how to coordinate multiple drones at once, from locations anywhere in the world and share information with experts dispersed at various geographic locations.

Brain Corp Launches Its First Artificial Intelligence-based Product, EMMA, Receives Innovation of the Year Award

Brain Corp unveils AI-based technology for self-driving vehicles at ISSA's Interclean tradeshow and selects major OEMs as partners

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This paper uses NAO, the humanoid robot from Aldebaran Systems, to demonstrate how MapleSim can be used to develop a robot model, and how the model can be further analyzed using the symbolic computation engine within Maple.