Robot carries the Olympic torch in South Korea

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In what may be a preview of the future of athletics, Hubo, a humanoid robot, carried the Olympic torch in Daejeon, South Korea as part of the relay leading up to the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Hubo, who was built by a team at the KAIST public research university and took out the DARPA Robotics Challenge in 2015, had to perform a disaster rescue operation to hand off the torch to the next runner.

via Robot carries the Olympic torch in South Korea

Suning launches ‘basically unmanned’ automated warehouse with plans to use 1,000 robots

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Suning is a Fortune Global 500 company owned by Suning Holdings Group.

The company has put its automated guided vehicle warehouse into service in Fengxian District, Shanghai, “boosting its capabilities in the field of smart logistics”, according to Suning.

Equipped with 200 robots that carry selected items and move smoothly through stocking shelves, Suning’s AGV warehouse in Shanghai has already been used to meet the substantially increasing needs of logistics during the 11/11 Shopping Festival.

via Suning launches ‘basically unmanned’ automated warehouse with plans to use 1,000 robots

Exotec unveils new warehouse automation system with integrated robot

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PerceptIn raises $11 million funding and launches robotics vision system
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More than $5 billion being invested in IoT in Dresden, Germany
Exotec unveils new warehouse automation system with integrated robot
San Francisco effectively bans sidewalk robots
Suning launches ‘basically unmanned’ automated warehouse with plans to use 1,000 robots

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Exotec unveils new warehouse automation system with integrated robot

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A French company called Exotec Solutions has unveiled its warehouse robot, which looks similar to the mobile autonomous vehicles from a number of other companies.

The market for such vehicles has been expanding, at least in terms of the number of companies offering solutions.

It remains to be seen how well they sell, but if Amazon’s heavy utilisation of similar logistics robots is anything to go by, the market is likely to grow fast.

Exotec says its vehicle can carry boxes racked up to 10 metres high, and can move four to five times faster than “the industry standard”, whatever that is. In numbers, it’s 10 mph.

Called Skypod, the new robot was featured on VentureBeat.com, which reports that the French e-commerce company is already using the Exotec robot in its Bordeaux warehouse, to pack and prepare orders.

via Exotec unveils new warehouse automation system with integrated robot

What is reinforcement learning and why you should care about it

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ntelligence called reinforcement learning. Named one of the 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2017 by the MIT Technology Review, this revolutionary kind of machine learning allows computers to learn new things without human intervention through the mere act of experimenting.

Writes Will Knight, the MIT Technology Review’s senior editor for AI: “In addition to improving self-driving cars, the technology can get a robot to grasp objects it has never seen before, and it can figure out the optimal configuration for the equipment in a data center.” In a nutshell, it’s the closest humanity has gotten, so far, to true artificial intelligence.

via What is reinforcement learning and why you should care about it

Human pilot holds off NASA’s autonomous racing drones

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Loo averaged 11.1 seconds per lap, while the AI drones averaged 13.9 seconds. But it wasn’t simply a question of speed. The JPL team points out that its drones flew more consistently overall and weren’t troubled by fatigue, unlike Loo.

via Human pilot holds off NASA’s autonomous racing drones

Toyota’s latest humanoid robot aces operator mimicry

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The T-HR3 has been built as a test platform for designing “friendly and helpful robots” that will work alongside humans, helping in the home, on building sites, working in disaster zones, in medical establishments and perhaps even making their way to outer space. Toyota has also introduces a management system that allows human operators to remotely control the third gen humanoid robot and have it mimic movements in real time

via Toyota’s latest humanoid robot aces operator mimicry

For the First Time, a Robot Passed a Medical Licensing Exam

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Xiaoyi, an AI-powered robot in China, for example, has recently taken the national medical licensing examination and passed, making it the first robot to have done so. Not only did the robot pass the exam, it actually got a score of 456 points, which is 96 points above the required marks.

via For the First Time, a Robot Passed a Medical Licensing Exam

Sony revives adorable robot canine companion

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The “latest iteration of the beloved robotic companion” is built around a 64-bit quad-core brain, with deep learning technology seeing the aibo developing “its own unique personality through everyday interactions as it grows closer and closer to its owners.” The robodog is capable of facial recognition, can detect spoken words using four microphones, and react to being stroked and petted thanks to touch sensors on its back, head and jaw.

Source: Sony revives adorable robot canine companion

The ethics of human robots: Sam Jinks brings an artist’s perspective to the discourse

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A primary reason for this is aesthetic – someone will be making the skins for these robots and the inclusion of a sculptor avoids “clunkiness”, introduces subtlety, and helps to create a robot that could be mistaken for human, emerging on the other side of the uncanny valley.However, the inclusion of artists and other people from the creative and humanities fields in the AI discourse is vital for other reasons. The quest to create a robot that is indistinguishable from humans has become all-consuming for many scientists, engineers and technicians.In recent attempts to make robots that look human, such as Sophia, Han, Erica, and Jia Jia, the latest technology is able to capture micro-movements of the face including blinks and frowns. While this is an interesting intellectual exercise, there will be profound implications when we can no longer distinguish between robot and human. The consequences could potentially be both beneficial and catastrophic.

Source: The ethics of human robots: Sam Jinks brings an artist’s perspective to the discourse

Julesburg takes first in ‘crossfire’ firefighting robotic challenge – Journal Advocate

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Peetz School dominated at this year’s firefighting-themed Golden Plains BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) Robotics Challenge, held Saturday at Northeastern Junior College. While the school was beat out by Julesburg for first place, they did manage to snag the second through fourth place spots.

Source: Julesburg takes first in ‘crossfire’ firefighting robotic challenge – Journal Advocate

An AI professor explains: three concerns about granting citizenship to robot Sophia

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As a citizen, will Sophia, the humanoid emotional robot, be allowed to “marry” or “breed” if Sophia chooses to? Students from North Dakota State University have taken steps to create a robot that self-replicates using 3D printing technologies.If more robots join Sophia as citizens of the world, perhaps they too could claim their rights to self-replicate into other robots. These robots would also become citizens. With no resource constraints on how many children each of these robots could have, they could easily exceed the human population of a nation.As voting citizens, these robots could create societal change. Laws might change, and suddenly humans could find themselves in a place they hadn’t imagined.

Source: An AI professor explains: three concerns about granting citizenship to robot Sophia