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by   -   February 27, 2015

Livestream  Rodney Brooks  Abhinav Gupta  Andrew McAfee on AI and the rise of robots   RobohubLivestream of the Council of Foreign Relations’ Malcolm and Carolyn Wiener Annual Lecture on Science and Technology starting 02/27/2015 at 12:45 EST.

by   -   February 27, 2015

Paul Jefferson, one of the earliest humanitarian deminers, said “a landmine is the perfect soldier: Ever courageous, never sleeps, never misses”.

by   -   February 26, 2015

mind-AI-intelligence-learning-data-brainIn episode five of Talking Machines, we hear the first part of our conversation with Geoffrey Hinton (Google and University of Toronto), Yoshua Bengio (University of Montreal) and Yann LeCun (Facebook and NYU). Ryan introduces us to the ideas in tensor factorization methods for learning latent variable models (which is both a tongue twister and and one of the new tools in ML). To find out more on the topic take a look at the work of Daniel HsuAnimashree Anandkumar and Sham M. Kakade Plus we take a listener question about just where statistics stops and machine learning begins.

by   -   February 26, 2015
IDS Imaging Development Systems - USB3 Vision industrial cameras
IDS Imaging Development Systems – USB3 Vision industrial cameras

Choosing a camera can be confusing. It is important to determine your requirements, and then figure out how these can be achieved between the camera and the optics.

by   -   February 26, 2015

A new paper from Google’s DeepMind team indicates that their technology is a “novel artificial agent” that combines two existing forms of brain-inspired machine intelligence: a deep neural network and a reinforcement-learning algorithm.

by   -   February 25, 2015

This new tutorial series is for anyone interested in Arduino, from high school students to professional engineers. In this introduction, robotics educator and author Myke Predko gives an overview of the benefits – and limitations – of using Arduino for your project. Look for new tutorials every 2-3 weeks.

by   -   February 24, 2015

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In a care scenario, a robot may have been purchased by the patient, by the doctor or hospital (which sent it home with the patient to monitor their health), or by a concerned family member who wants to monitor their relative. In the latest ORi poll we looked at people’s attitudes about whether a care robot should prioritize its owner’s wishes over those of the patient. Here are the results.

by   -   February 23, 2015

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UPDATED 2/23/15 Softbank announced a delay in sales of their Pepper robot from February until sometime during the summer. Aldebaran announced that CEO and Founder Bruno Maisonnier and Jean-Christophe Baillie have left Aldebaran as CEO and CSO respectively.

by   -   February 23, 2015

Robotics and AI were important themes at the World Economic Forum in Davos this year. Ken Goldberg, who was invited to speak at the forum, shares his experience of the event. Check out his WEF talk below.

by   -   February 23, 2015

Maissonier has agreed to sell his remaining shares in Aldebaran, step down as CEO and will become a Special Advisor to Masayoshi Son, the President of Softbank Corp.

The FAA’s proposed drone rules would not permit the use of drones for delivering pizza, or anything else.

by   -   February 19, 2015

In September a new Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) ETH in Architecture and Digital Fabrication will be offered by the Gramazio Kohler Research chair at ETH Zurich. This one-year, full-time program focuses on digital design and full-scale fabrication using state-of-the-art robotic fabrication facilities at ETH.

by   -   February 19, 2015

Various aspects of the anticipated proposed small UAS (sUAS) regulations that were released by the FAA draw inspiration from Canada’s approach to regulation.

by   -   February 19, 2015
photo: FAA
photo: FAA

This past Sunday the FAA held a conference call to announce its highly anticipated small UAS (sUAS) regulations. Sunday morning might strike as odd timing, however it’s likely that the timing had to do with the leak of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regulatory Evaluation, Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, which I wrote about here. Below is a summary of the critical aspects of the proposed regulations from the FAA summary (the proposed rules have not been made available at the time of writing).

by   -   February 18, 2015

I am not anti-automation. Absolutely not. But I believe very strongly that the benefits of robotics and automation should be shared by all.

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