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Jan 31, 2021

Robots got their name 100 years ago today

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Exactly one hundred years ago, a play premiered that introduced a significant new word to the world – robot. When the first production of Karel Čapek’s R.U.R. opened on January 251921, at the National Theater in what is now the Czech Republic, it not only gave a name to the cybernetic machines that were just beginning to emerge, it also shaped people’s perceptions of what a robot is and the potential dangers they pose.

R.U.R., which stands for Rossum’s Universal Robots, came along at the perfect moment. The period between 1880 and 1930 saw the fastest rate of change in human history, with more fundamental advances in half a century than in the previous 2000 years.

It was the age of the machine, which had intruded so thoroughly into modern society that artists had to come up with whole new forms of expression to include it and portray it. It was also the age of Henry Ford, with his assembly line churning out thousands of uniform black motor cars by the thousands at a price that the average worker could afford. The telephone, wireless telegraphy, radio, the first televisions, radium, airplanes, plastic … the world was awash with new technology.

Jan 31, 2021

New ‘Liquid’ AI Learns Continuously From Its Experience of the World

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

For all its comparisons to the human brain, AI still isn’t much like us. Maybe that’s alright. In the animal kingdom, brains come in all shapes and sizes. So, in a new machine learning approach, engineers did away with the human brain and all its beautiful complexity—turning instead to the brain of a lowly worm for inspiration.

Turns out, simplicity has its benefits. The resulting neural network is efficient, transparent, and here’s the kicker: It’s a lifelong learner.

Whereas most machine learning algorithms can’t hone their skills beyond an initial training period, the researchers say the new approach, called a liquid neural network, has a kind of built-in “neuroplasticity.” That is, as it goes about its work—say, in the future, maybe driving a car or directing a robot—it can learn from experience and adjust its connections on the fly.

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Jan 31, 2021

Whatabout 1: The future

Posted by in categories: futurism, life extension

This is “Whatabout 1: The future by Aubrey de Grey, gerontologist” by WHAT on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Jan 31, 2021

Orbit the Moon From the Comfort of Your Home

Posted by in category: space

One small step…just kidding, no steps are required.

Jan 31, 2021

Robotics teams test wits, skills at Vista School robotics competition

Posted by in categories: education, robotics/AI

ST. GEORGE — Vista School hosted a challenge of wits, strategy, programming and robot building on Saturday.

The school hosted 27 teams from as far as Los Angeles in a VEX Robotics Competition event for this year’s game entitled Change Up. Teams designed small robots from kits of parts and competed both within the game and a skills competition.

The goal of Change Up is to score points by placing grapefruit-sized, team colored balls into tower-like goals spread across the field that can accommodate up to three balls on top of each other. Teams composed of students from grades six all the way through 12 score for having balls in the goal in addition to lining their color ball up in the same row across multiple goals and the bottom-most ball is exposed so that it may be removed from the goal. The game is played between two “alliances,” or a pair of robots from different teams. The “alliance” that scores highest wins the match.

Jan 31, 2021

AI needs an open labeling platform

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Training data platforms are emerging as the best way to handle the collection, labeling, and feeding of data into supervised learning models.

Jan 31, 2021

The Robots Return, How Have Atlas, ASIMO, Cheetah, Spot and Pepper faired 4+ Years On?

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI
About 4−1÷2 years ago I did a video about the most advanced robots at the time, ASIMO, Atlas, Cheetah, Spot and Pepper. After seeing the Atlas dance video I thought it would be good to see what has happened to our famous five robots and what the future might be for legged robots and humanoid style robots.

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Jan 31, 2021

Fujifilm and IBM Set World Record With 580TB Magnetic Tapes

Posted by in category: computing

Working together for over 15 years, IBM Research and Fujifilm achieved a recording density of 317Gbpsi.

Jan 31, 2021

Autonomous food delivery company Starship Technologies, which has enjoyed explosive growth, says kids are feeding its robots bananas

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI

Autonomous food delivery company Starship Technologies hit 1 million deliveries this month, and has doubled the size of its robot fleet.

Starship Technologies, the autonomous delivery company that sends little six-wheeled robots to people’s doorsteps with groceries and takeout, has had an astonishing year.

Jan 31, 2021

2020 Was a Breakout Year for Crispr

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Between glimpses of a medical cure and winning science’s shiniest prize, this proved to the gene-editing technology’s biggest year yet.