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Toyota's Gill Pratt on Self-Driving Cars and the Reality of Full Autonomy

Gill Pratt explains why nobody in the automotive industry is anywhere close to full autonomy

Big Data Is Helping Us See Environmental Problems in a Whole New Light

You don’t have to be a member of Greenpeace to see that the planet, its ecosystems and its wildlife are under threat. Climate change, deforestation, ocean acidification, pollution—the list of human-caused insults to the environment is long. It’s the classic problem of being unable to see the forest for the trees. However, in the last […]

Could Having Too Much Become a Bigger Problem Than Having Too Little?

Years ago I traveled to Juarez, Mexico for work, staying across the border in El Paso, Texas and driving back and forth each day. On the Texas side, American life bustled on as usual: wide, well-maintained highways hummed with orderly traffic. Most of the cars were less than a decade old. Strip malls and recently-constructed […]

Robots Podcast #226: Robots Podcast #226: Toru robots, with Dr. Moritz Tenorth, with Dr. Moritz Tenorth

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley will be talking to Dr Moritz Tenorth he is head of software development at Magazino, a Munich-based startup developing mobile pick-and-place robots for item-specific logistics. We will be discussing his work on the Toru robot … Continue reading ?

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through January 21)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Microsoft Thinks Machines Can Learn to Converse by Making Chat a Game Cade Metz | WIRED "For Microsoft, winning the game of conversation means winning an enormous market. Natural language could streamline practically any computer interface. With this in mind, the company is already building an army of chatbots, but so far, the […]

Robots May Steal Our Jobs, but Not as Quickly as We Thought

Fear of job loss to automation is growing, with each announcement of exciting technological progress generating a backlash from those who could end up unemployed because of it. Amazon Go is eliminating the need for cashiers. Self-driving vehicles won’t need truckers and cabbies at their wheels. Artificial intelligence is beginning to diagnose disease, perform surgery, […]

Future Robotics: 3D Printing Graphene

The structure you see above has the potential to be stronger than steel and considerably less dense. Researchers at MIT, in collaboration with the Office of Naval Research and the Departmnt of Defense, headed by Markus Buehler and supported by the  intend to 3D print it using graphene (as opposed to the plastic model above) and the [...]Show More Summary

Designer Babies Dilemma in Sharp Focus With Fast Moving Fertility Tech

Moral panic around “designer babies” is nothing new, but rapid advances in technology that allows adult cells to be reprogrammed into sperm and egg cells could bring the issue into sharp focus. Since the 90s it has been common practice to genetically profile embryos used in in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment. This is done largely […]

Soft Robot Hugs Your Heart to Keep It Pumping

An implantable sleeve mimics the motion of the heart, and reverses heart failure in pigs

Get Ready to Love Math With This Sweet VR Calculator

“Our universe isn’t just described by math, but it is math in the sense that we’re all parts of a giant mathematical object.” – Max Tegmark I knew virtual reality was going to make mathematical education more effective. I just didn’t realize it was going to be so beautiful. With the recent surge of progress and […]

Artificial Intelligence vs Machine Learning vs Deep Learning: What does it all mean?

For more than a decade, hundreds of millions of people on planet Earth have, unbeknownst to them, interacted on a daily basis with the most advanced artificial intelligence (AI) ever created. The AI I am referring to is none other than the Google search engine. Surprised? Google’s online search engine actually meets the definition of… Read More »

Stem Cells Are Poised to Change Health and Medicine Forever

We are at the cusp of a stem cell revolution. Understanding and harnessing these unique cells may unlock breakthroughs in longevity and therapeutic solutions to all kinds of chronic diseases and regenerative opportunities. Last month, I took a trip down to the Stem Cell Institute in Panama City with Dr. Bob Hariri (co-Founder of Human […]

Deep Learning AI for NASA Powers Earth Robots

Neurala wants to build powerful AI systems that run on smartphone chips to power robots, drones, and self-driving cars

Neato Botvac D3 and D5 Connected Available at RobotShop

Ready for a new robot vacuum? Introducing two new connected robot vacuums from Neato Robotics now available for purchase at RobotShop. The Botvac D3 Connected and D5 Connected are new additions to Neato's line of connected robot vacuums which you can control with your smartphone. Show More Summary

When the Worst Happens, These Amazing Robots Will Come to the Rescue

The attacks of September 11, 2001, will go down in American history for many reasons—the deaths of nearly 3,000 people chief among them. A footnote in that particular history book is of interest to us here: 9/11 was the first time robots were used in a real search and rescue effort in the United States. […]

?Don't worry, robots and AI won't take your job: Well, at least not all of it

Automation probably won't lead to massive unemployment, but governments will still need to prepare for major upheaval, according to a new study.

Aging and Death Are the Evolutionary Price of Complexity

Life’s ever-repeating cycles of birth and death are among the most fundamental principles of nature. An organism starts out as a single cell that grows and divides, develops into an embryo, matures and reaches adulthood, but then ages, deteriorates, and eventually succumbs to death. But why does life have to be cyclic, and why does […]

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through January 14th)

QUANTUM COMPUTING Quantum Computing Is Real, and D-Wave Just Open-Sourced It Klint Finley | WIRED "Qbsolv is designed to help developers program D-Wave machines without needing a background in quantum physics... today the company released Qbsolv as open source, meaning anyone will be able to freely share and modify the software... The goal, Ewald says, […]

AI weekly news roundup (Jan 8-14, 2017)

The second week of January is now behind us, so here is a brief look at some AI related stories as we are heading into the second half of the new year’s first month. Microsoft acquired Canadian deep learning startup Maluuba partly in order to get deep learning pioneer Yoshua Bengio onboard. Professor Bengio has… Read More »

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