Posted: October 8, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Comics, Entertainment, Robotics | Tags: #NYCC2015, Comic Books, Comicon, media, New York City, news, Twitter
Posted: October 8, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Japan, Robotics, Space & Aviation | Tags: Comics, design, Illustration, novelty, Planet Robot, Robots, Science fiction, toys, typography, vintage
Posted: September 8, 2015 Filed under: Asia, Japan, Robotics, Science & Technology | Tags: AlchemyAPI, Algorithm, Artificial Intelligence, Business Insider, Cancer cell, Chemotherapy, Consumer, Cornell University, New Wave music
Japanese electronics maker Hitachi said it has developed a new artificial intelligence program that will enable robots to deliver instructions to employees, improving work efficiency.
Jun Hongo reports: Hitachi Ltd. is looking to promote artificial intelligence to management.
The Japanese electronics maker said it has developed a new artificial intelligence program that will enable robots to deliver instructions to employees based on analyses of big data and the workers’ routines.
“The AI automatically analyzes the outcome of these new approaches, and selects processes which produce better results and applies it to the next work order.”
“Work efficiency improved by 8% in warehouses with the new artificial intelligence program, compared to those without them,” a Hitachi spokeswoman said. “The program can examine an extremely large amount of data to provide the most efficient instruction, which is impossible for human managers to handle.”
Hitachi last month unveiled a fast-moving two-armed robot which it says may replace humans in performing basic functions like retrieving items in warehouses. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 27, 2015 Filed under: Robotics, Science & Technology | Tags: Architectural plan, California, Civil engineering, Construction, Construction worker, drone, Knight's Spider Web Farm, Sacramento Kings, software, Surveillance, Technology Review, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Drones are being used to capture video footage that shows construction progress at the Sacramento Kings’ new stadium.
Will Knight writes: For some construction workers, any thoughts of slacking off could soon seem rather quaint. The drones will almost certainly notice.
“It’s not new to the construction industry that there would either be people standing and observing operations, or that there would be fixed cameras. Yes, making this autonomous has a different feeling for the workers.”
The workers building a lavish new downtown stadium for the Sacramento Kings in California are being monitored by drones and software that can automatically flag slow progress.
“But you have to keep in mind that it’s not really questioning the efficiency of the workers, it’s questioning what resources these guys need to be more efficient.”
The project highlights the way new technologies allow manual work to be monitored and scrutinized, and it comes as productivity in other areas of work, including many white collar jobs, is being tracked more closely using desktop and smartphone software.
Software developed at the University of Illinois can show different stages of construction.
“We highlight at-risk locations on a site, where the probability of having an issue is really high. We can understand why deviations are happening, and we can see where efficiency improvements are made.”
— Mani Golparvar-Fard, an assistant professor in the department of civil engineering at the University of Illinois, who developed the software with several colleagues
Once per day, several drones automatically patrol the Sacramento work site, collecting video footage. That footage is then converted into a three-dimensional picture of the site, which is fed into software that compares it to computerized architectural plans as well as a the construction work plan showing when each element should be finished. The software can show managers how the project is progressing, and can automatically highlight parts that may be falling behind schedule.
[Read the full story here, at MIT Technology Review]
“We highlight at-risk locations on a site, where the probability of having an issue is really high,” says Mani Golparvar-Fard, an assistant professor in the department of civil engineering at the University of Illinois, who developed the software with several colleagues. It can show, for example, that a particular structural element is behind schedule, perhaps because materials have not yet arrived. “We can understand why deviations are happening, and we can see where efficiency improvements are made,” Golparvar-Fard says.
Such additional scrutiny is controversial. It raises worries over worker privacy, for instance, and fears that people may be encouraged to work excessive hours.
Another project involves tracking the activity of individual construction workers in video footage.
“Such additional scrutiny is controversial. It raises worries over worker privacy, for instance, and fears that people may be encouraged to work excessive hours.”
Golparvar-Fard concedes that this could be an issue, but he defends the idea. “It’s not new to the construction industry that there would either be people standing and observing operations, or that there would be fixed cameras,” he says. “Yes, making this autonomous has a different feeling for the workers. But you have to keep in mind that it’s not really questioning the efficiency of the workers, it’s questioning what resources these guys need to be more efficient.” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 26, 2015 Filed under: Mediasphere, Robotics | Tags: Automation, California, Dublin, General Electric, Hitachi, Jun Hongo, Machines, Robot, Seiko Epson, Toyota, Warehouse, Workplace, WSJ
Jun Hongo reports: Robots are about to make significant progress toward replacing humans in the workplace, particularly in warehouses.
Hitachi Ltd. said Tuesday that it has developed a two-arm robot that can pick up items from shelves in less than half the time required by existing robots. The company said the new robots were developed to collect items in storage and should be commercially available in about five years.
Other robots have had similar structures, but Hitachi’s new machine is programmed so its parts can work in coordination. The camera on its arm can spot the requested item while the machine is still on the move, which enables it to work more quickly.
“Because of this coordination, it takes about three seconds for the arm to pick up an item once it is in front of a shelf,” compared with seven seconds existing robots need, a Hitachi spokeswoman said.
The robot can pick up a plastic bottle from inside a box using one arm, or carry a box of items using both arms, the company said. It can also use one arm to hold a box and the other to place or retrieve an item. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 12, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Robotics, Science & Technology | Tags: Advertising, appliance, design, Electricity, Electro, Elektro, graphics, Illustration, media, Moto-Man, New york Fair, Robots, vintage, Westinghouse
Posted: August 3, 2015 Filed under: Censorship, China, Robotics, Science & Technology | Tags: Asahi Shimbun, Beijing, China, drones, Japan, President of the People's Republic of China, Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzō Abe, Spy Drones, Tokyo, World War II, Xi Jinping
China has been strengthening its control over its technology industry, as it seeks to avoid infiltration by foreign spies and build up globally competitive tech companies.
Eva Dou reports: China is curbing its exports of advanced drones and supercomputers, in the country’s latest move to tighten control over technologies linked to national security.
Starting in mid-August, Chinese makers of super-powerful drones and some advanced computers will have to obtain an export license, according to a statement from China’s Ministry of Commerce and the General Administration of Customs on Friday.
Computers will require an export license if they exceed 8 “teraflops” – which means they can process more than 8 trillion calculations a second, roughly equivalent to the processing power of 33 Xbox 360s.
China has been strengthening its control over its technology industry, as it seeks to avoid infiltration by foreign spies and build up globally competitive tech companies.
Read the full story here, at China Real Time Report – WSJ]
China’s drones have also caused political incidents in recent months, after unmanned aircraft sold by Shenzhen-based SZ DJI Technology Co. were flown onto the roof of the office of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the grounds of the White House in Washington. Tensions flared between Pakistan and India last month after Pakistan’s military shot down an Indian “spy drone” in the disputed region of Kashmir that appeared from pictures to be made by DJI. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 29, 2015 Filed under: China, Food & Drink, Global, Robotics | Tags: CCTV News, China, Shanghai, Waitress, Yiwu, Zhejiang
On Wednesday, a company in Yiwu, eastern China Zhejiang Province, has finally launched their first batch of catering robots that can deliver food to customers, and other types of robots such as security robots after a three-year endeavor. Such gorgeous-looking robots are expected to be available in the market very soon. These robots basically consist of human simulations and chasses, through which they can discern the chromatism on the floor and thereby make moves. Catering robots are able to endure weight of more than 35 kg while security robots patrol on their own.
Posted: July 29, 2015 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Robotics, Self Defense, U.S. News | Tags: California, Central Valley (California), drone, Modesto, Residential area, Rifle, Right to Privacy, The Police, William Merideth
‘If you cross that sidewalk onto my property, there’s going to be another shooting.’
Cyrus Farivar reports: The way William Merideth sees it, it’s pretty clear-cut: a drone flying over his backyard was a well-defined invasion of privacy, analogous to a physical trespassing.
“Are you the son of a bitch that shot my drone?”
Not knowing who owned it, the Kentucky man took out his shotgun and fired three blasts of Number 8 birdshot to take the drone out.
“It was just right there. It was hovering, I would never have shot it if it was flying. When he came down at my girl’s room, and came with a video camera right over my back deck, that’s not going to work. I know they’re neat little vehicles, but one of those uses shouldn’t be flying into people’s yard and videotaping.”
“It was just right there,” he told Ars. “It was hovering, I would never have shot it if it was flying. When he came down at my girl’s room, and came with a video camera right over my back deck, that’s not going to work. I know they’re neat little vehicles, but one of those uses shouldn’t be flying into people’s yard and videotaping.”
William Merideth Mug shot
“We have a lawyer and there’s a court date and then there’s going to be a hearing. It’s not going to stop with the two charges against me, which I’m confident that we’ll get reduced or get dismissed completely.”
Minutes later, a car full of four men that he didn’t recognize rolled up, “looking for a fight.”
[Read the full story here, at Ars Technica]
“Are you the son of a bitch that shot my drone?” one said, according to Merideth.
“The people that own the drones and the people that hate guns are the only ones that disagree with what I did.”
His terse reply to the men, while wearing a 10mm Glock holstered on his hip: “If you cross that sidewalk onto my property, there’s going to be another shooting.”
The men backed down, retreated to their car, and waited for the police to arrive.
“Now, if I’d have had a .22 rifle, I should have gone to jail for that. The diameter of those things are going to come down with enough force to hurt somebody. Number 8 birdshot is not. Number 8 is the size of a pinhead.”
“His only comment was that he hoped I had a big checkbook because his drone cost $1,800,” Merideth added.
“The bottom line is that it’s a right to privacy issue and defending my property issue. It would have been no different had he been standing in my backyard. As Americans, we have a right to defend our rights and property.”
The Kentuckian was arrested Sunday evening in Hillview, Kentucky, just south of Louisville and charged with criminal mischief and wanton endangerment. He was released the following day. The Hillview Police Department did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 28, 2015 Filed under: Entertainment, Robotics | Tags: Anonymous (group), Apple TV, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Artificial Intelligence, Bitcoin, Central Intelligence Agency, Comedy Central, ESPN, Facebook, Fox Sports (United States), IOS, Mark Zuckerberg, Monday Night Football, National Football League, NFL Game Pass, United States
Robotic Sports Will One Day Rival the NFL
Cody Brown writes: When I was 13, I watched a season of Battle Bots on Comedy Central then attempted to build a killer robot in my parent’s basement. You might think, oh, you were probably a weird kid (and you’d be right) but I think eventually this is behavior that will become normal for people all around the world. It’s had some moments in the spotlight but a bunch of factors make it seem like robotic sports is destined for primetime ESPN in the next five years.
1.) A drone flying through the forest looks incredible at 80 mph.
A new class of bot (FPV Quadcopter) has emerged in the past few years and the footage they produce is nuts. Robots can do things we’re fascinated by but can’t generally achieve without risking our own lives. Drones the size of a dinner plate can zoom through a forest like a 3 pound insect. A bot that shoots flames can blow up a rival in a plexiglass cage.
You can make an argument that the *thrill* of these moments is lightened if a person isn’t risking their own life and limb and this is true to a certain extent. NASCAR crashes are inherently dramatic but you don’t need to burn drivers to make fans scream.
Just look at the rise of e-sports. This League of Legends team sits in an air conditioned bubble and sips Red Bull while a sold out arena screams their lungs out. They’re not in any physical danger but 31 million fans are watching online.
The thing that ultimately matters is that the sport looks incredible on video and fans have a connection to the players. And right now, the video, in raw form, is mesmerizing.
2.) Robot parts have gotten cheaper, better and easier to buy.
When I was a kid, I was limited to things available at the local Radio Shack or hardware store. Now I can go to Amazon, find parts with amazing reviews and have them delivered to my house in a day. The hobby community has had many years to develop its technology and increase quality. Brands like Fat Shark, Spektrum, and adafruit have lead the way.
3.) Top colleges fight over teenagers who win robotics competitions.
If you’re good at building a robot, chances are you have a knack for engineering, math, physics, and a litany of other skills top colleges drool over. This is exciting for anyone (at any age) but it’s especially relevant for students and parents deciding what is worth their investment.
There are already some schools that offer scholarships for e-sports. I wouldn’t be surprised if intercollegiate leagues were some of the first to pop up with traction.
4.) The military wants to get better at making robots for the battlefield.
This one is a little f***ed but it’s worth acknowledging. Drones (of all sizes) are the primary technology changing the battlefield today. DARPA has an overwhelming interest to stay current and they’re already sponsoring multimillion dollar (more academic) robotics competitions. It’s up to the community to figure out how (or how not) to involve them. Them, meaning the giant military apparatus of the United States but also military organizations around the world who want to develop and recruit the people who will power their 21st century defense (and offense). Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 20, 2015 Filed under: Law & Justice, Robotics, Science & Technology | Tags: Chadwell Heath, Daily Mail, London, Mail Online, Prince Philip, Robots, The Independent, The Singularity
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Posted: July 16, 2015 Filed under: Robotics, Science & Technology | Tags: AIBO, American robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Germany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Robot, Selmer Bringsjord, Sony, White hat (computer security)
Roboticists at the Ransselaer Polytechnic Institute have built a trio of robots that were put through the classic ‘wise men puzzle’ test of self-awareness – and one of them passed.
Duncan Geere reports: In the puzzle, a fictional king is choosing a new advisor and gathers the three wisest people in the land. He promises the contest will be fair, then puts either a blue or white hat on each of their heads and tells them all that the first person to stand up and correctly deduce the colour of their own hat will become his new advisor.
Selmer Bringsjord set up a similar situation for the three robots – two were prevented from talking, then all three were asked which one was still able to speak. All attempt to say “I don’t know”, but only one succeeds – and when it hears its own voice, it understands that it was not silenced, saying “Sorry, I know now!”
However, as we can assume that all three robots were coded the same, technically, all three have passed this self-awareness test. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 15, 2015 Filed under: Japan, Robotics, Science & Technology | Tags: Associated Press, Betting in poker, Chernobyl disaster, Facial recognition system, Hideo Sawada, Hotel, Japan, Japanese cuisine, Robot, Tuły
Interestingly, the robots have been made to look like dinosaurs
Benjamin Snyder writes: Step aside, receptionists. Robots are coming to get you. At least, that’s what’s happening at a hotel in Japan. Called Weird Hotel, the place of business uses robots in order to cut costs, according to the Associated Press.
“I wanted to highlight innovation. I also wanted to do something about hotel prices going up.”
— Hotel owner Hideo Sawada
The owner of the hotel, Hideo Sawada, says robots are used to boost efficiency, too, and not as a gimmick to attract tourists. Interestingly, the robots have been made to look like dinosaurs. “If you want to check in, push one,” it says in English. The visitor then needs to enter their information into a touch screen. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 13, 2015 Filed under: Entertainment, Robotics | Tags: Alonso Martinez, Board of directors, Emotion, Emotional intelligence, Facial recognition system, Mindy Kaling, Mira, Pixar, Quadrupedalism, Robot, Technical director, YouTube
Technical director at Pixar, Alonso Martinez, is currently in the early stages of developing a new companion robot. Mira, as it is currently named, is apparently an exploration into human-robot interaction and emotional intelligence. While currently in the very early stages of development, the small desktop companion is already equipped with some pretty impressive facial recognition and quite an adorable little personality.
“As her understanding of the world and people’s emotions get richer so will her ability to interact with people in a more meaningful way.”
As you can see in the video above, Mira’s favorite activity at the moment is peak-a-boo. Able to realize when you have covered your face, it will light up in excitement like a small child once revealed again making happy blips and bleeps while changing color. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 7, 2015 Filed under: Entertainment, Japan, Robotics | Tags: Culture of Japan, Gatling gun, Japan, Kickstarter, MEChA, Megabots Inc, Robot, Suidobashi Heavy Industry, YouTube
“Suidobashi, we have a giant robot. You have a giant robot. You know what needs to happen. We challenge you to a duel. Prepare yourselves and name the battlefield. In one year, we fight.”
Japanese engineers have accepted a challenge from an American company to duel with giant robots.
It all started last week when American company MegaBots, Inc. released a YouTube video showing off its 12,000-pound Mk. II robot.
Wearing an American flag as a cape, MegaBots’ Matt Oherlein bragged about the Mk II’s big guns: a cannon capable of shooting 3-pound paintballs at 100 mph. Read the rest of this entry »