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Anki's Code Lab Brings Sophisticated Graphical Programming to Cozmo Robot

 − at 01:50, 27. Jun. 2017



With an easy-to-use interface based on MIT's Scratch, you can command Cozmo to do complex tasks without any programming experience

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Robots Podcast #237: Deep Learning in Robotics, with Sergey Levine

 − at 09:00, 24. Jun. 2017

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Sergey Levine, assistant professor at UC Berkeley, about deep learning on robotics. Levine explains what deep learning is and he discusses the challenges of using deep learning in robotics. Lastly, Levine speaks about his collaboration with Google and some of the surprising behavior that emerged from his deep learning approach (how the system grasps soft objects).

In addition to the main interview, Audrow interviewed Levine about his professional path. They spoke about what questions motivate him, why his PhD experience was different to what he had expected, the value of self-directed learning,  work-life balance, and what he wishes he’d known in graduate school.

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How I Built an AI to Sort 2 Tons of Lego Pieces

 − at 21:00, 23. Jun. 2017



A GPU-based neural network was the only way to handle a garage full of Lego

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Video Friday: Self-Driving Potato, NASA at Mars, and Autonomous Sumo Robots

 − at 17:51, 23. Jun. 2017



Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos

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What Does Your Smart Meter Know About You?

 − at 14:00, 23. Jun. 2017



It may be more than you’d like

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Are Telepresence Robots the Best Way to Explore Other Worlds?

 − at 18:52, 22. Jun. 2017



The most efficient way to exploring other planets may be sending humans to orbit, and letting robots do everything else

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Why Do We Need Robots : Survival

 − at 16:08, 22. Jun. 2017

This is the last part of three in our series “Why Do We Need Robots?”. The goal is to highlight the major reasons why robotics will be part of our future, and an essential one, by looking a bit further.

While the democratization of robots is rendering them more and more present in our daily lives, most people have still mixed-feelings about the future. Many apocalyptic movies have depicted a future where either the robots are exterminating the humans or enslaving them. Few (or even none) have done the opposite. That is to say illustrating the benefits of a society full of robots, and its inevitability.

We looked at Demography and Artificial Intelligence. What if, ultimately, we needed robots to ensure our very own survival?

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Let’s face it. We’re doomed.

It’s true and it’s not a matter of being pessimistic, but rather being realistic about the outcome awaiting us and the rest of the life on Earth. Indeed, our planet has already faced 5 major mass extinctions :

  • 439 millions years ago : End Ordovician – 60% of marine invertebrates go extinct
  • 367 millions years ago : Late Devonian – 57% of marine invertebrates go extinct
  • 245 millions years ago : End Permian – 82% of marine invertebrates go extinct
  • 208 millions years ago : End Triassic – 53% of marine invertebrates go extinct
  • 65 millions years ago : End Cretaceous – 47% of marine invertebrates go extinct

Thus, we’re bound to face another mass extinction in the future. Whether it will be due to circumstances beyond our control (like a giant asteroid) or the ones in our control (climate change). If we don’t want to be the dinosaurs of the future, we’ll have to leave our planet and create the first extra-terrestrial colony. But we can’t do it alone.

Robots will be our settlers

Robots are already exploring the vastness of space for us. Whether as probes or as on-the-ground rovers, they help us get a better understanding of what’s out there. Thanks to the progress in space travel, combined to those of robotics and artificial intelligence, the next generation will not be just scientific robots.

No, the next generation or robots will be our settlers. They will be terra-forming a planet to make it habitable for a colony. Building the essential infrastructures for our survival : oxygen, water, and food generating systems. But also our homes, our roads, our communications network,… Essentially making the whole settling possible and realistic and working tirelessly to achieve their task.

We can’t think of settling on another planet without these essential systems to sustain the first comers. Not only the task would be too large to be undertaken by a handful of humans, but the risk and burden would be too heavy to bear.

Robots are what make the life beyond Earth, and thus our species survival, possible.

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We need robots to help humanity bear the challenges of today and tomorrow

As we have seen in the previous two part of this series, robots will help us cope with the demography burden all countries will face after they complete their demographic transition. And as they get smarter, they will allow us to focus not on work and wealth production, but on self improvement and human connections. Last but not least, they will help ensure our species survive and thrive on another planet.

Robots are not “nice to have” machines. They are mandatory, and we need them.

          

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Drone “Fireworks,” 5G communications, and Streaming VR Coming to Olympic Games

 − at 23:00, 21. Jun. 2017



Intel says its new Olympics sponsorship is about “changing the experience” for the digital generation

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Watch This Robot Navigate Like a Rat

 − at 22:00, 21. Jun. 2017



Specialized neurons in a rat’s brain may be the key to autonomous robot navigation

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Henry Markram Talks Brain Simulation

 − at 21:00, 21. Jun. 2017



The preliminary work for simulating the human brain is already under way

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