Why we might be looking at the Brain in the wrong way

The mind tries to understand the world in terms of concepts, most of which are dressed in language and in some cases, in mathematics. But our conceptual understanding of the world suffers from a chicken-and-egg problem: where do the concepts in which this understanding is modeled come from in the first place? How can you build a new theory with old terminology and make sure that it doesn’t suffer from the implicit assumptions inherent in the terminology?

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Stanford researchers propose AI that figures out how to use real-world objects

One longstanding goal of AI research is to allow robots to meaningfully interact with real-world environments. In a recent paper, researchers at Stanford and Facebook took a step toward this by extracting information related to actions like pushing or pulling objects with movable parts and using it to train an AI model. For example, given a drawer, their model can predict that applying a pulling force on the handle would open the drawer.

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AI-based Recycler AMP Robotics gains $55M in new funding from Investors

AMP Robotics Corp., an AI startup developing technology that sorts recyclable materials, has raised an additional $55 million in its latest funding round. The Denver-based AI startup launched in 2015 has so far raised more than $71 million in two funding rounds.

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AI vs. Human: A comparison of human perception with Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Human intelligence is based on a fantastic duality (a) perception of patterns (b) rational and structural decisions. Both properties are distinct yet complementary to each other and run parallel in the decision-making process of humans. A Machine learning (ML) based system also has two similar structures.

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2020 will change the way we look at robotics

Earlier this month, Hyundai acquired a controlling stake in Boston Dynamics that valued the company at $1.1 billion. What’s most interesting about the news isn’t the acquisition itself (it does, after all, find Boston Dynamics switching hands for the third time in seven years), but rather what the company’s evolution tells us about the state of robotics in 2020.

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China’s adaptive robot maker Flexiv raises over $100 million

As businesses around the world look to automate production lines and supply chains, companies making the robots are attracting great investor interest. The latest to get funded is Flexiv, which closed a Series B round north of $100 million from investors including China’s on-demand services giant Meituan.

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What challenges must the global technology sector address during a period of exponential growth?

This year has proved that in times of crisis, technology often progresses much more quickly than in times of peace. The spread of COVID-19 sparked the development of various innovative technologies, which have been an incredible support in many ways. Technology was already making some seriously impressive breakthroughs around the world, offering various new purposes.

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Chinese AI chipmaker Horizon endeavours to raise $700M to rival NVIDIA

AI chipmaker Horizon Robotics is seeking to raise $700 million in a new funding round. Horizon is often seen as potentially becoming China’s equivalent of NVIDIA. The company is founded by Dr Kai Yu, a prominent industry figure with quite the credentials. Yu led Baidu’s AI Research lab for three years, founded the Baidu Institute…

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Following Hyundai acquisition, Boston Dynamics’ CEO discusses the robotics pioneer’s future

A lot can change in a year. Especially this year. For Boston Dynamics, the past 12 months have brought a number of radical changes traditionally not seen at 30-year-old businesses of its size. It’s a list that includes the first new CEO in the company’s history, wide availability of its first commercial product, and most recently, being acquired by its third owner in seven years.

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Hyundai buys 80% controlling interest in Boston Dynamics

It’s official. Boston Dynamics is becoming part of the Hyundai family (pending regulatory approval, naturally). The Waltham, Massachusetts-based robot maker confirmed in a press release today that the South Korean technology company is acquiring controlling interest. The deal, which values the company at $1.1 billion, gives Hyundai Motor Group an 80% stake, with SoftBank controlling the remaining 20%.

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Robotics and AI trends: the 2021 edition

If there’s one thing 2020 proved to us all, it’s that no one can predict the future. I’ve often confessed that I have no crystal ball, but despite my lack of psychic abilities, I couldn’t have been more surprised by what we’ve seen in the past 12 months. Investing in technology? Here are the top trends in robotics & AI to watch in 2021.

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Designing AI agents’ behaviors with Behavior Trees

In our previous posts, we discussed about Planning and Acting. Both are for planning, one with a Descriptive Model and the other with an Operational Model of actions. Acting with Operational Model uses Refinement Methods to refine abstract tasks into subtasks or commands that can be executed by Execution Platform. In a rather complex domain where there are multiple methods that we can use to refine a task, this approach excels.

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The Work of the Future – Building better jobs in an age of Intelligent Machines

Three years ago, robots, artificial intelligence (AI), and self-driving cars seemed to be coming fast. A widely cited study projected nearly half of all jobs in industrialized countries could soon be performed by robots or AI. One beer advertisement showed robots gleefully surpassing humans in running, bicycling, and golfing, but ended with a robot gazing wistfully through a window at people socializing in a bar. Humans would soon be outcompeted in every arena except social drinking, this ad seemed to say.

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NVIDIA: Implementing Robotics Applications with ROS 2 and AI on the Jetson Platform

Deep learning is being adopted in robotics to accurately navigate indoor environments, detect and follow objects of interest, and maneuver without collisions. However, the increasing complexity of deep learning makes it challenging to accommodate these workloads on embedded systems. While you can make trade-offs between accuracy and deep learning model size, compromising accuracy to meet real-time demands often proves counterproductive in most robotics applications.

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The fast-tracking approach to AI Ethics is unwise for AI Autonomous Systems 

The existing and ongoing pell-mell rush to get AI systems out-the-door is worrisome. There is a potential price to be paid for the flimsy assumption that soonest AI is the best kind of AI. For example, some have put together contact tracing apps that have AI capabilities to bolster the intended functionality of slowing or preventing the spread of the infectious virus, but insufferably those same apps oftentimes are privacy intrusion nightmares.

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Hands-free Authentication and Autonomous Sanitizing Robot

Icuro have designed an affordable artificial intelligence (AI) powered mobile robot for precision sanitization of any indoor area. For any commercial buildings, facilities, offices, restaurants, and schools, our robot can sanitize with a fog spray of the disinfectant solution while navigating around tables, chairs, or fixed objects.

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Sony has a new ‘AI robotics’ drone division called Airpeak

Sony’s latest division, Airpeak, is described as being “in the field of AI robotics” and will focus on next-generation drones. Despite incidents of reckless flying, drones unlock huge opportunities. We regularly see beautiful photography and videography shot using drones—but, of course, they can do so much more. Sony has built a stellar reputation in media…

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