[Video Highlights] Our Week with the World Economic Forum

In March 2021, Good Systems hosted a first-of-its-kind event with the World Economic Forum, inviting researchers and industry leaders to talk about government procurement of artificial intelligence, or — simply — how state, local, and federal government agencies buy AI technologies like computer vision, used for everything from autonomous vehicles and facial recognition, and natural language processing for things like virtual assistants or chatbots.

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SoftBank leads $15M round for China’s industrial robot maker Youibot

Youibot

SoftBank has picked its bet in China’s flourishing industrial robotics space. Youibot, a four-year-old startup that makes autonomous mobile robots for a range of scenarios, said it has notched close to 100 million yuan ($15.47 million) in its latest funding round led by SoftBank Ventures Asia, the Seoul-based early-stage arm of the global investment behemoth.

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6 manufacturing execs discuss how data collection and automation are changing the industry

6 manufacturing execs

6 manufacturing execs chatted about the benefits of new communication tools, the advantage of artificial intelligence and automation, and how their companies have pushed themselves to focus on sustainability. 

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Robotic vision startup Plus One raises $33M

Robot picking

San Antonio-based Plus One Robotics today announced a $33 million Series B. The round follows an $8.3 million Series A announced in 2018 and brings the company’s total funding to north of $40 million. The round, led by McRock Capital and TransLink Ventures, features BMWi Ventures, Kensington Capital Partners and Ironspring Ventures, along with existing investors.

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Agents in Artificial Intelligence

AI Agents

Artificial Intelligence study is composed of rational agents. A rational agent could be anything which make decisions, program, machine or a person. Agent carries out the actions which give the best outcome based on past and present percepts. An AI system contains and agent and the environment on which agent perform actions.

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Multi-Task Robotic Reinforcement Learning at Scale

Google Actionable Model

Robotics at Google, both MT-Opt and Actionable Models indicate that it is possible to collect and then learn many distinct tasks from large diverse real-robot datasets within a single model, effectively amortizing the cost of learning across many skills. We see this an important step towards general robot learning systems that can be further scaled up to perform many useful services and serve as a starting point for learning downstream tasks.

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Kroger launches its first Ocado-powered ‘shed’, a massive, robot-filled fulfillment center in Ohio

Kroger delivery

After inking a deal to work together almost three years ago, U.S. supermarket chain Kroger and U.K. online grocer Ocado today took the wraps off the first major product of that deal. Kroger has launched a new Ocado-powered customer fulfillment center in Monroe, Ohio, outside of Cincinnati, a gigantic warehouse covering 375,000 square feet and thousands of products for packing and delivering Kroger orders from online shoppers.

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Domino’s, Nuro to begin autonomous pizza deliveries in Houston

Nuro Dominos robotic pizza delivery

Starting this week, some Domino’s customers in Houston can have a pizza delivered without ever interacting with a human. The pizza delivery giant said Monday it has partnered with autonomous delivery vehicle startup Nuro to allow select customers to have their pizzas dropped at their door via Nuro’s R2 robot.

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Google Brain, Intel AI Lab & UC Berkeley Reveal the Power of Motion2Vec

Medical robot

It has come to light that, Motion2Vec, an AI model developed by Google Brain, Intel AI Lab, and UC Berkeley has the ability to learn how to do tasks related with robotic surgery such as suturing, needle-passing, needle inserting, and knot binding by watching surgery clips. The model was tested in a lab with a two-armed da Vinci robot moving a needle through cloth.

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