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Artificial Intelligence

Waymo reportedly applies to put autonomous cars on California roads with no safety drivers

By | Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, autonomous vehicles, Gadgets, Government, Robotics, Transportation, waymo

Waymo has become the second company to apply for the newly-available permit to deploy autonomous vehicles without safety drivers on some California roads, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. It would be putting its cars — well, minivans — on streets around Mountain View, where it already has an abundance of data.

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Who’s a good AI? Dog-based data creates a canine machine learning system

By | allen institute for artificial intelligence, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Gadgets, Science, university of washington

We’ve trained machine learning systems to identify objects, navigate streets, and recognize facial expressions, but as difficult as they may be, they don’t even touch the level of sophistication required to simulate, for example, a dog. Well, this project aims to do just that — in a very limited way of course. By observing the behavior of A Very Good Girl, this AI learned the rudiments of how to act like a dog.

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Massterly aims to be the first full-service autonomous marine shipping company

By | Artificial Intelligence, autonomous vehicles, Europe, Gadgets, GreenTech, Hardware, Logistics, massterly, Robotics, Shipping, TC, Transportation

Logistics may not be the most exciting application of autonomous vehicles, but it’s definitely one of the most important. And the marine shipping industry — one of the oldest industries in the world, you can imagine — is ready for it. Or at least two major Norwegian shipping companies are: they’re building an autonomous shipping venture called Massterly from the ground up.

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DARPA wants new ideas for autonomous drone swarms

By | Artificial Intelligence, DARPA, drones, Gadgets, Government, Hardware, Robotics, UAVs

The Defense Department’s research wing is serious about putting drones into action, not just one by one but in coordinated swarms. The Offensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics program is kicking off its second “sprint,” a period of solicitation and rapid prototyping of systems based around a central theme. This spring sprint is all about “autonomy.”

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DARPA wants new ideas for autonomous drone swarms

By | Artificial Intelligence, DARPA, drones, Gadgets, Government, Hardware, Robotics, UAVs

The Defense Department’s research wing is serious about putting drones into action, not just one by one but in coordinated swarms. The Offensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics program is kicking off its second “sprint,” a period of solicitation and rapid prototyping of systems based around a central theme. This spring sprint is all about “autonomy.”

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Arm chips with Nvidia AI could change the Internet of Things

By | ARM, ARM Holdings, Artificial Intelligence, computing, Gadgets, Intel, Internet of Things, IoT, IP Group, machine learning, microwave, mobile devices, neural networks, nvidia, TC, Technology, tegra, trillium, vp

Nvidia and Arm today announced a partnership that’s aimed at making it easier for chip makers to incorporate deep learning capabilities into next-generation consumer gadgets, mobile devices and Internet of Things objects. Mostly, thanks to this partnership, artificial intelligence could be coming to doorbell cams or smart speakers soon. Arm intends to integrate Nvidia’s open-source […]

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Robot posture and movement style affects how humans interact with them

By | Artificial Intelligence, disney research, Gadgets, Hardware, Robot Human Interaction, Robotics, robots, Science

It seems obvious that the way a robot moves would affect how people interact with it, and whether they consider it easy or safe to be near. But what poses and movement types specifically are reassuring or alarming? Disney Research looked into a few of the possibilities of how a robot might approach a simple interaction with a nearby human.

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Rainforest Connection enlists machine learning to listen for loggers and jaguars in the Amazon

By | Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, Gadgets, Google, GreenTech, logging, machine learning, Mobile, rainforest connection, Science, tensorflow

The vastness that makes the Amazon rainforest so diverse and fertile also makes it extremely difficult to protect. Rainforest Connection is a project started back in 2014 that used solar powered second-hand phones as listening stations that could alert authorities to sounds of illegal logging. And applying machine learning has supercharged the network’s capabilities.

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Hold this beam for me, friend robot, and let us construct a house together

By | Artificial Intelligence, construction, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, Science, woodworking

Being a neophyte in the world of woodworking — I’ve made a shabby but sturdy shed — I can appreciate the value of a good partner who can help measure, cut, hold stuff, and generally be a second pair of hands. The usual drawback with humans is you have to pay them or feed them in return for this duty. So imagine my delight in finding that ETH Zurich is pioneering the art of robot-assisted woodworking!

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