Monday, August 2, 2021

A biped robot 5 kilometers run

 On a single battery charge, this biped robot can run 5 kilometers in under an hour.

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image: Wikimedia

For the time being, it won't be able to defeat you in a race, but it's a start.

Robotics continues to improve, and while Boston Dynamics' products are usually the most popular, at least on the internet, numerous colleges and universities are working on their own creations. The biped robot at Oregon State University in the United States has already taken a significant stride forward.

Or, to be more precise, a series of steps. Cassie, the university's robot, has successfully completed a 5-kilometer route while running at a modest but constant speed. A single battery charge was used to complete the course, which took 53 minutes.



This is the first bipedal robot to perform such a long outdoor run, according to Agility Robotics, Cassie's developers in college. According to its inventors, the aim for this robot, which is not totally autonomous but operates via remote control and machine learning, is that it will continue to improve until similar robots can deliver mail and assist with home duties.

Biped robots have the advantage of being able to access areas that would be impossible for a quadruped robot to reach, but they are less stable. However, the thought of such robots as office assistants or, in the future, even in homes assisting individuals with mobility disabilities or the elderly is intriguing, and this is precisely what Cassie's developers are striving for in their development.

Cassie won't be particularly quick, at least for the time being, but she could be incredibly handy.

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AI-based drone defeats human pilots

An AI-based autonomous drone defeats two human pilots, in an astonishing race


Researchers at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) created an algorithm that allowed an artificial intelligence-piloted drone to outperform a human pilot. The drone is a quadrotor, which means it has four rotors, allowing autonomous flying to be faster than that of a human, according to a statement.

Despite the benefits of its development, the drone lacks sufficient autonomy, making its battery one of its weak aspects. This is a regular occurrence with today's drones, which forces them to do duties as quickly as feasible.

This problem, however, does not appear to be as critical as it is with other drones because of an algorithm that quickly leads the drone through an artificial intelligence system. The device can conduct "time-optimal trajectories that completely consider the limits of drones," according to Davide Scaramuzza, head of the university's Robotics and Perception Group.

Philipp Foehn, a PhD student and the study's lead author, stressed that the algorithm "tells the drone to pass all landmarks, but not how or when to do it."

The researchers put their algorithm to the test in a race against two human pilots in the study. Prior to the testing, the three participants were able to practice on the circuit in order to compete on an equal footing.

Finally, the race was held, and the drone piloted by the new algorithm outperformed the humans. Its performance is also more consistent, according to the researchers. This research is the first time in history that an autonomous quadrotor has won a race against human pilots.

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Artificial Intelligence myths

Artificial Intelligence myths, what is true, and what is a lie?

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Artificial Intelligence was designed and evolved in response to the growing desire to boost our daily productivity. And, like any other major technology, there are myths and urban legends that need to be debunked, as well as urban legends and other urban legends that turn out to be incorrect. We will attempt to shed some light on this topic in this essay.

Regardless of how the public thinks about AI, it is here to stay, and in fact, as time passes, more and more people are beginning to trust it. This mistrust is partly due to science fiction shows and films that have presented conceptions about AI that are not true, therefore let's look at which of these myths you should dismiss.

The most common misconceptions regarding artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence is just a machine-based replication of human intelligence. 

One of its goals is for machines to be able to reason rather than just generate logical conclusions and hypotheses from a set of data points.

AI stands for Artificial Intelligence.

Artificial intelligence products are widely available in today's consumer market, and we may discover them in smartphones, PCs, and Internet of Things devices without looking any farther. Industry and astronomy, on the other hand, are a promising area; for example, it played a key role in the 2017 NASA/Google discovery of the planet Kepler-90i, which was the first time this technology was used in astronomy.

However, misconceptions regarding AI have caused considerable alarm over the years, and many people believe that AI's potential is limitless, and that we could end up in a situation similar to the one depicted in the popular Terminator films, with Skynet. Let's see how much of this is a falsehood and how much truth there is in these myths and beliefs.

Humans will be replaced by machines in the workplace.

This is one of the most divisive artificial intelligence myths. It holds the belief that workers and machines are in rivalry, and curiously, this is a myth that seems to be most popular among the younger generation.

According to Fox Business, despite the fact that Amazon's retail warehouses employ more than 200,000 robots as of 2019, the company's rate of employing human employees climbed by 23% between 2019 and 2020, and continues to rise. What is the significance of robotics in this context? One obvious solution to this topic is that businesses are seeking for ways to lower their employees' workloads rather than completely replacing them, which is regarded unachievable.

Indeed, "collaboration" between humans and machines has a long history, with another example being in courier firms, where an automated system classifies parcels by weight and size, with the machines automatically conveying the heaviest packages to relieve humans of the effort. In practice, this is more of an alliance than a replacement, because, as previously said, no AI can completely replace a human being.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be the most powerful force on the planet.

When dealing with this myth intellectually, we must be cautious. While several prominent AI specialists have warned of the impending hazards of a machine's ability to think, do we truly comprehend their concerns?

The concept of making machines that are smarter than men and women is divisive. People like Stephen Hawking and Nick Bilton worry that AI will eventually escape our control, escalating fears of a coming machine apocalypse as depicted in numerous sci-fi films.

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, countered with more rational arguments regarding AI regulations and checks and balances. He compared AI to a creature that we could lose control of if we don't handle it properly, but it all relies on how far humans are willing to go in developing something they can't control.

Although AI's strengths are efficiency and accuracy, it is clear that it will never be able to match a person's degree of intuition and emotion, therefore its "mystical (not logical) punch" is determined by what we do with it. Another important point is that AI could fail us, and there has already been solid proof of AI failure in medicine, such as IBM's supercomputer WATSON's unsuccessful cancer therapy prescription.

Artificial Intelligence and the myths of "super humans."

 A female robot character in the 2014 film "The Machine" goes nuts after attaining a high level of emotional intelligence. People's thoughts on the future of AI are shaped by sci-fi movies like these, yet basing our beliefs on our imaginations is illogical.

It is undeniable that AI has influenced decision-making processes in business, astronomy, medicine, and pharmaceuticals, but the fact remains that no matter how well you "train" a machine (because its learning is ultimately dependent on the training it receives), it will never be able to think for itself.

This is an AI constraint that will take many, many years to solve, and many people believe it will never be overcome. As a result, most AI-powered systems will always rely on human judgment to make judgments.

As a result, it is currently ridiculous and impossible to believe that AI's potential can ever create super humans or take over the planet. It makes more sense to represent AI as modern servants that properly and efficiently accomplish duties that would be overwhelming for humans, but are not wiser than us.

The terms artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are interchangeable.

Another misconception concerning Artificial Intelligence is that it is synonymous with Machine Learning; however, the two concepts are not synonymous. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning have their roots in the 1950s (the term "machine learning" was invented by Arthur Samuel of IBM in 1952) after the successful development of a chess-playing program.

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In a nutshell, AI is a machine capable of reasoning in the same way that humans do, and Machine Learning is a subset of AI in which people "train" machines to detect patterns based on data and make predictions, no more and no less.

Artificial Intelligence's sole products are robots.

Again, science fiction films and programs are to blame for this urban legend. The term Artificial Intelligence conjure up pictures of robots in our minds because of how they present this concept to us. AI, on the other hand, is applicable to all areas of technology. Beyond robotics, AI allows for even more complicated creations, such as the facial and fingerprint recognition systems in smartphones, the "smart" devices that many people have in their homes, smart healthcare and business intelligence equipment, and so on.

AI can be used in a variety of ways, including robotics. We can use the term robotics to refer to machines capable of executing physical (and necessary physical) activities automatically in some situations, which is why robotics and AI are sometimes used interchangeably.

In essence, robots do not always have to be AI-based, as they might be made out of mechanical and electrical components (e.g., the robotic arm on an assembly line that simply welds one component to another). AI can only influence how these robots behave when it is used, but it is not required for a robot to have AI.

These are five of the most common artificial intelligence myths today, and we hope that this article has helped to debunk any of your concerns or misgivings about it.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Robots to acquire advance sense of touch

 AiFoam is an elastic substance that gives robots a sense of touch.


The National University of Singapore has invented a type of "smart foam" that recognizes items without having to contact them.

AiFoam, a "smart foam" invented by a research team at the National University of Singapore (NUS), mimics the human sense of touch. Robots might be programmed to recognize adjacent items without having to touch them in this way.

AiFoam is an elastic polymer that can expand up to 230 percent without breaking, according to its creators. The substance was created by combining fluoropolymer and a surface tension-reducing surfactant. The "foam" manages to break into parts and reunite into a single piece because to these features.

Without breaking, AiFoam can stretch up to 230 percent. Without breaking, AiFoam can stretch up to 230 percent.

The university revealed the invention in May of this year. However, the study's findings were previously published (in November 2020) in the journal Nature Communication.

The researchers wanted to "show that it is possible to reproduce the human sense of touch in a robot" with this device. "Our research offers up a new paradigm in human-machine interaction for future applications," they claim.

Microscopic particles have been introduced into the foam in order for it to detect the presence of an object (much like a human's finger). According to the researchers, this allows AiFoam to sense the presence of a human by detecting the presence of human fingers millimeters away without touching them.

The nerve endings in the skin can be mimicked to detect human presence without touching. AiFoam conceals little cylinder-shaped electrodes beneath the foam that is apparent to the naked eye.

The electrical characteristics of the particles alter as the finger approaches. This change is detected by the electrodes, which are then interpreted by a computer.

The robot can determine the direction of the applied force or the quantity of force by using this idea. AiFoam also helps robots to get closer to human interactions, with a robot being able to detect when an object in contact is slipping.

This material could be used in prostheses or industrial equipment that requires high-precision machinery in the future.

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Toyota's robot butler - to assist the elderly with housework

 Toyota's latest robot butler will assist you with daily tasks.


 Image: theverge

The machine, according to the Japanese company, has a technology that allows it to sense space in 3D, making item recognition easier.

The robot is intended to assist the elderly with housework. The robot is intended to assist the elderly with housework. Toyota Research Institute is a non-profit organization that does

In the world of robotics, humans have come a long way. Small technologies that turn our homes into smart homes have become almost vital for many people in recent years.

Toyota aims to collaborate with the growing amount of technology dedicated to making domestic duties easier. The Japanese company recently released a video in which they demonstrate their new robot accomplishing activities that previously appeared to be too difficult for a machine to complete.

Cleaning tables, picking up objects, filming itself, maneuvering through various areas, and so forth. This robot can carry out a variety of duties while navigating around the house and avoiding obstacles. The home appliance, according to Engadget, can even detect items from their reflections.

Most robots are programmed to react to the things and geometry in front of them, according to the specialized automotive maker, but they are unable to properly differentiate space.

As a result, Toyota intended to use a different technique so that its robots could "perceive the scene's 3D geometry while also recognizing objects and surfaces."

But, what do they hope to achieve by making this change? As seen in the video, the robot can purposely hold transparent glasses when cleaning them, thanks to this innovative technology created by Toyota.

According to Max Bajracharya, vice president of robotics at Toyota Research Institute, the goal of this initiative is to assist everyone, but notably the elderly. According to Bajracharya, "because of the diversity and complexity of our houses, where simple activities can become enormous issues," this technology "poses specific obstacles."

LG Electronics new delivery robot


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LG Electronics

LG Electronics has unveiled its new delivery robot, which it hopes will take the rapid delivery market by storm.

 The South Korean firm demonstrated its brainchild at the International Robot Society Conference, claiming that it can move both indoors and out. The delivery robot is equipped with four wheels. The delivery robot is equipped with four wheels. LG

 LG Electronics exited the cell phone market in April of this year and has since focused on the development of other technical products. During the International Robot Society Conference on July 13, the South Korean business unveiled its new delivery robot.

 LG Electronics hopes to "lead the fast delivery robot market" with this gadget. This area is expected to grow rapidly, so these types of robots will become increasingly in demand.

 According to the business, the robot can travel freely both indoors and outdoors and can avoid impediments and go forward even when the ground is uneven. The machine moves for this duty thanks to four wheels that change in size depending on the surface they are treading on.

 Until now, the brand's delivery robots had only been able to function indoors. However, they had never been able to transport them outside. Now, with this statement, they guarantee a robot that can move freely in both environments.

 LG Electronics has stated that after undergoing several tests, it expects to be ready to test its creation by the end of 2021. The company will be able to expand its delivery operations as a result of this.

 LG Boston Robotics Lab was founded in Boston early last year by the multinational. They've been working on next-generation robotic technology with motion intelligence alongside Kim Sang-bae, a professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Friday, July 23, 2021

BeachBot Robot to clean beaches of cigarette butts

Beaches will be free of cigarette butts thanks to a robot.

Image: projectbb

Nowadays, going to the beach is common. A few days of disconnecting along the coastlines of our country or elsewhere. However, there is an evil that haunts the beaches: bad mannered tourists litter the beach with innumerable items, including over 4500 billion cigarette butts each year. BeachBot's mission is to clean up beaches all over the world.

We previously told you about Trove, a Microsoft Garage program that compensated us for our images. Who'd have guessed that such a project could aid BeachBot in its noble mission?

BeachBot is a robot made by TechTics, a consulting firm based in The Hague, to collect up abandoned cigarette butts on the beach.

According to a 2019 study by Brazilian scientists, 4.5 trillion cigarette butts wind up in the environment each year, where the fibrous particles, which can take up to 14 years to degrade, have become "the most common form of personal item detected on beaches." They progressively poison marine turtles, birds, fish, snails, and other species along the beaches.

According to a February research by US government experts, when water comes into contact with discarded cigarette butts, the filters release more than 30 compounds that are "extremely harmful" to aquatic animals and cause "a serious hazardous waste problem." In humans, several of these compounds have been related to cancer, asthma, obesity, autism, and a lower IQ.

Beachbot is a beach-cleaning robot designed by Edwin Bos and Martijn Lukaart that can detect cigarette butts, pick them out, and dump them into a safe receptacle.

To educate the beach robot (and, specifically, the AI system) to discover cigarette butts, TechTics must show it hundreds of photographs of cigarette butts, all displayed in varied conditions, as partially hidden, so that it can recognize and remember them.

Bos and his team used Microsoft Trove to assist them collect those photos. An app that uses a transparent data marketplace to connect AI engineers with photographers. Trove facilitates a direct photo exchange for fair market value. People can submit their images in this scenario, and TechTics compensates contributors 25 cents per accepted image.

"Like a child learning to recognize an object for the first time," Christian Liensberger, senior program manager at Trove, a Microsoft Garage project, explains how the system learns to see photos.

Through Trove, TechTics is attempting to collect 2,000 photographs. It has gotten roughly 200 useful images thus far. If Trove was available worldwide and Rewards points were used as rewards, this would be much easier.

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A biped robot 5 kilometers run

 On a single battery charge, this biped robot can run 5 kilometers in under an hour. image: Wikimedia For the time being, it won't be ab...