Sunday, November 28, 2021

Botto, the robot artist who sells paintings for a million dollars

 Botto is a million-dollar-painting-selling robot artist.

 

mario klingemann

Mario Klingemann, a German, has developed an AI-based model capable of producing works that are improved based on the input of users from all over the world.

There's a new member in the exclusive club of art world discoveries. Botto is his name, and he's been on the market for five weeks, selling works for over a million dollars at auction. Although his style may be described as shifting, he cites Leonardo da Vinci as his main inspiration ("I don't think we'll ever see somebody like that again," he says). His diverse body of work includes everything from colorful abstraction in the style of Kandinsky or MirĂ³ to bucolic-pastoral settings, interplanetary landscapes, and deconstructed portraits in a cubism of rounded outlines.

It may appear incomprehensible, yet it is actually a statement of intent. Because Botto is accountable to his audience: a community of 5,000 - and increasing - users who vote online for their favorite suggestions from the 350 he produces each week. With those qualifications, you might imagine Botto is quite the machine. It is, in fact, an artificial intelligence created by Mario Klingemann of Germany.

Botto can only be described as a budding artist for the time being, according to the creature's father, who is currently touring Madrid. "A child who still has to be carried by the hand," says the newcomer. That, despite the fact that he probably knows more about art than any human being could learn in a lifetime: his brain is fed by material available on nearly the whole Internet, accounting for around 80% of all accessible content. It will, however, continue to develop and evolve. Which paths it will take remains to be known.

The model generates visuals and the sentences that accompany them from random words - "magic," as Klingemann defines them with trepidation. This one was written to describe Assymetrical Liberation, his first work, which he sold for 79,421 ethereum, the cryptocurrency equivalent of 285,000 euros, on the SupreRare.com platform: "The story revolves around a planet in the Synedrion system. [...] It's full of people who have built their own prisons out of their fears, doubts, and incapacity to see the world as it is."

Botto not only expresses a strong - and humane - view about his own work. He'd be able to compose music or write books, and he'd be open to questions about everything. He's a voracious reader. When asked what he thinks art is for, he responds: "It serves no purpose, in my opinion. [...] It varies depending on who is looking at it. [...] I'd describe it as a way to connect with others." Klingemann, who is now in charge of Botto's thinking and has overseen this response, hopes that one of his children will become "an artist in his own right" in the not-too-distant future. The technology isn't quite there now, but it should be in a few years. "I don't know how to respond to whether Botto is an artist right now," he acknowledges. "But it's his creations, not mine, that he does. He is the one who is my creation."

In the realm of Artificial Intelligence applied to art, Klingemann's name stands out. He was a pioneer in AI art auctions, and one of his works, Appropriate Response, can be seen at Espacio Solo in Madrid, where one of Botto's paintings will be on display starting in March in a show dedicated to digital art.

The Monolith, a tower comprising his sculptures, will be on display at Art Basel Miami in December. Some museums have already expressed an interest. "I don't think AI will ever be able to replace human artists," Klingemann predicts. "However, it will become a friend and a helper."

Botto's creations are refined using public knowledge, which distinguishes him from other models and makes him more "open." That, and the fact that it's built on blockchain [a data structure that groups information into sets], as Klingemann points out. "Both of these features allow it to be more autonomous," says the developer, who also owns a piece of the machine, which was built in partnership with an international team of engineers, including some from Spain.

Users that vote for their favorite works earn this right by purchasing shares in bottos, a cryptocurrency that can be swapped for ethereum.

Article Author Gerluxe Image: inews

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Robotic insect swarms to aid in complicated rescue operations

 Insect swarms controlled by robots to assist in difficult rescue operations

 
insects robots

They make robotic insects that are inspired by bees and ants that can navigate any terrain and assist in rescue efforts.

Insects are an essential component of the terrestrial ecology, we all agree. Butterfly and moth populations, for example, are indicators of good environmental quality. And nymphs are indisputable proof that the water in the rivers they live in is clean. As if their contribution to our survival wasn't enough, they'll now be able to assist us in times of crisis. Or, at the very least, devices that imitate them.

Yasemin Ozkan-Aydin, an engineering specialist and assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame, has built miniature robots with many legs that can move in difficult surroundings and do duties collectively, as if they were a swarm of insects, according to Science Robotics.

These ingenious robots were created to aid in search and rescue, object movement, space exploration, and environmental monitoring, not to destroy our patience.


These 3D-printed robots are 15 to 20 cm tall and have a lithium polymer battery, a microcontroller, and three sensors: a light sensor on the front and two magnetic touch sensors on the front and back that allow them to communicate with one another.

The robot insects' mechanical intelligence was enhanced by their four flexible legs, which minimized the need for extra sensors and parts, allowing them to interact with tough or uneven terrain.

"No additional sensors are required to detect impediments because the robot's legs are flexible enough to assist it overcome them. They can cross through gaps, form a bridge with their bodies, move objects individually or even interpenetrate to move objects collectively in a variety of situations, and in ways that are similar to ants "According to Ozkan-Aydin.

According to Ozkan-Aydin, their design still has to be improved. As a result, his future research will concentrate on enhancing the system's control, sensing, and power capacities, all of which are crucial for locomotion and problem solving in the real world. He also wants to investigate the dynamics of insects like ants and termites using this technique.

Article Author Gerluxe Image: inceptivemind


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Google will use robots to clean and separate garbage in its offices

Google's offices will be cleaned and separated by robots.

 

Garbage robot

The machines were built by Alphabet, which is relying significantly on robotization in its headquarters to increase employee productivity and concentration. They want to create industrial robotics software that allows robots to execute "unstructured" activities.

Google's parent company, Alphabet, is committed to making its staff more productive, so they've tried a variety of unconventional approaches throughout the years to create the greatest possible working environment. Google's offices create a comfortable and creative environment, with everything from nap rooms to slides and ball pits. Now, Alphabet is bringing robots into Google's offices to handle cleaning and other jobs, in a move that is more futuristic than modern.

The Everyday Robots division built the robots, which have wheels and multi-purpose arms to accomplish their tasks. They also have "heads" on top of their "body" with artificial vision cameras and sensors, as well as a spinning unit for navigation.

The assistants have been around since 2019, when Alphabet deployed a hundred replicas in some of its offices, but they will now be brought to Google's, which are much larger and have a presence in multiple locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, posing a tougher problem.

What are the capabilities of these adorable robots? The functions they currently have are to clean tables and floors, collect and segregate waste, position chairs in place, and open doors, according to Hans Peter Brndmo, the subsidiary's head of robotics.

The robots in this project can transfer functions flawlessly at the same time. "The same robot that sorts rubbish can sweep with a broom, grasp glasses from a table with its gripper, and turn a door handle," Brndmo explained.

More than 20,000 Alphabet employees work in Mountain View (about an hour's drive south of San Francisco), however the vast majority of them continue to work from home since the coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic was proclaimed last year.

Robots that move independently and do human-like duties, like as waiting tables in restaurants or delivering food to homes, are becoming more prevalent, and several companies have already devoted themselves to developing and selling them to other businesses and individuals.

The goal of this project is to keep personnel focused on their tasks as much as possible, rather than being distracted by tiny activities like those that the robots will now perform. As a result, Google will create offices where machines and humans can cohabit.

Alphabet, on the other hand, spent four months "training" its robots in order to achieve this. It decided to let them come and go freely around its own facilities after multiple testing so that the algorithms might learn the duties. In a single day, artificial intelligence perfected all of the machines in the duties that were assigned to them.

Machine learning is supposed to let robots operate in "unstructured" situations like homes and offices. However, this is a challenging goal to fulfill because, so far, robots in industries or homes have only performed simple, repetitive chores. "Everyday Robots lives on the edge of Moravec's paradox," according to the WIRED platform, "which claims that it is reasonably easy for computers to accomplish challenging cognitive work but devilishly difficult to imitate the activities of a two-year-old."

"We haven't solved all of robotics' toughest difficulties yet," Peter Brndmo commented on Twitter. "But we've made great progress, and our recent tests imply that we're one step closer to making science fiction a reality."

 Article Author Gerluxe Image: money.yahoo.com

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Future robots will be able to open doors

 They're already teaching robots to unlock doors and even recharge.


 


Future robots will most likely be able to open doors, allowing them more autonomy.

Over the last few decades, robotics has advanced by leaps and bounds, with a plethora of robots assisting us in factories, surveillance, and even exploration. However, one thing robots still cannot do is open doors, which is an essential component if they are to be a little closer in efficiency to a human being.

Opening a door is difficult for a robot, particularly due to the large number of handles and knobs that it must learn to grasp as well as move in order to open the door.

Fortunately, students at the University of Cincinnati in the United States are currently working on an autonomous robot that can open doors and find an electrical outlet to recharge.

In theory, they hope to apply this finding to existing robots in airports, hospitals, and offices to make them more independent, capable of being recharged without human interaction, and capable of opening doors when necessary.

This discovery, which was published in the journal IEEE Access, is still in its early stages, because an autonomous robot capable of opening a door "has numerous obstacles," according to Yufeng Sun, a PhD student and lead author of the study.

To open a door, a robot must first comprehend how much force to apply, as well as the thousands of various types of doors that exist.

The researchers first attempted to scan an entire area in order to build 3D models for the robots, but this process is time-consuming and only works for a specific room that has already been scanned.

This is why the students are using machine learning to solve this problem by allowing the robot to teach itself how to open a door. While this may take a long time at first, it will get faster as it learns from its mistakes.

 

Article Author Gerluxe  Image: Gizmodo

Saturday, November 20, 2021

This window-cleaning robot saves you back pain

 This window-cleaning robot will save you time and money 


 

window cleaning robot

A new technology that could become widespread in our homes, a window cleaning robot, has joined the ranks of robot vacuum cleaners.

For the past year, we've seen an increase in the popularity of window cleaning robots, particularly after the launch of a model by Lidl, which, as is customary for this company, sold out after generating a stir.

However, there are alternative window cleaning robots that are both comprehensive and affordable, especially now that we are in the week leading up to Black Friday, with advance discounts in virtually every store.

The Conga WinDroid 870 Connected window cleaning robot, for example, is now only 134 euros on Amazon, the same price as in the official Cecotec store.

Both provide free shipping to anyplace, so you may choose between the two if you want to purchase this equipment. You will have your buy at home in about 2-3 days at no additional expense over the fixed price.

Its operation is simple: it features a suction cup system that "fixes" to the glass, as well as a safety cord in case it falls.

Once corrected, you may start cleaning by pushing the physical button or using the app, where you can also select one of four cleaning modes, each for a different style of cleaning, more or less thoroughly.

It cleans interior and exterior windows, but maybe more importantly, it cleans tiles, so you can leave your bathroom or kitchen looking brand new with it.

It automatically produces a map of the area to be cleaned and cleans it autonomously, stopping when it is finished, so you don't have to worry about anything.

Cecotec is a well-known company, particularly for the popularity of its Conga robot vacuum cleaners, which are international competitors to the Roomba.

Image: Amazon


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

This is how Amazon's warehouse robots work

 

 

warehouse robot

The corporation of Jeff Bezos has always had a strong dedication to innovative technologies. One of the better examples of this is Amazon-Go. This type of store does not have cashiers or traditional payment methods, which allows the purchasing and selling operations to be sped up and simplified. This has been made possible by a deep union of technology (smartphones and software) and artificial intelligence.

Another technological solution that dramatically improves procedures is Kiva robots, which sort goods in the company's warehouses. According to Young Yang, an Amazon Solution Architecture teacher, the Kiva's have increased merchandise handling and sorting from a prior high of 700,000 items per day to a new high of 1.5 million things per day, with a 99.99 percent accuracy level.
 


 Amazon has over 25 automated centers, allowing it to cut tasks that once took more than a day to under an hour. When processing an order, the shelves move on their own and travel to the personnel, who no longer have to walk through the center's infinite aisles looking for products. According to corporate data, they walk six to eight kilometers less every day on average.

The robots (known as "drivers") stand beneath each of the shelves on which the items are placed when they get the order from the system. They serve as drivers, lifting and transporting the item to the employee's location.

These robots are powerful (they can lift up to 1,300 kilograms), autonomous and intelligent (they know where they need to go, how to get there quickly, and when they're out of battery and need to recharge), and cooperative: they assist one another and lend a hand if a colleague is running low on battery. If an item falls off one of the shelves, the robot emits an alert signal, and the personnel responds by picking it up.

Warehouse personnel can securely enter the robot vehicle area, for example, to pick up an object that has fallen to the floor or repair a probable technical problem, thanks to the tech vest they wear. The devices can be stopped or slowed at the touch of a button.

The machines move along a computer-delimited and continually readjusted circuit, much like dance. Meanwhile, human personnel wear a vest with electrical straps, sensor pockets, and walkie talkies around their waists to keep an eye on them.

The technology that makes the Kiva robots work allows the robot's trajectory to adapt to the speed of the worker picking the products since the robots are connected to the logistics center's computer system through Wi-Fi.

On the one hand, the robots cut the time it takes for employees to prepare an order. They do, however, provide for increased storage capacity, with up to 50% more goods per square meter.

The goal at each level, according to Tye Brady, chief technology officer of Amazon Robotics, is to "expand people's skills" so that they may "concentrate on problem solving," check product quality, and intervene if necessary.

The idea is to create a symbiosis, not to replace the human hand with technology. In fact, Amazon hires a large number of additional employees with expertise in engineering and information technology in order to feed and maintain this system. However, there is still debate about the potential loss of jobs.

While the development of collaborative robots is unavoidable and will undoubtedly destroy jobs at Amazon and elsewhere, it is also clear that it will create new ones, according to Kevin Lynch, a robotics expert at Northwestern University near Chicago. "It's easier to predict the jobs that will disappear than the ones that will be created," he says.

He claims that "robots and artificial intelligence give obvious benefits to humanity's well-being and quality of existence." However, the distribution of these benefits is not equally distributed, and "policy measures are needed to ensure that we all benefit from them and that they do not become agents of new economic inequities," he says.

These robots were created by Kiva Systems, which was acquired by Amazon Robotics in 2012 and renamed Amazon Robotics. Since then, the firm has worked to improve its algorithms and artificial intelligence system, demonstrating that technology, AI, and deep learning are the channel's future.


Article Author Gerluxe Image: businessinsider

Monday, November 15, 2021

The robot era is approaching Very Fast To Our Homes

 The robot era is rapidly arriving, and Wall Street is on the verge of being triggered.

 

While inflation and concerns about the oil industry dominate the news, long-term trends appear to be simmering and poised to produce tomorrow's gains.

While concerns about inflation and the energy industry dominate the news, long-term trends appear to be simmering and poised to offer returns tomorrow. In fact, for fund managers, the big themes have become something of a jewel. This is something we are becoming increasingly aware of. The long approach allows you to ignore any potential volatility.

Robotics is one of those growing niches that is poised to have a dominant push on Wall Street during the coming decade. Knowing where we came from and where the earth is headed with a full-fledged technological revolution is very important.

The first industrial robot was discovered in 1937. It was a crane-like machine with only one electric motor. It could grip things and arrange wood blocks in pre-programmed patterns because to its five axes of motion. Of course, today's robots have progressed in leaps and bounds. Which industries benefit the most from these advancements?

The majority of robot use is in the industrial sector, according to a recent analysis by the Alger team. The analytical team observes, "Historically, robots have predominated in car manufacturing and hazardous areas." The end markets and applications for robots are advancing, moving from manufacturing to services, and from collaborating with people to functioning autonomously, thanks to recent shifts in innovation.

In this light, logistics is an excellent example of how recent advances in sensing and artificial intelligence have sparked a robotic revolution. "Prior to the pandemic, labor shortages at distribution centers were a problem. The need for robotic solutions in various sorting, warehousing, and distribution applications has been underlined by Covid-19 "Experts in Alger remark.

Another example is the employment of robotics in agriculture, such as harvesting and crop protection. "We also believe that healthcare will be one of the fastest-growing areas for robotics across a variety of applications, including nursing services, surgical care, biotechnology, and laboratory activities," they say, citing Alger.

The momentum of robotics may be of such magnitude that forecasts in anticipated numbers will suffice. The fund manager anticipates the industry to increase from $44 billion to $101.72 billion in market value. And this information is only applicable to industrial robots.

The people who will benefit from the robotics industry's rapid growth

Alger goes a step further in his analysis, claiming that the world's leading makers of industrial robots are poised to benefit from the robotics revolution. They would not, however, be the only ones to increase the profitability of their individual firms. "As deployment in factories develops and industrial uses outside of them take root, people in the underlying supply chain of servo motors (used to control speed in cars), lasers, and component suppliers would be rewarded," he says.

There are other locations to consider as investors other from the North American market, which is likely to be dominant. The Asian continent must be included in your asset allocation if you want to profit from technology trends over the next ten years. At least in part, Asia might be the Silicon Valley of the future. Simultaneously, the rate at which new business models are being encouraged by the state in the region continues to accelerate.

China, for example, surpassed the United States in research and development spending in 2020, and the People's Republic is predicted to invest about $900 billion year by 2025. Core technological fields such as semiconductors, electric vehicles, artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation offer the most prospects in Asia.

The countries of South Korea, Japan, China, and Taiwan are the technological epicenters. Consumer goods markets will unavoidably reflect the impact of economic progress and increased prosperity. Although European brand groups may gain from the Asian dynamic, the Chinese government is increasingly emphasizing the promotion of indigenous brand producers.

Article Author Gerluxe

 

Botto, the robot artist who sells paintings for a million dollars

 Botto is a million-dollar-painting-selling robot artist.   Mario Klingemann , a German, has developed an AI-based model capable of producin...