Sunday, October 31, 2021

Flippy a robot that can fry chicken wings and burgers


Flippy robot

 Restaurants cope with a labor shortage by employing robots to fry chicken wings and burgers and deliver them to tables.

The robots, which cost between $3,000 and $20,000 per month, are already being tested at several restaurant chains, but there are two obstacles to overcome.

The Flippy robot meets a new challenge at Inspire Brands' Innovation Center in Atlanta. Miso Robotics' robot worker first came as a solution for preparing hamburgers. It now fries chicken wings for the first time.

The Flippy 1 and 2 robots have been under development for nearly five years, with pilot tests at companies including CaliBurger and White Castle. To enhance output and speed, Inspire's Buffalo Wild Wings chain is testing the wing-prep variant. It is hoped that it will be used more widely in 2022 and in the future.

"At Inspire, our automation strategy and goal is about increasing our capacity, not about labor shortages," said Stephanie Sentell, vice president of operations and innovation.

"With the automation we're looking at, we'll be able to unlock that and bring food to our visitors faster," he said.

Staffing shortages, on the other hand, are unavoidable. According to the National Restaurant Association, four out of every five establishments are understaffed. There are 81 percent of full-service operators and 75 percent of limited-service operators in this group.

Robotics can assist in reducing labor costs and streamlining operations.

For the fry station, there is a solution, Miso claims that its Flippy 2 can assist with a difficult task in the kitchen: fryer operation.

"It's one of those difficult professions," Miso Robotics CEO Mike Bell remarked. "It's monotonous, dangerous at times, and fairly repetitious. As a result, it was the ideal time for automation robotics to step in and assist firms like Buffalo Wild Wings "Added he.

The robot might cost up to $3,000 per month in rental fees. In the coming months, Miso plans to participate in a dozen trial programs with big restaurant chains.

Richtech's maitre d' can serve and wait tables while Flippy works in the rear. The $20,000 robot has been put to the test in restaurants like California Pizza Kitchen.

Richtech COO Phil Zheng told NBC that the business has partnered with huge chains to undertake weekly trials in this challenging environment. "Our robot helps servers to serve many more tables, and consumers to get their meals faster," Zheng said.

"Because waiters would have more time to connect with customers, restaurants will be able to raise their earnings. They will be able to sell more drinks, special offers, and other items, as well as generate revenue "Added he.

As labor shortages are projected to remain in the coming years, the company also has a cleaning robot for hotels and sees prospects in airports and even nursing homes.

Robotics are also used outside of food firms' internal processes. Companies like Phantom and Virtual Kitchen are also considering using robots to deliver food to customers.

Kitchen United began a five-day pilot test this week to move restaurant orders from its offices in the Westfield Valley Fair retail mall in the Bay Area to homes within a half-mile radius, using the Kiwibot. Cartken in Miami offers a similar program with Reef Virtual Kitchens.

Domino's and Chipotle are cooperating with Nuro, which is backed by Softbank. Last spring, Domino's began a trial experiment in Houston with Nuro's self-driving car. In March, Chipotle announced that as part of their funding round in late 2020, it would invest in Nuro.

Challenges in robotics

While automation can help alleviate labor issues, it confronts two challenges, according to a recent EMSI paper titled The Demographic Drought.

Elon Musk has revealed a humanoid robot that will relieve us of "dangerous, repetitive, or boring" tasks.

The first is that robots will never be able to completely replace humans. The second point is that the current labor crisis will persist, and workers will be required to construct robots and other automated technological solutions.

"Companies attempting to invest in AI (artificial intelligence) development are already experiencing labor and skill shortages. Market share research of robotic automation has revealed that the industries that have already invested the most in it (automotive, electronics, and metal) continue to drive the market, but collaborative robots do not match the market insertion standards "According to the report,

The sector as a whole, according to Ron Hetrick, labor economist at EMSI and one of the paper's authors, is not yet capable of incorporating robotics at a major level, but future restaurant business models will continue to evolve as long as labor constraints exist.

"It will undoubtedly reduce the number of restaurants where you can sit," Hetrick said.

Software developers are always in great demand, according to Miso's Bell, but the company confronts "typical hurdles" in terms of worker availability. A more urgent problem is the current supply chain crisis.

"We don't have any supply shortages at the moment, and we don't expect any in the next six months. However, there are other issues that must be addressed in the long run. Hopefully, in the coming months, this global supply chain will right itself out "he stated 

Article by Gerluxe Image: misorobotics

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Hilton hotels put staff selection in the hands of a robot

Connie Robot

The Hilton hotel brand is embroiled in a controversy over its decision to put the employee selection process in the hands of a machine, a robot. This isn't the first time the corporation has sparked debate over its technology choices. The hotel company unveiled a machine dubbed Connie to replace the work of bellhops months ago, and the unions already opposed.

Now that tourism is beginning to recover after a year and a half of being blighted by the international Covid-19 outbreak, the industry is embroiled in yet another issue, this time over the use of artificial intelligence to hire staff by some hotel chains. It has already been implemented at Hilton Hotels.

Workers have been outraged by this decision since the hotel chain's strategy could create a precedent, and they do not want employment selection to be "in the hands of algorithms and robots."

The Hiltons have recruited the tech firm Hire Vue, which will issue "employability" scores to prospective hopefuls based on the language they use, their facial expressions, and their tone of voice during the interview. Of course, this is not a one-on-one conversation.

The job applicant stands in front of a screen for facial recognition while answering a series of questions, the replies to which will be scrutinized for both their words and tone of voice. It takes only 30 minutes to complete the process, and the robot can save up to 500,000 data samples to evaluate applications.

Connie is a robot.

Unions have criticised the prominent hotel chain's move, claiming that "putting personnel selection in the hands of an algorithm" is unjustified since "the algorithm does not grasp certain particularities that do not render someone unable to work."

Connie's agreement

This isn't the first time the corporation has stirred up controversy by employing a robot. Connie, a miniature humanoid robot named after Hilton founder Conrad Hilton, was unveiled to the world a few months ago. Connie uses Watson's knowledge and the WayBlazer travel platform to advise customers on hotel features and give local recommendations.

The robotic concierge is now stationed near the front desk of the Hilton McLean in Virginia, and it assists guests using a combination of Watson APIs, including Dialogue, Speech to Text, and Natural Language Classifiers. Surprisingly, the more she interacts with guests, Connie is able to learn, adapt, and enhance her recommendations. Hotel employees also have access to a transcript of Connie's conversation, which allows them to improve their quality of service even further.


Article By Gerluxe Image: usatoday

Friday, October 29, 2021

TEMI Robot -´the robot butler for our homes

 TEMI Robot, the robot butler for our homes

TEMI Robot

The development of mobile and autonomous intelligent robots that satisfy the needs of families is one of the key goals of robotics firms. In this issue of Robot Magazine, we introduce you to the TEMI Robot Butler, a market-ready device that combines the newest generation robots with Amazon's artificial intelligence to conquer our offices, homes, and families.

Temi is a startup that developed the Temi mobile robot. It is a robotics firm that was formed in Tel Aviv, Israel, but now has its headquarters in Shenzen, China, where it conducts research and development and manufactures its products.

Yossi Wolf, the former director of Roboteam, a military robotics business, is the company's CEO and founder. Wolf believes his high-performance robotic device will change the way we think about home and work. And he has surely accomplished this by using Amazon's Alexa technology, which is based on artificial intelligence.

The Israeli startup's project has attracted investors from all across the world, including Alibaba in China, Ogawa in Hong Kong, and Generali Investments Spa in Italy. To date, it has received $82 million in Series A and B funding, with the latter reaching $21 million.

Temi won the worldwide Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, in January 2019. There, the robot was unveiled, signaling the start of its commercialization, which is expected to cost roughly $ 1,500 in the United States.

Temi is a collaborative robot that is completely self-contained. It stands at a height of 1 meter and weighs 13 kilos. It is notable for the level of intelligence integrated in its software, which allows it to avoid obstacles and people using a 3D map of its surroundings and the people in it. The robot can "travel between things at a pace of 1 meter per second" thanks to its two wheels, according to Yossi Wolf.

Its design includes a tray mounted on its neck that can handle up to 5 kg of weight, allowing it to deliver drinks, food, or parcels to customers in their homes, warehouses, or offices.

One of Temi's distinguishing features is that it is an intelligent assistant via which you can control all of the house's home automation. It can play music, give you the news, and tell you about the best eateries in town.

It also has a built-in high-definition camera, microphone, speakers, and a 10.1" HD LCD screen, allowing you to make phone and video chats. When you're on a video call, the software keeps an eye on your face at all times, correcting the position of your head so that it's centered on the screen.

At the moment, it can only be interacted with in English and Chinese, but the software is being developed so that the device may be used in other languages. Temi has a bright future ahead of it, with Ogawa, one of the startup's primary backers, planning to distribute it internationally in 180,000 retail locations. The production process is well under way, with a target of 10,000 units per month by March 2019.

TEMI's price is one of the most distinguishing features, as it can be purchased for one of the most competitive prices on the market despite having superior technology in both navigation and software.

Article by Gerluxe Image: wired

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Elon Musk Tesla Bot - an intelligent robot with a human body

 Elon Musk aims to build the Tesla Bot, an intelligent robot with a human body.


Tesla Bot

 Elon Musk aspires to make the Tesla Bot the most powerful humanoid robot ever built. In order to accomplish so, he will employ some of the Artificial Intelligence technologies found in Tesla vehicles.

Some science fiction films, such as "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," "Terminator," "I Robot," and "The Bicentennial Man," have already presented the possibility of a society in which intelligent robots in humanoid form coexisted with humans. It looked far away, even surreal, but that future has found its way to us and will soon become a reality.

The Tesla Bot, which will become the most powerful human-shaped robot in the world, will be designed by businessman Elon Musk, who will combine some of the Artificial Intelligence technologies used in his Tesla cars to create the Tesla Bot.

He employed a costumed figurehead of the robot in his presentation at Tesla AI Day, where he displayed a mock-up of the robot, with whom he joked about the matter: "Obviously, this is not a genuine robot, but the Tesla Bot will be."

Musk's goal with Tesla Bot is to "create the next generation of automation, including a general-purpose bipedal humanoid robot capable of doing dangerous, monotonous, or boring activities," according to Musk.

The robot will be 1.72 meters tall, weigh 57 kilos, and drive at a top speed of 8 kilometers per hour, with a futuristic, aseptic external design. It will also be able to lift up to 68 kilograms and transport goods weighing up to 20 kilograms.

It will be able to move thanks to the usage of 40 electromechanical actuators scattered throughout its body, 12 of which will be in the hands and will have a high torque. This will result in a powerful superhuman with autonomous thinking, which will be designed to work in factories performing monotonous and risky duties at first, but it is not ruled out that it may subsequently conduct other forms of work.

The "brain" of the Tesla Bot will be powered by the same technology that Tesla automobiles use for autonomous driving; according to Musk, it is the world's most powerful Artificial Intelligence chip architecture. Other Tesla Bot features, such as autopilot cameras in its head, will be borrowed from the company's automobiles.

Elon Musk has stated that this robot will be "real" and "kind" to humans, and that a prototype will be available in 2022, despite the fact that there is still a long way to go before we see it in action.

Article By Gerluxe

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

You-You, the mechanical robot panda from China


 China's panda robot greets guests at the country's lantern-shaped pavilion. Reuters

The pavilions of China and Saudi Arabia has attracted tourists with high-tech products at Expo 2020 Dubai,

Expo 2020 Dubai continues to welcome visitors in the United Arab Emirates. The China and Saudi Arabia pavilions, with their blend of history and cutting-edge technology, are among the most popular.

This week is Giant Panda Week, which celebrates China's technological advancements as well as its rich cultural traditions.

In front of the China pavilion, You-You, the mechanical panda, may dance and pose with you for a photo.

If you're lucky, one of the 2,020 stuffed pandas handed out to visitors at Expo 2020 Dubai will be yours.

A 400-square-meter exhibit about giant panda conservation in China is also housed within the pavilion. It showcases the country's accomplishments in safeguarding endangered species through effective propagation, breeding, and wild release initiatives, as well as worldwide collaboration in giant panda scientific study.

"Through a series of exhibits, we mixed the panda, a cultural icon with Chinese features, with technical breakthroughs that have wowed visitors," said Fang Ke, the China pavilion's deputy director.

Saudi Arabia's spectacular pavilion, on the other hand, welcomes everyone to learn about the country's future in less than a decade. The country's Vision 2030 initiative, which was launched in 2016, contains a number of economic and social reforms aimed at reducing the country's reliance on oil exports.

"By exploring our facilities, the Saudi Arabia Pavilion welcomes the entire world to learn about Saudi Arabia's past, present, and future, as well as the Vision 2030 program," said Hussain Hanbazazah, the Saudi Arabia Pavilion's curator general.

An infrastructure of 2030 glass beads, indicating the year 2030, can be found in one corner of the large show.

The pavilion, which is roughly the size of two soccer fields and contains various high-tech elements, is one of the largest at the Expo. It has the second-largest pavilion.

Expo 2020 Dubai, which had been delayed owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, finally opened its doors on October 1. The event will be open to the public until March 2022.

 Article by Gerluxe

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Xiaomi's CyberDog - An alternative to Boston Dynamics $70,000 robot dog

 Xiaomi's CyberDog is a robot dog that costs 60 times less than Boston Dynamics' robot dog. 

Xiaomi's CyberDog

The Chinese firm unveils its first robot, clearly inspired by Boston Dynamics' work over the years.

Spot, Boston Dynamics' robot dog, already has competitors, and it is made in China at a fraction of the cost of the American model.

It's called CyberDog, and it's Xiaomi's most recent development. It moves on all fours, just like Spot, and has some of the same talents as Spot, such as the ability to back flip.

It moves a little more slowly than the rivals. It moves about 3.2 meters per second, compared to roughly 4 meters per second for Spot. On paper, the differences appear to be minor.

CyberDog, like Spot, has many sensors and cameras to assist it navigate its environment, and three USB-C connectors and an HDMI port allow it to be expanded with various modules.

The pricing is the most significant difference. At the current currency rate, Spot, which is already being deployed on a trial basis by numerous security agencies and even some countries' armies, costs around 65,000 euros.

Instead, Xiaomi will sell the first 1,000 CyberDog versions for around 1,315 euros, which is 49 times less.

In fact, the business touts it as a robot that can be used as a pet in the launch press release, with the ability to understand and respond to voice orders. The built-in sensors of CyberDog also allow it to track a face in a crowd.

However, similar to Boston Dynamics' Spot, Xiaomi sees CyberDog as a platform rather than a finished product. "Xiaomi fans, engineers, and robotics aficionados to explore the tremendous possibilities of CyberDog," according to the press release.

CyberDog's software is also 100 percent open source, according to the business, which wants to build a community of developers around the product from which to evaluate further robotics releases.

Article by Gerluxe Image: prostomob

Monday, October 25, 2021

Robots with artificial muscles will not appear like robots in the future

Thanks to low-cost artificial muscles, robots may not appear like robots in the future.

humanoid robots
yangyang humanoid robot: weforum

Despite the fact that the Uncanny Valley theory suggests that humans reject robots that look too much like them, researchers have worked hard to produce aspects that make these robots look as human as possible, including skin, hair, and even movements and facial expressions. However, there is still a long way to go until a robot no longer looks like a robot and can blend in with a crowd.

With this in mind, MIT researchers have developed a synthetic muscle made of plastic nylon, which will allow us to create fake human tissues and hence create robots that appear remarkably similar to us.

Low-cost mass production is the key.

The concept of creating artificial muscles is not new; we've already seen several projects that rely on carbon nanotubes or various alloys that adapt to various shapes and designs. The issue here, however, is cost; all of these projects are expensive, and large-scale production is virtually impossible because few companies would be willing to pay for them.

This development is based on the idea of having something accessible, where they discovered that nylon fiber has unique characteristics capable of assisting in the manufacture of these muscles, because the key is that when heated, these fibers contract in length but expand in diameter, causing them to bend depending on the heat applied.

Due to the fact that the heat source can range from electrical resistance to chemical reactions and even laser, it is possible to control the amount of heat and the area of application, allowing one area to contract while the other remains fixed, as well as the fact that the heat source can be from an electrical resistance to chemical reactions and even laser, its applications are very broad and can serve in a variety of scenarios and contexts.

In the first tests, it was discovered that this fiber is surprisingly elastic, can last over 100,000 cycles, and can contract up to 17 times per second, making it an ideal material not only for robots, but also for industrial applications where materials that contract and adapt to a structure are required to reduce friction, such as airplanes or cars, clothing, and even self-adjusting catheters for insulin pumps. However, their primary focus thus far has been to develop biomimetic muscles for robots.

Article by Gerluxe

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Lake And River On Mars Discovered by The Exploration Perseverance rover


Perseverance rover
© NASA/ESA/JPL-Caltech

 NASA has confirmed that Mars once had a lake and a river thanks to the Perseverance rover.
Scientists aim to learn more about the red planet's climatic and hydrological evolution when the Perseverance rover explores that barren, wind-eroded depression.

Jezero Crater on Mars was formerly a calm lake fed by a little river that began to endure rapid, violent floods after an abrupt shift in climate pushed massive rocks from tens of kilometers upstream to the lakebed, where they currently remain.

The initial study of photos obtained by NASA's Perseverance rover has confirmed what scientists had suspected: the Jezero crater, which is now a dry, wind-eroded depression, was once a peaceful Martian lake.

The crater was chosen as the rover's landing site because satellite photographs revealed that it resembled river deltas on Earth. The findings were published in the journal Science on Thursday.

Scientists from NASA and the French CNRS spearheaded the investigation, which included Jess Martinez-Frias of the Institute of Geosciences (IGEO).

"These Perseverance geological analyses of Martian rocks and outcrops demonstrate their value for defining ancient Martian habitats (paleoenvironments) and establishing their links with water and habitability conditions," Martnez-Fras told the EFE news agency.

When you look at the photographs, according to Benjamin Weiss, an MIT researcher and co-author of the study, "Basically, you're looking at a massive desert environment. The most desolate location on the planet. Despite the fact that there isn't a drop of water around, there is evidence of a totally different history. Something significant occurred in the planet's history."

Last February, the rover landed on the floor of Jezero Crater, just under two kilometers from the western side, but two of its cameras, the Mastcam-Z and the SuperCam Remote Micro-Imager (RMI), captured high-resolution images of the crater and a small mound known as the Kodiak butte, while NASA engineers remotely checked the rover's instruments.

When the rover returned them to Earth, NASA's Perseverance science team analyzed and merged them, revealing various sediment beds.

The researchers determined that the sediments were not formed by wind, but rather by water movement in a lake, flooding, or other geologic processes, by measuring the thickness, slope, and lateral extent of each layer.

"The rover was able to solve one of the huge unknowns, which was that this crater was once a lake, without having to land anywhere. It was always an unknown until we actually landed there and confirmed that it was a lake "Weiss acknowledges this.

The researchers noticed enormous boulders and boulders embedded in the younger, highest strata of the delta when they looked at photos of the main outcrop; some were up to a meter broad and weighed several tons.

The scientists came to the conclusion that the massive rocks must have come from beyond the crater or many kilometers upstream, and were carried to the lakebed by a flash flood with a flow rate of up to 9 meters per second and a water volume of up to 3,000 cubic meters per second.

These massive boulders in the delta's upper levels are the most recently deposited material, resting on layers of older and finer sediments, indicating that the ancient lake was fed by a gently flowing river for much of its history.

Over time, the crater experienced flash floods that deposited big rocks in the delta, and subsequently the lake dried up due to a climatic change that is unknown why it occurred. The wind ravaged the ground over billions of years, creating the crater we see today.

Scientists want to learn more about Mars' climatic and hydrologic evolution as the rover explores the crater, because if Jezero was once a lake, its sediments may retain remnants of ancient aquatic life.

Perseverance will hunt for areas to collect sediments and samples that will be sent back to Earth for scientists to examine for Martian bio-signatures on its next mission.

Article By Gerluxe

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Venice Underwater robots monitoring climate change


Underwater robots

Climate change, pollution, mass tourism, and invasive species all have a negative impact on huge lake areas like Venice. A swarm of autonomous aquatic robots is being used by an EU initiative to monitor and counteract the effects of these elements underwater. Researchers will be able to conduct several activities at once and from multiple locations, which will aid in the fight against climate change.

It is impossible to discuss Venice without mentioning its canals. However, you should keep an eye out for the aquatic robots the next time you take a romantic gondola ride around this metropolis. That's because a group of researchers from the subCULTron project, which is financed by the European Union, has "launched" a swarm of more than 120 aquatic robots into Venice's lagoon and canals.

While it may sound like something out of a science fiction film, these self-driving robots are an important part of the city's efforts to combat climate change and pollution.

"Climate change, pollution, mass tourism, and invasive species are only some of the concerns facing the Venice lagoon," says Ronald Thenius, a researcher at the University of Graz (Austria) and a member of the subCULTron project. New issues necessitate new answers, and we believe that using robots is the most effective method to handle these unique difficulties."

Underwater robots in a swarm

The project's major purpose was to develop a cutting-edge instrument for monitoring the underwater habitats of big lake basins like Venice. The subCULTron system, on the other hand, was designed to provide spatially distributed monitoring, unlike traditional monitoring systems. This means it had to be able to measure multiple sites at the same time and over a long period of time. The researchers accomplished this by using a massive swarm of relatively small and affordable robots.

"This'swarm method' contrasts significantly with the more frequent practice of utilizing a large, expensive robot," Thenius says. Our technology makes it easier for the robot swarm to behave autonomously and decentralized by allowing us to acquire several measurements at the same time and from different locations."

According to Thenius, the robotic system's unique self-organizing architecture allows it to take measurements as well as react. If the algorithm judges that a particular measurement is no longer required, elements of the swarm can be automatically relocated to a more interesting location or the sampling rate in other areas changed.

Water lilies, mussels, and fish

aMussels (artificial mussels), aFish (artificial fish), and aPads (artificial pads) make up the subCULTron system (artificial water lilies). "The aMussels operate as the system's collective long-term memory," Thenius continues, "allowing information to persist beyond the runtime of the other types of robots." The natural habitat of lake fish, as well as other biological agents such as algae and bacteria, are monitored by these artificial mussels."

The aPads, on the other hand, float on the water's surface like genuine water lilies. These robots serve as the system's interface with human society, supplying the swarm with energy and information from the outside world. Between these two layers swim the aFish, which are fake fish that travel through the water, monitoring and inspecting the surroundings and transmitting the data to the mussels and artificial water lilies.

"As soon as the swarm "decides" that a site warrants greater attention, many aMussels emerge to be carried to the new site of interest through the aPads," Thenius explains. As a result, the swarm will be able to wander around the lagoon and examine various occurrences on its own."

Aside from the robots themselves, another significant outcome of the study is the novel method of powering the robots: sludge. "The unique proof of concept that an autonomous robot can be fuelled purely by microbial fuel cells is a big accomplishment," adds Thenius.

A microbial fuel cell is a bioelectrochemical device that uses bacteria and a high-energy oxidant, such as oxygen from a pond bed, to generate an electric current.

"Although this technology has been tried in several laboratories before, subCULTron was the first study to demonstrate that it can be used in the field by autonomous robots," Thenius says. This achievement paves the way for a plethora of new and exciting technologies and advances.

Article By Gerluxe Image: euronews

Friday, October 22, 2021

How artificial intelligence can help combat climate change

How artificial intelligence may assist in the fight against climate change


With the epidemic, people are more aware of the implications of climate change. Extreme weather occurrences are having an increasing impact on human health, economy, and business. There have been 7,348 big disasters in the last two decades, claiming 1.23 million lives, affecting 4.2 billion people, and costing $2.97 trillion in worldwide economic damages, with 2019 seeing the largest CO2 emissions in human history.

Artificial intelligence, in this context, offers considerable benefits for businesses in terms of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, increasing efficiency, and reducing waste. GeSI technology has the potential to reduce 9.7 times more carbon emissions than it emits, according to the Global e-Sustainability Initiative. 

With effective use cases such as tracking GHG emissions and monitoring GHG leakage at industrial sites, as well as utilizing AI to improve the energy efficiency of industrial facilities and processes, AI's adoption to combat climate change is expanding. As an example, consider the following:

- Monitoring greenhouse gas emissions and leakage at industrial locations.

- Improving the efficiency of industrial facilities and processes in terms of energy use.

- Artificial intelligence (AI) for developing innovative products that reduce waste and pollution during prototype, manufacturing, and use

- Artificial intelligence (AI) for inventory management - enhancing demand forecasting and decreasing food, product, and raw material waste

- Fleet management and route optimization for retail, automotive, and consumer goods firms

Climate AI: How Artificial Intelligence Can Drive Your Climate Action Strategy, a new report from Capgemini Research Institute, polled 800 industry executives and 300 AI and climate change specialists, as well as interviewing more than 40 industry executives and experts. The findings of the paper show that AI-enabled use cases have already helped enterprises reduce GHG emissions by 13% and improve energy efficiency by 11% in the last two years.

According to the paper, AI-enabled use cases have the potential to assist enterprises in meeting between 11 and 45 percent of the Paris Agreement's "economic emissions intensity" targets by 2030. For example, AI-enabled use cases in the automobile sector have the potential to achieve 8 percentage points of the 37 percent (almost one-fifth) reduction required by 2030 under the Paris Agreement targets.

Artificial intelligence is also being use to design innovative goods that reduce waste and emissions during prototype, manufacture, and use. By enhancing demand planning, AI is helping to reduce food and raw material waste. It is also being successfully deployed for route optimization and fleet management in the retail, automotive, and consumer products industries.

Despite this promise, the 'Climate AI Champions,' or organizations who are successfully deploying climate AI, make up only 13% of the total survey sample. AI action through the development of dedicated technical and leadership teams to drive implementation is one of the strong characteristics of their management that stands out. 

Thus, compared to 36 percent of the others, 47 percent of champions have a dedicated leader for each climate goal and action, and 53 percent have a dedicated team to deploy technology solutions, compared to 42 percent of the rest.

One of the report's main recommendations is that sustainability teams be educated on AI's potential, as well as AI teams be educated on the importance of climate action. In addition, in order to fully fulfill AI's climate-action potential, organizations must:

Combat AI's harmful impact on the environment.

Educate their staff on the urgency of climate change and how artificial intelligence can help.

Lay the technological foundation for AI-assisted climate action.

Specific use cases should be scaled.

Collaborate with the ecosystem of climate change.

Make use of artificial intelligence to concentrate on reducing scope 3 emissions.

Article by Gerluxe Image: piqsels

Thursday, October 21, 2021

The Earth now shines less brightly than before



Researchers have discovered that the Earth no longer shines as brightly as it once did.
Observations of ashen light over decades show a progressive reduction.

According to a study published in Geophysical Research Letters last week, Earth is losing part of its brightness. Our world appears to have faded as a result of both human-caused and natural climate change. People, we can't have lovely things, can we?

The research looks at ashen light, which is light reflected off the Earth's surface and illuminates the Moon's surface weakly. The new findings are based on two decades of data collected by the Big Bear Solar Observatory with a special type of Moon-viewing telescope, and are known as Da Vinci's glow because Leonardo da Vinci was the first person to formally write about it. His research has come a long way since Da Vinci's day 500 years ago, and the new findings are based on two decades of data collected by the Big Bear Solar Observatory with a special type of Moon-viewing telescope.

When the Moon is waxing or waning, it is the finest moment to see the ashen glow. When you look at the Moon, you may see a faint outline in addition to the bright portion. The brightness of the Earth, which is caused by the Sun's light reflecting off our globe, produces that spectrum light.

The observatory is excellently situated to measure the ashen light over 40% of the world, which includes sections of the Pacific and North America. Between 1998 and 2017, data from around 800 nights revealed a tiny but significant decline in Earth's brightness. There were some year-to-year variations, but they were "modest, with a long-term reduction dominating the time series," according to the research.

Satellite data was used to determine what was causing the dimming. The ashen light is caused by varied amounts of reflectance in continents, ice, clouds, and the ocean. (Albedo refers to the reflectance of various surfaces.) The absence of clouds in the tropical Pacific, according to the research, is to blame for the Earth's dimming brightness. In a statement, Philip Goode, a researcher from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and principal author of the findings, said, "The reduction in albedo came as a surprise to us when we studied the latest three years of data after 17 years of practically flat albedo."

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Two solar cycles are included in the data because it spans 20 years. The Sun swings through 11-year cycles of increasing and decreasing activity, which is used by climate change deniers as an explanation. However, just as climate scientists have kindly pointed out that "no, that's not so," this study's researchers have done so as well.

They said, "Our results do not support an argument for any discernible imprint of direct or indirect solar activity mechanisms on the Earth's reflectance over the last two decades." To put it another way, it's not the Sun that's dimming; it's the Earth. Seriously, stop blaming the Sun; has it ever harmed you?

Instead, the evidence points to two possible perpetrators who may be working together. Temperatures have risen worldwide, especially in the oceans, as a result of climate change. This could be due to a decrease in cloud cover in the area. A change in the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, a natural climatic change that went into a warm phase after 2010 and might have the same effect on clouds, is also possible.

This may appear to be a little issue, but it is actually rather concerning. When the albedo of the Earth is reduced, more solar energy reaches the planet. Extra energy is trapped here in the form of heat due to greenhouse gases produced by burning fossil fuels. That's not good!

It may seem strange to research Earth's climate by measuring ashen light on the Moon. However, unlike Earth-facing satellites, which sometimes have equipment faults, monitoring ashen light is a relative measurement that allows for more consistent results, according to researchers. More research on Earth's brightness is needed, according to the scientists, because it's fascinating and strange enough to pique our interest.

The new discovery of a drop in ashen light adds to a long list of unusual climatic results. The Earth's crust is shifting in unexpected ways, and the planet's axis is wobbling in new ways. It's uncertain what else climate change will wreak havoc on, but we should brace ourselves for the unexpected.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Germany joins the new space race


Rocket Factory

 Several German projects are ready to compete in the space exploration business against heavyweights like SpaceX and Virgin Galactics.

Space exploration has been out of reach for most governments for decades due to the difficulties of getting beyond our planet. Most countries simply did not have the enormous finances required to send objects into space.

Despite the fact that more than 60 countries have a space program, just ten have succeeded in launching rockets beyond Earth on their own. However, technical advancements have reduced expenses, and the moment appears to be approaching when space and its offshoot activities, such as space tourism, will be more accessible.

The space and suborbital flight business is dominated by American companies such as SpaceX and Virgin Galactics, but other companies from across the world are not willing to miss out. Germany has just demonstrated that it will be a formidable rival in this race.

Three German projects are currently competing in the field of extraterrestrial exploration. The idea is to launch dozens of satellites, forming a network that will give Internet access and intelligent vehicle support.

Three companies from Germany are aiming for the top.

Last week, the Rocket Factory Augsburg successfully tested a satellite utilizing a staggered burn method. They would be able to carry 30% more payload aboard the spacecraft using this way. Until date, only American billionaire corporations like SpaceX (Elon Musk) and Blue Orgin had used this strategy (Jeff Bezos).

HyImpulse, situated in Baden-W├╝rttemberg, is another German business that has piqued the curiosity of all space exploration professionals. It recently completed its maiden engine test with wax-based gasoline in order to improve fuel economy.

The German firm that has piqued the public's interest has yet to conduct substantial experiments, although it is the most well-funded of the bunch. Isar Aerospace is supported by multibillion-dollar companies, including Lombard Odier, a Swiss bank. They intend to launch their first rocket, the "Spectrum," by 2022, with more than €150 million in finance.

These firms do not aspire to launch huge rockets like NASA or the European Space Agency (ESA). They want to do a lot of mini-launches on a regular basis. Rather than launching enormous quantities of supplies and many people into space, these mini-rockets would serve as space cabs. By 2027, the small space transportation market is expected to increase to more than €30 billion.

The director of Rocket Factory Augsburg, Joern Spurman, states, "We aim to create a Henry Ford moment." Before all of these businesses venture into space, now is the moment to draft a new space legislation to ensure that we do not conquer the stars, but rather live among them.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Pazzi robotic pizzeria - France's first robotic pizzeria.

A robot at the eatery that can cook 80 pizzas in an hour.

robotic pizzeria                         

Pazzi, France's first robotic pizzeria, is now open. A robot capable of cooking 80 pizzas every hour has taken the position of waiters and cooks at the restaurant, creating a culinary and technological extravaganza. In the Beaubourg district, the innovative restaurant is placed in front of the Pompidou Art and Culture Center (France).

Making pizzas in a new way

Entrepreneurs Cyril Hamon and S├ębastien Roverso have opened a pizzeria where the cook is a robot operating from a glassed-in kitchen under the watchful eyes of the clients, after seven years of research and development.

The 30-engineer artificially intelligent bot is in charge of spreading out the dough, pouring the ingredients, and placing the pizza in the oven. The machine can also take orders and deliver sliced meals to customers in boxes.

Pazzi also provides a highly personalized service, as it produces the pizza with the exact amount of ingredients requested by the customer and corrects any flaws.

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The entrepreneurs, the robot's developers, set out with the goal of promptly delivering high-quality, low-cost pizzas from the start of the project. And it appears that they have succeeded, since this strange chef can make 80 pizzas per hour, one every 45 minutes. Customers' opinions on the quality of the cuisine are also favorable, according to some online evaluations.

A restaurant that is entirely digital

This restaurant is an example of technological advancement because, in addition to the pizza maker, it provides a digital service from ordering to pick-up.

The creation process is displayed on Pazzi's screens, and you can pick up your order using a scanner-equipped system. Food can be taken away or consumed on the premises.

Similarly, the pizzeria has a team of engineers working remotely to take control of the robot in the event that something goes wrong.

The robot does not work alone, even though there are no waiters or cooks. Thierry Graffagnino, a well-known culinary consultant, assists the robot in ensuring that the pizzas, which range in price from 7 to 14 euros, are excellent.

Another illustration of how technology is progressing is Pazzi. Many clients, however, still prefer the actual thing, where the worker is a real person with flesh and blood. There are still plenty of restaurants, taverns, and pubs for them. Pazzi, on the other hand, is a more than viable option for the most technologically advanced.

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Monday, October 18, 2021

killer Robot Dogs - Ghost Robotics

 We now have to fear deadly robot dogs as well.


Robot Dog

It didn't take long for someone to design a four-legged robot with a remote-controlled weapon.

Dogs have traditionally been human hunting companions, so it's only natural that, nearly as soon as artificial quadrupeds are perfected, we'll start strapping massive guns to them. While Boston Dynamics does not want Spot to be used for evil, there are plenty of other companies that are happy to build robot dogs for war.

The Vision-60 quadruped from Ghost Robotics moves on four legs in the same way as Boston Dynamics' Spot does. The Vision-60, which is equipped with a variety of sensors and cameras, is agile enough to stay on all fours while gliding across the ice, so don't think you'll be able to arrange some Home Alone-style hijinks to avoid a pack of terrifying robot dogs.

Furthermore, the Vision-60 may not even need to be near you to kill you. S.W.O.R.D. Defense Systems, a genuine firm, not a spoof of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has debuted a robot dog accessory dubbed a Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle, or SPUR, that provides military skills to the robot. The SPUR has a 30x zoom thermal camera, allowing a remote operator to detect living, breathing targets even in the dead of night. Isn't that great?

The Vision-60 quadcopter and SPUR rifle are meant to allow soldiers to get close to a target without putting themselves in danger, yet the gun has a range of about 1.2 kilometers, allowing it to hit a target from just over 1 kilometer away. The SPUR+Vision-60 combination was revealed at the Association of the United States Army's annual conference in Washington, DC, but it's unknown whether it's been sold to any forces around the world. The quadcopter has been tested by the US and Australian militaries, as well as other organizations that are less transparent about their operations. Remember how concerned we were about robots performing parkour? Those were the good old days.


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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Using a third robotic thumb to play the piano

An extra robotic thumb can be controlled well enough to allow eleven fingers to play the piano!

Professional pianists put the robot finger to the test on a grand piano.

The majority of robotic limb research for healthy humans currently focuses on grasping items and lowering the workload of industrial workers. Experts in robotics at Imperial College London, on the other hand, were concerned about the possibility of reinventing music for pianists.

The robotic third thumb allows you to reach a larger number of chords and notes that would otherwise be beyond of reach. With only ten fingers, it is also possible to make impossible chords.

Aldo Faisal and colleagues at Imperial College London have been working on a robotic "third thumb" that attaches to the user's hand next to the little finger since 2015. The user can control his or her thumb by sending electrical impulses from his or her foot movement.

Signals from the user's foot operate the supernumerary robotic thumb (SR3T), which has two degrees of freedom. In one hour, a pianist may learn to play the piano with 11 fingers, according to the study.

The supernumerary robotic third thumb was developed to help pianists press piano keys beyond their natural range, resulting in a functional improvement in their skills and the technical feasibility of playing with 11 fingers. Sensors, motors, and a human interface algorithm are used to control the robotic finger's movement in real time. The usefulness of the robotic finger to perform musical pieces on a grand piano was demonstrated in a proof-of-concept validation exercise.


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Friday, October 15, 2021

Samsung's foldable phones video Demonstration


Samsung foldable phone

For anyone who has questions about Samsung's foldable phones, the company has released a video demonstrating their durability. It concerns the Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 folding phones, which were released this summer.

Despite the fact that both models were released in August, Samsung has opted to demonstrate through a film that its foldable phones, the Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3, are extremely durable and free of defects.

It's likely, as The Verge points out, that the piece is attempting to assuage anxieties sparked by recent allegations of cracks in the Galaxy Z Flip 3's screens.

Four different tests are shown in the video. One puts the phones in an environmental laboratory, where Samsung tests them in various conditions to ensure that they continue to function. The phones are submerged in water by another. One employs a robotic arm to evaluate the S Pen's performance on the Z Fold 3. A fourth test folds both phones many times.

Take a look at the following sequence:

The truth is that this isn't the first time Samsung has done anything like this. However, they do not address the issue of why the Z Flip 3 displays appear to be cracked in the most recent video. The increasing number of reports of cracks forming in the middle of the screen is what we're talking about.

The longevity of the foldables is likely to be the biggest stumbling barrier for Samsung and other manufacturers in convincing users to purchase expensive terminals.

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

The Formula 1 of scooters will begin in 2022

 The Formula 1 of scooters will begin in 2022, and the model on which they will compete is already available.

The S1-X eSkooter is an electric scooter with a top speed of 100 kilometers per hour.

Image: eSkootr Championship

Maybe there have been races of flying jet cars or spaceships in an alternate reality where social networks never existed, but in the actual world, we have to deal with what we will have in 2022: races of electric scooters. Sorry. That's the way things are.

The eSkootr Championship is the name of the tournament. It was founded in the year 2020, and its debut season will begin in the year 2022. On the backs of a beast called the S1-X Skooter, 30 riders will compete. The S1-X is not your average scooter that you may rent in your city, as it was designed by an Italian firm called YCOM in partnership with the tournament organizers. To begin with, it weighs 34 kilograms and its carbon fiber bodywork cannot be folded, making it difficult to transport up the workplace stairwell.

It also lacks a great deal of autonomy. Its developers haven't revealed that information, but based on various indicators, we may predict it won't be much. For starters, the circuits are only around a kilometer long. The second feature is that the S1-X has two six-kilowatt electric motors, one on each wheel, powered by a 1.5 kWh battery. In return for a higher energy consumption, the S1-X incorporates a button that provides more thrust.

YCOM devised a mechanism that balances the power delivered to each motor, ensuring that it is consistent from one wheel to the next. The scooter can exceed 100 km/h thanks to technology, as well as specifically developed race suspension and aerodynamics. It's not quite as fast as Formula 1 or motorbike racing, but if you've ever driven an electric scooter, you'll already know that going 100 km/h on one of these vehicles must be terrifying.

Y: For inspiration, the Last Man's Team looked to Children of Men and I May Destroy You.

In fact, 16 drivers have already put the vehicle through its paces on a closed circuit. None of them have yet reached peak speed, but they all agree that driving a car that you are physically standing on is taxing [YCOM].

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Leonardo Walking Drone - the world's first flying and walking drone.

This two-legged flying robot is capable of skating and tightrope walking.

Leonardo walking drone

Caltech researchers have created a bipedal robot that integrates walking and flying to produce a new sort of mobility that allows it to be extremely flexible and perform complex moves.

Leonardo (short for "legs on board drone") is the name of the world's first drone that not only flies but also walks.

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) created this strange gadget, which is now a prototype of what may be a flying biped robot capable of executing a variety of aerial and ground missions.

The engineers were inspired by nature, particularly birds, because these species can readily fly and walk. As a result, if the drone finds itself in a difficult situation on the ground, it can soar like a bird.

The prototype stands 75 centimeters tall and weighs 2.58 kilos. It also includes two thin, stable legs with which it can walk and stand upright, as well as four propellers on top that allow it to fly.

The goal of this effort, according to the researchers, was to provide "unprecedented walking capability, tackling the issues created by hybrid locomotion."

The bad news, according to the experts, is that this prototype now consumes a lot of energy and is inefficient in flight, so several details still need to be worked out.

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