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Weeding robots | Sustainable America

Weeding robots | Sustainable America | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

"Professors from UC Davis and Stanford have been working with the team from Blue River to develop the current iteration of the ‘lettuce bot’. This robot can move among the fields and determine where the weeds are, using machine learning algorithms. When it finds a weed it injects it with enough fertilizer to kill it – no herbicides needed."

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Google's neural networks create bizarre ‘Inceptionism’ art | Gizmag

Google's neural networks create bizarre ‘Inceptionism’ art | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Having taken on everyone from chess grandmasters to chefs, computers are further exploring their artistic side with computer scientists demonstrating how artificial neural networks can create works of art reminiscent of William Blake on opium using a technique called ‘Inceptionism’.”

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Chris Urmson: How a driverless car sees the road | TED

“Statistically, the least reliable part of the car is ... the driver. Chris Urmson heads up Google's driverless car program, one of several efforts to remove humans from the driver's seat. He talks about where his program is right now, and shares fascinating footage that shows how the car sees the road and makes autonomous decisions about what to do next.”

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More FRE2015 videos | RobotikaCZ

The link is to RobotikaCZ's YouTube channel, where you will find several video's from FRE2015, which took place this week in Slovenia.

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The future of AI: A non-alarmist viewpoint | Dice Insights

The future of AI: A non-alarmist viewpoint | Dice Insights | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

Maybe we should pay more attention to the artificial-intelligence researchers, rather than the alarmists.

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Eagle-eyed robot can catch the common fruit fly Gizmag

Eagle-eyed robot can catch the common fruit fly Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
Machine vision and robotic precision have combined in a new way to further fruit fly research. Scientists at Stanford's Bio-X program have developed a robot that can catch and sort the tiny creatures much faster than a human can, though to the flies themselves it must seem like an alien abduction.
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If a robot can pick fruit flies out of the air, picking caterpillars from stems and leaves should be a cinch!

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Highlights from ICRA 2015 | Gizmag

Highlights from ICRA 2015 | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
The city of Seattle saw a robotic population explosion this week as the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) descended on the Washington State Convention Center.
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What might a killerbot arms race look like? | Zero Moment

What might a killerbot arms race look like? | Zero Moment | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Tomorrow's nimbler, self-piloted armed bots won't simply be updated tools for old-fashioned air strikes. They'll be vectors for slaughter. More likely, the lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) to come will show up in a cloud of thousands or more. Each robot will be small, cheap, and lightly armed, packing the bare minimum to end a single life at a time.”

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MIT's robotic cheetah can now leap over obstacles | Gizmag

MIT's robotic cheetah can now leap over obstacles | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
MIT's robotic cheetah has been given another upgrade in the form of a LIDAR system, allowing it to detect and leap over obstacles in its path.
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MIT teaches robots to be better at building together | Gizmag

MIT teaches robots to be better at building together | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
Robots are great at many things, but working together in an unfamiliar setting isn't one of them – until now, that is. A team of researchers from MIT has developed an algorithm that streamlines the way robots collaborate on construction tasks, significantly cutting down planning time.
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How can you tell if a machine is thinking? | TestTube Plus

“The term Artificial Intelligence was coined in 1959, but many variations of the concept has emerged over time.”

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This is the first installment in what will probably be a five-part series.  Very accessible for non-experts.

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Yeair! hybrid gasoline/electric quadcopter boasts impressive numbers

Yeair! hybrid gasoline/electric quadcopter boasts impressive numbers | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

With an electric motor and a two-stroke motor on each rotor, a quadcopter from German startup Yeair! is claimed to offer a full hour in the air, a top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph), and a fairly hefty 5 kg (11 lb) payload.

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New ‘deep learning’ technique enables robot mastery of skills via trial and error | UC Berkeley

New ‘deep learning’ technique enables robot mastery of skills via trial and error | UC Berkeley | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
UC Berkeley researchers have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn, marking a major milestone in the field of artificial intelligence.
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Google patents anthropomorphic "doll or toy" : Time terms it "Terrifying"

Google patents anthropomorphic "doll or toy" : Time terms it "Terrifying" | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“According to a patent filed by Google’s self-described mad scientist Richard DeVaul and fellow engineer Daniel Aminzade, the company has designed an “anthropomorphic device” that could take the form of a “doll or toy” and interact both with people as well as tech gadgets from computers to DVRs.”

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FRE2015 video recap | YouTube

FRE2015 video recap | YouTube | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

This playlist is assembled from four sources, and includes preparation for the the event as well as many videos of the Field Robot Event itself.

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Audi to contribute knowhow to Google Lunar XPrize team

Audi to contribute knowhow to Google Lunar XPrize team | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
The first private lunar rover could be an Audi with the car company offering its services to one of the teams competing for the Google-sponsored Lunar XPrize in building an unmanned rover.
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First video from FRE 2015 | KaMaRo Engineering

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You can almost imagine these machines actually doing the gardening!

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Field Robot Event (FRE) 2015 takes place this week

Field Robot Event (FRE) 2015 takes place this week | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“This is the official web site of the Field Robot Event 2015 that will be held at the University of Maribor, Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences from 16.-18. June 2015.”

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Will your job be done by a machine?

Will your job be done by a machine? | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“What job is hardest for a robot to do? Mental health and substance abuse social workers (found under community and social services). This job has a 0.3 percent chance of being automated. That's because it's ranked high in cleverness, negotiation, and helping others. The job most likely to be done by a robot? Telemarketers. No surprise; it's already happening.”

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This is the 4th in a 5-part series.  Earlier episodes are linked from the last one. http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/05/22/408834372/episode-626-this-is-the-end

 

This series is based upon an Oxford University study "THE FUTURE OF EMPLOYMENT: HOW SUSCEPTIBLE ARE JOBS TO COMPUTERISATION?" http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/downloads/academic/The_Future_of_Employment.pdf

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Google's A.I. is training itself to count calories in food photos | Zero Moment

Google's A.I. is training itself to count calories in food photos | Zero Moment | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“At this week's Rework Deep Learning Summit in Boston, Google research scientist Kevin Murphy unveiled a project that uses sophisticated deep learning algorithms to analyze a still photo of food, and estimate how many calories are on the plate. It's called Im2Calories, and in one example, the system looked at an image, and counted two eggs, two pancakes and three strips of bacon.”

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Robots need your brain power to get smarter | Zero Moment

Robots need your brain power to get smarter | Zero Moment | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Sonia Chernova wants you to train her robot. Two years ago, Chernova and some of her fellow roboticists at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachussets launched a remote robotics lab called RobotsFor.Me, a site where users can log in and teach robots how to function in physical space.”

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Stereolabs' ZED camera delivers long range 3D vision | Gizmag

Stereolabs' ZED camera delivers long range 3D vision | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
San Francisco-based Stereolabs has launched a new 3D camera that promises to deliver high quality 3D image capture at a less than astronomical price. The compact, lightweight ZED 3D vision sensor can measure distances out to 20 meters (65 feet) and work indoors and out.
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ARMed and ready | VITA Technologies

ARMed and ready | VITA Technologies | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

ARM processors have traditionally been used as cores in intelligent peripherals. They are finally starting to show up on traditional single board computers (SBCs) as either the primary processor or in an FPGA with an integrated ARM core. Size, weight, and power (SWaP) criteria have driven choices in the past but what other factors are now being considered when choosing a processor?

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VITA Technologies < http://vita.opensystemsmedia.com > is a media partner of VITA Standards Organization < http://www.vita.com >, the tag-line for which is "Open Standards, Open Markets". VITA grew out of the VMEbus Manufacturers Group.

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Robot room service! | IEEE Spectrum

“Savioke’s robot butler can autonomously deliver snacks to your hotel room.”

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No stairs, no need for arms, no need to wait for technology that doesn't yet exist; this is doable now.

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Visual vibrometry: Estimating material properties from small motions in video

“Visual Vibrometry: Estimating Material Properties from Small Motions in Video, by Abe Davis*, Katherine L. Bouman*, Justin G. Chen, Michael Rubinstein, Fredo Durand, and William T. Freeman”

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http://www.visualvibrometry.com/

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Soft sensors map skin mechanics | Chemical & Engineering News

Soft sensors map skin mechanics | Chemical & Engineering News | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

 "An international research team led by John A. Rogers of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, has built electronic, flexible patches that can measure the mechanical properties of skin and other biological tisssue. The researchers mapped the skin elasticity of dozens of patients in the clinic, building up quantitative data on healthy and damaged tissue. The information could help doctors better assess conditions such as dermatitis and skin cancer. The team believes that similar sensors could be implanted inside the body to monitor blood vessels and other soft tissue for damage or dysfunction."

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