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Future of farming geared for efficient robotic workers | Design News, by Cabe Atwell

Future of farming geared for efficient robotic workers | Design News, by Cabe Atwell | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“One way to achieve increased efficiency is to employ robotic farmers and automated tools, which never get tired. Not to mention bots achieve a level of precision that can’t be matched by their human counterparts.” (Photo courtesy of Robotic Harvesting, LLC)

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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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Horseshoe bat-inspired sonar system could outperform current tech | Gizmag

Horseshoe bat-inspired sonar system could outperform current tech | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
While just about everyone knows that bats locate prey in the dark using echolocation, one thing that many people may not realize is the fact that horseshoe bats are particularly good at it. With this in mind, engineers are now developing a sonar system that emulates the system used by those bats.
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Airborne docking for mid-air drone refueling | ACFR

“Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capability is currently limited by the amount of energy that can be stored onboard. Airborne docking, for mid-air refueling, is a viable solution that has been implemented with manned aircraft for decades, but prior to our experiments this had not been achieved with UAVs.”

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New video technology that reveals an object's hidden properties | TED2015

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For me the most interesting aspect of the work presented here is the potential for extracting structure, such as the branching structure of plants, from ordinary speed video.

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Meet the robotic bomb squad | Motherboard

“The Hurt Locker got it only partly right. Just ask Brian Castner, a former bomb technician with the US military. He served three tours in the Middle East, two of which were spent leading an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit, and deployed small remote-controlled robots to battle a blitz of insurgent-rigged car bombs and improvised explosive devices in and around Kirkuk, Iraq, in 2006. Castner and his crew grew so reliant on these machines, which can disarm explosives from afar, that they considered them part of the team. Years later, does he still feel an attachment to the machines?”

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MC3D concentrates laser scanning on objects in motion | Gizmag

MC3D concentrates laser scanning on objects in motion | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“The MC3D … takes another approach to laser-scanning. After a scene is initially imaged and the three-dimensional depth of all the objects within it is assessed, the laser only subsequently re-scans areas where and when visual changes are detected.”

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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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Modular Sprite drone is shaped like a thermos for better portability | Gizmag

Modular Sprite drone is shaped like a thermos for better portability | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
In a marked departure from conventional consumer drone design, US startup Ascent Aerosystems has developed a two-prop aerial vehicle with a HD-quality camera and cylindrical form that's designed to be conveniently slid into a backpack when you're headed outdoors.
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Google's self-driving cars to hit public roads for the first time | Gizmag

Google's self-driving cars to hit public roads for the first time | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
Google has announced that it is to begin testing its self-driving cars on public roads in California. The first complete prototype was unveiled late last year. The new pilot will allow Google to study public responses to the cars and have them face real-world challenges.
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The amazing technicolor liquid nano laser | Gizmag

The amazing technicolor liquid nano laser | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Unlike conventional lasers, which use mirrors to bounce light back and forth through a gain medium (kind of like an amplifier), this new nanolaser contains an array of reflective gold nanoparticles that accomplish the same feat on a considerably smaller scale. Previously-developed nanolasers used solid gain materials, which provide a fixed wavelength, but the Northwestern team used a liquid (more specifically, an organic dye) instead.”

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Tencent challenges Google & Alibaba with own smartphone software | Bloomberg

“Tencent Holdings Ltd. released an operating system for smartphones and smartwatches Tuesday as it tries to win more of the 557 million Chinese accessing the Internet through mobile devices. The software, called TOS+, provides voice recognition and includes payment systems, Chief Operating Officer Mark Ren said during the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing.”

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