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Un #robot nommé administrateur d'une société ! | #transhumanism #KM

Un #robot nommé administrateur d'une société ! | #transhumanism #KM | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Une entreprise de Hongkong a élu à son board un robot ! Tout le monde se félicite de cette initiative qui pourrait bientôt faire des émules.

Via Claude Emond
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Et si les robots remplaçaient définitivement l'homme. L'idée devient de moins en moins farfelue : Deep Knowledge Ventures (DKV), entreprise de Hongkong spécialisée dans la gestion de dons à haut risque, vient de nommer au conseil d'administration un robot appelé Vital (Validating Investment Tool for Advancing Life Sciences). Il veillera à préserver les intérêts financiers de l'entreprise et à déterminer les investissements les plus rentables, en bonne intelligence... artificielle.

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A #Telepresence RoboCop Piloted by Oculus Rift and Sensored Gloves | #sensors via @mathemagie

A #Telepresence RoboCop Piloted by Oculus Rift and Sensored Gloves | #sensors via @mathemagie | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
A student at the Florida International University (FIU) dons a sensor-laden pair of gloves and vest and an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. He
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Using a potent cocktail of new technologies and $20,000 from a private contributor, Jeremy Robins, a team of FIU researchers and students says they’ve engineered a telepresence robot suitable for law enforcement—a real telepresence RoboCop.

 

Still, TeleBot is a great example of a growing trend. Telepresence robots are entering a number of industries. In medicine, doctors can visit and deliver care to patients hundreds or thousands of miles away. Business people can attend meetings without hopping a plane. Remote workers can visit the home office and connect with coworkers and collaborators.

 

We’ve written about telepresence robots used in hospitals (InTouch Health’s RP-Vita), offices (Cisco and iRobot), or pretty much wherever (Double). They range from outrageously expensive ($95,000) to nearly affordable ($2,500).

 

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Les robots ont désormais la capacité de communiquer entre eux pour partager et accroître leur savoir | #health

Les robots ont désormais la capacité de communiquer entre eux pour partager et accroître leur savoir | #health | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

Le projet européen RoboEarth consiste en une plateforme collaborative qui unifie les cerveaux des robots afin qu'ils puissent partager et accroître leurs connaissances. On vous explique tout !




Via Gauthier Bouly, Pascale Mousset
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Les objectifs de RoboEarth sont de prouver qu’un référentiel d’informations en réseau comme celui-ci accélère grandement le processus d’apprentissage et d’adaptation qui permet aux systèmes robotiques d’effectuer des tâches complexes. Puis, en second lieu, de montrer qu’un système connecté à un tel référentiel est capable d’exécuter de manière autonome des tâches utiles qui ne sont pas explicitement prévues au moment de la conception. La vision deRoboEarth est de créer un Internet pour les robots ainsi qu’une base de connaissances commune où les robots peuvent partager leurs connaissances sur les objets, les environnements et des actions avec d’autres robots.

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Thierry Curty's curator insight, March 18, 5:34 AM

Rendez-vous compte où nous en sommes...Imaginez où nous en serons dans 30 ans? 

 

Quand on vous dit que les robots pourront remplacer l'homme dans TOUTES ses activités principales...

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A Wikipedia for #robots allowing them to #share knowledge and experience worldwide | #algorithms

A Wikipedia for #robots allowing them to #share knowledge and experience worldwide | #algorithms | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

European scientists from six institutes and two universities have developed an online platform where robots can learn new skills from each other worldwide — a kind of “Wikipedia for robots.” The objective is to help develop robots better at helping elders with caring and household tasks. “The problem right now is that robots are often developed specifically for one task”, says René van de Molengraft, TU/e researcher and RoboEarth project leader.

 

“RoboEarth simply lets robots learn new tasks and situations from each other. All their knowledge and experience are shared worldwide on a central, online database.” In addition, some computing and “thinking” tasks can be carried out by the system’s “cloud engine,” he said, “so the robot doesn’t need to have as much computing or battery power on‑board.”

 

For example, a robot can image a hospital room and upload the resulting map to RoboEarth. Another robot, which doesn’t know the room, can use that map on RoboEarth to locate a glass of water immediately, without having to search for it endlessly. In the same way a task like opening a box of pills can be shared on RoboEarth, so other robots can also do it without having to be programmed for that specific type of box.

 

RoboEarth is based on four years of research by a team of scientists from six European research institutes (TU/e, Philips, ETH Zürich, TU München and the universities of Zaragoza and Stuttgart).

 

 

Robots learn from each other on 'Wiki for robots'


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From #bacterial #robots to synthetic blood cells: The #biotech boom at British universities

From #bacterial #robots to synthetic blood cells: The #biotech boom at British universities | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

Synthetic biology is unlocking the extraordinary potential of genetic code, inventing powerful new living devices and reinventing existing biological processes. As genomes are mapped, combinations of genes that perform useful functions are continually pinpointed, borrowed, altered and recombined to develop new variants of life with endless possibilities.


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Freakishly realistic telemarketing #robots are denying they're robots I #CyberCulture

Freakishly realistic telemarketing #robots are denying they're robots I #CyberCulture | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

This is how it starts, people. First we get our chatbots to sound and act realistic — and then we get them to convince everyone they're actually human. Listen to this crazy conversation between Time's Michael Scherer and a telemarketing robot who refuses to admit her true artificial nature.

Recently, Time Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer received a phone call from an apparently bright and engaging woman asking him if he wanted a deal on his health insurance. But he soon got the feeling something wasn't quite right.

After asking the telemarketer point blank if she was a real person or a computer-operated robot, she chuckled charmingly and insisted she was real. Looking to press the issue, Scherer asked her a series of questions, which she promptly failed. Such as, "What vegetable is found in tomato soup?" To which she responded by saying she didn't understand the question. When asked what day of the week it was yesterday, she complained of a bad connection (ah, the oldest trick in the book).

Here, listen for yourself:


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Remember that super-realistic telemarketing chatbot who denies she's a robot? Turns out "Samantha West" may not a robot after all — but the real story is just as bizarre.

 

As Time is now reporting, the telemarketing robot is actually a computer program used by telemarketers outside the United States. According to John Rasman of U.S.-based Premier Health, the system allows English speaking telemarketers with thick non-American accents to sort through leads to find real prospective buyers before passing them off to agents back in the United States. "We're just contacting people in a way they're not familiar with," said Rasman. The human agents who trigger Samantha West's responses act as brokers for health insurance companies inside the U.S.

 

So, when Samantha West calls, there's another person on the other end of the line who actively participates in the exchange. Rasman told Time that human telemarketers — heavy accents and all — communicate using a machine that spouts off pre-recorded utterances. He insisted that humans are involved in the mix, and that the canned responses don't change that fact that no "robot" is involved.

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KatRas's curator insight, January 17, 6:46 AM

This is bit scary and does sound really realistic. 
We have a Blade Runner here!
What next? 

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Can #robots be trusted to know right from wrong? | #algorithms #morality

Can #robots be trusted to know right from wrong? | #algorithms #morality | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
HAL 9000 (credit: Warner Bros.) Is it possible to develop moral autonomous robots with a sense for right, wrong, and the consequences of

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Is it possible to develop “moral” autonomous robots with a sense for right, wrong, and the consequences of both?

 

Researchers from Tufts University, Brown University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute think so, and are teaming with the U.S. Navy to explore technology that would pave the way to do exactly that.

“Moral competence can be roughly thought about as the ability to learn, reason with, act upon, and talk about the laws and societal conventions on which humans tend to agree,” says principal investigator Matthias Scheutz, professor of computer science at Tufts School of Engineering and director of the Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory (HRI Lab) at Tufts.

 

“The question is whether machines — or any other artificial system, for that matter — can emulate and exercise these abilities.”

But since there’s no universal agreement on the morality of laws and societal conventions, this raises some interesting questions. Was HAL 9000 (HAL = (Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer) moral? Who defines morality?

 
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Humanoid #Robot Heads [Face and Mimics] | #cyborgs

Humanoid Robot Heads [Face and Mimics]

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Baxter and the Second Machine Age — A revolution in mental power | #work #robots #change

Baxter and the Second Machine Age — A revolution in mental power | #work #robots #change | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
The following is adapted from The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, out now in hardcover.

Via Claude Emond
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Baxter is instantly recognizable as a humanoid robot. It has two burly, jointed arms with claw-like grips for hands; a torso; and a head with an LCD face that swivels to ‘look at’ the nearest person. It doesn’t have legs, though; Rethink sidestepped the enormous challenges of automatic locomotion by putting Baxter on wheels and having it rely on people to get from place to place. The company’s analyses suggest that it can still do lots of useful work without the ability to move under his own power.

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Claude Emond's curator insight, February 7, 4:46 PM

«Computers and other digital advances are doing for mental power what the steam engine and its descendants did for muscle power.»

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#Robots with "soul" | #posthumanism

What kind of robots does an animator / jazz musician / roboticist make? Playful, reactive, curious ones. Guy Hoffman shows demo film of his family of unusual robots -- including two musical bots that like to jam with humans.

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Claude Emond's curator insight, January 19, 10:46 AM

Real robots enjoying music and interacting with the public. Very cool. Shape of things to come in posthumanity :)

Claude Emond's comment, January 19, 5:40 PM
Bienvenu, Luis
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Thanks Claude,
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Le premier robot-bactérie pour guérir du cancer?? I #health #bacteribots

Le premier robot-bactérie pour guérir du cancer?? I #health #bacteribots | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it

Une équipe scientifique coréenne a mis au point le premier robot-bactérie qui peut diagnostiquer et traiter le cancer. Ce robot fait à base de bactéries, devrait être utilisé dans le développement de nouveaux traitements pour le cancer ainsi que pour d’autres maladies.


Via Lockall
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L’équipe est parvenue à faire migrer les bactéribots en priorité vers les cellules infectées, et à ne pas modifier les cellules saines. Une analyse immunohistochimique trois jours après l’injection des bactéries, a permis de démontrer que les bactéribots ciblent correctement les cellules tumorales chez les souris.

Les bactéries non toxiques se déplacent dans les tissus ou le sang à l’aide de leur flagelle, jusqu’au ciblage d’une tumeur. Les microstructures éjectent alors le traitement anti-cancéreux qui se répartit à la surface de la tumeur à la vitesse de 5 µm à la seconde.

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Seiko Epson Shows Off Its Dual-Arm #Robot I #automation

Seiko Epson Shows Off Its Dual-Arm #Robot I #automation | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
It's smart, adaptable, and looks like E.T.

Via Laurent Vergnaud
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Epson provides some more details in a press release:

"Epson's autonomous dual-arm robot is able to accurately recognize the position and orientation of objects in three-dimensional space. The two robot arms are equipped with newly developed force sensors that give the robot human-like control over the force exerted by the arms, enabling the robots to transport and assemble objects without damaging them. A multipurpose end effector can grasp, clamp, and insert objects of various shapes and sizes. The robot can be made to perform a wide range of tasks simply by teaching it objects and task scenarios."

If all that sounds like what we've heard about other robots like Rethink Robotics' Baxter, ABB's Frida, or Kawada Industries' Nextage, it's no coincidence. That's definitely one of the hottest trends in industrial robotics. However, there remains the rather important issue of price, which Epson is not yet ready to disclose. If the company's dual-arm robot has a competitive price, Epson—already a big player in the SCARA market—is in a strong position to enter this new era of manufacturing automation.

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