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  • Robot Reminds Visitors Of Safe Distancing Measures In Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

    05/08/2020 4:16:22 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    The Straits Times Singapore ^ | 05/08/20 | Gin Tay
    SINGAPORE - A four-legged robot will be patrolling Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park to remind people of safe distancing measures starting from Friday (May 8).Called Spot, the robot will assist with safe distancing efforts at parks, gardens and nature reserves managed by National Parks Board (NParks) and at parks managed by town councils.The pilot trial is jointly conducted by NParks, and the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group (SNDGG).  The Spot robot will broadcast a recorded message reminding park visitors to observe safe distancing measures.It is fitted with cameras, enabled by GovTech-developed video analytics, to help it estimate the number of...
  • This robot taught itself to walk entirely on its own

    03/04/2020 9:24:24 AM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    www.technologyreview.com MIT ^ | Mar 2, 2020 | by Karen Hao
    Google is creating AI-powered robots that navigate without human intervention—a prerequisite to being useful in the real world. ====================================================================== Within 10 minutes of its birth, a baby fawn is able to stand. Within seven hours, it is able to walk. Between those two milestones, it engages in a highly adorable, highly frenetic flailing of limbs to figure it all out. That’s the idea behind AI-powered robotics. While autonomous robots, like self-driving cars, are already a familiar concept, autonomously learning robots are still just an aspiration. Existing reinforcement-learning algorithms that allow robots to learn movements through trial and error still rely...
  • Groundhog Day star Punxsutawney Phil should retire and be replaced by a robot, PETA says

    01/31/2020 5:31:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    The Sun UK via Fox News ^ | 01/30/2020 | David Boroff
    Punxsutawney Phil undergoes “great stress” every year on Groundhog Day and should be replaced by a robot, the leader of PETA says. Ingrid Newkirk writes in a letter to the furry celebrity’s Groundhog Club that Phil deserves a break and should be allowed to retire. The request, posted on PETA’s website, comes ahead of Sunday’s annual ceremony which will determine whether spring arrives early this year. If Phil sees his shadow this weekend in the small Pennsylvania town, he will retreat and winter will continue for six weeks. If Phil does not see his shadow, spring will be here soon....
  • “Robot” Gunslinger by Bosstown Dynamics Fools Many ~ VIDEO

    11/01/2019 4:41:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 29 October, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    A new Bosstown Dynamics video created by Corridor has gone viral. The video has over two million views so far. Many are fooled by the well-done video, assuming that the images are real. It is not hard to understand.  There are videos of actual Russian robots shooting guns, videos of dog-like American military experimental robots, and others. We are on in the process of breakthrough technologies. It is a continuing revolution that started about 500 years ago. We can call this advance the computer revolution, the digital revolution, the information age, or the beginning of the singularity. The Bosstown Dynamics...
  • Latest weapon against lionfish invasion? Meet the Roomba of the sea.

    10/22/2019 9:07:10 AM PDT · by Jagermonster · 36 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 22, 2019 | Chris Iovenko
    ——Why We Wrote This—— How to counter invasive species, a common, and often intractable, problem? One entrepreneur’s clever approach offers lessons in finding solutions in the unlikeliest of places. If you can’t beat them, eat them. That is the common wisdom of many scientists, conservationists, and fishermen who dream of ridding the western Atlantic of invasive lionfish, a stunning aquarium fish that, when introduced in the wild, dominates and destroys reef ecosystems. However, catching lionfish has never been simple; they are not easily targeted by line or net fishing. Now, a surprising new invention may bring lionfish hunting to the...
  • This robotic hand learned to solve a Rubik’s Cube on its own — just like a human.

    10/18/2019 10:09:03 PM PDT · by bitt · 14 replies
    WAPO ^ | 10/18/2019 | peter holley
    Researchers say the feat moves robots one step closer to “human-level dexterity.” Solving a Rubik’s Cube is hard enough for most people. Solving a Rubik’s Cube with one hand is even harder. Harder still: designing a lone robot hand capable of solving a Rubik’s Cube all by itself. Such a machine would require unprecedented dexterity and coordinated finger joint movements, as well as the ability to learn a new task over time and independently the way a human would. This week, researchers at OpenAI — a well-known San Francisco-based research lab focused on developing benevolent artificial intelligence — announced that...
  • Police Robot on Patrol Completely Ignores Woman Trying to Summon The Police

    10/12/2019 9:04:46 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 19 replies
    ScienceAlert ^ | 10/10/2019 | Dan Robitzki
    Those Knightscope security robots may not be so great at their jobs. When a woman in a park near Los Angeles saw people fighting and tried to summon help via a police robot patrolling nearby, the robot merely told her to "step out of the way" and continued along its pre-determined route, according to NBC News. No help came until the spectators called 911 directly, raising the question of what, if any, function these robots are actually supposed to serve. It turns out that the robot, a K5 model named "HP RoboCop", patrols the park on behalf of the police...
  • A New Joystick For the Brain-Controlled Vehicles Of the Future

    09/25/2019 5:06:56 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 13 replies
    Defense One ^ | 23 Sep 2019 | Patrick Tucker
    The U.S. military has a growing interest in brain-computer interfaces: sensors that pick up brain signals and electronics that convert them to digital information that can be read by computers... A group of scientists from several universities has created an unobtrusive brain-computer interface strip that could revolutionize the way humans convert their thoughts into a machine-readable format. A narrow strip affixes to the upper neck, performing the data collection of a traditional EEG cap. The signals are then interpreted by software —aided by machine learning— to produce data that could be used to steer vehicles or operate other computers. The...
  • LAPD Employs Help Of Robot To Fight Germs At Central Division Station

    06/29/2019 7:38:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 06/29/2019
    Along with LightStrike, which uses high-intensity light to kill germs in rooms, the department also installed a device called HealthySole that uses ultraviolet rays to kill germs on shoes. The problems facing this facility were highlighted in late May when an officer was infected with salmonella typhi — which typically comes from infected food or water — while at least two other people were sent home experiencing similar symptoms. The Los Angeles Times reported that the LAPD was fined more than $5,000 by the state Department of Industrial Relations last month for failing to tell employees how typhus fever is...
  • ROBOT WARS China unveils terrifying new armoured truck which launches swarms of killer drones

    05/18/2019 1:22:18 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 19 replies
    thesun.co.uk ^ | May 17, 2019 | Jon Lockett
    Full Title: ROBOT WARS China unveils terrifying new armoured truck which launches swarms of killer drones to attack its enemies17th May 2019, 4:52 pm Updated: 18th May 2019, 6:27 amThe mighty YJ2080 is equipped with 12 launch tubes - four for reconnaissance drones and the other  eight for explosive laden drones which can travel at 110mph.Its mission will be to eliminate targets beyond traditional line of sight and kill from above with four pound bombs.The truck's deadly drone system can search for and destroy its own targets, reports Popular Mechanics.Earlier this year, China revealed a lethal fully autonomous drones that can carry out targeted...
  • 24 Amazon workers sent to hospital after robot accidentally unleashes bear spray hospitalized.

    04/12/2019 5:00:19 PM PDT · by SJackson · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec 6, 2018 | Soo Youn
    A robot punctured a can of bear spray. Now 24 Amazon workers are Twenty-four Amazon workers in New Jersey have been hospitalized after a robot accidentally tore a can of bear repellent spray in a warehouse, officials said. The two dozen workers were treated at five local hospitals, Robbinsville Township communications and public information officer John Nalbone told ABC News. One was in critical condition while 30 additional workers were treated at the scene. All of the workers were expected to be released from the hospital within 24 hours, WABC reported Thursday. The official investigation revealed "an automated machine accidentally...
  • Estonia is Building a “Robot Judge” to Help Clear Legal Backlog

    03/31/2019 4:32:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Futurism ^ | March 25th 19__ | Victor Tangermann
    Estonia, a tiny Northern European nation of fewer than 1.4 million inhabitants, has made impressive strides in digitizing, streamlining, and modernizing its government functions. Estonia famously launched its “e-residency” program that allows practically anybody — including foreigners — to access Estonian government services. Its digital national ID smartcard blazed the trail of next-generation government-issued IDs — despite its (significant) security vulnerabilities. And it’s not just the court system that’s getting an AI overhaul in the country — in fact, AI already has automated a number of government functions. It’s scanning satellite images with algorithms to determine if subsidized farming operations...
  • Robots Taking Over & Making LESS Than Minimum Wage

    03/30/2019 6:17:43 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 69 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 03/29/19
    Another series of jobs gone ..... https://www.liveleak.com/view?t=927yZ_1553810035
  • See a Robot Melt Its Own Bones to Avoid Obstacles

    02/14/2019 7:37:16 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Futurism ^ | Kristen Houser
    Cheetahs are the fastest animals on land, and they owe their speed in part to the design of their skeletons — the tibia and fibula in their legs are fused, helping them maintain stability while sprinting after prey. However, this unique characteristic also prevents cheetahs from being effective climbers like many other cats. If it could somehow separate its leg bones at will, the animal would be far more formidable. In a new paper published in the journal IEEE Robotics & Automation Letters, the CSU [Colorado State University] team describes how it gave its robot the ability to adapt to...
  • Russian Artificial Intelligence Robot Turns Out to Be Fake, Just Like Everything Else

    12/14/2018 7:16:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/14/2018 | Jim Treacher
    Here's the rule: If something can be automated, it will be automated. If a machine can perform a task more cheaply and efficiently than a human worker, that's what will happen. That's why professions like town crier and rickshaw driver and blogger are no longer in demand. That's why "Please place item in bagging area" is the new "You've got mail." That's why, in the unlikely event that anybody is reading this, you're reading it from a screen instead of a flimsy, disposable piece of pulverized wood that a kid threw on your lawn instead of your porch like you...
  • Here's why a robot is blocking parking spots at Orlando malls

    11/20/2018 8:56:23 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 46 replies
    Click Orlando ^ | 11-20-2018
    App MyPark allows shoppers to reserve spaceORLANDO, Fla. - There's no need to fight over a parking spot on Black Friday. There's an app -- and robot -- for that.The Miami startup MyPark has created parking space blockers that are used across Florida, including at several malls in Orlando. By using the MyPark app, users can receive a code to lower the blocker and enter the parking space. The service costs about $3 to reserve a spot for two hours.
  • Surgical robot BOTCHES surgery, kills man on operating table while doctors sipped lattes

    11/16/2018 6:14:05 AM PST · by deandg99 · 94 replies
    DC Dirty Laundry ^ | 11/16/2018 | Ethan Huff
    In the name of scientific “progress,” Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital in the United Kingdom recently tried to pioneer the use of a surgical robot that it tasked with repairing a patient’s damaged heart valve, only to have the machine go completely bonkers and ultimately kill the man on the operating table. According to reports, this first-time-use robot not only physically assaulted a living medic while attempting to conduct its programmed surgery, but also implanted stitches into the patient’s heart in a manner that physicians present during the fiasco described as not being in “an organised fashion.” A situation that can only...
  • Finland’s first sex doll brothel opens in Helsinki offering 100 euro robot romps ...

    11/13/2018 7:28:12 AM PST · by Red Badger · 78 replies
    theworldnews.net ^ | 17:04 / 12.11.2018 SUN | Staff
    FINLAND will be opening its first sex doll BROTHEL later this week as demand for silicone companions blows up all over the world. Russian-owned Unique Dolls will open its doors in Helsinki on Thursday - charging frisky Finns €100 an hour with its demimonde dolls. The silicone brothel is located in a discrete location behind a shopping centre in the Finnish capital. And they say they'll only ever be allowing a maximum of four clients in the building at any one time to keep noise levels at a respectable level. Each of the four models has its own room at...
  • Xinhua's first English AI anchor makes debut

    11/09/2018 2:29:03 AM PST · by Salman · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | Nov 7, 2018 | New China TV
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAfiATTQufk
  • My Experience With a False Allegation by a Woman

    10/01/2018 2:07:24 PM PDT · by MeanWestTexan · 165 replies
    10/1/2018 | MeanWestTexan
    I was falsely accused of having an affair and fathering a child with a woman I never met. A WOMAN I NEVER MET. I am a reasonably locally-prominent person. I had the misfortune of being on the front page of a local paper one day when a lady I'd never met gave birth. I gave a lot of money to a school. She saw me on the paper. She saw I was wealthy and reasonably important. So when the clerk came in with the birth certificate form to fill out, she put my name. She went on welfare and concocted...