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A lifeguard in Australia used a drone to rescue two swimmers. The rescue took about 2 minutes; without the drone it might have taken 6 minutes for a person to get to the pair. Cite and cite.

A $430,000 investment by the government pays off in the first hours of being in use by offering zero risk to the operator of the drone while saving two lives; that's totally fucking rocks!
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Amazon Go store opens with no cashiers, no lines and no registers.
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The company says it uses computer vision, machine learning algorithms and sensors to figure out what people are grabbing off its store shelves.
I'm telling ya, this shit is moving faster and faster. And once we figure out how to accumulate knowledge/tasking from several AI bots into one, it's gonna snowball like nothing we can imagine. I'm gonna guess much less than 10 years until that happens.
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They're still tiny, but mid-air holograms are now a thing that humans can do. Cite. Pics at the cite. ETA: There are gifs made from videos but no actual videos at the AP page.

Trapped particle makes 3D images is the article at Nature and there's a link to the paper itself there.

I doubt we'll have consumer versions available in the next decade, but it's still cool as fuck.

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XT posted this in the GD thread What happens when the robots (peacefully) take over?, but I thought it would be great to include here as well:
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Thought I'd link to this series on AJ+ that delves into this subject. I was going to post this in IMHO or another forum but saw this thread pop back up again on the radar so figured I'd post it here. Basically, this series talks about the future of automation and what jobs are likely to be automated in the near future and what the impact of those may mean. There are 4 videos in the series that discuss different aspects, I think they are all about 15 mins or so. It's interesting stuff even if you know a bit about this. If you don't' know that much about it it will really help.
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This is new and cool:Nasa releases selfie taken by mars rover Curiosity
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A small, self-focusing camera on the end of Curiosity’s arm took the selfies. Dozens of pictures, all snapped Jan. 23, were used to create the mosaic.
The picture is awesome and the article tells us we can expect even more pics soon, prolly:
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Here is NASA's InSight page, which features an excellent countdown-to-launch clock.

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Those Boston Dynamics videos are impressive. Like Bo, I thought they were already amazing a few years ago but they have continued to improve at a dizzying pace.

The posts about artificial videos sent me down some serious rabbit holes, following link to link and watching dozens of videos.

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I just read an interview with the Top Gear/Grand Tour guys, and I love this part:This is a classic case of someone being an expert in one field and having absolutely zero knowledge of other fields. We have robots that can make sandwiches, boil eggs, climb stairs and open doors. FFS, we have some that can do standing backflips.
Yeah, wow. Just amplifying and passing on the ignorance.

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So, uh, here's a thing: Google's Deep Mind AI built another AI called AlphaZero. AZ is similar to AlphaGo Zero: AGZ was made to master the game of Go, AZ was made to master chess.

Which it did in 4 hours, without any human interaction.
That is crazy. The evil side of me wishes I could see the looks on the Stockfish programmers' faces when they learned about this.

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Soft robots that are strong

This is quite important for robots that can safely interact with humans. It may also be useful for making them lighter.
That is WILD. A 1kg muscle that can lift 1,000kg? And feel soft? Amazing.
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These two CNET articles, about a sex doll company that is transitioning to being a sex android company, are pretty interesting. They do depict artificial nudity, just so you know.



Still early days, way in the uncanny valley, but coming along!
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These two CNET articles, about a sex doll company that is transitioning to being a sex android company, are pretty interesting. They do depict artificial nudity, just so you know.



Still early days, way in the uncanny valley, but coming along!
That took me awhile to look at and read all of it; it was fascinating.

The pictures were amazing, particularly the finished eyes.

The article was extremely in-depth. I thought it did a decent job of bringing many perspectives into the discussion, but I was glad the author focused on the owners and on the CEO (ostensibly the "pro-" side), as it's really their story.

The video of his conversation with Harmony was fun and funny and showed me that they really aren't that far along yet with their digital personalities. OTOH, the article also details that the AI does log data on conversations and thus "learn" things, so perhaps that was a part of the awkwardness and non-sequiturs.

If AI is anything like the internet, porn will be the industry that leads the way.
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Florida man gets mind-controlled robotic arm & hand prosthesis

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The arm was developed by Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab as part of their program Revolutionizing Prosthetics. The aim of the program, which is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is to create prosthetics that are controlled by neural activity in the brain to restore motor function to where it feels entirely natural. The program is specifically working on prosthetics for upper-arm amputee patients. While this particular arm has been demoed before, Matheny will be the first person to actually live with the prosthesis. The program does hope to have more patients take the tech for a longterm test run, though.

While the prosthetic device is impressive, it’s not a limitless, all-powerful robot arm. Matheney won’t be able to get the arm wet and is not allowed to drive while wearing it. Keeping a few rules in mind, Matheney will otherwise be free to push the tech to the edge of its capabilities, truly exploring what it can do.
There's a 3 minute video on the page that is fucking astounding to watch.
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Quantum memory breakthrough

Folks in Paris have figured out how to more than double quantum memory storage.
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Researchers at Laboratoire Kastler Brossel (LKB) in Paris have broken through a key barrier in quantum memory performance. Their work has enabled the first secure storage and retrieval of quantum bits.
Physicists at LKB have more than doubled the efficiency of optical qubit storage—from 30 percent to close to 70 percent—making secure storage and retrieval possible. Quantum memory is essential for future quantum networks. The ability to synchronize quantum bits has applications in long-distance quantum communication protocols or computing algorithms. With efficiency at well over 50 percent, quantum storage now enables protocol security.
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In the January 25th online issue of Nature Communications, Prof. Julien Laurat and his team at the LKB, part of Sorbonne University and the CNRS, reported that they have stored optical qubits with a record efficiency of 70 percent, while preserving a fidelity to the input qubit beyond 99 percent.

"We selected a number of key elements and were able for the first time to combine them in a single setup. This work was key to achieving the highest efficiency to date for the storage and readout of an optical qubit," says Pierre Vernaz-Gris, a former doctoral student who performed the experiment and one of the two lead authors of the paper.

The experiment involves the conversion of a photonic qubit into an atomic excitation of laser-cooled cesium atoms. With the protocol of electromagnetically-induced transparency, a control laser beam makes the medium transparent and slows down the impinging signal light carrying the information. When the signal is contained within the ensemble and the control beam is turned off, the information is converted into a collective excitation of the atoms, which is stored until the control beams is turned on again.
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I found this 10 minute video from August 2017 about farming tech. Lots of advances, and the last couple of minutes show autonomous farming bots.
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Finally, an end to humans facing the tedium of jogging is in sight.
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In case the terror of watching that isn't enough, know that SpotMini can now autonomously navigate stairs, in addition to being able to open doors.
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I'd like to see a video of that thing lying on its back, waving its legs in the air.
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I'd like to see a video of that thing lying on its back, waving its legs in the air.
I can't wait to see your video next year!
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In case the terror of watching that isn't enough, know that SpotMini can now autonomously navigate stairs, in addition to being able to open doors.
That’s awesome.
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Check out this robot/waldo, straight out of Hinokio.
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When I saw the case I thought "Baymax!" but it was the controllers.

Very, very cool thing there. I can see it changing doctor's lives immensely. Not to mention tourism being completely re-made.
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This just popped up on my AP feed: Maker of fearsome animal robots slowly emerges from stealth!

It's a fairly brief article about Boston Dynamics; I highly recommend it if you're interested in these things (and why else would you be in this thread, eh?).

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Behold! The AI that can make fake videos!

I know the resolution is pretty bad (like a dashcam from 10 years ago), but the images are amazing. If this was offered as evidence in a court case, I doubt the jurors would be able to tell which was real and which was fake. Something like this could make for some troubling developments in the future.
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There was a good article at Motherboard earlier this week*: AI-Assisted Fake Porn Is Here and We’re All FuckedAdd in Adobe's new software that let's you make people say things via an algorithm that takes less than 20 minutes to mimic anyone.

Now add in the software that can make anywhere be anytime.



I think our definitions of privacy and trust are about to change a lot.



*ETA: I see on re-read that that article links to the Motherboard article; nice!
This was posted just 3 weeks ago: are you sure you saw that person say or do that? Brief article here which also has the video embedded.

This is nearly flawless. At times it IS flawless.
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I saw this on the AP today and thought it fit for this thread; it's pretty ddamned amazing, IMO: IBM computer proves formidable against 2 human debaters. Debated subjects in real time, by voice.
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The company unveiled its Project Debater in San Francisco on Monday. IBM selected possible topics based on whether they were debatable, but neither the computer nor the human debaters knew the topic in advance. Nonetheless, the computer championed the topic fiercely with just a few awkward gaps in reasoning.
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IBM doesn’t try to declare a winner of the debates, but Noa Ovadia, one of the human debaters, said the computer was a formidable opponent even if it made a few too many blanket statements about space exploration being the pinnacle of human achievement.

Ovadia, a national debate champion in Israel, said she was impressed by its fluency in language and ability to construct sentences. She said the computer was able to “get to the bottom line of my arguments” and respond to them.
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Pretty nifty, eh.

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AIs now exist that work together to achieve a common goal. This is huge, IMO.
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They tested the AI5 against an amateur human team and won, but they plan to play against a top human team on 28 July. I have no doubt they'll destroy all humans, just like the single AI destroyed the world's best player last year.
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William Lee, better known as Blitz in the player community, is that person, regarded as quite good at the game. He said it took him eight years to learn some of the strategies that the bot was intuitively doing. He said the team fight bot aspect was excellent. Didn't mess up. (Simonite mentioned that "Each day, OpenAI Five played the equivalent of 180 years of Dota 2." He reflected on that. "No human has 180 years to learn a videogame.")
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Dennison: "While the best players in the world are getting ready to compete, we' re also working on the next version of our bot."
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I think the AI have teamed up to change your link to Carpool Karaoke
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Well that's a pretty good bit of technology, too, so at least it's not a complete waste of code.

Here's the proper story: https://techxplore.com/news/2018-06-...operative.html
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They can also work together to create Japanese schoolgirls.
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I admit I am unclear on how that is an example of multiple AIs working together.
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I admit I am unclear on how that is an example of multiple AIs working together.

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You may wish to call the two neural networks something other than AIs. I'm not going for that level of hair-splitting.
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You may wish to call the two neural networks something other than AIs. I'm not going for that level of hair-splitting.
That is not even remotely the same concept of "working together for a common goal" as what I mentioned; it is merely an example of reinforcement learning. The two bots you're talking about don't make decisions to enable the other to better perform a task or to re-divide the tasks they are performing to optimize an outcome, they are each simply doing the job they were designed for. They aren't "working together" any more than two cogs are "working together".

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Robot stuntmen!

Seriously: robot stuntmen!

Did you see that superhero pose in the last shot? I don't see why you wouldn't use these and then just plaster people's faces on them in post! You could do some outrageous stunt shots!
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That stunt robo vid was flipping amazing!!!!

I want a robot to litter train my new kitty for me and clean up all of her messes.
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Break out your wallets for a Hand-Headed Dog of Doom.
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They've been saying that for months now, tho. The "by July 2019" is the first firm date I've heard; thanks for that. I keep trying to find a price point. At $15,000 they aren't going to sell to anyone but big companies and governments. At $5,000 they might sell to upper-middle class people, until they figure out that they don't need the robot to do anything that it can do. At $2,000 people everywhere will buy them and figure out things for them to do.
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I would have assumed more like $50,000.
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I don't think they'll be that expensive; I'll stick with my $15k WAG.

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My 2nd favorite movie so far this summer, Upgrade, features a guy with an implant that lets him sneeze murderous nanobots at people; it was widely derided as one of the least-plausible things in a movie that showed a world that was actually convincingly possible.

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Each sensor in the aerosol spray contains two parts. The first is a colloid, an extremely tiny insoluble particle or molecule. Colloids are so small, in fact, they can remain suspended in a liquid or the air indefinitely — the force of particles colliding around them is stronger than the force of gravity attempting to pull them down.

The second part of the sensor is a complex circuit containing a chemical detector built from a two-dimensional material, such as graphene. When this detector encounters a certain chemical in its environment, its ability to conduct electricity improves. The circuit also contains a photodiode, a device that can convert ambient light into electric current. This provides all the electricity needed to power the circuit’s data collection and memory.

The researchers grafted their circuits onto colloids, thereby giving them the colloid’s ability to travel in unique environments. Once combined, the researchers aerosolized the nanobots (converted them into a sprayable form). This delivery method wouldn’t be possible without the addition of the colloid. “[The circuits] can’t exist without a substrate,” said the study’s lead author Michael Strano
And here's the actual study: Colloidal nanoelectronic state machines based on 2D materials for aerosolizable electronics.

I stuck with the synopsis at the first link, eh.

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DARPA is launching a significant new AI initiative to explore the 'Third Wave' of AI concepts---which, according to their telling, will be context-aware agents capable of explaining and justifying their reasons. This comes at least in part as a response to worries that 'Second Wave' (i. e. current) AIs basically use methods largely opaque to human reasoning, based on Bayesian statistical analysis and deep learning techniques, which leads to sometimes unpredictable and (to us) bizarre behavior. ('First-Wave' systems, on that reading, are basically those with human-derived know-how hardcoded in, such as expert systems.)

See also this video.

I think this is an interesting direction, but may run into some challenges. One problem is that we're shackling the AI essentially to a human-like way of conceptualizing. In the end, very often, the reasons for decisions or actions we take aren't really clear to us, either; we just end up confabulating something that passes at least a cursory smell test. By requiring AIs to pass that smell test, we're running the risk of introducing arbitrary limits---after all, what makes sense to us is itself poorly justified; if we needed reasons for accepting certain sorts of reasons, the whole process wouldn't ever bottom out.
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The shortness of the video clip probably indicates the frequency of falls.
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I was thinking it had more to do with it having a very limited power supply.
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That's freaking awesome!
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I want one of these when they come out. I can't afford it, but after a decade it'll probably become affordable. Its supposed to sell for 15k at first, but it'll probably be down to 5k within a decade or so.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKCVol2iWcc

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I want one of these when they come out. I can't afford it, but after a decade it'll probably become affordable. Its supposed to sell for 15k at first, but it'll probably be down to 5k within a decade or so.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKCVol2iWcc

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I want one of these when they come out. I can't afford it, but after a decade it'll probably become affordable. Its supposed to sell for 15k at first, but it'll probably be down to 5k within a decade or so.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKCVol2iWcc
^ Those things need white, three-fingered cartoon gloves and, "Powerhouse," playing in the background (Getting the orchestra into your kitchen is your problem).

(Did you see one of them flash the "OK" sign? Cheeky bastard.)

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Now where did that damn phone go?

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Check this out: China now has AI newscasters. The speech is still rough, but the image is perfect: I'm not sure I can tell it isn't a real person just by looking.

ETA: I just watched the video again and no, I can't tell that isn't a real person just by looking.

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Not necessarily robotics, but a scientist in China is claiming to have made the first CRISPR-modified fetuses which are just recently born:

https://apnews.com/4997bb7aa36c45449...ign=SocialFlow

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A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies — twin girls born this month whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life.

If true, it would be a profound leap of science and ethics.

A U.S. scientist said he took part in the work in China, but this kind of gene editing is banned in the United States because the DNA changes can pass to future generations and it risks harming other genes.
There is no other corroboration for this report, the article notes.

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"Not necessarily robotics" in the sense of "not robotics in any way, shape or form"...
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It is "tech" tho, so it fits the thread; so says the OP!

Check out what UK farmers are up to
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Methodically inspecting Butler’s winter wheat crop for weeds and pests, the laborer doesn’t complain or even break a sweat. That’s because it’s a four-wheel robot dubbed “Tom” that uses GPS, artificial intelligence and smartphone technology to digitally map the field.
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Next year, the British startup plans to start testing two more robots controlled by an artificial intelligence system that will work alongside Tom, autonomously doing precision “seeding, feeding and weeding.”
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To ease financial pressure on farmers reluctant to make big one-off investments in equipment, the Small Robot Company plans to sell its services as a monthly subscription, charging 600 pounds ($765) per hectare a year.

With a bright orange 3D-printed body, and beefy all-terrain wheels, Tom resembles an oversized roller skate. Their light weight means these robots won’t compact soil the way tractors do, Scott-Robinson said.

On Butler’s farm, Tom trundles along crop rows taking hundreds of thousands of high-resolution pictures during the growing season. The images are fed to Wilma, the artificial intelligence platform, which is being trained to tell the difference between wheat and weeds.

In 2019, the company will start trials for two more robots, Dick and Harry. Dick will deliver fertilizer directly to soil around roots, instead of wasteful blanket spraying, and use a laser or micro-spray chemicals to kill weeds. Harry will insert seeds into the earth at a uniform depth and spacing, eliminating the need for tractors to plow furrows.
So rather than one big robot to sweep an area, a few small ones to tend to each plant individually, using the fact that they can potentially work 24/7 as a bonus feature. It sounds like a good idea; I look forward to the results next year.
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Break out your wallets for a Hand-Headed Dog of Doom.
The Hand-Headed Dog of Doom has some fine dance moves.
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The Hand-Headed Dog of Doom has some fine dance moves.
Let's go to the quarry and throw stuff down there! That totally fucking rocked!
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