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02 April 2019, Lower Saxony, Hannover: A so-called learning factory with a conveyor belt for sorting products is located at the Fischertechnik stand at the Hanover Fair. From 1 to 5 April, everything at Hannover Messe will revolve around networking, PICTURE ALLIANCE VIA GETTY IMAGES According to IoT Analytics, there are over 17 Billion connected devices in the world as of 2018, with over 7 Billion of these “internet of things” (IoT) devices. The Internet of Things is the collection of those various…

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BostonDynamics on YouTube 1.42M subscribers (as of 9/24/19) Atlas uses its whole body -- legs, arms, torso -- to perform a sequence of dynamic maneuvers that form a gymnastic routine. We created the maneuvers using new techniques that streamline the development process. First, an optimization algorithm transforms high-level descriptions of each maneuver into dynamically-feasible reference motions. Then Atlas tracks the motions using a model predictive controller that smoothly blends from one maneuver to…

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Black & Veatch, an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in energy, water, telecommunications and government services, is on a journey to leverage AI-assisted bots, called virtual experts, to better capture and interact with engineering knowledge and standards. The goal of this emerging effort is to experiment with ways to better capture knowledge and expertise within the company. Ultimately, this initiative would lead to a reduced amount of time required to locate…

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The term "artificial" doesn't do the next generation, with the attitude of "how we will get things done," justice. Artificial refers to a machine doing the work rather than a human, and the “Augmented Intelligence” might be more appropriate. Many agree that repetitive tasks and to-dos should be done by someone other than humans. Take a robotic vacuum, for example. As I write this, I am vacuuming or should I say Ivan is vacuuming. It has an intelligence of where it has covered and what areas of my home…

2 months ago
Facebook's hexapod, Daisy, learning to walk MARTINE PARIS On the rooftop of the building that houses the Facebook AI Research (FAIR) lab in Mountain View, California, there is a boot camp for robots where the sun beams down on Daisy, a hexapod who is learning how to walk on a dirt jogging path. Her foot has become stuck in mulch as she struggles to wrestle free. A team of Facebook AI researchers eagerly looks on, watching to see what she will do next as she moves forward with the curiosity and…

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TWEET THIS Too many people confuse RPA and AI. In fact, they have nothing to do with each other. Automation is not intelligence. The future of process automation lies with cognitive tools that autonomously discover, manage and optimize processes Artificial intelligence is being applied to a broad range of applications from self-driving vehicles to predictive maintenance. Some of the more mundane, and even boring, applications are focused on helping improve automation of back office…

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Over the last few years, automation has gained immense popularity in various industries. And the manufacturing industry sits on the cutting edge of automation technology, ahead of other industries. With automation, manufacturing companies have revolutionized the way activities were once performed. With autonomous systems coming into the picture, human participation and involvement have reduced significantly. As a result, work gets done faster and more importantly, with greater precision. Though automation…

6 months ago
Do You Trust a Machine?  Like most things in life, the answer is probably: “it depends.” We would probably trust a machine to maintain room temperature, find us a restaurant, or even fly a plane. But how about provide healthcare services? Or drive a car? One of the most fundamental values of doing business and providing value to customers is trust, and artificial intelligence is the most-heavily debated technology regarding ethical concerns and related trust issues. That’s why truth and trust in…

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Like it or not you will be interacting with either physical or software robots soon. A cobot or co-robot (from collaborative robot) is a robot intended to physically interact with humans in a shared workspace. It’s not just the obvious robots to consider. Additionally, there are software bots that can either assist you with knowledge/data mining or actions that eliminate drone work. While there will be initial interfacing issues and learning curves to get by, there are a number of long term issues to…

1 year ago
By Ron Schmelzer |  November 5, 2018  |  Source: CogWorld on FORBES Rethink Robotics shuttered its doors and closed for good on October 4, 2018. For many casual observers the collapse of a much-celebrated company, founded by preeminent artificial intelligence (AI) researcher and minor celebrity Rodney Brooks was a surprise. To others, it’s just the latest indication of the trouble in robotics land. According to the company, Rethink Robotics was forced to shut its doors when it couldn’t find additional…

1 year 2 months ago
By Chuck Brooks  |  August 30, 2018 Chuck Brooks is named Top Tech Person To Follow by LinkedIn - Cybersecurity Marketer of the Year - Technology and Security Evangelist, Speaker, Writer, Editor, Georgetown University Adjunct Faculty, FORBES Contributor Exponential Innovation, Converged Ecosystems, Knowledge Discovery, IoT, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, 5G, Virtual Realities, Cybersecurity, Super Computing, Quantum Computing, 3-D Printing, Smart Cities... We are in an era of amazing…

1 year 4 months ago
Image credit: Nvidia By Michael Spencer  |  July 3, 2018 The Jetson Xavier chip by Nvidia signals specialized computers, chips and software tools for robots are here. Why is this important? It’s because in the 2020s we are going to see an explosion of smarter robotics. Designed for this future, the chip, Jetson Xavier, is for robots. The Isaac platform will also help accelerate robot development. When NVIDIA unveiled its line of new products and announced a ten-year collaboration with the Taiwanese…

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By Ron Schmelzer, Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica  |  June 30, 2018 Member Article Czech writer Karel Čapek first coined the term ‘Robot’ in his 1920 play R.U.R. about a dystopian future in which artificial, manufactured “roboti” act human-like and perform tasks in servitude to their human masters, only to later form a rebellion that leads to the extinction of the human race. Many of the visions and dreams about what intelligent machines can be and the fears associated with them are in this…

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By Sanjit Dang, Ph.D.  |  June 15, 2018   Dr. Sanjit Dang is an investment director at Intel Capital Every year, Time magazine gets swamped with pitches from thousands of companies, all convinced their product deserves to be included in Time’s “25 Best Inventions” list. This past December, the magazine reserved its cover for a Pixar-like, 11-inch armless robot named Jibo. Jibo — a so-called “social robot” — is just the latest example of a clear phenomenon: A new generation of exponentially more…

1 year 9 months ago
By Charles Moore (AI & Robotics/IoT) at NextGen  |  January 14, 2018  It’s been more than a decade since the time when the number of internet-connected devices exceeded the number of people on the planet. This milestone signaled the emergence and rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm, smart objects, which empowered a whole new range of applications that leverage data and services from the billions of connected devices.  Nowadays IoT applications are disrupting entire sectors in both consumer…

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By Dan Conway  |  October 11, 2017 Recently, I was involved in a conversation with some folks who were using blockchain to persist rules of behavior for swarms of drones. Part of the conversation brought back memories. Almost 25 years ago, when the first Jurassic Park movie was created, gatherings of AAAI (at the time the American Association for Artificial Intelligence) often talked about how flocks of birds could be modeled as agents, and what rules they had to follow to be successful both…

2 years 2 months ago
By Manoj Saxena  |  September 11, 2017  |  Source: LinkedIn There is little doubt that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will transform industries and business models. Recent developments in driverless cars, voice recognition, and deep learning show how much machines can do and the powerful business models AI can drive. Driven both by opportunity and a fear of losing out, companies across industries have announced AI-focused initiatives. However, early AI pilots are not producing the dramatic results that…

2 years 6 months ago
By Barbara Hodge, Global Editor, Shared Services and Outsourcing Network (SSON) Introduction If there is one innovation that defines 2017 it is intelligent automation (IA) – and all it entails. New intelligent automation technology, which accesses data, processes it and then initiates actions – all the while “learning while doing” – is supporting enterprise decision-makers by providing a significantly improved quality of support services. Apart from improving overall decision-making speed and…

2 years 9 months ago
By Chuck Brooks A few years back, The McKinsey Global Institute published an informative analysis that comprehensively examined the economic impact of global technology trends. The study was called “Disruptive Technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy.”  The McKinsey predictions were highly accurate. As we move ahead into another year of unprecedented technology advancement, it is useful to examine the trends & technologies and applied verticals that are…