there’s a new internet spanning the globe, and humans are not invited: its language is binary, its interface digital, and wetware is incompatible. This incarnation of the net is for artificial intelligences only, connecting robotic nodes across sites so they can learn from each others experiences and thus accelerate their development. Development towards what you ask? The intent is for them to become better at serving their human masters, but then there’s “the best laid plans …" and all that.
A World Wide Web for robots just got more real as scientists ready to demo a project four years in the making: a cloud-based hive mind for robots to upload and download information and learn new tasks from each other, completely independent of humans.
Comparisons to The Terminator's Skynet began flooding in all the way back in 2011, when a breakthrough was made after researchers at the University of Technology in Munich, Zaragoza, Stuttgart, and Philips assembled in Eindhoven to form the Robo Earth project.
2014 will see the commercial proliferation of neural network technology. Computational applications of neural nets (the same mechanism underlying the human brain) can already outperform traditional CPU’s by an order of magnitude for some cases, and their ability to tolerate and learn from mistakes will open up new applications altogether. Aside from performance, another key advantage of biological systems (and technology that mimics them) is resilience, or the ability to tolerate and adapt to partial failures of the underlying hardware.This is especially useful as automated systems proliferate into increasingly hostile environments, from wearable computing to autonomous spacecraft. Lastly, as the quantity of data continues to increase exponentially (both on the internet and through improved sensors of robotic systems), there is a strong need for adaptive computing to extract understanding from that avalanche of information.
Purdue University's deep learning co-processor design is specialized to run multilayered neural networks above all else and to put them to work on streaming imagery. In tests, the prototype has proven about 15 times as efficient as using a graphics processor for the same task.
I.B.M. and Qualcomm, as well as the Stanford research team, have already designed neuromorphic processors, and Qualcomm has sa ...
a haunting scifi short of the robocalypse, created by Big Lazy Robot and on track to become a major Hollywood movie. Combining the innocent voiceover of a child with creepy shots of mannequins who threaten to be something much more, the story erupts into planetary violence and human despair all within less than 3 minutes.
You may have once seen a trailer for a short film called K3loid, but now it’s finished and you must watch it. It’s got robot armies. rampaging mecha, soldiers in power armor, creepy mannequins, an enigmatic AI and it is unbelievably gorgeous.
It’s so awesome that two Hollywood production companies have already partnered with director J.J. Palomo and his six-person VFX team Big Lazy Robot to produce a full feature.
a very futuristic design of swarming microbots that will buzz any place in your house on demand to instantly clean spills and other imperfections. There is something very scifi about this, and yet I can’t help but imagine some couch slob surrounded by a cloud of (artificial) black flies, while sucking down a slurpee and surfing the TV channels. It is one of the first attempts at commercializing miniature robotics I have seen to date though.
Why spend time vacuuming and dustingwhen you could have an army of tiny flying robots clean your house for you! Well, you'll still have to tidy up and do the dishes, but this futuristic MAB Automated Cleaning System could take care of all the dust and dirt. Columbian Adrian Perez Zapata’s flying cleaning system recently won the grand prize in the 2013 Electrolux Design Lab Competition, which received 1,700 designs from students across 60 countries.
- this diminutive specimen of robotkind recently took off to the International Space Station taking its advanced human relations skills to a global audience. Developed by Toyota, the pint sized explorer can be seen in this interview together with his creator, who expands on the aims of the project.
Kirobo, Earth’s first talking robot to go off world, is en route to the International Space Station - and its prime directive is to tackle loneliness.
The tiny humanoid-like machine […] is going to the station ahead of his new friend, astronaut Koichi Wakata. The electronic pal will meet and recognise the ‘naut when he arrives at the space laboratory. Kirobo, whose name is derived from the Japanese for “hope” and “robot”, and Wakata will then conduct the first human-robot discussions in space.
The robot, created by Tomotaka Takahashi of the University of Tokyo along with carmaker Toyota and advertiser Dentsu, is ultimately aimed at curbing loneliness by providing companionship.
"Nowadays, more and more people are living alone," the project’s website says. "It’s not just the elderly - with today’s changing lifestyles, it’s people of all ages. With a new style of robot-human interface, perhaps a way to solve this problem could be found. That is the goal we have in mind fo ...