AI & Robotics trends last week

How will be life after AI

It is said that an average robot can do work equivalent to 6 individuals. Consequently, “loss of job” has become a widespread topic of debate whenever discussions surrounding AI crops up.

A recent study shows that nearly half of the jobs in the US will be taken over by robots. The number seems to be completely logical as the number of robots working in the manufacturing sector has nearly quadrupled in the last five years. Not to forget the rise of voice assistants and smart tech homes. 

Creepy crawling robots push imaginations

University of Tokyo’s Parametric Move Conference has come up with a mini robot that looks likes a spine with legs but moves very creepily along the ground. 

The aim of this development is to improve the communication between humans and artificial intelligence. The university has been showcasing these robots for the past two weeks at their research lab. 

Here’s a video of the insect-like crawling creature moving around beautifully. 

Researchers develop a skin that can sense

(Photo Source: Inverse)

A putty-like substance may soon help robots sense. The substance is made up of water containing hydrogel and an ultra-thin metal compound known as MXenes. This substance can be potentially used to coat robots and wearables.

“The material’s differing sensitivity to stretching and compression is a breakthrough discovery that adds a new dimension to the sensing capability of hydrogels,” first author, Yizhou Zhang, said in a statement.

After brainy games, AI now beats debaters at their own game!

IBM recently unveiled an AI-powered computer, named as “Project Debater” with exceptional debating qualities. The computer with a screen acting as the face took on the Israeli debate champion Noa Ovadia. “Project Debater” spoke about the government subsidizing space exploration while Noa against the idea.

The public demonstration featuring yet another “Human v Machine” contest saw the human take away the prize, unlike the last few times when AI got better of chess grandmasters and professional gamers. 

Stop selling AI surveillance systems to government, shareholders to Jeff Bezos

19 Amazon investors have voiced privacy concerns and asked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to stop selling AI surveillance systems – Rekognition – to the government. The letter, sent through by the American Civil Rights Union, also received support by an online petition apart from a backing from 70 US organisations.

Rekognition has the ability to identify people accurately and can be used to track anyone, anywhere.

In their letter, the Amazon shareholders said Rekognition “may not only pose a privacy threat to customers and other stakeholders across the country but may also raise substantial risks for our company, negatively impacting our company’s stock valuation and increasing financial risk for shareholders.”

By | 2018-06-20T12:51:40+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Robotics|0 Comments

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