Robotics

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Illustration of three deers doing holiday household chores: washing a champagne flute, cooking pie and wrapping a gift
Robotics

One Model Does It All: Multi-task AI models got more sophisticated in 2022.

Individual deep learning models proved their mettle in hundreds of tasks. The scope of multi-task models expanded dramatically in the past year.
Ground truth video of a road on the left and predicted video with MaskViT on the right
Robotics

Seeing What Comes Next: Transformers predict future video frames.

If a robot can predict what it’s likely to see next, it may have a better basis for choosing an appropriate action — but it has to predict quickly. Transformers, for all their utility in computer vision, aren’t well suited to this because of their steep computational and memory requirements...
Robot with an arm, camera, and gripper handing over a plastic bottle to a person
Robotics

Parsing Commands Into Actions: NLP Helps Google Robot Understand Spoken Instructions

A new method enables robots to respond helpfully to verbal commands by pairing a natural language model with a repertoire of existing skills.
Fishermen insert their catch into a machine from Shinkei Systems, which automatically processes the fish.
Robotics

Neural Nets Catch Fresher Fish: Robot Deck Hand Automatically Processes Fish

Shinkei Systems developed a machine that uses computer vision to slaughter fish in a way that maximizes their shelf life and flavor.
TX SCAR robot restocks beverages at a FamilyMart in Japan.
Robotics

One Cool Robot: FamilyMart Uses TX SCAR Robots to Restock Beverages

FamilyMart, a chain of Japanese convenience stores, plans to employ robots to fill shelves with beverage bottles at 300 locations.
Humanized Training for Robot Arms
Robotics

Humanized Training for Robot Arms: New Research Improves Robot Performance and Adaptability

Robots trained via reinforcement learning usually study videos of robots performing the task at hand. A new approach used videos of humans to pre-train robotic arms.
Ingenuity (drone) on Mars
Robotics

More Autonomy for Martian Drone: NASA Upgrades Ingenuity Rover's Navigation Algorithm

The United States space agency is upgrading the system that pilots its helicopter on the Red Planet. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that Ingenuity, a drone sent to Mars as part of its 2020 mission to Mars, will receive a new collision-avoidance algorithm.
Remote-controlled drone capable of firing electroshock darts
Robotics

Ethics Team Scuttles Taser Drone: Axon Cancels Plans to Sell a Taser Drone

A weaponized AI system intended to protect students has been grounded. Axon, which makes law-enforcement equipment such as tasers and body cameras, canceled a plan to sell remote-controlled drones capable of firing electroshock darts.
Gato’s performance on simulated control tasks | Image captions generated by Gato
Robotics

One Model, Hundreds of Tasks: Multimodal Transformer Performs Over 600 Different Tasks

Researchers took a step toward achieving a longstanding goal: One model that performs a whole lot of very different tasks. Scott Reed, Konrad Żołna, Emilio Parisotto and a team at DeepMind announced Gato.
Robot nurse helper
Robotics

Nurse’s Mechanical Helper: Inside the Moxi AI-Powered Hospital Robot

Hospitals are using robots to lighten the load on clinical staff. A number of U.S. hospitals are using Moxi, a robot from Diligent Robotics, to ferry supplies, lab specimens, soiled laundry, and other items.
Explanation of Multi-Modal Delay Randomization (MMDR)
Robotics

Coordinating Robot Limbs: Machine learning improves robot dog reaction time.

A dog doesn’t think twice about fetching a tennis ball, but an autonomous robot typically suffers from delays between perception and action. A new machine-learning model helped a quadruped robot coordinate its sensors and actuators.
Robot Stock by country graph
Robotics

Robots Don’t Want Human Jobs: Countries with high automation have more jobs.

Research challenges long-held assumptions about how automation will affect employment. Studies in various countries found that automation is associated with more jobs, fewer working hours , and higher productivity.
Transformer Architecture
Robotics

Transformers See in 3D: Using transformers to visualize depth in 2D images.

Visual robots typically perceive the three-dimensional world through sequences of two-dimensional images, but they don’t always know what they’re looking at. For instance, Tesla’s self-driving system has been known to mistake a full moon for a traffic light.
Robot cleaning a table
Robotics

Robots in the Workplace: Google uses robot janitors to clean up offices.

Machines are doing light janitorial work in the uncontrolled environment of Google’s offices. Everyday Robots, a new spin-out from Google’s experimental X Development division, unleashed 100 robots to perform an array of cleanup tasks.
Alexei Efros
Robotics

Alexei Efros: Learning from the ground up.

Things are really starting to get going in the field of AI. After many years (decades?!) of focusing on algorithms, the AI community is finally ready to accept the central role of data and the high-capacity models that are capable of taking advantage of this data.

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