Wolfram Burgard
Robotics

Wolfram Burgard: Train robots in the real world.

Robots are tremendously useful machines, and I would like to see them applied to every task where they can do some good. Yet we don’t have enough programmers for all this hardware and all these tasks.
Animated video shows the Flippy 2 autonomous restaurant robot making french fries
Robotics

Deep Learning for Deep Frying: White Castle Uses Robots to Cook French Fries

Flippy 2, a robotic fry station from California-based Miso Robotics, has been newly deployed in a Chicago White Castle location.
Animated chart shows how AI can help robots locate key spatial coordinates.
Robotics

Finding Useful Points in Space: Keypoint3D Helps Robots Locate Spatial Coordinates

A new machine learning method aims to improve a machine’s ability to determine and locate points of interest.
A group of bats throwing missiles from the night sky
Robotics

Killer Robots Are Here: Are AI-Powered Weapons the Future of Warfare?

War is already bad enough. What happens when human combatants are replaced by machines?
GIF showing Amazon Housold Robot working
Robotics

Guard Bot: Amazon Household Robot Patrols Home for Intruders

Amazon unveiled a robot that patrols users’ homes, scopes out strangers, and warns of perceived dangers.
Nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh's funeral
Robotics

Distance Killing: Israeli Agents Assasinated Iranian Scientist With AI-Sniper Rifle

A remote sniper used an automated system to take out a human target located thousands of miles away.What happened: The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad used an AI-assisted rifle in the November killing of Iran’s chief nuclear scientist,
Person dressed up as Tesla Bot showing some dance moves
Robotics

Dances With Robots: Tesla Unveils a Robot and D1 Chip at AI Day

Tesla unveiled its own AI chip and — surprise! — plans for a humanoid robot.What’s new: At Tesla’s AI Day promotional event, the company offered a first look at an upcoming self-driving computer powered by custom AI chips.
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Robotics

Outstanding in the Field: John Deere buys Bear Flag Robotics for $250 million.

One of the world’s largest makers of farm equipment is doubling down on self-driving tractors. John Deere agreed to pay $250 million for Bear Flag Robotics, a California startup that upgrades conventional tractors.
Series of images showing AI research labs' campuses
Robotics

Fresh Funds for U.S. Research: The U.S. plans to build new civilian AI research labs.

The U.S. plans to build nearly a dozen new civilian AI research labs. The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) committed $220 million to fund 11 National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes, complementing seven other AI research institutes that were established last year.
Video showing how robots from Israeli startup Arugga Farming work
Robotics

To Bee or Not to Bee: AI farm robots help to pollinate tomatoes.

Insects that spread pollen to fruiting plants are in trouble. A possible alternative: Robots. Farmers in Australia and the U.S. are using robots from Israeli startup Arugga Farming to pollinate greenhouse tomatoes.
Forbidden sign over a robot's hand solving a Rubik's Cube
Robotics

Bye Bye Bots

The independent research lab OpenAI wowed technology watchers in 2019 with a robotic hand that solved Rubik’s Cube. Now it has disbanded the team that built it. OpenAI cofounder Wojciech Zaremba revealed that OpenAI shuttered its robotics program last October.
A four-legged robot walking over difficult and changing terrain
Robotics

Walking the Dog

A reinforcement learning system enabled a four-legged robot to amble over unfamiliar, rapidly changing terrain.
A self-riding bicycle
Robotics

A Bicycle Built for Zero

Self-driving cars, get ready to share the road with self-riding bikes. Beijing-based machine learning researcher Zhihui Peng built a riderless bike that stays upright, navigates, and avoids collisions.
Automated nail-painting devices working
Robotics

Every Problem Looks Like a Nail

Robots are brushing their way into the beauty market. A trio of companies is developing automated nail-painting devices that integrate robotics and computer vision.
A group of drones flying over a field
Robotics

Deadly Drones Act Alone

Autonomous weapons are often viewed as an alarming potential consequence of advances in AI — but they may already have been used in combat. Libyan forces unleashed armed drones capable of choosing their own targets against a breakaway rebel faction last year.

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