A four-legged robot walking over difficult and changing terrain
Robotics

Walking the Dog: Training a robot to walk over unsteady terrain with RL.

A reinforcement learning system enabled a four-legged robot to amble over unfamiliar, rapidly changing terrain.
eXtremely Unnatural Auto-Navigation (Xuan), a self-riding bicycle
Robotics

A Bicycle Built for Zero: Self-driving bicycle stays upright and avoids collisions.

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: AI-powered devices for automated nail painting

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: Libya's military may have used AI-powered drones in 2020.

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.
Drones flying off the coast capturing video of orcas and models analyzing the imagery
Robotics

Algorithms for Orcas: AI-powered drones help with killer whale conservation.

A combination of computer vision and drones could help restore dwindling killer whale populations. Researchers at Oregon State University and conservation groups SR3 and Vulcan developed a system that assesses the health of orcas.
Video sequence showing military drones working
Robotics

Drones For Defense: How companies like Anduril are developing military drones.

Drone startups are taking aim at military customers. As large tech companies have backed away from defense work, startups like Anduril, Shield AI, and Teal are picking up the slack. They’re developing autonomous fliers specifically for military operations.
Autonomous aircraft taking off and landing
Robotics

Autonomous Weapons Gain Support: A panel led by Eric Schmidt encouraged more military AI.

A panel of AI experts appointed by the U.S. government came out against a ban on autonomous weapons. A draft report from the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence recommends against a proposed international global prohibition of AI-enabled autonomous weapon systems.
Drone flying over a massive field
Robotics

Drones Unleashed: FAA authorizes AI drones beyond line of sight.

U.S. regulators for the first time allowed commercial operators of autonomous aerial vehicles to fly out of operators’ sight. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration authorized drone maker American Robotics to fly without requirement.
Series of images related to a technology used to draw maps during a fight fire emergency
Robotics

Mapping the Inferno: Using computer vision to map wildfires

An AI-powered eye in the sky is helping firefighters control woodland blazes. California used maps drawn by neural networks to fight fires that threatened Yosemite National Park earlier this year.
Example of Occupancy Anticipation, a navigation system that predicts unseen obstacles, working
Robotics

Guess What Happens Next: Research teaches robots to predict unseen obstacles.

New research teaches robots to anticipate what’s coming rather than focusing on what’s right in front of them. Researchers developed Occupancy Anticipation (OA), a navigation system that predicts unseen obstacles in addition to observing those in its field of view.
Autopiloted aircraft
Robotics

Deep Learning Is in the Air: How Xwing uses AI for autonomous commercial flights

An aviation startups is using neural networks to put air freight on autopilot.What’s new: Xwing, a California startup, is test-flying an autonomous pilot system aboard cargo aircraft with an eye toward crewless commercial flights in 2022.
Dozens of drones coordinating movements
Robotics

Drones of a Feather: Caltech researchers publish work on drone swarms.

Deep learning is coordinating drones so they can flock together without colliding. Caltech researchers Soon-Jo Chung and Yisong Yue developed a pair of models that enables swarms of networked drones to navigate autonomously through cluttered environments.
Man with prosthetic leg walking
Robotics

AI Steps Up: This prosthetic leg uses AI to learn a human-like stride.

A prosthetic leg that learns from the user’s motion could help amputees walk more naturally. Researchers from the University of Utah designed a robotic leg that uses machine learning to generate a human-like stride.
Mobile robot arm lab assistant working
Robotics

Scientific Discovery on a Roll: Scientists trained a robot arm to run lab experiments.

A mechanical lab assistant could accelerate chemistry research.What’s new: Researchers at the University of Liverpool trained a mobile robot arm to navigate a lab, operate equipment, handle samples, and obtain results far faster than a human scientist.
AI-powered camera spotting a damaged product
Robotics

Assembly Line AI: How companies are using AI to spot manufacturing flaws

Computer vision has been learning how to spot manufacturing flaws. The pandemic is accelerating that education. Companies like Instrumental and Elementary are making AI-powered cameras that automate the spotting of damaged or badly assembled products on factory assembly lines.

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