Information and images related to 6D-Pose Anchor-based Category-level Keypoint-tracker (6-PACK)
Robotics

Deep Learning for Object Tracking

AI is good at tracking objects in two dimensions. A new model processes video from a camera with a depth sensor to predict how objects move through space.
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Packing robot
Robotics

Packing Robots Get a Grip

Robots are moving into a job that traditionally required the human touch.What’s new: A commercial warehouse that ships electrical supplies deployed AI-driven robotic arms from Covariant, a high-profile Silicon Valley robotics firm.
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Chelsea Finn
Robotics

Chelsea Finn: Robots That Generalize

Many people in the AI community focus on achieving flashy results, like building an agent that can win at Go or Jeopardy. This kind of work is impressive in terms of complexity.
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Anima Anandkumar
Robotics

Anima Anandkumar: The Power of Simulation

We’ve had great success with supervised deep learning on labeled data. Now it’s time to explore other ways to learn: training on unlabeled data, lifelong learning, and especially letting models explore a simulated environment before transferring what they learn to the real world.
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Illustration of a crystal snowball
Robotics

Simulation Substitutes for Data

The future of machine learning may depend less on amassing ground-truth data than simulating the environment in which a model will operate. Deep learning works like magic with enough high-quality data. When examples are scarce, though, researchers are using simulation to fill the gap.
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Illustration of two people playing a snowball fight
Robotics

A Smoldering Conflict Flares

A year-long Twitter feud breathed fresh life into a decades-old argument over AI’s direction. Gary Marcus, a standard bearer of logic-based AI, waged a tireless Twitter campaign to knock deep learning off its pedestal and promote other AI approaches.
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Information related to Implicit Reinforcement without Interaction at Scale (IRIS)
Robotics

Different Skills From Different Demos

Reinforcement learning trains models by trial and error. In batch reinforcement learning (BRL), models learn by observing many demonstrations by a variety of actors. But what if one doctor is handier with a scalpel while another excels at suturing?
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Robot cooking and serving food
Robotics

A Sleeping Giant Stirs

Sony, the consumer-electronics powerhouse behind the PlayStation and other hit gadgets, is launching three research-and-design centers to focus on AI. Staffing up means competing with — and likely poaching talent from — frontrunners like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft.
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Security robot walking on the street
Robotics

What the Watchbot Sees

Knightscope’s security robots look cute. But these cone-headed automatons, which serve U.S. police departments and businesses, are serious surveillance machines.
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Robot cooking, controlled by a person
Robotics

Robotic Control, Easy as Apple Pie

Robots designed to assist people with disabilities have become more capable, but they’ve also become harder to control. New research offers a way to operate such complex mechanical systems more intuitively.
2 min read
Mechanical hand unscrambling a Rubik's Cube
Robotics

Cube Controversy

OpenAI trained a five-fingered robotic hand to unscramble the Rubik’s Cube puzzle, bringing both acclaim and criticism. The AI research lab OpenAI trained a mechanical hand to balance, twist, and turn the cube.
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Drone race
Robotics

Autonomous Drones Ready to Race

Pilots in drone races fly souped-up quadcopters around an obstacle course at 120 miles per hour. But soon they may be out of a job, as race organizers try to spice things up with drones controlled by AI.
1 min read
Robot being trained using a virtual reality interface
Robotics

A Robot in Every Kitchen

Every home is different. That makes it difficult for domestic robots to translate skills learned in one household into another. Training in virtual reality, where the robot has access to rich information about three-dimensional objects, can make it easier to generalize skills to the real world.
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Drone used for surveying on construction site
Robotics

Robots Put Down Stakes

Construction projects require teams of surveyors who continually map blueprints to precise, real-world locations. Drones might do it faster, saving time and money.
1 min read
Harvest bot
Robotics

Agbots Want Jobs Americans Don’t

Advances in computer vision and robotic dexterity may reach the field just in time to save U.S. agriculture from a looming labor shortage. CNN Business surveyed the latest crop of AI-powered farmbots.
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