Tag: Robots

Newo.ai’s ‘digital employee’ merges AI agent with robot

In the aftermath of the large language model (LLM) revolution last year, a new fascination has emerged among developers and tech enthusiasts around AI “agents,” which are capable of executing complex tasks autonomously.  Newo.ai, a new Silicon Valley company, today launched a service that integrates these intelligent agents into the physical realm of robots, blurring […]

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CERN’s Robodog To Revolutionize Hazardous Terrain Exploration

CERN has introduced an innovative robotic solution, the CERNquadbot, designed to navigate cluttered and hazardous environments, particularly within the intricate facilities of the Laboratory; This four-legged robot recently underwent a successful radiation protection test in CERN’s expansive North Area, showcasing its adaptability and agility in challenging terrains. Developed within Building 937, the CERNquadbot stands out […]

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DeepMind’s GenEM uses LLMs to generate expressive behaviors for robots

Humans use expressive behaviors to communicate goals and intents. We nod to acknowledge the presence of a coworker, shake our heads to convey a negative response, or use simple utterances like “excuse me” to ask others to make way. Mobile robots that want to share their environments with humans should be able to show such […]

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Tiny Aquatic Robot Inspired By Water Strider Is The World’s Smallest Of Its Kind

A team at Washington State University has developed the WaterStrider robot, a tiny aquatic robot inspired by water striders. Measuring just 22 mm in length and weighing 56 milligrams, the robot utilizes a groundbreaking “shape memory actuator” to propel itself across the water’s surface. This actuator, at 7 mm in length, is claimed to be […]

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Costly Union Contracts Could Push Automakers Towards Robot Workers

Costly Union Contracts Could Push Automakers Towards Robot Workers | Carscoops <!—-><!– –><!– –><!—-><!—-> Big Three need to claw back some cash and staffing factories with machines could be one solution that the UAW will really hate https://www.carscoops.com/author/chris-chilton-cc/ <!––> by Chris Chilton 3 hours ago <!––> <!– –> Henry Ford revolutionized the way cars were […]

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Baran Mensah: Savoring college life in a new country

MIT senior Baran Mensah recalls taking apart his toys as a child, curious to see how every piece worked. When his mother explained to him what an engineer was, he knew that’s what he wanted to be. Mensah wasn’t particularly familiar with the culture of MIT while growing up in Ghana. But for the last […]

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After Tesla, BMW Brings Humanoid Robots To Build Cars (And Make Coffee)

After Tesla, BMW Brings Humanoid Robots To Build Cars (And Make Coffee) | Carscoops <!—-><!– –><!– –><!—-><!—-> Further automation is coming to BMW’s Spartanburg plant, where general-purpose humanoid robots will soon be implemented 3 hours ago <!– –> Figure, a California-based startup working to develop humanoid robots, announced that it has signed a commercial partnership […]

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1X, robotic startup backed by OpenAI, receives $100M in funding

Join leaders in San Francisco on January 10 for an exclusive night of networking, insights, and conversation. Request an invite here. 1X Technologies, a Norwegian startup robotics startup backed by OpenAI, among others, today announced it has raised $100 million in its series B round of funding from a long list of other big names, […]

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Mercedes-Benz Unveils Human-Like Virtual Assistant And Advanced UI At CES 2024

Mercedes-Benz is unveiling an innovative user interface at CES 2024, featuring a human-like virtual assistant powered by generative AI. The MBUX Virtual Assistant, running on the Mercedes-Benz Operating System (MB.OS), aims to redefine the user experience by incorporating advanced software and generative AI for a more natural and intuitive interaction with the car. The assistant, […]

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From Warehouses to Hospitals: Yujin Robot’s Cutting-Edge Robotic Solutions

Yujin Robot (official site) is a company that has been building industrial robots for 30 years and aims to remain at the forefront of that industry by adhering to the Industry 4.0 and Logistics 4.0 (PDF whitepaper) principles. At a high level, Industry 4.0 is the “fourth industrial revolution”, integrating digital technologies like IoT, AI, […]

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Stanford’s mobile ALOHA robot learns from humans to cook, clean, do laundry

Join leaders in San Francisco on January 10 for an exclusive night of networking, insights, and conversation. Request an invite here. A new AI system developed by researchers at Stanford University makes impressive breakthroughs in training mobile robots that can perform complex tasks in different environments.  Called Mobile ALOHA (A Low-cost Open-source Hardware System for […]

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Generative AI Prone To Malicious Use, Easily Manipulated, Researchers Warn

Generative AI, including systems like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, can be manipulated to produce malicious outputs, as demonstrated by scholars at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Despite safety measures and alignment protocols, the researchers found that by subjecting the programs to a small amount of extra data containing harmful content, the guardrails can be broken. They […]

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Google’s GNoME AI Discovers 2.2 Million Crystals, Paving the Way For Future Technologies

Google has introduced Graph Networks for Materials Exploration (GNoME), an AI tool that discovered 2.2 million new crystals, offering a wealth of potential materials for future technologies. In a Nature paper, Google outlined GNoME’s capabilities and the promising applications of these crystals, including superconductors for powering supercomputers, next-gen batteries for electric vehicles, and more. GNoME’s […]

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A new optimization framework for robot motion planning

It isn’t easy for a robot to find its way out of a maze. Picture the machines trying to traverse a kid’s playroom to reach the kitchen, with miscellaneous toys scattered across the floor and furniture blocking some potential paths. This messy labyrinth requires the robot to calculate the most optimal journey to its destination, […]

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New method uses crowdsourced feedback to help train robots

To teach an AI agent a new task, like how to open a kitchen cabinet, researchers often use reinforcement learning — a trial-and-error process where the agent is rewarded for taking actions that get it closer to the goal. In many instances, a human expert must carefully design a reward function, which is an incentive […]

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MuJoCo 3: Google’s Enhanced Robotics Simulator With Accelerated Simulation

Google’s MuJoCo 3 simulator, born from collaborative efforts between Google DeepMind, Brax, and Everyday Robots, signifies a major stride in the realm of robotics simulation. Originally acquired by Google DeepMind over two years ago, MuJoCo’s open-source version was released in May 2022, and MuJoCo 3 introduces significant enhancements, reflecting a unified approach in robotics simulation […]

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This 3D printer can watch itself fabricate objects

With 3D inkjet printing systems, engineers can fabricate hybrid structures that have soft and rigid components, like robotic grippers that are strong enough to grasp heavy objects but soft enough to interact safely with humans. These multimaterial 3D printing systems utilize thousands of nozzles to deposit tiny droplets of resin, which are smoothed with a […]

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Emotionally Intelligent Robotics: Turing’s Transformative Role In Diverse Industries

A revolutionary robotic platform named Turing is reshaping the landscape of human-robot interaction by incorporating emotional design principles. Traditionally, robots have faced challenges navigating complex human environments, limiting their applications to controlled spaces within industries like logistics and manufacturing. Turing, however, represents a paradigm shift in robotic technology, aiming to break down barriers and become […]

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MIT engineers are on a failure-finding mission

From vehicle collision avoidance to airline scheduling systems to power supply grids, many of the services we rely on are managed by computers. As these autonomous systems grow in complexity and ubiquity, so too could the ways in which they fail. Now, MIT engineers have developed an approach that can be paired with any autonomous […]

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China Aims To Mass-Produce Humanoid Robots By 2025

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has revealed ambitious plans to mass-produce humanoid robots by 2025, marking a significant step in the country’s ongoing efforts to become a global leader in robotics technology. The MIIT’s recently published guideline outlines a comprehensive strategy to develop humanoid robots, emphasizing their potential as a disruptive technology […]

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Infineon Expands Microcontroller Portfolio With PSoC Edge Family

Infineon Technologies AG has expanded its microcontroller portfolio with the introduction of the PSoC Edge family, a new line of microcontrollers designed for responsive computing and control applications at the edge of the network. These MCUs are part of the PSoC portfolio, based on Arm Cortex architecture, offering high performance and low power consumption. One […]

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OpenAI Launches Custom GPT Platform For ChatGPT Plus Subscribers

OpenAI, known for its revolutionary ChatGPT (that studies reveal it’s getting less accurate), has unveiled a new platform that empowers users to create custom AI agents, referred to as GPTs, without requiring any coding skills. This development, introduced at OpenAI’s inaugural developer conference, DevDay, marks an evolution from the traditional ChatGPT model, which was already […]

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Need A Hand? Meet The Gentle Robotic Arm Inspired By Elephant And Octopus

Researchers from Switzerland’s EPFL research institute and the Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology have developed an innovative and human-friendly robotic arm that takes inspiration from the flexible and gentle movements of elephant trunks and octopus tentacles. This prototype robotic arm incorporates a unique “trimmed helicoid” structure and a series of electric actuators arranged end-to-end with […]

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AI Power Consumption Nears that Of Small Countries, Warns Study

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly becoming a significant consumer of global energy, with figures from Schneider Electric, a French energy management company, indicating that AI now consumes approximately 4.3GW of power worldwide. This energy consumption is roughly equivalent to that of some small countries. As AI technology continues to see widespread adoption, its power usage […]

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Bomb hoax leads Starship to temporarily suspend food delivery robots

VentureBeat presents: AI Unleashed – An exclusive executive event for enterprise data leaders. Network and learn with industry peers. Learn More A suspension of Starship Technologies’ autonomous food delivery service at Oregon State University Corvallis campus this week highlights an emerging challenge for companies operating robotics and unmanned vehicles — the potential for misuse and […]

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How generative AI is making robots smarter, more capable, and more ready for the mainstream

VentureBeat presents: AI Unleashed – An exclusive executive event for enterprise data leaders. Network and learn with industry peers. Learn More In recent months, the field of robotics has witnessed remarkable advancements, largely propelled by the rapid progression in generative artificial intelligence.  Leading tech companies and research labs are using generative AI models to address […]

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