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SoftBank alumni launches robot companion designed to love humans

“Founder and CEO Kaname Hayashi was the development leader of SoftBank’s robot Pepper before founding Groove X” writes Tomohiro Ohsumi for cnbc.com. A $3,100 robot companion that exists to make people happy was unveiled on Tuesday by Japanese start-up Groove X, a tech firm founded by a SoftBank Robotics alumnus.It’s a little like feeling love toward another person,” the robot’s designers said on their website on Tuesday.Groove X said the launch of Lovot will spark an all-new relationship between robots and humans. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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SoftBank alum unveils ‘affectionate’ companion robot in Japan

“While Japan is already a leading manufacturer of industrial robots, Groove X is trying to expand the fledgling market for household robots” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese startup Groove X, founded by an alumni of SoftBank Group Corp’s robotics unit, unveiled its first creation on Tuesday – a companion robot designed to make users happy.Hayashi worked on SoftBank’s humanoid Pepper robot, which can be found greeting customers in shops and restaurants across Japan but has been a flop with households three years after its launch.The…

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Soft Actor Critic–Deep Reinforcement Learning with Real-World Robots

“This learning task presents substantial challenges for real-world reinforcement learning” writes Daniel Seita for berkeley.edu. In this post, we will benchmark SAC against state-of-the-art model-free RL algorithms and showcase a spectrum of real-world robot examples, ranging from manipulation to locomotion.Soft actor-critic is, to our knowledge, one of the most efficient model-free algorithms available today, making it especially well-suited for real-world robotic learning.We are announcing the release of our state-of-the-art off-policy model-free reinforcement learning algorithm, soft actor-critic (SAC). Source: berkeley.edu Share This:

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Postmates has created a robot to speed up and automate its deliveries

“Postmates, the food and grocery delivery company that operates across 550 cities in the US, has announced an autonomous delivery robot called Serve” writes Dec Est for theverge.com. Making deliveries at “nearly zero cost to consumers” Delivery robots are far from commonplace, but Serve will nevertheless have some competition when it launches.This small robot can carry 50 pounds of cargo and has a range of 30 miles, which Postmates claims gives it the capacity to handle around a dozen deliveries per day. Source: theverge.com Share This:

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Robotiq raises $23 million to ‘free human hands from repetitive tasks’

“Another counterargument is that automation helps free humans from mind-numbingly tedious jobs, thereby allowing them to focus their efforts elsewhere” writes Paul Sawers for venturebeat.com. Digging into the nitty-gritty of automation technology reveals some purely software-based approaches that may involve artificial intelligence (AI), whereas other efforts hinge on hardware, in the form of robotics.Elsewhere, California-based InVia Robotics offers ecommerce warehouses a subscription-based robotics service that negates the need for a huge up-front investment from retailers.This is where Canadian company Robotiq centers its sales pitch, claiming that it “frees human hands from repetitive tasks.” Founded in…

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Serve robots could make deliveries by traveling on sidewalks.

“In the future, that burrito you ordered from Postmates might show up at your door, delivered by a robot” writes Erin Carson for cnet.com. Postmates is working on a fleet of delivery robots called Serve, the company said in a blogpost Thursday.In the post, Postmates talked about the idea of these robots will be working with humans, perhaps making a delivery instead a human is trying to find parking.Serve robots would “work alongside the existing Postmates fleet to move small objects over short distances efficiently,” the post said, noting it…

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This lab builds walking robots that move just like us

“The long-term outlook for the robots at the Amber Lab is to have them traverse the same sorts of terrain as humans” writes Lexy Savvides for cnet.com. By understanding how robots locomote, researchers at the lab can directly translate that to devices that help people with walking difficulties.”We would like to have [a paraplegic] get up and walk with the same kind of algorithms that we’re using on our walking robots.”. It’s all part of understanding how robots walk. Source: cnet.com Share This:

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Hackers could steal your secret fetishes from a sex robot

“Sex robots of the future could be hacked by sick cybercriminals looking to steal your most intimate details, a security expert has warned” writes Harry Pettit for nypost.com. Tim Mackey, senior technical adviser at software and computer chip firm Synopsys, says hackers could easily exploit people’s relationships with their sex robots as the technology behind them advances.Cybercriminals could then use the machines for sextortion schemes by recording users performing erotic acts and then threatening to post it online unless a ransom is paid. “Sex robots will likely someday involve cameras,…

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The rise of robots might make coffee obsolete, according to RBC analysts

“Instead, RBC analysts theorize that people will seek beverages that keep them awake to “think and become more creative.”” writes Kate Taylor for businessinsider.com. The rise of robots could lead to an unexpected consequence, according to a new RBC Capital Markets report.In one eerie aside, RBC analysts ask: “What if AI and machine-learning techniques become so advanced that data and logic drive every human decision over emotions?.  Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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