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Wanted: ‘Friendly’ human face for global army of humanoid robots. Apply within.

“That firm, Geomiq, claims its been hired by a mysterious robotics company to put out a call for photo submissions” writes This Story Was for seattletimes.com. More specifically: Are you so fond of your face that you’d like to see it plastered on a global fleet of humanoid robots for years to come?. The blog post doesn’t specify whether designers are seeking a particular age or gender for their robotic face.The reason: said company has developed a humanoid robot that is nearing completion, but still in need of the right…

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Google Brain’s ROBEL benchmark lets devs track AI quality on affordable robots

“ROBEL also comes with benchmark tasks specifically made for tracking the quality of AI systems on lower-cost robots” writes Khari Johnson for venturebeat.com. Researchers from UC Berkeley and Google Brain addressed this problem by introducing Robotics Benchmarks for Learning with Low-Cost Robots (ROBEL), an open source platform designed to encourage rapid experimentation and on-hardware reinforcement learning.ROBEL is made to work with D’Claw, a three-fingered robotic hand, and D’Kitty, a four-legged robot. Source: venturebeat.com

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Learning to Work with Intelligent Machines

“The new work methods we create to deploy intelligent machines are driving a variety of shadow learning tactics that restructure work or alter how performance is measured and rewarded” reports hbr.org. Although this research concentrated on surgery, my broader purpose was to identify learning and training dynamics that would show up in many kinds of work with intelligent machines. Organizations that hope to compete in a world filling with increasingly intelligent machines should pay close attention to these “deviants.” Their actions provide insight into how the best work will be…

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Sphero acquires littleBits in a bid to rule the $150B educational toy market

“Kid-friendly robotics giant Sphero has acquired DIY programming-kit company littleBits “ reports fastcompany.com. The acquisition could potentially help Sphero expand even further, since littleBits owns DIY.org, an online community where kids can show off their own maker-inspired projects. “Over the past nine years, Sphero and littleBits have each created entirely new categories of hands-on learning tools that enable invention and STEAM education through play and technology,” the company concluded in its statement. “Today, littleBits joins Sphero to advance their common mission—inspiring the creators and inventors of tomorrow.”. After several years…

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Bill Gates Lists Breakthrough Technology for 2019

“Bill Gates is always on a quest to better the world through science and technology and now the billionaire philanthropist is sharing his list of breakthrough tech for 2019” writes Jay Cohen for realclearlife.com. According to MIT Technology Review, cow-free burgers, a gut probe, and new-wave nuclear power all make the list. “I wanted to choose things that not only will create headlines in 2019 but captured this moment in technological history,” the former Microsoft CEO wrote, “which got me thinking about how innovation has evolved over time.” Another innovation…

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Kryon raises $40 million for robotic process automation

“Kryon Systems, a robotic process automation (RPA) startup headquartered in New York, today announced that it has raised $40 million in series C financing from OAK HC/FT, with participation from existing investors Aquiline Technology Growth and Vertex Ventures” writes Kyle Wiggers for venturebeat.com. Alternatively, Kryon enables admins to manually design automation workflows within its web-based Studio dashboard and to remotely configure, schedule, and trigger RPA robots. Source: venturebeat.com

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Japan just created possibly the world’s first android deity and she’s Buddhist

“Yes, Android Kannon Mindar is now the world’s first robot that is worshipped and revered” writes Sukhbir Cheema for mashable.com. And it cost them a bomb too: a whopping US$909,090 to build a robotic version of Kannon, Japan’s deity of mercy.Temple priest, Tensho Goto, hopes the deity would spread Buddhism further. “Buddhism saw a phenomenal spread in the world with the emergence of Buddhist images. Source: mashable.com

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NASA Mars rover Opportunity, resilient Red Planet explorer, officially dead

“NASA’s Opportunity rover, the third robotic wanderer to land on Mars, changed our understanding of the Martian landscape, geology, atmosphere and history” writes Jackson Ryan for cnet.com. “It is therefore that I am standing here with a sense of deep appreciation and gratitude [and] I declare the opportunity mission as complete,” he concluded. Source: cnet.com

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