Teaching human values to AI
Two Cornell experts in AI have joined a nationwide team setting out to ensure that when computers are running the world, they will make decisions compatible with human values. "We are in a period in history when we start using these machines to make judgments," said Bart Selman, professor of computer science. "If decisions are properly structured, the horrors we've seen in the movies won't happen."
Robots learn to work together
When roboticists create behaviors for teams of robots, they first build algorithms that focus on the intended task. Then they wrap safety behaviors around those primary algorithms to keep the machines from running into each other. Each robot is essentially given an invisible bubble that other robots must stay away from. As long as nothing touches the bubble, the robots move around without any issues. But that's where the problems begin.
Interactive robot performance ‘Threebots’ receives several awards
The interactive robotic installation known as ‘Threebots’ by Mitsubishi Electric, has received several coveted awards since its installation at the new German branch, in Ratingen. They include the ‘Cutting Edge Award’ presented by Adobe, and ‘FWA’ the latter of which was awarded by a jury of more than 200 experts in recognition of projects that use cutting-edge technology to communicate knowledge.
Tiny kit encoder suits lab equipment, robotics, automation & microtechnology
PEWATRON has launched the PS20A kit encoder with an astonishingly small 20 mm diameter. This extraordinarily compact unit leverages the latest optical reflective technology to deliver resolutions of up to 2046 cycles per revolution. The PS20A is ideal when size is critical and is extremely easy to install thanks to the convenient kit system.
Humanoid robot to test at Haneda Airport
Hitachi and Hitachi Building Systems have announced that on 2nd September, they will begin Proof of Concept (PoC) tests of passenger services using the "EMIEW3" humanoid robot, which was developed by Hitachi. The tests will be conducted at Haneda Airport Passenger Terminal 2 (Domestic Flights) in collaboration with Japan Airport Terminal.
It’s a robot! The birth of two new robots for Comau
The small robot family from Comau is extending for quick applications in restricted spaces, including handling, assembly and pick&place. The introduction of the two new robots, Racer5-0.63 and Racer5-0.80 are both controlled by the R1C 19" rack-mounted controller, which can be integrated into a single cabinet to control an entire line.
Smuggler drones are on the rise
Police have intercepted two drones loaded with drugs and mobile phones that were being flown towards Pentonville in north London, in an attempt to smuggle contraband into the Islington prison.
People favour communicative robots over efficient ones
Making an assistive robot partner expressive and communicative is likely to make it more satisfying to work with and lead to users trusting it more, even if it makes mistakes, a study suggests. But the research also shows that giving robots human-like traits could have a flip side - users may even lie to the robot in order to avoid hurting its feelings. Researchers from UCL and the University of Bristol experimented with a humanoid assi...
Bioinspired robot mimics caterpillar gaits in natural scale
Researchers at the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw, using the liquid crystal elastomer technology, originally developed in the LENS Institute in Florence, demonstrated a bioinspired micro-robot capable of mimicking caterpillar gaits in natural scale. The 15-millimeter long soft robot harvests energy from green light and is controlled by spatially modulated laser beam. Apart from travelling on flat surfaces, it can also climb slopes...
Robotic dragonflies show simulated flight potential
Futuristic dragonflies are flapping their wings in the Biomimetics Lab at the University of Auckland's Bioengineering Institute. Soon they may be lifting off their podiums and taking to the air. The research to create and develop them is led by Dr EF Markus Henke, a graduate in mechatronics from TU Dresden in Germany, who has come to Auckland to work with biomimetics expert and Biomimetics Lab director, Professor Iain Anderson.