CognitionX community members spoke about this article on the Today Show, BBC Radio 4 this morning (recording begins at 2:36:33.) Maxine Mackintosh, described the datasets which machine learning is trained on as a ‘social mirror.’ Professor Noel Sharkey explains that the challenge we face is the machine learning algorithms themselves are a black box, making it hard to work out where the biases are.
They both emphasise the need for women to be better represented in the computer
science/open source community in order to correct these biases.
If you’re looking to explore this issue further, check out the video footage from our event, Why Women in AI, and stay tuned for the next event in the series by adding your name to this list.
Andrew Tarantola (Engadget) takes us on a tour of the robots which are (and will) be caring for the elderly. For example, annually, around 27,000 older adults fall but never get up again, per the National Council on Aging. That’s where the EPFL’s “robo-shorts” come in. Technically known as the Active Pelvis Orthosis (APO), this hip-worn device continually monitors the user’s pace, weight distribution and momentum. Should the wearer slip or begin to fall, the system will recognize it (within 360 milliseconds) and physically yank her back on course.
He also describes a bed/wheelchair hybrid and smart walker from Panasonic, a robot bear which helps the elderly out of bed, and more. For a French campaign against robocare, check out this video.
One Icelandic company is claiming a first in terms of a permanent, fully autonomous commercial drone delivery service that doesn’t have a human eyeball in its line of sight.
Online marketplace Aha has tapped the services of Israeli drone company Flytrex to roll out an on-demand food delivery service in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. Following a “meticulous regulatory process” with the Icelandic Transport Authority (ICETRA), Aha can cut a route that could be in excess of 20 minutes during peak hours down to just four minutes.
Pop artistTaryn Southern, who appeared on American Idol in 2004, created the lyrics and melodies for “I AM AI” but left most of the other work to software programs.
The album’s first song “Break Free,” which was released on Monday, was developed with the help of startup Amper Music. Amper is one of several AI music services Southern is working with on the album, which will debut later this year. Southern has only basic piano skills, so she turned to the program to deliver the instrumental part of the song. The AI developed the harmonies, chords and sequences. Have a listen here.
Some of the most popular industrial and consumer robots are dangerously easy to hack and could be turned into bugging devices or weapons, IOActive Inc. said. “If we know about these vulnerabilities, chances are that we’re not the only ones,” Lucas Apa, principal security consultant at IOActive, wrote in an e-mail.
The Seattle-based cybersecurity firm found major security flaws in industrial models sold by Universal Robots, a division of U.S. technology company Teradyne Inc. It also cited issues with consumer robots Pepper and NAO, which are manufactured by Japan’s Softbank Group Corp., and the Alpha 1 and Alpha 2 made by China-based UBTech Robotics.
Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are paving the way for non-experts to craft different robotic designs. In a new paper, they present a system called “Interactive Robogami” that lets you design a robot in minutes, and then 3-D print and assemble it in as little as four hours.
One of the key features of the system is that it allows designers to determine both the robot’s movement (“gait”) and shape (“geometry”), a capability that’s often separated in design systems. “Designing robots usually requires expertise that only mechanical engineers and roboticists have,” says PhD student and co-lead author Adriana Schulz. “What’s exciting here is that we’ve created a tool that allows a casual user to design their own robot by giving them this expert knowledge.”
LexisNexis, one of the largest legal research providers in the United States, is testing chat bots for lawyers, chief product officer Jamie Buckley recently told VentureBeat in a phone interview. The goal, he said, is to give users the option to take more of a conversational approach to LexisNexis research or AI services, rather than the “typing keywords into a search bar” approach that has become so common.
“Something that we’re playing with in the lab, we actually have an internal chatbot where you can start asking it questions. It replies with either an answer or what it thinks might be what you’re looking for, and it also helps you filter the results,” Buckley said. “So you might get 100,000 results on the return, but it can help to understand where are some of the differences between the results and then ask you clarifying questions based on that.”
In Japan robots can serve as companions, helpers for the elderly, entertainment bots and even sexual partners, but now SoftBank’s humanoid robot Pepper has put itself up for hire as a Buddhist priest for funerals. Taking the German blessing bot’s idea and running with it, Pepper’s new code will let it chant sutras in a computerised voice while tapping a drum, providing a cheaper alternative to a human priest to see your loved ones off into the eternal sleep.
The robot was on display on Wednesday at a funeral industry fair, the Life Ending Industry Expo, in Tokyo, shown off by plastic molding maker Nissei Eco.