This was the "embodied intelligence" approach pioneered at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's computational science and artificial intelligence laboratory in the 1990s by Rodney Brooks, a roboticist and entrepreneur who went on to found the company Rethink Robotics. Brooks's first effort was a stationary robot named Cog with arms that spanned 6.5ft when extended. Brooks gave Cog motors and oscillators so that it could grasp and weigh objects, and microphones for ears. It also had basic speech recognition software and an artificial voicebox. Equipped with only these basic facilities, Cog learnt to manipulate a cube and a Slinky toy through repetitive interactions with students. Cog could also find and name objects it had never seen before. But perhaps the most interesting development was how people responded to it: although Cog had no face, and a lens where his eyeballs should have been, students treated it as if it were human. … [Read more...] about Meet the new generation of robots. They’re almost human…
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“To the best of my knowledge it began when Mr. Maroulis told Ms. Reed he was ending their relationship – he told Reed was leaving her because of her continued instability. She became angry and began attacking him. During the course of the attack she hit him with her fists and threw numerous objects at him,” the rep previously told PEOPLE in a statement. … [Read more...] about Constantine Maroulis Arrested for Second Time in a Week, Set to Appear in Court as Ex Accuses Him of Cheating
It was enough to persuade Thrun to resign his tenure at Stanford and set up Udacity, a free online university, open to all, that may change the face of education. That's the good news. But he's also founded and is head of Google X, Google's top secret special projects division. It's prototyping "Google glasses", augmented reality spectacles, that will stream the internet direct to your eyeballs. But it's what Thrun says is around the corner that to me seems as if it could be even more life-changing. Massive data. Of everything. "I honestly believe that in the next 10-15 years, computers will be able to capture the experience of a life," he says. Every aspect of your life will exist online forever. And it's not a lonely scientist in a distant computer lab saying this. Thrun, to remind you, works for Google. Memory, the thing that defines who we are, what makes us human, that distinguishes us intellectually, and gives us a narrative sense of our own lives will "be outsourced". That … [Read more...] about Singularity University: meet the people who are building our future
The design process is easier than you may think, as the software, like the machines, has being simplified. Until recently the only option was professional CAD (computer assisted design) software, which is expensive to buy and hard to master, but now there are alternatives such as Google's Sketchup! which is user-friendly and free to download. "Design is getting more and more accessible," says De Bruijn. "There are a number of websites that don't even have to install software – you can just start drawing straight away. Or if you don't want to create your own design, you can download one of 11,000 online. There is a massive sharing culture with 3D printing, which is forming the building blocks for a new age of design." … [Read more...] about Could 3D printing end our throwaway culture?