#IROS2020 Original Series: Real Roboticist
By Daniel Carrillo-ZapataAre you curious about the people behind the robots? The 2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) features a new Original Series called Real Roboticist hosted by Sabine Hauert, President of Robohub and faculty at University of Bristol.The show looks at the people at the forefront of robotics research. How did they become roboticists? What made them proud and what challenges did they face? What advice would they give to their younger self? What does a typical day look like? And where do they see the future of robotics? If you want t...
Amid election fraud concerns: could robots decide a US election?
Before the dust had even settled, President Trump cried foul. In a closely contested election, where states are decided by just thousands of votes, the legitimacy of the election is already cynically being called into question. In previous elections, the burden of proof for plaintiffs was high: Major media outlets, judges and election officials had to be convinced of the existence of fraud. Now, because of social media, Trump can take his claims directly to people who know nothing about the election process, thanks to the use of bots.A bot is a digital golem, lashed together from a few lines o...
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Walmart to end experiment with robots in US stores
New York (AFP) - Walmart has pulled the plug on a program to use robots to scan items in stores and help maintain inventory, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday.The retail giant had worked with Bossa Nova Robotics for five years employing elongated robots that take readings on inventory and utilize artificial intelligence to predict product movement and inventory needs.Walmart had announced earlier this year plans to employ the robots in around 1,000 of its 4,700 US stores.But the company reversed course after bringing the machines into around 500 stores, Walmart said."We've worked with Bossa N...
FEATURE: "Healing robots" help ease COVID-19 isolation
While many people have learned to stay in touch with loved ones, friends, and colleagues through videoconferencing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the reduction of face-to-face interaction has boosted a market for robots providing substitutes for physical human contact."Healing robots," such as the cuddly humanoid Lovot developed by Groove X Inc., Sony Corp.'s Aibo robotic dog, and Qoobo, a furry cushion with a tail that moves in reaction to strokes developed by Yukai Engineering Inc., are seeing sharp sales rises, the companies say.Lovot and Aibo can gather data on the well-being of their owner...
International conference on intelligent robots and systems (IROS)
By Lucy Smith and AIhubThis Sunday sees the start of the 2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). This year the event is online and free for anyone to attend. Content will be available from the platform on demand, with access available from 25 October to 25 November 2020.IROS conferences have traditionally had a theme and this year is no different with the emphasis being on “consumer robotics and our future”. You can sign up here.PlenariesIROS will feature three plenary talks. The speakers and topics are as follows:Danica Kragic Robotics and artificial i...
Your policy extended by robots
In search of increased productivity, the insurance industry is turning to robotization.A robot works almost like a human being. It performs repetitive activities. It achieves targets. The only thing is – it’s never wrong. Or almost never.Robotization is gaining momentum wherever we perform tedious and schematic activities. That’s because it saves time and money, increases productivity, brings 24/7 availability, and eliminates errors. Such is our human nature that we spark changes. We like to be progressive and progress is about looking for improvements.When is the right moment to say “yes” to ...
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Number of sanitizing robots at Grand Mosque to increase
MAKKAH: The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has announced that it will increase the number of robots used to sanitize the Grand Mosque.More than 4,500 liters of sterilization materials are being used each day to disinfect the Grand Mosque to achieve a safe and healthy environment.“The presidency is working to the highest standards to intensify sterilization operations in the Grand Mosque and its external squares, to provide the highest levels of readiness and to apply precautionary and preventive measures,” director of the environmental protection and epidemic contro...
#319: Micro-scale Surgical Robots, with Eric Diller
By Audrow NashRobohub Podcast·Micro-scale Surgical RobotsIn this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Eric Diller, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, on wireless micro-scale robots that could eventually be used in human surgery. Diller speaks about the design, control, and manufacture of micro-scale surgical robotic devices, as well as when we might see this technology in the operating room.Eric DillerDr. Diller received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, and Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University in 2013. His work is enabling a new approach ...
During pandemic, more workers being replaced by robots, new study finds
PHILADELPHIA — The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating the trend of robots replacing humans in the workplace, which could result in a recovery from recession that nonetheless costs jobs, according to a new report.Workers whose jobs can be done by machines suffered more layoffs per capita than those with jobs that aren’t as easily automated, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said in a report released Monday. People of color were especially harmed, possibly because of their concentration in service jobs at risk of automation.The report noted that most job losses during the health crisis ...
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#318: Humanized Intelligence in Academia and Industry, with Ayanna Howard
By Lauren KleinRobohub Podcast·Humanized Intelligence in Academia and IndustryIn this episode, Lauren Klein interviews Ayanna Howard, Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. Professor Howard describes her wide range of work in robotics, from robots that assist children with special needs to trust in autonomous systems. She also discusses her path through the field of robotics in both academia and business, and the importance of conducting in-the-wild robotics research.Ayanna HowardAyanna Howard is a Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing ...