Posts tagged artificial intelligence


Scientists are studying evolutionary concepts with robot mice
Dr. Stefan Elfwing at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology has been using small, rodent-like robots to study the long-term effects of disparate mating strategies, observing the evolution of the simulated species for over 1,000 generations. Two groups of robo-mice were programmed to forage for food (battery-powered recharge stations) and to find a mate (trade data through an embedded IR port), with each group following a different mating strategy. Robots dubbed “foragers” would focus on recharging, only mating if it didn’t get in the way of feeding, while “trackers” would actively seek mates and go without charging if it increased their chances of linking up IR ports.
The experiment eventually yielded a population with both phenotypes, mirroring populations of real species with similarly distinct mating strategies — which shows that robot simulations are a viable way to study long-term evolutionary concepts.

Source: Engadget

Scientists are studying evolutionary concepts with robot mice

Dr. Stefan Elfwing at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology has been using small, rodent-like robots to study the long-term effects of disparate mating strategies, observing the evolution of the simulated species for over 1,000 generations. Two groups of robo-mice were programmed to forage for food (battery-powered recharge stations) and to find a mate (trade data through an embedded IR port), with each group following a different mating strategy. Robots dubbed “foragers” would focus on recharging, only mating if it didn’t get in the way of feeding, while “trackers” would actively seek mates and go without charging if it increased their chances of linking up IR ports.

The experiment eventually yielded a population with both phenotypes, mirroring populations of real species with similarly distinct mating strategies — which shows that robot simulations are a viable way to study long-term evolutionary concepts.

Source: Engadget

Laundry-Folding Robot from UC Berkeley

n 2010, the Berkeley PR2 (unofficially named Brett, for “Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks”) showed us that it could pick a towel out of a pile of clean laundry one by one and neatly fold and stack them, which was an impressive demo. Somewhat less impressive was the fact that the robot would take between 20 and 25 minutes to neatly fold one single towel, which, let’s face it, isn’t entirely practical. That time has now been cut down to under six minutes, with the potential for as little as two minutes per towel if they really crank the robot up.

The key to robots is in advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI). A limiting factor in developing a useful and practical robot is that current robots can only do what their programming tells them. You can program a robot to fold a shirt, but if you throw in a shirt with buttons on the opposite side, the robot may not be able to fold the shirt. If you program a robot to bake a cake, there is little chance the robot can make lasagna without specific programming.

The PR2 doesn’t rely on such discreet programming. Rather, it reduces the dependence on a complex vision system and instead relying on gravity and the properties of cloth. The PR2 now just picks up a towel wherever is convenient and then drags it across a folding table, knowing that as it does, the piece of the towel furthest away from the gripping point must necessarily be a corner.


Wellframe gives people with complex chronic diseases a GPS navigation system for their health.
Our system empowers patients by giving them step-by-step guidance and human support. Wellframe uses technology to amplify rather than replace therapeutic relationships.
Wellframe offers a mobile data collection system that is trusted by pre-eminent health systems, cloud-hosted and scalable to any number of users. Wellframe’s patent pending artificial intelligence engine for health state modeling, prediction and dynamic clinical protocol optimization uses data from patient’s interaction with their care plans to optimize the system.

Source: Wellframe

Wellframe gives people with complex chronic diseases a GPS navigation system for their health.

Our system empowers patients by giving them step-by-step guidance and human support. Wellframe uses technology to amplify rather than replace therapeutic relationships.

Wellframe offers a mobile data collection system that is trusted by pre-eminent health systems, cloud-hosted and scalable to any number of users. Wellframe’s patent pending artificial intelligence engine for health state modeling, prediction and dynamic clinical protocol optimization uses data from patient’s interaction with their care plans to optimize the system.

Source: Wellframe

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Makes me think that a personal drone is not a bad idea. Who needs Google Glass or a smartwatch if you have a drone flying around you and providing the information you need, taking selfies, showing the way, coaching you while training, making notes for you. Embodied personal assistant!

Meet Cortana, a personal assistant for Windows Phone. From the hands-on, it seems that it has more personalization options than Siri and Google Now.

Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes
We all know Siri, a personal assistant on iPhone. What is less known is that Siri was developed through Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes (CALO) project led by SRI within DARPA’s Personalized Assistant that Learns (PAL) program, the largest-known artificial intelligence project in U.S. This projects have goals that go beyond what Siri can do:

SRI International is leading the development of new software that could revolutionize how computers support decision-makers. The software, which will learn by interacting with and being advised by its users, will handle a broad range of interrelated decision-making tasks that have in the past been resistant to automation. It will have the capability to engage in and lead routine tasks, and to assist when the unexpected happens.

Perhaps the results will resemble the Knowledge Navigator concept.
Source: SRI International

Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes

We all know Siri, a personal assistant on iPhone. What is less known is that Siri was developed through Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes (CALO) project led by SRI within DARPA’s Personalized Assistant that Learns (PAL) program, the largest-known artificial intelligence project in U.S. This projects have goals that go beyond what Siri can do:

SRI International is leading the development of new software that could revolutionize how computers support decision-makers. The software, which will learn by interacting with and being advised by its users, will handle a broad range of interrelated decision-making tasks that have in the past been resistant to automation. It will have the capability to engage in and lead routine tasks, and to assist when the unexpected happens.

Perhaps the results will resemble the Knowledge Navigator concept.

Source: SRI International

Narrative Science is the company that developed an artificial intelligence system Quill that takes structured data such as numbers, spreadsheets or sequences of events and converts it into stories. Examples of articles generated by Quill are college baseball stories and articles reporting earthquakes. They are also targeting business needs by automatically interpreting business data and generating advice in natural language.

Source: Narrative Science

Termite robots build castles with no human help

"If you want to build underwater, if you want to build a Mars base, it’s going to be very difficult, dangerous and expensive to send people," says Justin Werfel of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. "But if you could send a team of robots to go build the habitat as the first step – that’s the really long-term vision."

To spur his swarm into action, Werfel gives the robots a mathematical model of the structure to be built, say, a pyramid. Each robot uses that model to calculate where it will place the next block it picks up, moving on to another spot if its planned drop-off has already been completed by another bot. It uses nothing but basic ultrasound and infrared sensors, as well as an internal accelerometer, to figure out how many blocks it has climbed, and where it is in relation to the structure it is building.

Source: New Scientist


Announcing the creation of a new XPRIZE in Artificial Intelligence.
On March 20, from the TED2014 stage, Chris Anderson and Peter Diamandis join forces to announce the A.I. XPRIZE presented by TED, a modern-day Turing test to be awarded to the first A.I. to walk or roll out on stage and present a TED Talk so compelling that it commands a standing ovation from you, the audience. The detailed rules are yet to be created because we want your help to create what the rules should be.

Talking robots like Robothespian are already pretty impressive presenters. Combined with Watson it would be able to answer questions. Unlike Turing test, it is not a blind test. Perhaps the best strategy is not to pretend to be human like but rather demonstrate the compelling advantages of not being human.
Source: XPRIZE

Announcing the creation of a new XPRIZE in Artificial Intelligence.

On March 20, from the TED2014 stage, Chris Anderson and Peter Diamandis join forces to announce the A.I. XPRIZE presented by TED, a modern-day Turing test to be awarded to the first A.I. to walk or roll out on stage and present a TED Talk so compelling that it commands a standing ovation from you, the audience. The detailed rules are yet to be created because we want your help to create what the rules should be.

Talking robots like Robothespian are already pretty impressive presenters. Combined with Watson it would be able to answer questions. Unlike Turing test, it is not a blind test. Perhaps the best strategy is not to pretend to be human like but rather demonstrate the compelling advantages of not being human.

Source: XPRIZE

MindMeld app from Expect Labs is the first intelligent assistant that can understand your conversations and find information you need before you have to search for it.

That’s what I expected from Google Now. This type of queryless search might be very useful, providing relevant information without any effort. Even more useful will be to integrate MindMeld with other services, e.g. Evernote, Google Calendar and Dropbox, to bring up notes, documents and events relevant to the conversation.

I bet Google/Facebook/Apple will acquire Expect Labs very soon. 

Source: Expect Labs