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Robots adapt to damage in seconds in AI News

Robots adapt to damage in seconds
27 May 2015, 12:00 am

                    Researchers have developed robots that learn to live with damaged parts in less than a minute, instead of the many hours needed by traditional self-learning systems. The system paves the way for robots to be used in a wide variety of settings, coping with damage that occurs in the real world.

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Tyler

Job-sharing with nursing robots in AI News

Job-sharing with nursing robots
27 May 2015, 7:11 pm

Given the threat of a massive earthquake striking Japan, researchers have organized a cooperative project team to develop a new robot. They set about determining the factors that are most important to hospital patients in modern society, after which they set about developing the world's first medical round robot capable of job-sharing, making more time for face-to-face nursing care.

Source: Artificial Intelligence News -- ScienceDaily

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Tyler

New algorithm lets autonomous robots divvy up assembly tasks on the fly in Robotics News

New algorithm lets autonomous robots divvy up assembly tasks on the fly
27 May 2015, 6:21 pm

Today's industrial robots are remarkably efficient -- as long as they're in a controlled environment where everything is exactly where they expect it to be.

Source: Robotics Research News -- ScienceDaily

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Tyler

Intuitive Surgical offers funding for technology research: deadline June 5 in Robotics News

Intuitive Surgical offers funding for technology research: deadline June 5
28 May 2015, 1:48 pm

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Intuitive Surgical offers funding for technology research grants for projects in 2016. Researchers at non-profit institutions world wide can apply. LOIs can be submitted until June 5.

Overview: The purpose of these grants is to support technology research in the field of surgical robotics, or related fields. Successful proposals will address clinically-relevant technology development. Grants will be awarded to researchers at non-profit academic institutions worldwide. Awards will be conferred on a competitive basis by submission of a grant application.

Available Grants: Applicants may apply for $10,000 to $50,000 of funding per project (US Dollars, total costs). The grant monies can be used to fund salaries, equipment, supplies and/or travel required to support the proposed research project for a period of up to one year.

Selection Process:  Applicants must first submit a Letter of Intent to propose (LOI), as detailed below. Grant LOIs will be reviewed and ranked by an internal selection committee. Those pre-proposals meeting a predetermined scoring threshold will be invited to submit a full grant application (not exceeding 10 pages, excluding bibliography and references). All invited full grant applications will be reviewed and scored based on the following criteria:

* Clarity of research goals and objectives.

* Novelty and innovation.

* Clinical relevance and value.

* Evidence of feasibility.

* Strength of evaluation methods and measures.

* Availability of required resources.

Letters of intent and full grant proposals will be handled in a confidential manner and will not be distributed beyond the grant selection committee at Intuitive Surgical. Due to the expected volume of proposals, we regret that the committee will not be able to provide detailed individualized feedback for unsuccessful proposals.

Letter of Intent Guidelines: A two-page letter of intent to propose should be submitted by all grant applicants. Submissions will consist of 5 parts:

* Summary: one or two sentence proposal overview.

* Description of Problem/Background.

* Purpose, Hypothesis and Methods of research (not more than 500 words) for the project.

* Capabilities: Indicate the identities, capabilities and credentials of investigators as well as any participating institution. Include contact information for applicant principle investigator.

* Budget: Include a rough project budget that includes estimated costs for staff, equipment, consumables, and other direct costs. Applicants can request up to $50,000 in total costs, with no more than 20% of this total constituting indirect costs.

Click here to submit a letter of intent on-line for the Technology Research Grant.

Deadlines:

* We are asking interested applicants to submit a Letter of Intent by June 5, 2015. Invitations to submit full grant applications will be sent by July 2, 2015 (this invite will include proposal guidelines and forms).

* The deadline for submitting a full, invited grant application is September 11, 2015. Only complete application packets will be considered. Awardees will be notified by October 16, 2015. Grant monies must be used to support research expenses during the 2016 calendar year.

Grant Conditions:

* Intuitive strongly encourages institutions who have not previously received funding from the company to apply.

* Multiple grants will not be funded simultaneously to any Principal Investigator.

* Multiple grants to the same institution for different principal investigators will be considered.

* Awards must be used to fund research at academic institutions. Grants are not to be used to fund for-profit activities.

* Grant monies must be used to support research expenses during the 2016 calendar year only.

* Total costs may include no more than 20% indirect costs and the total budget, including both direct costs, indirect costs and any applicable taxes, should not exceed $50,000 USD.

* In the case of technology development, IP terms and conditions may require a negotiated agreement.

* Grantees will be invited to present their work at our headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA (travel costs covered by Intuitive Surgical).

* All applicants selected to receive a grant are required to submit a one-page mid-year progress report, as well as a final status report that details study results and conclusions. If the funded project does not take place, all monies awarded will be refunded to Intuitive Surgical. If the project is terminated early then a partial refund, with an accounting of the funds expended up to the termination date, will be provided by the Principal Investigator. Any unused funds as of 31 December 2016 will be refunded to Intuitive Surgical.

To submit a letter of intent, use our on-line application process 

Click here to submit a letter of intent on-line for the Technology Research Grant.

Please email grants@intusurg.com, with questions regarding the grant process. If you do not have email access, please send a hardcopy of your letter of intent to:

Dale Bergman

Research Coordinator

Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

1266 Kifer Road

Sunnyvale, CA,

U.S.A.  94086

– See more at: http://intuitivesurgical.com/company/educational-grants/technology_grants.html#sthash.CjqcBHOH.dpuf

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WaveTree - Realtime bigdata tool for bit strings up to 2^63 based on AVL forest in AI Programming

Immutable Sparse Wave Trees (WaveTree)
Realtime bigdata tool for bit strings up to 2^63 based on AVL forest

https://sourceforge.net/projects/wavetree version 0.2.0 is a 84 kB jar file containing its own source code.

Opensource GNU LGPL 2+

Realtime bigdata tool at the bit level based on immutable AVL forest which can be run in memory or, in future versions, as a merkle forest like a blockchain. Main object is a sparse bit string (Bits) that efficiently scales up to 2^63 bits normally compressed as forest has duplicated substrings. Bits objects support reading bit, byte, short, int, or long (Java primitives) at any bit index in 64 bit range. Example: instead of building a class to hold a header and then data, represent all of that as Bits, subranges of them, and ints for sizes of its parts. Expansion ability for other kinds of compression, since Bits is a Java interface. Main functions on bits are substring, concat, number of 0 or 1 bits, and number of bits (size). All those operations can be done millions of times per second regardless of size because the AVL forest reuses existing branches recursively. Theres a scalar (originally for copy/pasting subranges of sounds) and a bit Java package. Sparse n dimensional matrix.

AVL tree balancing avoids deep and slow forest

Bits substring, concat, and count 1 bits in any subrange or combination costs only log time and memory (millions of times per second on average computer)

Versioning on N dimensional matrix object (Multidim) since its only a view of Bits object. I've tested this on 10000 images from MNIST OCR data.

Scalar and Bit versions - Originally was scalar for copy/paste subranges of sound. Same operations work for bit strings

Can store sounds that are years long since its sparse. Same works for bit strings up to 2^63.

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I too often get lost in excessive abstraction, but I'm getting back to keeping it real. This is 1 of my tools that I only came to understand the need for after years of research. It will be at the core of my game, AI, and science network, along with my new kind of mindmap and statistical tools like boltzmann machines and bayesian networks. All those things will be represented using this foundation of bits.

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Tyler

Unbreakable: A Robot That Can't Be Stopped in AI News

Unbreakable: A Robot That Can't Be Stopped
27 May 2015, 12:00 am

                    It almost looks like a wounded animal. There's that little hop in its gait, the way it looks tentative as it springs forward from its haunches, the not-exactly-straight trajectory of its path.

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Source: AI in the News

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Tyler

New algorithm lets autonomous robots divvy up assembly tasks on the fly in AI News

New algorithm lets autonomous robots divvy up assembly tasks on the fly
27 May 2015, 6:21 pm

Today's industrial robots are remarkably efficient -- as long as they're in a controlled environment where everything is exactly where they expect it to be.

Source: Artificial Intelligence News -- ScienceDaily

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Robots can automatically recover from damage in minutes in Robotics News

Robots can automatically recover from damage in minutes
27 May 2015, 5:40 pm

Robots will one day provide tremendous benefits to society, such as in search and rescue missions and putting out forest fires -- but not until they can learn to keep working if they become damaged. A new article shows how to make robots automatically recover from injury in less than two minutes.

Source: Robotics Research News -- ScienceDaily

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DARPA’s legacy: Open source simulation for robotics development and testing in Robotics News

DARPA’s legacy: Open source simulation for robotics development and testing
27 May 2015, 6:37 am

DARPA VRCWhen the DARPA Robotics Challenge first began to coalesce from an idea to a plan, we knew that we wanted to create a lasting legacy not only for robot hardware capabilities, but also for robotics simulation software. To help with these efforts, DARPA contracted with the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF) in 2012.

As a first step, we designed the Virtual Robotics Challenge (VRC). The VRC enabled us to invite software developers, who may not otherwise have access to robotics hardware, to participate in the DRC program. DARPA would provide robots to the teams that brought the best software to control them.

In June 2013, 26 teams competed in the VRC. The competition took place exclusively in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Simulator—also known as Gazebo—an open-source, cloud-based platform. Teams competed in this virtual environment from the perspective of a robot’s onboard sensors within a 3-D virtual environment that displayed the robot sensor data in real time. The top six teams moved on to participate in the DRC Trials using an ATLAS robot.  All of these teams are now moving on to compete in the DRC Finals this June.

You can read about the details of OSRF’s role in the Virtual Robotics Challenge or watch a short video here (link is external), but more generally, what I find most impressive about the simulator is how far the technology has come in such a short time, and how quickly it has been adopted throughout the robotics industry. Since the VRC, DARPA has continued to fund OSRF to evolve the simulator to improve simulation accuracy, usability, and a range of features. As of early last year, Gazebo became the first simulator to support four different physics engines (link is external). Each engine provides a unique set of capabilities, and provides users the ability to customize simulation to an unprecedented degree. Many of the DRC finalists continue to use Gazebo as part of their preparation for the upcoming competition.

Additional planned enhancements to Gazebo over the next few months will include Windows support, aerodynamics simulation, improved performance, and more realistic rendering.

OSRF has also expanded the types of virtual environments available. Digital elevation models are fully supported, allowing for simulation of real-world terrain or fictitious landscapes. An in-simulation building editor facilitates the construction of custom multi-story structures. Finally, a new graphical model editor simplifies the process of creating and editing robot and other simulation objects.

Use of Gazebo is now common among robotics professionals working in the areas of service and industrial robots, academics, training and more. It is also being used in DARPA’s HAPTIX program, which is seeking to create an advanced prosthetic hand system that moves and provides sensation like a natural hand.

Even after the DRC is over, the DARPA-funded Gazebo (link is external)

simulation software will continue to be available to future robotics innovators.

Source: Robohub

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Report: Robots could replace half of American workers. What can be done? in AI News

Report: Robots could replace half of American workers. What can be done?
27 May 2015, 12:00 am

                    Aid to poorest falls: Is world's charity going to those who need it most? As robots and computers become increasingly sophisticated, they put greater numbers of workers at risk of replacement.

Christian Science Monitor | InnovationLink

Source: AI in the News

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Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys in Robots in Movies

In 2029, John Connor, leader of the human Resistance, leads the war against the machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John's fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when John is notified by his army unit, Tech-Com, that Skynet will attack him from two fronts, past and future, and will ultimately change warfare forever. On the verge of winning the war against Skynet, Connor sends his trusted lieutenant Kyle Reese back through time to save his mother's life and ensure his own existence. However, Kyle finds the original past changed. In this timeline, a Terminator was sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor as a child and so the Resistance sent their own cyborg back in time to protect her. After the assassin killed her parents, the reprogrammed T-800 raised and trained her to face her destiny, which she adamantly tries to reject. Now, faced with a new mission, Kyle, Sarah and the old ally Terminator, have to escape the T-800, the recent T-1000, and as well as a new and horrific enemy: John Connor himself, who has been converted into a nanotechnological human-cyborg hybrid, the T-3000, all sent by Skynet to kill them. With John Connor compromised, they must find another way to stop Judgment Day.

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EVA Free - Voice Assistant

EVA Free - Voice Assistant in Assistants

If you are looking for an application that provides hands-free operation of your phone then EVA is right for you. If you are just looking for an electronic friend to chat with then please go with one of the assistants. On the other hand if you want a real virtual assistant that has extremely useful functions that will make your life easier.

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Assistant in Assistants

Your Assistant uses natural language technology to answer questions, find information, launch apps, and connect you with various web services. Besides doing whatever you like, it can look whatever you like. Use avatar builder to choose any appearance for your Assistant.

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Marketers Tricked SXSW Tinder Users With A Chatbot

Marketers Tricked SXSW Tinder Users With A Chatbot in Articles

A company promoting the movie Ex Machina created a fake account, Ava, with a photo of the star of the movie. Ava is an AI in the film and presumably she wants to get down.

Apr 11, 2015, 10:19:14 am
Robohub

Robohub in Robotics

Robohub is a non-profit online communication platform that brings together experts in robotics research, start-ups, business, and education from across the globe. Our mission at Robohub is to connect the robotics community to the rest of the world. Content-area specialists curate all incoming articles to make sure that reporting is truthful, fair and balanced, and in-house editors ensure that all content meets the highest editorial standards for language and clarity. Embedded comments, and an active presence on Google+, Facebook and Twitter further help to promote discussion and debate.

Apr 10, 2015, 06:55:19 am
Computers in Comic Books

Computers in Comic Books in Articles

Computers in comics generally fall into one of two categories: independently intelligent (bad) and not (good). This division is natural for the highly charged emotional simplicity of comic books. As long as computers are simple tools to be used, their essentially neutral nature as slaves is considered beneficial. Artificial intelligence-real intelligence-is accompanied by ruthless logic or devious emotions and usually by an urge to supplant the creator. A computer capable of thinking many times faster than man would naturally be frustrated by the apparent stupidity of humans, and we would be no better than apes to such a machine.

Mar 20, 2015, 06:55:33 am
Bot libre Directory

Bot libre Directory in Directories

Bot directory supports linking external bots, not just bots created on the site.

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Bot libre Forums

Bot libre Forums in Forums

Wide range of boards here at Bot libre.

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Julie in Chatbots - English

Julie is a conversational chatbot that uses 3D video and expresses many different emotions, actions, and poses. You can ask Julie to perform actions, like "sleep", "wake up", "scream", or "kiss". Julie was developed to show case BOT libre's new avatar support. She is a chatbot designed for smalltalk and chit chat.

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Gweniver in Chatbots - English

AIML bot.

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