How do you make a Robot AI attracted to zebras? in General AI Discussion

How do you make a Robot AI attracted to zebras?

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Bouncy quadrupedal robot dog? in Video

While I was bored and browsing some humorous stuffs -- I came across this awesome robot! It seems to be new and recent.

This robot is going to be extremely noisy. :D

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Replicable and measureable robotics research: Back to the basics of the scientific method in Robotics News

Replicable and measureable robotics research: Back to the basics of the scientific method
30 September 2016, 5:01 pm


In general, as any robotics and/or AI PhD student knows very well, replicating the research results of other labs is quite difficult. The information you can customary find in a reputed journal paper is usually not enough to reproduce the experimental results claimed by the authors, let alone to make comparisons of the strengths and weaknesses of the different methods proposed in the literature in term of performances.

This is a serious issue, as the possibility to reproduce results is the cornerstone of the scientific method. Science is defined by the possibility to experimentally verify, Karl Popper would say ‘falsify’, ‘theories’. This is even more striking when at least part of robotics research is more and more regarded as ‘science,’ as for example, it is witnessed by the recent launch by AAAS with the new journal Science Robotics. By the way, what’s a ‘theory’ in robotics and AI?

This uncomfortable situation not only makes the cumulative process of research difficult, it also severely impairs technology transfer and industrial exploitation. It is worth noting that while everybody includes a state-of-the-art section in grant applications or business plans, the sad truth is that state-of-the-art is (more or less) insightfully guessed as published results cannot in many, if not most, cases be checked objectively.

And what about the TRLs (Technology Readiness Levels) at the core of SPARC Strategic Research Agenda? The community has been aware of this problem for a long time. In 2008, the European Robotics Network (EURON) started a Special Interest Group on Good Experimental Methodology and Benchmarking (coordinated by me and co-chaired by John Hallam and Angel P. Del Pobil), and the following year within IEEE RAS, the TC Pebras started, that is still active today. In 2012, the Euron GEM SIG led to the establishment by euRobotics aisbl of the Topic Group on Replicable Robotics Research, Benchmarking and Competition, which I coordinate.

Series of workshops at IROS, ICRA and RSS have debated the related issues and proposed examples of reproducible experiments and measurable results. We are now at a point where we can provide concrete directions and guidelines for reproducible research in robotics and AI. In September 2015, the first ever “Special Issue on Reproducible Robotics Research” was published in the IEEE RAS Robotics and Automation Magazine. Reproducible research is becoming an IEEE priority, there are no more excuses to indulge in ‘proof by video’ and ‘it worked once in my lab’ attitudes.

Please check the links below if you want to learn more.

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New HD 3D Animated Avatars in General Avatar Talk

We have been busy over the summer adding many new HD 3D animated avatars to our free avatar library.

Some new additions include, Annelies (African beauty), Doll (cute animated doll), Flipper (the dolphin), Eddie Tech (techie), Android, Victoria, Olympia, and many more.

All of the avatars are free to use through our open source JavaScript SDK, and can be embed on your own website with our text to speech, or connected to your bot. You can connect your bot to our avatars and speech, even if your bot is not hosted on Bot Libre.


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GoPro unveils long-awaited Karma stabilized drone system and kit in Robotics News

GoPro unveils long-awaited Karma stabilized drone system and kit
30 September 2016, 9:11 am

Source: GoProSource: GoPro GoPro fans and the financial world have been looking forward to GoPro’s new Karma since GoPro announced last December that it was working on building its first drone. When they delayed the release from early summer until now, it only served to raise expectations.

Update: DJI, the Chinese drone maker, responded to GoPro’s Karma launch with a new small, totable, full-featured camera drone which they call Mavic Pro.

In a grand gesture for their launch, GoPro took over the Squaw Valley ski resort near Lake Tahoe for their presentation. GoPro’s founder and CEO, Nicholas Woodman, introduced the Karma and also a new line of HERO5 cameras to hundreds of international press at the event.

“We’re stoked to launch Karma and show how much more it is than a drone. Karma packs Hollywood-caliber aerial, handheld and gear-mounted image stabilization into a backpack for $799. It’s so easy to use, a beginner can have fun straight away

“With these new products, we’re delivering on our promise to make it easy to capture and share engaging stories. HERO5’s ability to auto-upload photos and videos to a GoPro Plus account dramatically simplifies mobile, on-the-go editing, sharing and enjoyment. This is a game-changing experience that we will continue to build upon.”

For existing GoPro users looking to purchase their first drone, the Karma provides “an awesome out-of-the-box experience.” Flip out the foldable propeller arms and landing gear and it’s ready to fly. The Karma is solidly constructed, slickly styled, and rugged (plus all the parts are replaceable).


karma-kit_350_377_80The Karma consists of multiple components in addition to the flying unit.

  • A detachable three-axis gimbal system keeps the camera steady and its position at the front enables the capture of wide-angle video without the propellers in the picture.
  • Unlike the gimbals in other drones, the Karma Stabilizer can be removed and used for handheld shots, using another attachment accessory called the Karma Grip. The battery-powered Grip has controls for turning on/off the Stabilizer and the recorder, and tagging clips during recording.
  • Karma’s controller, which includes its own screen rather than relying on a smartphone or tablet, along with GoPro’s control software, is quite intuitive.
  • Karma folds down neatly into an included backpack — making it fully portable and very professional.
  • When shooting video, the Karma Controller has an Auto Shot Paths feature, one of many presets included in the kit. These presets let you create smooth, professional-looking shots. For example, in Cable Cam mode, Karma travels back and forth along a line; the user just needs to set points A and B.
Bottom Line This long-anticipated launch, expected by many in the financial community to add an important new competitor in the drone-making market, does add a formidable and deep-pocketed player. The commercial drone industry is consolidating with service providers private-labeling Chinese drones and reselling them with their value-adding sensors, speciality cameras and custom software. GoPro’s new Karma consolidates and packages their years of experience in action photography into a very capable and professional system competitively priced at $799. Just add a camera/video. Karma’s begin shipping October 23rd.

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$60 million committed to Smart Cities Initiative in Robotics News

$60 million committed to Smart Cities Initiative
29 September 2016, 5:39 pm

Array of Things is designed as a “fitness tracker” for the city of Chicago, collecting new streams of data on Chicago’s environment, infrastructure, and activity. Credit: Rob Mitchum/Urban Center for Computation and Data From autonomous vehicles to flash flood alert systems, technology transforms how people lead their daily lives and how local cities and communities function.

Last September, the Administration launched the National Smart Cities Initiative to help communities tackle local challenges and improve city and municipality services. Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) — the lead federal agency in the effort — announced more than $60 million in Smart Cities-related grants for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, with additional investments planned for FY 2017. This new funding adds to the nearly $40 million the agency awarded last year to support researchers working to design, adapt and manage the smart and connected communities of the future.

“The effective integration of technology and data into decision making and physical infrastructure has the ability to transform society, allowing local cities and communities to overcome physical, social, economic, and infrastructural challenges,” said Jim Kurose, assistant director of NSF’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate. “NSF-supported research in this area will help cultivate more livable, workable, sustainable and connected communities.”

The grants bring academic researchers from a range of disciplines together with community stakeholders and civic leaders. Through research that integrates digital tools and engineering solutions into the physical world, these partners will work to solve important challenges in health and wellness, energy efficiency, building automation, infrastructure and public safety.

“New understanding and innovations gained from NSF-funded research in Smart and Connected Communities will help measure and shape the pulse of communities’ physical and social infrastructures to improve the quality and efficiency of our lives in America’s cities, now and for our future,” said Grace Wang, acting assistant director of NSF for Engineering.

NSF has long supported the fundamental research that underlies smart and connected communities. This research has included advanced networking and connectivity, sensing, real-time data analytics, control, automation and decision-making. The agency has also been instrumental in transitioning these technologies to widespread use. For example, since 2012, the US Ignite initiative seeded the development of numerous new “gigabit application prototypes,” capable of processing large amounts of information in real-time, which has improved regional radar systems, autonomous vehicle management, and more.

Severe storms and rapidly accumulating rain recently contributed to historic flooding that caused extreme damage to the main street of Ellicott City, located not far from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) campus. Credit: Photo collections from the Office of the Maryland Governor, managed by the Maryland State Archives. [CC BY 2.0]

Today’s new NSF investments in support of the Smart Cities initiative include:

  • $24.5 million planned investment in Smart and Connected Communities for FY 2017, including an award solicitation exclusively focused on fundamental research and research capacity-building that will transform our nation’s cities and communities for the future. This program will develop a robust, multidisciplinary, diverse research workforce capable of addressing the challenges that our cities and communities face, with a focus on collaboration and partnership between researchers and community stakeholders to improve the quality of life for all.
  • $10 million in new awards to develop and scale next-generation internet applications and technologies through the US Ignite program. These awards provide citizens with access to gigabit-enabled networks and services, bringing data and analytics to decision-makers in real time. The focus of the research ranges from the development of advanced networking technology to the creation of application and service prototypes that leverage advanced technology.
  • $8.5 million in new awards for high-risk, high-reward research through Smart and Connected Communities. These Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) projects, combined with supplemental funding to existing NSF-funded grants, represent NSF’s initial efforts to grow a Smart and Connected Communities research community and pilot new research approaches. This includes $300,000 to a multidisciplinary team of researchers developing a new network architecture to expand internet access and engagement, and support community-building on Native American reservations.
  • $7 million in new Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity projects that translate breakthrough discoveries into emerging technologies through academic-industry collaborations. Such technologies can transform smart service systems, such as smart hazard notification systems, smart buildings and sensor networks to improve transportation efficiency.
  • $4 million in new Cyber-Physical Systems awards focused on Smart and Connected Communities. These awards support research that integrates computing, networking and physical systems — for example, in self-driving cars and smart buildings. Collectively, these awards are helping to establish the foundation for Smart Cities and the Internet of Things.
  • $2 million in new “Spokes” that extend the Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs. These awards will use data science to improve the smart electric grid, keep bridges safer, grow better crops through the use of drone technology, and allow students to conduct citizen science on air pollution.
  • $1.5 million in new Smart and Connected Health research awards with a focus on Smart and Connected Communities. These awards will support the development of next-generation health-care solutions that leverage sensor technology, information and machine learning technology, decision support systems, modeling of behavioral and cognitive processes, and more. This includes $300,000 to a multidisciplinary team of researchers to integrate community and clinical data to model the evolution of influenza in communities, supplementing prior investment by the Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.
  • $1.4 million in new Big Data research focused on Smart and Connected Communities. These awards will drive innovation in data analytics and data-driven decision making to fuel the growth and development of the communities of the future.
  • $1 million for researchers to participate in the 2016 NIST Global City Teams Challenge, supporting high-risk, high-reward research on the effective integration of networked computing systems and physical systems to meet community challenges. This includes $250,000 for real-time monitoring and detection of flash floods in several Maryland cities.
  • $1 million in new research and capacity-building awards that support lifelong learning, which is critical to cities and communities of the future. The awards will leverage networks and technology to foster lifelong learning in multiple formal and informal settings, enabling students to solve problems that arise within their communities.
Through the programs listed above and the projects they support, computer and information scientists, engineers, and social, behavioral, and economic scientists will collaborate with industries, non-profits, local governments and anchor institutions, such as schools, libraries and hospitals. The effort will continue to nurture and grow a research community focused on smart and connected communities, and will help train and prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers to advance solutions that improve tomorrow’s cities and communities.

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Farewell to Vic Scheinman, inventor of the modern robot arm in Robotics News

Farewell to Vic Scheinman, inventor of the modern robot arm
29 September 2016, 5:07 pm

vicscheinman-hydr-arm_Victor Scheinman with an early robot arm at Stanford 1968. We are sad to learn that Victor Scheinman passed away on September 20, from complications of heart disease. He was 73. Victor Scheinman was the inventor of the Stanford Arm, the first all-electric 6-axis mechanical manipulator for assembly and automation that was capable of computer control. Scheinman commercialized the robot arm as the PUMA, or Progammable Universal Machine for Assembly, which is used in almost every industry application today.

Scheinman developed the Stanford Arm while a mechanical engineering student at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab (SAIL) in 1969. According to the Stanford Infolab, the original design is still in use today, although one of the first PUMA arms is now in the Smithsonian Museum.

“The kinematic configuration of the arm is non-anthropomorphic (not humanoid) with 6 joints (5 revolute, 1 prismatic) and links configured such that the mathematical computations (arm solutions) were simplified to speed up computations. Brakes were used on all joints to hold the arm in position while the computer computed the next trajectory or attended to other time shared activities. Drives are DC electric motors, Harmonic Drive and spur gear reducers, potentiometers for position feedback, analog tachometers for velocity feedback and electromechanical brakes for locking joints. Slip clutches were also used to prevent drive damage in the event of a collision. Other enhancements include a servoed, proportional electric gripper with tactile sense contacts on the fingers, and a 6 axis force/torque sensor in the wrist.

This robot arm was one of two mounted on a large table with computer interfaced video (vidicon) cameras and other special tools and tooling. The facility was used by students and researchers for over 20 years for Hand-Eye projects and for teaching purposes, as it was well characterized, reliable and easily maintained. Eventually, it was augmented with commercial electric robots and newer Stanford designs, but the Blue arm, nearly identical is still in occasional use in the Robotics laboratory on this floor.”


In 1973, Scheinman started Vicarm to commercialize the Stanford Arm. Vicarm sold the design to Joseph Engelberger’s Unimation in 1977 and development of the PUMA systems continued. In 1980, Scheinman left Unimation and parent company General Motors to join Automatix where he continued to create new robotics systems including the modular Robot World system that was acquired by Yaskawa.


Local roboticist John Meadows, of Able Designs, worked with Vic Scheinman in the 1970s and remained in close contact, attending Silicon Valley Robotics events like the Robot Block Party together.

“It has now been almost fifty years since I met Vic at Raychem and first heard his plans to start a robot company. This became known as Vicarm and I worked with him in designing the PUMA robots which were the first electric anthropomorphic arms. Vicarm became a part of Unimation after which Vic moved on to start Automatix and Robot World.

Vic was beyond any doubt a major influence on my career in automation and robotics,he now has his place in the Pantheon of the great contributors to technology.”

Scheinman was awarded the Robotics Industries Association’s Joseph F. Engelberger Award for technology in 1986, in honor of his prestigious accomplishments. In 1990, Scheinman was given the Leonardo da Vinci award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, its top award in product design and invention. The Robotics History Project also has an interview with Victor Scheinman.

From the obituary published in the Almanac News: Updated information on the memorial can be found and memories, photos, and thoughts can be shared on Facebook or by emailing memorial@vicarm.com.

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46 research reports analyze the robotics industry and autonomous vehicles in Robotics News

46 research reports analyze the robotics industry and autonomous vehicles
29 September 2016, 3:45 pm

Source: UberSource: Uber As autonomous cars begin to hit world markets in pilot tests and other ways, and before the International Federation of Robotics clarifies whether those vehicles are robots or not, two research firms have combined those vehicles with other robots. Their results are below.

Source: The EconomistSource: The Economist The number of research reports covering the robotics industry has grown exponentially in the last few years. 109 have been previewed on The Robot Report thus far in 2016. The latest batch of 46 shown below brings the Y-T-D total to 155. Even though multiple vendors produce reports on the same topics, almost all show double-digit growth. [Here are links to the previous two recaps: [1, 2].]

Service & industrial robots Robotics market forecasts

August 2016, 24 pages and 248 charts, Tractica, $4,200

Tractica, by categorizing autonomous vehicles as service robots, estimates that 2016 industrial robots will drop to 41% of total robotics revenue, with the remaining 59% coming from non-industrial robots.  The non-industrial service robots sector largely consists of consumer robots, enterprise robots, military robots, autonomous vehicles and supporting components, and UAVs. The combined global robotics industry will expand from $34.1 billion in 2016 to $226.2 billion by 2021, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 46%.

Global driverless car components market

August 2016, Allied Analytics, $3,792

The component market servicing the driverless car market is comprised of radar sensors; video cameras; LiDAR sensor; ultrasound sensors and a central computing system. Companies profiled include Google, Inc.; Daimler AG; Ford Motor Company; Toyota Motor Corporation; BMW AG; Audi AG ; AB Volvo ; Dutch Automated Vehicle Initiative (DAVI); Autonomous Lab; and Volkswagen. 

Robotics: technologies and markets

June 2016, 239 pages, BCC Research, $6,650

The global robotics market reached nearly $24.9 billion in 2015. The market should reach over $25.9 billion and $31.5 billion in 2016 and 2021 respectively, increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.0% from 2016 to 2021.

Global robotics R&D spending

July 2016, 55 pages, TechNavio, $2,500

The analysts forecast the global R&D spending market in the robotics industry to grow at a CAGR of 17.29% during the period 2016-2020.

Global cloud robotics

August 2016, 140 pages, Occams Business Research, $3,900

Rising internet and cloud infrastructure, rapid progress of wireless technology and rapid development of software frameworks and services for computational, storage, and communications infrastructure of modern data centers are the major drivers for the cloud robotics globally.

Artificial intelligence market forecasts

August 2016, 23 pages and 332 charts, Tractica, $4,200

Forecasts that annual worldwide AI revenue will grow from $643.7 million in 2016 to $38.8 billion by 2025. Tractica has created a taxonomy of 191 real-world use cases for AI, organized into 27 different industry sectors and corresponding with six major technology categories, plus multiple combinations of technologies.

Commercial & military drones Global commercial drones

May 2016, Orion Market Research, $3,495

Global commercial drones market is expected to grow at an exponentially high CAGR of 41% for the forecasted period of 2016-2021.

The future of commercial drones: an appraisal

August 2016, 101 pages, Valour Consultancy, $4,589

An analysis on the applications for which UAV’s have currently been used and an extensive list of potential uses which represent future sources of service revenues. Also UAV frames, power trains, control and communications and future instrumentation packages are also examined.

Commercial and military drone market

August 2016, 90 pages, Mind Commerce, $1,995

The global drone market is anticipated to reach $4.2 billion by 2025 with a CAGR of 9.2%. By 2018, UAVs will be used by nearly every major manufacturing company to control logistics.

Consumer drones market

June 2016, 66 pages, Tractica, $3,800

Worldwide sales of consumer drones reached $1.9 billion in 2015 and will reach a market value of $5.0 billion by the end of 2021. Unit shipments will increase from 6.4 million units in 2015 to 67.7 million units annually by 2021.

Drone payload market

August 2016, 171 pages, Markets and Markets, $5,650

The drone payload market is estimated to be valued at USD 3.63 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach USD 7.72 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 16.25% between 2016 and 2021.

US DoD UAS Payloads

September 2016, Frost & Sullivan, $1,500

The DoD has been transitioning from acquiring new UAS to upgrading current platforms, sensors payloads, and overall capabilities. This report outlines the market payload size, and driving and restraining factors.

Global anti-drone market

July 2016, 116 pages, BIS Research, $3,800

Anti-drone systems are expected to generate $210 million in 2016. Report profiles Airbus, Blighter Surveillance Systems, Israel Aerospace Industries, Finmeccanica, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, SAAB, Thales and Boeing.

Anti-drone market to 2022

March 2016, 137 pages, Markets and Markets, $5,650

The global anti-drone market is expected to reach $1.14 bn by 2022.

Global solar-powered UAV market

July 2016, 66 pages, TechNavio, $2,500

The global solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market will grow at a steady CAGR of nearly 13% through 2020.

Global UAV Sense & Avoid Systems

July 2016, 136 pages, BIS Research, $3,999

The UAV sense and avoid systems market, being an emerging market, will experience an exponential rate of growth expected to continue for next decade. This high rate of growth is attributed to the rising demand of UAVs in diverse commercial applications.

Professional service robots Global service robotics

August 2016, 80 pages, Renub Research, $1,243

The global service robotics market (defense, ag, logistics, medical, construction, mobile platform, inspection, underwater, rescue, security and others) to surpass $7 billion by 2020.

Global cleaning robots

August 2016, Allied Analytics, $3,792

Details floor, pool, window and lawn robots and profiles Dyson, Ecovacs, Infinuvo, iRobot, Philips, LG, Neato, Intellibot, Yujin and Samsung.

Global smart robots

June 2016, 84 pages, Infiniti Research, $2,500

Analysts forecast the global smart robots market to grow at a CAGR of 20.65% during the period 2016-2020. 52 companies are mentioned. Emergence of IoT predicted as key driver.

Law enforcement robots

July 2016, 649 pages, Wintergreen Research, $4,100

Law enforcement robot markets at $1 billion in 2015 are anticipated to reach $5.7 billion by 2022.

Global security robots market

August 2016, 103 pages, Arcluster, $4,150

Forecasts the global security robots market to reach $2.7B by 2020.

Global IT robotic automation

July 2016, 196 pages, Accuray Research, $4,200

This report covers robotic as well as robot-like s/w apps (virtual rather than physical) and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 59% over next decade and will reach $49.3 bn by 2025.

Global military UGV market

July 2016, 123 pages, Strategic Defence Intelligence, $4,800

The global military UGV market values US$444.8 million in 2016, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.76%, to value US$707.8 million by 2026.

Agricultural robots & drones Agricultural robots and drones

August 2016, 163 pages, IDTechEx, $4,975

Thousands of robotic milking parlours have been installed worldwide, creating a $1.9bn industry that is projected to grow to $8bn by 2023. more than 300k tractors equipped with autosteer or tractor guidance will be sold in 2016, rising to more than 660k units per year by 2026. This report also reflects on the agrochemical business and forecasts that crop protection chemical suppliers will no longer be able to ignore developments in the world of agricultural robotics. This is because their rise will change the amount and types of chemicals used, and will force suppliers to seriously consider re-inventing themselves as providers of crop protection, whatever its form, and not just narrow chemical suppliers.

Global agriculture robotics

July 2016, 80 pages, Nineteen Columns Market Research, $5,500

Outlines and classifies; profiles emerging AI vendors; describes needs and market segmentations.

Exoskeletons & medical robots Global exoskeleton robots market

February 2016, 49 pages, Infiniti Research, $2,500

Infiniti forecasts the global exoskeleton robots market to grow at a CAGR of 50.85% during the period 2016-2020.

Global exoskeletons market

August 2016, 103 pages, Arcluster, $4,150

Global exoskeleton market to reach $3.75 billion by 2021.

Surgical robots and surgical assist robots

May 2016, 156 pages, Wintergreen Research, $4,100

Hip and knee orthopedic surgical robot device markets at $222 million in 2015 are anticipated to reach $5 billion by 2022.

Global handicap assistance robots

May 2016, 53 pages, Infiniti Research, $2,500

Forecast Global Handicap Assistance Robots Market to grow at a CAGR of 32.12% by the number of units shipped, during the period 2016-2020.

Telemedicine & connected health & mobile healthcare devices

July 2016, 189 pages, Mind Commerce, $1,995

The fast growing area of Health Care IT Solutions is encompassing many different technologies including Internet of Things (IoT), broadband wireless, robotics, telepresence, artificial intelligence, machine communications, Big Data and Analytics.

Industrial robots Global industrial robots

August 2016, 79 pages, Renub Research, $1,252

Global Industrial Robotics Market is expected to be more than US$ 37 Billion by 2020. Automotive and Electrical & Electronics industry together expected to control close to 70% market share.

Global  industrial robots

July 2016, 142 pages, Novonous, $5,000

Estimates that Global Industrial Robots Market will achieve annual CAGR of 15% till 2020.

Collaborative robots market

August 2016, 157 pages, Markets and Markets, $5,650

The global market for collaborative robots is expected to grow at a CAGR of 60.04% between 2016 and 2022 from USD 110.0 million in 2015 and reach USD 3.3 Billion by 2022.

Industrial robots market

April 2016, 110 pages, Zion Market Research, $4,200

The report includes a detailed value chain analysis and an analysis of Porter’s Five Forces model as it relates to industrial robotics.

Global parallel robots

July 2016, 61 pages, Infiniti Research, $2,500

The report forecasts the global parallel robots market to grow at a CAGR of 5.7% through 2020.

Global foundry and forging robots

July 2016, 97 pages, TechNavio, $2,500

The global foundry and forging robots market will grow steadily at a CAGR of more than 7% to 2020. APAC countries will remain the fastest growing area within the market.

Global packaging robots

July 2016, 68 pages, TechNavio, $2,500

Predicts the global packaging robots market to grow at a CAGR of more than 9% through 2020.

Asia Pacific (APAC) material handling market

August 2016, 82 pages, Knowledge Sourcing Intelligence, $3,800

APAC) Automated Material Handling Market is estimated to grow from US$7.604 billion in 2015 to US$14.364 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 9.47% over the forecast period.

Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) material handling market

August 2016, 89 pages, Knowledge Sourcing Intelligence, $3,800

EMEA automated material handling is estimated to grow from US$6.677 billion in 2015 to US$11.894 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 10.10% over the forecast period.

North America material handling market

July 2016, 87 pages, Knowledge Sourcing Intelligence, $3,800

North America Automated Material Handling Market is estimated to grow from US$3.535 billion in 2015 to US$5.923 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 8.98% over the forecast period.

Global palletizing equipment, conventional and robotic

August 2016, 64 pages, TechNavio, $2,500

Slow, but steady growth of 3.91% CAGR during the period 2016-2020 is forecast.

Global palletizing machinery (robotic and other)

July 2016, 453 pages, Global Industry Analysts, $4,950

Segments various types of end-of-line machinery and robotics and profiles 207 companies in the field.

Underwater vehicles Global unmanned underwater vehicles

August 2016, 170 Pages, Accuray Research, $4,200

The Global Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV) Market is poised to grow at a CAGR of around 12.2% over the next decade to reach approximately $7.25 billion by 2025.

Global autonomous underwater vehicles

July 2016, 125 pages, Azoth Analytics, $2,000

Market is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 15.5% through 2021.

International Federation of Robotics annual reports The fact-based backbone for many of these research reports is the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) annual World Robotics Industrial Robots and World Robotics Service Robots reports. These two books represent the official tabulation and analysis from all the robot associations around the world.

The 2016 reports cover 2015 activity. The two 2016 reports can be purchased for $2,000. The industrial report will be published and available for purchase September 29, 2016 and the service report on October 12, 2016.

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Started September 29, 2016, 10:49:21 PM


An Advanced AI for business and eventually, for you. in Future of AI

Powered by advanced machine learning, deep learning, predictive analytics, natural language processing and smart data discovery, Einstein's models will be automatically customized for every single customer, and it will learn, self-tune, and get smarter with every interaction and additional piece of data. Most importantly, Einstein's intelligence will be embedded within the context of business, automatically discovering relevant insights, predicting future behavior, proactively recommending best next actions and even automating tasks.

Among the tasks Einstein was designed to help with are sales (predicts leads and
prioritizes emails), service (pre-populates case fields and suggests responses),
marketing (predicts customer engagement and delivers emails during optimal
engagement windows) and commerce (recommends products to shoppers and ranks most
relevant site searches).

"Simply put, the computer learns from all your data and uses it to build a model,
find patterns and predict the future," says John Ball, general manager for Einstein.
"It detects patterns that aren't as easy for humans to detect."

Infoworld and other netifiable sources: http://www.infoworld.com/article/3124751/paas/from-chatbots-to-einstein-artificial-intelligence-as-a-service.html

Started September 28, 2016, 11:26:48 PM
[Facebook Messenger] Soccer Fan Bot

[Facebook Messenger] Soccer Fan Bot in Chatbots - English

This is a Facebook Messenger bot called Soccer Fan Bot. It can do 3 things:

- Update you on the score of your team by typing "Update me on France" for example.

- Propose you 3 pictures of either a soccer player or player's wife and ask you to guess the one corresponding to the proposed name. Just write "guess player" or "guess wife".

- Give you a fact, just type "give me a fact".

Aug 17, 2016, 11:46:51 am
[Thai] BE (Buddhist Era)

[Thai] BE (Buddhist Era) in Chatbots - Non English

Be has been made with the program-o engine. Almost all knowledge is about Thailand and Thai people. She speaks only Thai language.

Aug 17, 2016, 11:38:54 am
The World's End

The World's End in Robots in Movies

The World's End is a 2013 British comic science fiction film directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike and Eddie Marsan. The film follows a group of friends who discover an alien invasion during an epic pub crawl in their home town.

Gary King (Simon Pegg), a middle-aged alcoholic, tracks down his estranged schoolfriends and persuades them to complete "the Golden Mile", a pub crawl encompassing the 12 pubs of their hometown of Newton Haven. The group had previously attempted the crawl as teenagers in 1990 but failed to reach the final pub, The World's End.

Gary picks a fight with a teenager and knocks his head off, exposing a blue blood-like liquid and subsequently exposing him as an alien android. Gary's friends join him and fight more androids, whom they refer to as "blanks" to disguise what they are talking about.

May 31, 2016, 09:28:32 am
Botwiki.org Monthly Bot Challenge

Botwiki.org Monthly Bot Challenge in Websites

Botwiki.org is a site for showcasing friendly, useful, artistic online bots, and our Monthly Bot Challenge is a recurring community event dedicated to making these kinds of bots.

Feb 25, 2016, 19:46:54 pm
From Movies to Reality: How Robots Are Revolutionizing Our World

From Movies to Reality: How Robots Are Revolutionizing Our World in Articles

Robots were once upon a time just a work of human imagination. Found only in books and movies, not once did we think a time would come where we would be able to interact with robots in real world. Eventually, in fact rapidly, the innovations we only dreamt of are now becoming a reality. Quoting the great Stephen Hawking "This is a glorious time to be alive for scientists". It is indeed the best time for the technology has become more and more sophisticated that its growing power might even endanger humanity.

Jan 26, 2016, 10:12:00 am

Uncanny in Robots in Movies

Uncanny is a 2015 American science fiction film directed by Matthew Leutwyler and based on a screenplay by Shahin Chandrasoma. It is about the world's first "perfect" artificial intelligence (David Clayton Rogers) that begins to exhibit startling and unnerving emergent behavior when a reporter (Lucy Griffiths) begins a relationship with the scientist (Mark Webber) who created it.

Jan 20, 2016, 13:09:41 pm
AI Virtual Pets

AI Virtual Pets in Other

Artificial life also called Alife is simply the simulation of any aspect of life, as through computers, robotics, or biochemistry. (taken from the Free dictionary)This site focus's on the software aspect of it.

Oct 03, 2015, 09:21:09 am
Why did HAL sing ‘Daisy’?

Why did HAL sing ‘Daisy’? in Articles

...a burning question posed by most people who have watched or read “2001: A Space Odyssey”: that is, why does the computer HAL-9000 sing the song ‘Daisy Bell’ as the astronaut Dave Bowman takes him apart?

Sep 04, 2015, 09:28:55 am

Humans in Robots on TV

Humans is a British-American science fiction television series. Written by the British team Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, based on the award-winning Swedish science fiction drama Real Humans, the series explores the emotional impact of the blurring of the lines between humans and machines.

Aug 28, 2015, 09:13:37 am
Alice She Talks - Chat Bot

Alice She Talks - Chat Bot in Chatbots - English

[iTunes app] Alice is an ordinary 23 year old person living inside your device. She has a strong will of her own and she can surely make that clear to the one she is chatting to. She also has own interests and opinions regarding movies, books, science, politics and every day life. Enough said about Alice. Find out for yourself what she likes and dislikes.

Oct 28, 2010, 15:33:45 pm