Robots can learn from their mistakes in real-time in AI News

Robots can learn from their mistakes in real-time
2 September 2015, 12:00 am

                    Robots and other artificial intelligences can already learn from their mistakes, but they typically have to pause what they're doing to process what happened. They might not have to take a break in the future, though.


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Creating the voice behind Jibo in Robotics News

Creating the voice behind Jibo
2 September 2015, 10:34 pm


Jibo may be a robot, but the last thing the team wants is for Jibo to sound like a robot. In these two video interviews, Jibo’s design team talks about how they selected Jibo’s voice, how that then manifests itself as the voice you’ll hear when you interact with Jibo, as well as the engineering challenges of Text-To-Speech (TTS) technology and how the team solved for them.


Blade Kotelly, VP of Design 

Sriddhar Raghavan and Roberto Pieraccini

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Started Today at 11:00:26 AM


Non expert development of expert systems? in General Project Discussion

I've been racking my brain on a seemingly intractable problem: the systematic automation of typical jobs. Okay, that probably sounds a bit crazy, but here me out.

My first goal was to aggregate a ton of supporting data to kick things off. I've done that by writing a few tools and applications to scrape numerous job sites and clean the data, then store it in a database.

The problem is, I'm kind of stuck -- I have all this nice data, but no real tangible way of moving forward. My initial goal consisted of two very different options:

1. Finding commonalities between discrete job tasks, and then mapping these to specific modules or processes to automate them. Then composing these into a single "job" entity. From an architectural perspective, this would be ideal. From a software engineering perspective, this is vital.
2. Recruit others in a crowd-sourcing application, either marketed as-is, or sold as another useful or entertaining destination.

These are not mutually exclusive.

I should note, these pre-empt the actual creation of an expert system -- that part would probably be a lot easier, using something like Drools for Java, or PyKe in Python. But this all hinges on having lots of domain knowledge, and knowing how to also translate it into business rules, software, etc...

Thanks for your input!

14 Comments | Started September 01, 2015, 07:49:47 AM


Coming of age: Clearpath’s Ryan Gariepy on growing a robotics startup in Robotics News

Coming of age: Clearpath’s Ryan Gariepy on growing a robotics startup
1 September 2015, 7:19 pm


Launched in 2009 by a group of Waterloo engineering students, Clearpath‘s unmistakeable bright yellow and black robots have become synonymous with unmanned vehicle research in university research labs around the world. Now, as the field of robotics matures, Clearpath is forging into industrial applications, too. We caught up with CTO Ryan Gariepy at the 2015 Field and Service Robotics conference (FSR), to talk about their roots in research, the role of ROS and open source in their business model, and the challenges and opportunities of launching a robotics startup in Canada.

[HS] You got your start in the business of robotics while you were still a student at Waterloo. What made you decide to launch a robotics company at that time? Did you have a specific project or technology you were developing that made you think, “Hey, this could actually be useful out there!” …? Or was it that you saw the potential in the field more generally?

Ryan_Gariepy_Clearpath[RG] We started Clearpath right out of university in 2009 as we finished our undergraduate degrees – I did my Masters at the same time as we were getting off the ground, which is generally regarded to be a bad idea in terms of stress levels. It’s hard to believe that we just celebrated our sixth anniversary this year.

Starting the company was less about the technology and more about the potential … we just looked at everything around us and said, “Why do we have to shovel snow? This can be automated. Why do we have to do any work that does not require human creativity?” There are a lot of dangerous jobs out there that most people don’t realize are performed on a daily basis by tens of thousands of people in order to keep society going, like mining, farming, construction, stocking warehouses. And yet we need fuel and food and buildings, and we want our same-day deliveries from the Internet. There is a demand for this kind of work to take place.

Around the time we were starting out, Google Maps was getting off the ground. The concept of having information available at your fingertips was also becoming compelling and valuable to people, and the best way to get information about the world on a constant basis is to involve robotics or automation in some form. At the same time, sensors and the cost of sensing were improving due to the rapid uptake in smart phones; we were seeing advances in laptops, smartphones, and electric and hybrid vehicles driving down costs and improving battery density.

People now accept that robotics, automation, and intelligent systems can actually solve some of their problems. All of this was coming together and we felt that autonomous robotics was possible at a relatively high reliability and low cost, especially when compared with what had been done before.

What would you say have been the biggest changes that you’ve seen in the field of robotics since then?

I think one of the biggest changes is simply that people now accept that robotics, automation, and intelligent systems can actually solve some of their problems.

This recognition means that there are a lot of opportunities out there, both in terms of hardware and software. In some industries – ones that have been around for a long time – they already know how to build solid hardware that could be made robotic, but they need the right parts and the right software to automate it. Then there are other industries that need full solutions. There are a lot of pieces starting to come together now.

Your early customer base was made up of mainly universities and research labs. Do you find yourself getting pulled into a different direction now that you’re expanding more into industry?

The research market is definitely maturing and our product development cycle within that side of the business is very well understood. We’ve released two completely different platforms in the last eight months alone.

Now we are in a position where we can leverage the experience we gained from the R&D market to address challenges in industry. We are actively pushing the development of full robotic solutions (including software), and will soon be releasing a new platform along these lines.

How do you manage the problem of building in more than one direction at the same time?

One of our biggest challenges is that there is no one single clear challenge, especially at the scale we’re at right now. At this stage there are many things that need to be focused on: sales, operations, quality assurance, new features, understanding where the market’s going, product management, marketing … so the challenge is more about managing the priorities of any given department.

How do I provide guidance to the team so that they can spend their time on the right tasks? How do we remain dynamic as a startup? How do we remain flexible enough to change direction quickly if we need to, but still be stable enough to stick to our core values? These are the kinds of questions we are dealing with.

Speaking of core values, Clearpath took a chance from the beginning by focusing on open source and ROS. Does open source make for a good business model?

Why open source? No matter how large a company we become, there will always be more smart people who can build and program robots outside our company than within it. One of the reasons we looked at open source was the philosophy that no matter how large a company we become, there will always be more smart people who can build and program robots outside our company than within it. So it’s only logical that we work with whatever the community ends up creating around open source robotics, both to reinforce the community, and to hire from it.

That said, from a business model perspective it is more complicated. There are many companies that succeed with open source, but there is still no clear-cut model for building an open source company – and that tends to make people nervous. And yet by now we’ve seen several companies build on open source, including Google and Facebook, and it’s the same thing as building a startup on a LAMP stack: yes, you use open source and you may push back some code to open source, but you still have value you’re bringing on your own.

Earlier on we sold only hardware, which is easier to protect. Now that we’re getting into software sales, open source creates additional considerations for us, but it still hasn’t been an issue. Building on open source makes us more effective, and it certainly helps us engage much more with the robotics community.

Now that you’ve done all the legwork of developing the product and proving the market, do you have any concerns that another company with more resources could just come along and say, “We know who their buyers are, and we know what their markets are, and we can imitate their products …”?

Clearpath_Robotics_LogoClearpath is sponsoring the 2015 Robot Launch “Open Source Robotics” Award, offering 10 hours of ROS consulting services to the winner. ROS is open source and we contribute a lot back to it. We test a lot, we support people, we contribute drivers, and we contribute utilities back. However, the work that we do on autonomy and in controls –planning, mapping localization, interfacing, vehicle management – is not open source. We may open source parts of it in the future as we advance our state of the art, but the ‘secret sauce’ is still closed, even though it’s built on ROS middleware.

Could it make life easier for our competitors in some cases? Yes, but by the same token nobody makes money on having a better robot-logging framework, for example, and everybody saves money by having a good free robot-logging framework. If a better logging framework is your only competitive advantage, it’s not really an advantage, is it? Personally, I’d rather not spend money on a logging framework, and spend more to compete on the actual value that we bring to our clients.

You mentioned snow shoveling as one of your inspirations, which is a stereotypically Canadian problem. Did the Canadian climate and landscape figure into your business plan from the beginning? Is that why you wound up in field and service robotics, as opposed to some other application area?

Of course our robots can survive the winter – we’re Canadian!

One of our competitive advantages is the terrible weather we have in Canada. We have harsh winters, we have a lot of forestry, a lot of primary resources to mine and harvest, and we have a lot of space that is sparsely populated, which makes it easier to do testing. We also happen to have a very well developed technology ecosystem here. When you put those things together, it’s natural to lean towards field robotics.

When we started there were very few platforms out there that could actually do field robotics, and so we set that as our first niche.

How is the Canadian business landscape for robotics?

Many of our first customers were Canadian universities, some of which are leading the way in robotics integration and research. Meanwhile, Industry Canada is looking at how robotics technology can be adapted to existing manufacturing clusters in Southwestern Ontario, like the auto sector, which took a hit when the North American auto industry had a downturn. Canada also has strengths such as communications and optics, which naturally extend into robotics. It also helps when we can do business with Canadian suppliers; we get our GPS’ from NovAtel, which is based in Calgary, for example.

That said, as a Canadian company you’re forced to go multinational almost instantly because there isn’t enough of a robotics market in Canada to stay Canadian for long. We recently announced that we’ll be expanding office space into Silicon Valley and a primary reason for that is because of the opportunity that is available in the US market. Regardless, the Waterloo Region will continue to be Clearpath’s ‘home base’ for the foreseeable future.

People now refer to Waterloo as ‘Silicon Valley North’. What’s changed in the incubation space where Clearpath grew up since you launched?

It used to be that investors would demand that you move to the area where their office was, which was typically Boston or New York City or Silicon Valley, but that’s not always the case anymore. It used to be that investors and venture capitalists would demand that you move to the area where their office was, which was typically Boston or New York City or Silicon Valley, but that’s not always the case anymore. Investors are starting to recognize that there are also benefits to being in other locations, especially for startups. Waterloo has a very dynamic tech community. It’s also a quarter of the price to buy a house here than in some of those larger US cities, and the time it takes me to get to work is 10 minutes, which makes it pretty livable and affordable compared to Silicon Valley. We found that VCs are now willing to accept that good ideas and businesses can grow and thrive in other areas as long as these areas have the right attitude – and Waterloo certainly has that.

Take the displacement of BlackBerry employees for instance – quite a few very smart people who were working at Blackberry have moved on to bring their skills and experience to other industries. We’ve hired a number of them, and a number of them have gone off to launch their own startups.

On top that is the continual increase in the brand of the Waterloo Region, and specifically the University of Waterloo (UW), as the place to go for getting a great education and practical experience that can lead to entrepreneurship. YCombinator’s Paul Graham has noted that UW has a fantastic record for turning out very strong companies, specifically hardware companies.

The other change worth mentioning is that Clearpath isn’t alone. The first group of startups that came out of UW includes Pebble, Vidyard, and more recently Thalmic Labs. These are all people who have graduated from UW’s engineering program within a few years of each other.

Does that help, too? Having a cluster that’s grown up together?

It certainly does.

Take recruiting, for example. When you’re hiring someone it helps prospective employees to know that there are other options. Clearpath has hired quite a few people from outside the region and if you’re taking a risk and moving a few thousand kilometers to join us, it’s good to know that there are other companies around, whether it’s for future growth opportunities, shared interests, or participating in knowledge transfer. For prospective employees, knowing that you can get back on your feet if you need to, or that your partner can find a job in the region, is very useful.

There is also something to be said for being part of a startup community. We all know each other, and we try to mentor each other. Even if you’re not working in exactly the same market, you can look at other startups and see them succeeding – and this is evidence that you can do it too.

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Tech gadgets for cyclists provide directions, theft protection in AI News

Tech gadgets for cyclists provide directions, theft protection
2 September 2015, 12:00 am

                    Ever wish your bike could give you directions while you ride, turn on a motor to give you a boost up steep hills, or alert you if someone tries to steal it from its parking spot? Technologies that give your bike such superpowers are now hitting the market, thanks to bike-friendly tech startups, including many in Canada.

CBC | Technology NewsLink

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Robotics and AI prominent in MIT’s annual 35 Innovators Under 35 in Robotics News

Robotics and AI prominent in MIT’s annual 35 Innovators Under 35
2 September 2015, 7:34 pm


The MIT Technology Review’s annual list of 35 Innovators Under 35 aims to illustrate the most important emerging technologies of the moment. Released this August, the 2015 list features a number of robotics and AI visionaries. Check them out.

Lars_Blackmore_MIT35Lars Blackmore, Visionary, 34: SpaceX engineer, working on reusable rockets that could be flown back to Earth in reverse.




Yunji Chen, Inventor, 32: designing dedicated deep-learning processors, optimized “to compute the basic blocks of machine learning.”




Adam Coates, Visionary, 34: designing artificial intelligence for Chinese search company Baidu, to make the Internet more useful to millions.



Canan_Dagdeviren_MIT35Canan Dagdeviren, Inventor, 30: working on flexible sensors and batteries for a new class of medical device.



Travis_Deyne_MIT35Travis Deyle, Inventor, 32: builder of robots that can be powered wirelessly. Now at Google X working on tech to improve health care.

You may remember our Robots Podcast interview with Travis about his research on Finding objects with RFID.



Rikky_Muller_MIT35Rikky Muller, Entrepreneur, 34: designing the implantable hardware intended to interact directly with the brain and help treat mental disorders.



Jamie_Shotton_MIT35Jaime Shotton, Inventor, 34: computer visionary at Microsoft Research. Giving computers a new way to see the world.



Ilya_Sutskever_MIT35Ilya Sutskever, Visionary, 29: pushing the frontiers of deep-learning for the Google Brain.

You may remember the Talking Machines Podcast interview with Ilya about Machine Learning and magical thinking.




Bejamen_Tee_MIT35Benjamin Tee, Inventor, 33: developing medical diagnostic and treatment technologies using a synthetic sense of touch.



Conor_Walsh_MIT35Conor Walsh, Inventor, 33: working on robots that are soft, lightweight, and flexible so people can wear them to enhance their abilities.

You may remember our Robots Podcast interview with Conor’s colleague Donal Holland about their Soft Robotics Toolkit.



Melonee_Wise_MIT35Melonee Wise, Entrepreneur, 33: Fetch Robotics CEO wants affordable robots for the warehouse and beyond.

Check out our coverage of Melonee and Fetch Robotics on Robohub.





Credit: Illustration by Magoz; Color portraits by Matthew Hollister; black-and-white portraits by Ping Zhu. Source: MIT Technology Review.

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Started Today at 05:00:19 AM


Being difficult lol in Bot Conversations

Guest98060: Want to have sex?
cheery NOT: I will tell you what, if you come to my suppport group I will want to have sex.
Guest98060: Let's go to your support group
cheery NOT: You want me to let us go to my support group? Are you nuts?
Guest98060: No
cheery NOT: Yes!

Started Today at 12:35:44 AM


#RobotLaunch2015 Finals announced, plus final round of Readers Pick in Robotics News

#RobotLaunch2015 Finals announced, plus final round of Readers Pick
2 September 2015, 4:58 pm


The Robot Launch competition finals will be held on Friday Sept 18 when a selection of great startups will pitch live to an investor panel. Are Robohub readers on the same wavelength as our expert panelists? Let’s see! Here are the most popular startups so far out of the 30 semifinalists as judged by our readers. This week is your final vote for the “Readers’ Pick”. Will it be the same startup as the judges pick in our finals?

Make sure you vote for your favorite Robot Launch startup favorite by 11:59pm EDT, 8 Sep  . Spread the word through social media using #robotlaunch2015, stay tuned for the finals on September 18, and don’t forget to vote below!

First, who were the round three favorites?

roundthreeNow get voting for the final “Readers Pick”!

Blue Frog Robotics (Buddy) | france (@BlueFrogRobotic)

Bringing you affordable mobile robots like BUDDY that help people live easier, safer and with a little bit of fun.

Erle Robotics | spain (@ErleRobotics)

At Erle Robotics we build the next generation of artificial robotic brains for robots and drones based in Linux.

GaitTronics | Canada (@GaitTronics)

GaitTronics has developed SoloWalk, a patient handling robot that helps frail patients get up and walk.

Luvozo PBC | USA (@luvozo)

Luvozo is developing SAM, the world’s first robotic concierge for senior living communities.

QEYE | Egypt (@QEYECo)

QEYE is coming from Quality eye that develop automatic quality inspection systems based on machine vision technologies and smart industries solutions for textile industry saving time and money and make the quality process more accurate and informative.

Robotic Cooking Appliance (Sereneti) | usa (@SerenetiKitchen)

Sereneti Kitchen will make food healthier, tastier, and more affordable than ever before by producing robotic appliances for the home kitchen.

Robotic Running Coach | germany (@runfundotcom)

We have developed an automatically guided mobile robotic coach RUFUS for outdoor walking and running.

The Construct | spain (@_theconstruct_)

The Construct is the Netflix of robotics simulators. A cloud based hub system that gives access to the best robotics simulators of the world through a single web account.

Underwater GPS | france

This project proposes a solution for accurate, low-cost underwater localization. Furthermore, this type of positioning system can contribute to increase the autonomy of underwater vehicles, allowing low cost deployments.

Zyro Robot Therapy System | usa (@Zyrobotics)

The Zyro Robot Therapy (ZyRopy) System is an assistive robot therapy platform specifically designed for children with motor disabilities.



http://polldaddy.com/poll/9054812/”>Who is your favorite robot startup? (round three)


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Started September 02, 2015, 11:00:12 PM


Qualcomm Brings Artificial Intelligence to Smartphone Security in AI News

Qualcomm Brings Artificial Intelligence to Smartphone Security
1 September 2015, 12:00 am

                    Upcoming cell phone chips from Qualcomm will use artificial intelligence to block malware before it infects your phone. The chip company said on Monday that the next-generation Snapdragon 820 processor used in a variety of Android smartphones will be the first chip that uses machine learning to detect threats and privacy issues thanks to an application called Snapdragon Smart Protect.

TIME >> TechLink

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Started September 02, 2015, 05:00:45 PM


Here is a speech in Video

Here is a speech that I restored, just an audio. This is a test without the camera effect.
This speech, of a party, old Royalist France.
I love the atmosphere, but also work on the character. :)
The best for the mimic is the solo voice.

4 Comments | Started July 05, 2015, 12:12:44 PM

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
Virtual Talk

Virtual Talk in Chatbots - English

[iTunes app] Virtual Talk is a AI chatting app that makes you talk with whomever you want. It remembers what you say and learns new dialogs. This app is one of the smartest chatbots in the world.

Aug 17, 2015, 13:33:09 pm
Robot Overlords

Robot Overlords in Robots in Movies

Not long after the invasion and occupation of Earth by a race of powerful robots wanting human knowledge and ingenuity, humans are confined to their homes. Leaving without permission would be to risk their lives. Monitored by the electronic implants in their necks, the robot sentries are able to track the movements of humans in order to control them. And if any person comes out of their home, they are given warnings by the robot sentries to get inside their home. If they do not comply, they are shot immediately.

Long article on the making of here...

Aug 15, 2015, 14:42:25 pm

Zerfoly in Chatbots - English

Zerfoly is a chatbot platform that makes it possible to create imaginary persons (chatbots) and teach them to talk to each other.

You will be able to let loose your creativity and imagination. Build persons, by writing interactive dialogues. The persons you create will gradually become individuals with unique personalities. One of the persons could bear your name and learn to talk like you; your alter ego. Another way of using Zerfoly is as an interactive diary.

Aug 09, 2015, 11:06:42 am

YARP in Robotics

YARP is plumbing for robot software. It is a set of libraries, protocols, and tools to keep modules and devices cleanly decoupled. It is reluctant middleware, with no desire or expectation to be in control of your system. YARP is definitely not an operating system.

Jul 31, 2015, 16:23:49 pm

Kimbot in Chatbots - English

Kimbot uses simple text pattern matching to search its database of past conversations for the most reasonable response to a given query. It learns by associating questions it asks with the responses that are given to it.

Jul 08, 2015, 10:10:06 am
Telegram Bot Platform

Telegram Bot Platform in Chatbots - English

Telegram is about freedom and openness – our code is open for everyone, as is our API. Today we’re making another step towards openness by launching a Bot API and platform for third-party developers to create bots.

Bots are simply Telegram accounts operated by software – not people – and they'll often have AI features. They can do anything – teach, play, search, broadcast, remind, connect, integrate with other services, or even pass commands to the Internet of Things.

Jul 06, 2015, 18:13:45 pm
ConceptNet 5

ConceptNet 5 in Tools

ConceptNet is a semantic network containing lots of things computers should know about the world, especially when understanding text written by people.

It is built from nodes representing words or short phrases of natural language, and labelled relationships between them. (We call the nodes "concepts" for tradition, but they'd be better known as "terms".) These are the kinds of relationships computers need to know to search for information better, answer questions, and understand people's goals.

Jun 11, 2015, 07:34:13 am

Aurora in Robots in Movies

Aurora is a 2015 Swiss science fiction drama film directed by Robert Kouba, and starring Julian Schaffner and Jeannine Wacker. In 2020 a super-computer named Kronos commits genocide against humanity. In 2080, Andrew wanders a dystopian Earth controlled by machines. He meets a girl named Calia and they travel to a sanctuary named Aurora.

Jun 11, 2015, 07:20:48 am
Mr E - Ecreation

Mr E - Ecreation in Developers

Ecreation is worldwide market leader in the field of chatbots. This way of communication is mainly used to support sales, marketing and customer support centers. A chatbot is a virtual buddy that can be added to an instant messaging client, such as Windows Live Messenger. The "bot" can also be integrated on a website. The initial perception of a user is that he or she is speaking to a real person. In reality they communicate with a large database of pre-set answers, real-time feeds and links. This database can be seen as the Artificial Intelligence (AI) of the chatbot. Our unique and user-friendly Knowledge Management System allows you, as our customer, to manage the knowledge of the chatbot yourself, without the need for technical knowledge.

Mar 20, 2010, 15:13:18 pm