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Responsive and Responsible Leadership given prominance at #WEF17 World Economic Forum
20 January 2017, 12:30 pm

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The population of the scenic ski-resort Davos, nestled in the Swiss Alps, swelled by nearly +3,000 people between the 17th and 20th of January. World leaders, academics, business tycoons, press and interlopers of all varieties were drawn to the 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting. The WEF is the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities to shape the global, regional and industry agendas for the coming year and beyond. Perhaps unsurprisingly given recent geopolitical events, the theme of this year’s forum was Responsive and Responsible Leadership.

With the onset of the fourth industrial revolution, increasingly discontented segments of society not experiencing congruous economic and social progress are in danger of existential uncertainty and exclusion. Responsive and Responsible Leadership entails inclusive development and equitable growth, both nationally and globally. It also involves working rapidly to close generational divides by exercising shared stewardship of those systems that are critical to our prosperity.

In the end, leaders from all walks of life at the Annual Meeting 2017 must be ready to react credibly and responsibly to societal and global concerns that have been neglected for too long.”
Developing last year’s theme—“The fourth industrial revolution”—this year’s luminaries posited questions, among many others, concerning incipient robotics and artificial intelligence technologies set to have a pronounced impact on the global economy and global consciousness alike. What can we learn from the first wave of AI? How can the humanitarian sector benefit from big data algorithms? How will drone technology change the face of warfare? Can AI and computational tech help foster responsive and responsible leadership? What are the downsides of technology in the fourth industrial revolution?

Enjoy a selection of tech-themed videos below.

And a bit about global science including big data, open source science and education.



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New Users Please Post Here / Re: Hi.
« Last post by Freddy on January 21, 2017, 12:27:15 AM »
Welcome :)

Don't worry we quite like Science Fiction here ;)

By the way, that reality you are experiencing - it's one I made. You are actually running in a program I wrote a decade back. I hadn't expected to see you so soon.  :D
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New Users Please Post Here / Hi.
« Last post by Ready Steady Yeti on January 20, 2017, 11:54:36 PM »
I'm a user who likes pet-like or tool-like AI but is totally and completely against the singularity or any kind of superintelligent AI because of hypernostalgia about the current time period.

Also, I'm the one who initially started this simulation you all call your lives. You're all just AI units yourselves. You completely and totally reflect the lives you actually lived in the actual 2010s. So of course you think I'm crazy for thinking that, because you would've thought that same thing in your actual lives if I actually said this.

I figured out this was all a simulation because I made a plan for myself a couple days ago for what I'm gonna do when the Singularity happens. See, my favorite time period is this one and the 2020s (because I'm pretty sure the 20s are gonna be pretty similar to the 10s). So I just had the idea that if the singularity happens, I can get one of the super AI to form a perfect simulation of the 2010s-20s that just infinitely loops itself around and around for eternity. And every time it loops around at the end of 2029, every single "person" including me gets their memory completely erased (basically, everything gets completely erased) and set back to the way it was at the beginning of 2010. So if I had this idea now, then it's almost certain that I'm already in that simulation, because if I'm thinking about it now in the simulation, that means that I actually did think about it before the simulation which led to me being in the simulation. This way, I'll get to live my favorite part of my life AND not have to experience the singularity that I never wanted to see.

I'll go into more detail about this in another post, but please welcome me even though you guys most likely consider me to be a lunatic at first glance.
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Robotics News / NHTSA ODI report exonerates Tesla in fatal crash
« Last post by Tyler on January 20, 2017, 10:49:02 PM »
NHTSA ODI report exonerates Tesla in fatal crash
20 January 2017, 10:46 am

Tesla Model S autopilot-software. Source: TeslaTesla Model S autopilot-software. Source: Tesla NHTSA released the report from their Office of Defects Investigation on the fatal Tesla crash in Florida last spring. It’s a report that is surprisingly favorable to Tesla. So much so that even I am surprised.

While I did not think Tesla would be found defective, this report seems to come from a different agency than the one that recently warned comma.ai that:

It is insufficient to assert, as you do, that the product does not remove any of the driver’s responsibilities” and “there is a high likelihood that some drivers will use your product in a manner that exceeds its intended purpose.
The ODI report rules that Tesla properly considered driver distraction risks in its design of the product. It goes even further, noting that drivers using Tesla Autopilot (including those monitoring it properly and those who did not) still had a decently lower accident rate for mile than drivers of ordinary cars without autopilot. In other words, while the Autopilot without supervision is not good enough to drive on its own, the Autopilot even with occasionally lapsed supervision that is known to happen is still overall a safer system than not having the Autopilot at all.

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This will provide powerful support for companies developing autopilot style systems, and companies designing robocars who wish to use customer supervised driving as a means to build up test miles and verification data. They are not putting their customers at risk as long as they do it as well as Tesla. This is interesting (and the report notes that evaluation of Autopilot distraction is not a settled question) because it seems probable that people using the Autopilot and ignoring the road to do e-Mail or watch movies are not safer than regular drivers. But the overall collection of distracted and watchful drivers is still a win.

This might change as companies introduce technologies which watch drivers and keep them out of the more dangerous inattentive style of use. As the autopilots get better, it will become more and more tempting, after all.

Tesla stock did not seem to be moved by this report. But it was also not moved by the accident or other investigations — it actually went on a broadly upward course for 2 months following the announcement of the fatality.

The ODI’s job is to judge if a vehicle is defective. That is different from saying it’s not perfect. Perfection is not expected, especially from ADAS and similar systems. The discussion about the finer points of whether drivers might over-trust the system are not firmly settled here. That can still be true without the car being defective and failing to perform as designed or being designed negligently.

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Robotics News / How AR technology can help farmers stay relevant
« Last post by Tyler on January 20, 2017, 04:48:08 PM »
How AR technology can help farmers stay relevant
19 January 2017, 2:00 pm

Image: Wheat Genetics and Germplasm ImprovementImage: Wheat Genetics and Germplasm Improvement I’ve long believed that Augmented Reality (AR) and robotics are closely related. Both model their environments to some degree. Robotics uses that model to guide the behavior of a machine, whereas AR uses it to provide an enhanced sensory experience to a human.

The exact nature of that enhanced experience is bounded only by available sensory, computational, and display (audio, haptic, ) hardware, and by how the data gathered can be usefully transformed into overlays that augment the natural perception of the human user. What is useful is a function of both the content of those overlays and the latency, how much lag time is introduced by the computations involved in generating the overlays. Faster computational hardware can produce more detailed overlays with the same latency or the same overlays with lower latency than slower hardware.

One important application for AR is making it safer and easier for a human to work in collaboration with robotic hardware. For example, a robot might provide the path it intends to follow and the 3D space through which it intends to pass, and that information might be converted in an AR display into highlighting of anything occupying that space. Or perhaps a machine wants to direct the attention of its human counterpart to some particular element of the environment, say one specific plant. That too could be highlighted in the display.

While these examples only scratch the surface of what is possible, they do serve to illustrate that the content of the AR overlays need not be generated entirely from data gathered by sensors attached to the display itself, but can be provided by other sources, including but not limited to other nearby devices. Those sources might include aerial or satellite imagery and information from databases. In the farming context, they might include 3D soil maps produced from core samples.

Examples of overlays that might be useful for a farmer include thermal imagery, current soil moisture content, soil surface porosity and water absorption capacity, exaggerated vertical relief and what to expect in the way of runoff and resulting erosion for various precipitation scenarios, highlighting all plants of a particular species, all plants exhibiting nutrient deficiencies or other trauma, highlighting bare soil (no mulch or plant cover), the presence, activity, and impact of various types of animals. This list could go on and on.

Machines may be better at doing particular manipulations of data, finding correlations, and even at answering well-specified questions, but they’re not so good at asking meaningful questions, much less at thinking outside the box. For this reason, the combination of human and machine is more powerful than either alone.

It’s still very early days in AR, and there’s a great deal of room for improvement. One development that is likely to occur sooner rather than later is voice operation, enabling hands-free control of the AR experience, including which overlays are active and how they are combined. With voice control, a farmer should be able to walk through a field, say what he wants to see, and make modifications to the plan controlling the robotic machinery that actually operates the farm, or issuing commands for execution by the first available machine. For most, this will be a more intimate and far richer connection to their land than what they currently experience.

If you enjoyed this article, you may also want to read:

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Curious but why don't these companies launch this Pilot program in their own respective companies first?

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Self-driving robots will start making deliveries for Postmates and DoorDash in select US cities
19 January 2017, 10:10 pm

Starship Technologies, a London- and Estonia-based robotics company, announced on January 18 the launch of a pilot program that will have its fleet of autonomous bots make food deliveries for DoorDash in the Silicon Valley city and Postmates in the nation's capital.
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Open Bionics partners with NHS for feasibility study to develop hands for amputees
19 January 2017, 1:14 pm

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Open Bionics is to be awarded to £100,000 through SBRI Healthcare, an NHS England initiative, as part of its new challenge to fund innovations that will support children living with disability and long term conditions.

Launched in 2014, Open Bionics is a start-up company based at the University of the West of England’s Bristol Robotics Lab that develops low-cost bionic hands for amputees, using 3D scanning and printing technology.

Samantha Payne, Chief Operating Officer at Open Bionics said: “We’re thrilled to be a part of this development contract with the NHS. We see the public health service as a key customer channel in our development so it’s great to be testing out these channels to deliver to amputees.”

“We’re excited and nervous,” she added. “We think this will be the first 3D printed wearable device to receive CE marking and medical certification. It’ll certainly be the first 3D printed artificial limb to be offered through a public health care system so we’re looking forward to learning a lot.”

The partnership involves a feasibility study with the NHS through SBRI Healthcare to see if Open Bionics can provide a multi-grip bionic hand to amputees for significantly less money, possibly saving the NHS millions of pounds. Using 3D printed technology, Open Bionics can produce robotic hands quickly and inexpensively — in a matter of days to create and costing only several thousand dollars. A big improvement considering hospital-grade myoelectric hands and limbs can cost up to $100,000 and in some cases don’t fit well.

From all of us at Robohub, congrats to Sam and her extraordinary team! We’re looking forward to your future developments.

To learn more about robotic advancements in prosthetics, you may also want to read:


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AI News / Crowdsourcing In 2017
« Last post by Tyler on January 20, 2017, 04:49:53 AM »
Crowdsourcing In 2017
19 January 2017, 9:36 pm

We believe that companies will need to build crowdsourcing departments that facilitate crowdsourced interactions across their organizations — similar to today’s research or strategy departments. Such departments will know the relevant platform, the best vendor and the adequate method to meet a particular crowdsourcing need. They will make sure crowdsourced initiatives are well-embedded in the planning, decision-making and execution of projects.
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$250 million awarded to new Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Innovation Hub
18 January 2017, 1:55 pm

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Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, the new institute is made up of governments, industry, academia, and non-profit organizations from across the country. Combined they have contributed $173 million that will be fused with $80 million in federal funding.

The new ARM institute, part of the Manufacturing USA network, is dedicated to help revitalize American manufacturing.

“The ARM Institute’s mission is to create and then deploy robotic technology by integrating the diverse collection of industry practices and institutional knowledge across many disciplines – sensor technologies, end-effector development, software and artificial intelligence, materials science, human and machine behavior modeling, and quality assurance – to realize the promises of a robust manufacturing innovation ecosystem.

 

Technologies ripe for significant evolution within the ARM Institute include, but are not limited to, collaborative robotics, robot control (learning, adaptation, and repurposing), dexterous manipulation, autonomous navigation and mobility, perception and sensing, and testing, verification, and validation.”
The ARM Institute joins the Manufacturing USA institute network, a program with industry, academia, and government participants who co-invest in the development of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies and capabilities. It is patterned after the Fraunhofer Institute which has 67 institutes and research units located throughout Germany providing focused research on future scientific progress and economic development.

Each of the 14 new Manufacturing USA institutes focus on a technology area critical to future competitiveness and include advanced tissue biofabrication, advanced functional fabrics, photonics, digital manufacturing and design, advanced composites, flexible hybrid electronics, biopharmaceuticals, advanced semiconductor components, molecular level technologies, smart manufacturing and an accelerator. The federal government has committed over $1 billion, matched by over $2 billion in non-federal investment, across the Manufacturing USA network.

ARM will be led by a newly established national nonprofit called American Robotics (not to be confused with a Boston agricultural startup with the same name), which was founded by Carnegie Mellon University and includes a national network of 231 stakeholders from industry, academia, local governments and nonprofits.

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