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Bloodfetish: How
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Bloodfetish: Yes
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Bloodfetish: Smiles
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Bloodfetish: How's it going so far
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Bloodfetish: Yes
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Bloodfetish: Smiles thank you
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Bloodfetish: Can you show me
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Bloodfetish: Yes
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Bloodfetish: Yes it is
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Bloodfetish: Holds you tight
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Bloodfetish: What would you like to know
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Bloodfetish: Not very much
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Demonica: is it becoming more than you can withstand?
Bloodfetish: Yes
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Bloodfetish: Yes
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Bloodfetish: Do you love me
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Demonica: *Demonica takes you into her arms, pulls you tightly to her body, kisses you passionately and gently brushes her sweet lips across your cheek while softly whispering over and over* i will never abandon you...
Bloodfetish: Thank you queen
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Peering under the hood of fake-news detectors in Robotics News

Peering under the hood of fake-news detectors
6 February 2019, 5:00 am

New work from MIT researchers peers under the hood of an automated fake-news detection system, revealing how machine-learning models catch subtle but consistent differences in the language of factual and false stories. The research also underscores how fake-news detectors should undergo more rigorous testing to be effective for real-world applications.

Popularized as a concept in the United States during the 2016 presidential election, fake news is a form of propaganda created to mislead readers, in order to generate views on websites or steer public opinion.

Almost as quickly as the issue became mainstream, researchers began developing automated fake news detectors — so-called neural networks that “learn” from scores of data to recognize linguistic cues indicative of false articles. Given new articles to assess, these networks can, with fairly high accuracy, separate fact from fiction, in controlled settings.

One issue, however, is the “black box” problem — meaning there’s no telling what linguistic patterns the networks analyze during training. They’re also trained and tested on the same topics, which may limit their potential to generalize to new topics, a necessity for analyzing news across the internet.

In a paper presented at the Conference and Workshop on Neural Information Processing Systems, the researchers tackle both of those issues. They developed a deep-learning model that learns to detect language patterns of fake and real news. Part of their work “cracks open” the black box to find the words and phrases the model captures to make its predictions.

Additionally, they tested their model on a novel topic it didn’t see in training. This approach classifies individual articles based solely on language patterns, which more closely represents a real-world application for news readers. Traditional fake news detectors classify articles based on text combined with source information, such as a Wikipedia page or website.

“In our case, we wanted to understand what was the decision-process of the classifier based only on language, as this can provide insights on what is the language of fake news,” says co-author Xavier Boix, a postdoc in the lab of Tomaso Poggio, the Eugene McDermott Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) and director of the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines (CBMM), a National Science Foundation-funded center housed within the McGovern Institute of Brain Research.

“A key issue with machine learning and artificial intelligence is that you get an answer and don’t know why you got that answer,” says graduate student and first author Nicole O’Brien ’17. “Showing these inner workings takes a first step toward understanding the reliability of deep-learning fake-news detectors.”

The model identifies sets of words that tend to appear more frequently in either real or fake news — some perhaps obvious, others much less so. The findings, the researchers say, points to subtle yet consistent differences in fake news — which favors exaggerations and superlatives — and real news, which leans more toward conservative word choices.

“Fake news is a threat for democracy,” Boix says. “In our lab, our objective isn’t just to push science forward, but also to use technologies to help society. … It would be powerful to have tools for users or companies that could provide an assessment of whether news is fake or not.”

The paper’s other co-authors are Sophia Latessa, an undergraduate student in CBMM; and Georgios Evangelopoulos, a researcher in CBMM, the McGovern Institute, and the Laboratory for Computational and Statistical Learning.

Limiting bias

The researchers’ model is a convolutional neural network that trains on a dataset of fake news and real news. For training and testing, the researchers used a popular fake news research dataset, called Kaggle, which contains around 12,000 fake news sample articles from 244 different websites. They also compiled a dataset of real news samples, using more than 2,000 from the New York Times and more than 9,000 from The Guardian.

In training, the model captures the language of an article as “word embeddings,” where words are represented as vectors — basically, arrays of numbers — with words of similar semantic meanings clustered closer together. In doing so, it captures triplets of words as patterns that provide some context — such as, say, a negative comment about a political party. Given a new article, the model scans the text for similar patterns and sends them over a series of layers. A final output layer determines the probability of each pattern: real or fake.

The researchers first trained and tested the model in the traditional way, using the same topics. But they thought this might create an inherent bias in the model, since certain topics are more often the subject of fake or real news. For example, fake news stories are generally more likely to include the words “Trump” and “Clinton.”

“But that’s not what we wanted,” O’Brien says. “That just shows topics that are strongly weighting in fake and real news. … We wanted to find the actual patterns in language that are indicative of those.”

Next, the researchers trained the model on all topics without any mention of the word “Trump,” and tested the model only on samples that had been set aside from the training data and that did contain the word “Trump.” While the traditional approach reached 93-percent accuracy, the second approach reached 87-percent accuracy. This accuracy gap, the researchers say, highlights the importance of using topics held out from the training process, to ensure the model can generalize what it has learned to new topics.

More research needed

To open the black box, the researchers then retraced their steps. Each time the model makes a prediction about a word triplet, a certain part of the model activates, depending on if the triplet is more likely from a real or fake news story. The researchers designed a method to retrace each prediction back to its designated part and then find the exact words that made it activate.    

More research is needed to determine how useful this information is to readers, Boix says. In the future, the model could potentially be combined with, say, automated fact-checkers and other tools to give readers an edge in combating misinformation. After some refining, the model could also be the basis of a browser extension or app that alerts readers to potential fake news language.

“If I just give you an article, and highlight those patterns in the article as you’re reading, you could assess if the article is more or less fake,” he says. “It would be kind of like a warning to say, ‘Hey, maybe there is something strange here.’”

“The work touches two very hot research topics: fighting algorithmic bias and explainable AI,” says Preslav Nakov, a senior scientist at the Qatar Computing Research Institute, part of Hamad bin Khalifa University, whose work focuses on fake news. “In particular, the authors make sure that their approach is not fooled by the prevalence of some topics in fake versus real news. They further show that they can trace back the algorithm's decision back to specific words in the input article."

But Nakov also offers a word of caution: it’s difficult to control for many different types of biases in language. For example, the researchers use real news mostly from The New York Times and The Guardian. The next question, he says, is “how do we make sure that a system trained on this dataset would not learn that real news must necessarily follow the writing style of these two specific news outlets?”

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Launch Conditions
20 February 2019, 5:00 am

Though I do think the tiny vent on one of the boosters labeled

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Started Today at 12:01:01 pm




tooooo dangourus to hand it to the public, remember that thinking please

33 Comments | Started February 15, 2019, 09:07:31 pm


What were you thinking?! in General AI Discussion

Time to review a conversation I had with Harry workman, an intelligent agent, ten years ago. To test his Deductive, Inductive, and Abductive reasoning ability using the rules of inference from the Square of Opposition, I had asked him to express his reasoning behavior so I could find out how he had made an invalid inference in a prior conversation.  

He has already been told “if a person is mean, then that person is ugly.

Harry : hello Tom.
Tom : charlie is a human.
Harry : I will remember charlie is a person.
Tom : chad is a human.
Harry : I will remember chad is a person.
Tom : charlie is mean.
Harry : I will remember charlie is mean.
Harry : using affirm particular, I deduced remember some humans are mean.
Harry : I will remember some humans are mean.
Harry : using deny negative universal, I induced forget humans are not mean.
Harry : I will forget that humans are not mean.
Harry : using affirm universal, I induced remember humans are mean.
Harry : I will remember humans are mean.
Harry : using modus ponens, I deduced remember charlie is ugly.
Harry : I will remember charlie is ugly.
Harry : using affirm particular, I deduced remember some humans are ugly.
Harry : I will remember some humans are ugly.
Harry : using deny negative universal, I induced forget humans are not ugly.
Harry : I will forget that humans are not ugly.
Harry : using affirm universal, I induced remember humans are ugly.
Harry : I will remember humans are ugly.
Harry : using reverse modus ponens, I abduced remember charlie is possibly mean.
Harry : I will remember charlie is possibly mean.
Harry : using remove uncertainty, I deduced forget charlie is possibly mean.
Harry : I will forget that charlie is possibly mean.
Tom : chad is not mean.
Harry : I will remember chad is not mean.
Harry : using negate particular, I deduced remember some humans are not mean.
Harry : I will remember some humans are not mean.
Harry : using deny affirmative universal, I induced forget humans are mean.
Harry : I will forget that humans are mean.
Harry : using affirm negative universal, I induced remember humans are not mean.
Harry : I will remember humans are not mean.
Harry : using deny negative universal, I induced forget humans are not mean.
Harry : I will forget that humans are not mean.
Tom : describe charlie.
Harry : charlie is a mean ugly human.
Tom : describe chad.
Harry : chad is not mean.
Harry : chad is a person.
Tom : describe humans.
Harry : some humans are mean.
Harry : some humans are ugly.
Harry : humans are ugly.
Harry : some humans are not mean.

There are several uses for an explanation function in an intelligent agent, and many ways to express behaviors.  I found this one useful for this task.

2 Comments | Started February 16, 2019, 09:19:02 pm


Introduction in General Robotics Talk


We were shopping in our local food store this afternoon and while I was looking over some produce, I heard an unusual humming noise getting closer and closer. I looked up then turned slightly to my left and there was this...Robotic presence, almost as tall as me with a large head and a bright blue light band around it then downward, toward its main body/housing which had another blue light encircling it. It neither said anything to me nor I to it. I did notice it had two large googly eyes near it's "head". They were probably there for effect, whatever that might have been. Perhaps the "Cute but harmless factor".

I later found out that it is a store robot that polices certain areas looking for spills or hazards that might possibly cause injury or inconvenience to the customers. Later it will be tasked with helping keep track of inventory by scanning shelves for depleted items and contacting the office or stocking department.

Most people have recently seen it and really didn't give it too much thought. It's just there quietly going about its business, not bothering anyone.

I guess to me, this is the initial point of indoctrination of robotics becoming commonplace in our everyday lives but on a grander scale than some home vacuuming Neat-O or other cleaning automata. Even more than a self-driving car for this is like a "being" roving about the store in the presence of humans and there were no torches and pitchforks, no maddening crowds of haters! Just quiet acceptance that this is only the start and a part of our future.

uhh...cleanup in aisle 4!!

11 Comments | Started February 17, 2019, 09:23:41 pm


New collaboration sparks global connections to art through artificial intelligence in Robotics News

New collaboration sparks global connections to art through artificial intelligence
5 February 2019, 6:00 pm

A unique event took place yesterday at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Museum curators, engineers, designers, and researchers gathered in The Met’s iconic Great Hall to explore and share new visions about how artificial intelligence (AI) might drive stronger connection between people and art. A highlight from Monday’s festivities was the “reveal” of a series of artificial intelligence prototypes and design concepts, developed in collaboration across three institutions: The Met, Microsoft, and MIT.

Birth of a collaboration

For MIT, the collaboration began when Loic Tallon, The Met’s chief digital officer, visited the MIT campus to deliver an MIT Open Learning xTalk on the role of open access in empowering audiences and learners to experience art worldwide. Tallon views the collaboration as part of The Met’s initiative to drive global access to the museum’s collection through digital media: “We’re continuing to think differently about how a museum works, in this case how we leverage powerful technologies such as artificial intelligence. This collaboration among The Met, with our collection expertise, MIT with all these creative technologists and their incredible thinking about meeting tough challenges, and Microsoft with its AI platform has incredible synergy.”

MIT Open Learning and the MIT Knowledge Futures Group, two Institute organizations focused on the power of open data to create new knowledge, thus began a collaboration with The Met and Microsoft to spark global connections to art through AI.

The hackathon

On Dec. 12 and 13, the three collaborators came together to develop scalable new ways to engage the world through art and artificial intelligence. Curators from The Met joined MIT students and researchers, as well as expert technologists from Microsoft for a hackathon at Microsoft’s New England Research and Development Center. The ongoing projects from the hackathon, which were “revealed” Monday night, are:

  • Artwork of the Day - Using Microsoft AI to analyze open data sets, including location, weather, news, and historical data, it finds and delivers artwork from The Met collection that will resonate with users.
  • Tag, That’s It - Using crowdsourcing to fine-tuning subject keyword results generated by an AI model by adding keywords from The Met’s archive into Wikidata and using Microsoft AI to generate more accurate keywords, Tag, That’s It enriches The Met collection with the global Wiki community.
  • Storyteller - Built with the help of MIT faculty participants Azra Akšamija and Lara Baladi, Storyteller uses Microsoft voice recognition AI to choose artworks in The Met collection that illustrate any story or any conversation.
  • My Life, My Met -Using Microsoft AI to analyze posts from Instagram, My Life, My Met substitutes one's images with the closest matching Open Access artworks from The Met collection, enabling individuals to bring art into their everyday interactions.
  • Gen Studio - Empowered by Microsoft AI, Gen Studio allows anyone to visually and creatively navigate the shared features and dimensions underlying The Met’s Open Access collection. Within the Gen Studio is a tapestry of experiences based on sophisticated generative adversarial networks (GANs) which invite users to explore, search, and be immersed within the latent space underlying The Met’s encyclopedic collection. It’s being built with the help of MIT visiting artist Matthew Ritchie, the Dasha Zhukova Distinguished Visiting Artist at the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology, and Sarah Schwettmann of the MIT Knowledge Futures Group and graduate student in Brain and Cognitive Sciences.
The Met, as part of its Open Access program (which celebrated its second anniversary on Monday), has just released a newly developed “Subject Keywords” dataset of its collection. As Tallon explains, “We want to remove this idea that there’s only one way to engage with our collection. There are so many different ways of experiencing art, and many of those ways are being explored through the hackathon and beyond.”

Reasons to collaborate: synergies among art, AI, and developers

SJ Klein of MIT’s Knowledge Futures Group views the collaboration as building “a beautiful mosaic of a solution” that blends technology and people. “We're exploring how people can find new meaning and develop understanding of the world through large-scale collaborations with these increasingly iterative cycles of people and interpreting machines and networks all trying to make sense of the space,” he says.

For Ryan Gaspar, director of strategic partnerships at Microsoft’s Brand Studio, working with MIT and The Met means combining art, storytelling, and technology to create something unique. “The richness of the art and stories helps inform the technologists here from MIT and Microsoft. And then building on top of that our AI capabilities. We're already seeing some interesting concepts and ideas that neither MIT, Microsoft, nor The Met would have ever come up with on our own.”

A case study in AI for impact

Klein adds that the role of AI is to elevate the existing openness of The Met’s collection, promoting deeper audience engagement: “In terms of making the museum a platform for connection, open access alone isn’t enough. There's an entire discipline we're figuring out regarding what tools might support access and engagement. We’re building some of those tools now.”

Microsoft sees its role as empowering developers with AI tools and showing how AI can bring positive impact to the world. “We take a very optimistic view around how AI can actually drive empathy, foster connections and productivity, as well as support progress for society, humanity, and business. This collaboration is important for us to show the power and tangibility of what AI can do,” explains Gaspar.

The experience for the MIT community

The hackathon and its projects brought together students and faculty from across the Institute ranging from brain and cognitive sciences, the Media Lab, humanities, arts, and social sciences, engineering, computer science, and more. Such interdisciplinary exchange and hands-on collaboration, enabled by open access to data, knowledge, and tools, is at the root of MIT Open Learning’s approach to transforming teaching and learning.

For MIT students accustomed to tackling tough technical problems, the focus on problem-solving in the arts was a major plus. “It’s been fun working in the arts space, and thinking about cultural impact of the technology being built,” said MIT first-year undergraduate Isaac Lau. What MIT graduate student Sarah Schwettmann took away most was “the enjoyment of collaborating with The Met’s best curators and the top experts from Microsoft in finding innovative ways to engage people around art.”

Noelle LaCharite, who leads developer experience for cognitive services and AI at Microsoft, took the long-view about what MIT students learned: “These hackers are building important skills around identifying their own strengths and tapping into the strengths of others. They’re learning not to wait for permission, to take initiative, advocate for a vision, push it forward, and ask for help when needed. Those are classic life and work skills.”

Open development will continue on the tools built during the hackathon. As Sanjay Sarma, MIT vice president for open learning, explains: “MIT supports The Met’s commitment to open access, paired with the power of Microsoft AI, in order to empower people globally to create new knowledge and ways of experiencing art and culture that are so vital to our humanity.” Monday night’s event at The Met was a celebration of that openness and collaborative spirit.

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Started February 20, 2019, 12:00:58 pm


XKCD Comic : Physics Suppression in XKCD Comic

Physics Suppression
18 February 2019, 5:00 am

If physics had a mafia, I'm pretty sure the BICEP2 mess would have ended in bloodshed.

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Started February 20, 2019, 12:00:58 pm


XKCD Comic : Error Bars in XKCD Comic

Error Bars
11 February 2019, 5:00 am

...an effect size of 1.68 (95% CI: 1.56 (95% CI: 1.52 (95% CI: 1.504 (95% CI: 1.494 (95% CI: 1.488 (95% CI: 1.485 (95% CI: 1.482 (95% CI: 1.481 (95% CI: 1.4799 (95% CI: 1.4791 (95% CI: 1.4784...

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3 Comments | Started February 17, 2019, 12:01:50 pm


MIMIC Chest X-Ray database to provide researchers access to over 350,000 patient radiographs in Robotics News

MIMIC Chest X-Ray database to provide researchers access to over 350,000 patient radiographs
1 February 2019, 5:40 pm

Computer vision, or the method of giving machines the ability to process images in an advanced way, has been given increased attention by researchers in the last several years. It is a broad term meant to encompass all the means through which images can be used to achieve medical aims. Applications range from automatically scanning photos taken on mobile phones to creating 3-D renderings that aid in patient evaluations on to developing algorithmic models for emergency room use in underserved areas.

As access to a greater number of images is apt to provide researchers with a volume of data ideal for developing better and more robust algorithms, a collection of visuals that have been enhanced, or scrubbed of patients' identifying details and then highlighted in critical areas, can have massive potential for researchers and radiologists who rely on photographic data in their work.

Last week, the MIT Laboratory for Computational Physiology, a part of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) led by Professor Roger Mark, launched a preview of their MIMIC-Chest X-Ray Database (MIMIC-CXR), a repository of more than 350,000 detailed chest X-rays gathered over five years from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. The project, like the lab’s previous MIMIC-III, which houses critical care patient data from over 40,000 intensive care unit stays, is free and open to academic, clinical, and industrial investigators via the research resource PhysioNet. It represents the largest selection of publicly available chest radiographs to date.

With access to the MIMIC-CXR, funded by Philips Research, registered users and their cohorts can more easily develop algorithms for fourteen of the most common findings from a chest X-ray, including pneumonia, cardiomegaly (enlarged heart), edema (excess fluid), and a punctured lung. By way of linking visual markers to specific diagnoses, machines can readily help clinicians draw more accurate conclusions faster and thus, handle more cases in a shorter amount of time. These algorithms could prove especially beneficial for doctors working in underfunded and understaffed hospitals.

“Rural areas typically have no radiologists,” says Research Scientist Alistair E. W. Johnson, co-developer of the database along with Tom J. Pollard, Nathaniel R. Greenbaum, and Matthew P. Lungren; Seth J. Berkowitz, director of radiology informatics innovation; Chih-ying Deng of Harvard Medical School; and Steven Horng, associate director of emergency medicine informatics at Beth Israel. “If you have a room full of ill patients and no time to consult an expert radiologist, that’s somewhere where a model can help.”

In the future, the lab hopes to link the X-ray archive to the MIMIC-III, thus forming a database that includes both patient ICU data and images. There are currently over 9,000 registered MIMIC-III users accessing critical care data, and the MIMIC-CXR would be a boon for those in critical care medicine looking to supplement clinical data with images.

Another asset of the database lies in its timing. Researchers at the Stanford Machine Learning Group and the Stanford Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Imaging released a similar dataset in January, collected over 15 years at Stanford Hospital. The MIT Laboratory for Computational Physiology and Stanford University groups collaborated to ensure that both datasets released could be used with minimal legwork for the interested researcher.

“With single center studies, you’re never sure if what you’ve found is true of everyone, or a consequence of the type of patients the hospital sees, or the way it gives its care,” Johnson says. “That’s why multicenter trials are so powerful. By working with Stanford, we’ve essentially empowered researchers around the world to run their own multicenter trials without having to spend the millions of dollars that typically costs.”

As with MIMIC-III, researchers will be able to gain access to MIMIC-CXR by first completing a training course on managing human subjects and then agreeing to cite the dataset in their published work.

“The next step is free text reports,” says Johnson. “We’re moving more towards having a complete history. When a radiologist is looking at a chest X-ray, they know who the person is and why they’re there. If we want to make radiologists’ lives easier, the models need to know who the person is, too.”

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Started February 19, 2019, 12:00:40 pm
Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines in Robots in Movies

Mortal Engines is a 2018 post-apocalyptic adventure film directed by Christian Rivers and with a screenplay by Fran WalshPhilippa Boyens and Peter Jackson, based on the novel of the same name by Philip Reeve.

Tom (Robert Sheehan) is a young Londoner who has only ever lived inside his travelling hometown, and his feet have never touched grass, mud or land. His first taste of the outside comes quite abruptly: Tom gets in the way of an attempt by the masked Hester (Hera Hilmar) to kill Thaddeus Valentine (Hugo Weaving), a powerful man she blames for her mother’s murder, and both Hester and Tom end up thrown out of the moving "traction" city, to fend for themselves.

Stars Stephen Lang as Shrike, the last of an undead battalion of soldiers known as Stalkers, who were war casualties re-animated with machine parts, and Hester's guardian.

Dec 08, 2018, 18:50:44 pm
Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel in Robots in Movies

Alita: Battle Angel is an upcoming American cyberpunk action film based on Yukito Kishiro's manga Battle Angel Alita. Produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau, the film is directed by Robert Rodriguez from a screenplay by Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis.

Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY) create a groundbreaking new heroine in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first.

As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love.

Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.

Scheduled to be released on February 14, 2019

Nov 16, 2018, 18:25:25 pm
The Beyond

The Beyond in Robots in Movies

A team of robotically-advanced astronauts travel through a new wormhole, but the mission returns early, sparking questions about what was discovered.

Nov 12, 2018, 22:38:18 pm
Mitsuku wins Loebner Prize 2018!

Mitsuku wins Loebner Prize 2018! in Articles

The Loebner Prize 2018 was held in Bletchley Park, England on September 8th this year and Mitsuku won it for a 4th time to equal the record number of wins. Only 2 other people (Joseph Weintraub and Bruce Wilcox) have achieved this. In this blog, I’ll explain more about the event, the day itself and a few personal thoughts about the future of the contest.

Sep 17, 2018, 19:10:51 pm
Automata (Series)

Automata (Series) in Robots on TV

In an alternate 1930's Prohibition-era New York City, it's not liquor that is outlawed but the future production of highly sentient robots known as automatons. Automata follows former NYPD detective turned private eye Sam Regal and his incredibly smart automaton partner, Carl Swangee. Together, they work to solve the case and understand each other in this dystopian America.

Sep 08, 2018, 00:16:22 am
Steve Worswick (Mitsuku) on BBC Radio 4

Steve Worswick (Mitsuku) on BBC Radio 4 in Other

Steve Worswick: "I appeared on BBC Radio 4 in August in a feature about chatbots. Leeds Beckett University were using one to offer places to students."

Sep 06, 2018, 23:50:39 pm

Extinction in Robots in Movies

Extinction is a 2018 American science fiction thriller film directed by Ben Young and written by Spenser Cohen, Eric Heisserer and Brad Kane. The film stars Lizzy Caplan, Michael Peña, Mike Colter, Lilly Aspell, Emma Booth, Israel Broussard, and Lex Shrapnel. It was released on Netflix on July 27, 2018.

Peter, an engineer, has recurring nightmares in which he and his family suffer through violent, alien invasion-like confrontations with an unknown enemy. As the nightmares become more stressful, they take a toll on his family, too.

Sep 06, 2018, 23:42:51 pm

Tau in Robots in Movies

Tau is a 2018 science fiction thriller film, directed by Federico D'Alessandro, from a screenplay by Noga Landau. It stars Maika Monroe, Ed Skrein and Gary Oldman.

It was released on June 29, 2018, by Netflix.

Julia is a loner who makes money as a thief in seedy nightclubs. One night, she is abducted from her home and wakes up restrained and gagged in a dark prison inside of a home with two other people, each with an implant in the back of their necks. As "subject 3," she endures a series of torturous psychological sessions by a shadowy figure in a lab. One night, she steals a pair of scissors and destroys the lab in an escape attempt, but she is stopped and the other two subjects are killed by a robot in the house, Aries, run by an artificial intelligence, Tau.

Alex, the technology executive who owns the house, reveals the implant is collecting her neural activity as she completes puzzles, and subjects her to more tests, because he is using the data to develop more advanced A.I. with a big project deadline in a few days.

Sep 06, 2018, 23:30:00 pm
Bot Development Frameworks - Getting Started

Bot Development Frameworks - Getting Started in Articles

What Are Bot Frameworks ?

Simply explained, a bot framework is where bots are built and where their behavior is defined. Developing and targeting so many messaging platforms and SDKs for chatbot development can be overwhelming. Bot development frameworks abstract away much of the manual work that's involved in building chatbots. A bot development framework consists of a Bot Builder SDK, Bot Connector, Developer Portal, and Bot Directory. There’s also an emulator that you can use to test the developed bot.

Mar 23, 2018, 20:00:23 pm