Max Folley

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The future of deep learning

This post is adapted from Section 3 of Chapter 9 of my book, Deep Learning with Python (Manning Publications).<p>It is part of a series of two posts on …

The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence

BEIJING — What worries you about the coming world of artificial intelligence?<p>Too often the answer to this question resembles the plot of a sci-fi thriller. People worry that developments in A.I. will bring about the “singularity” — that point in history when A.I. surpasses human intelligence, …

Artificial Intelligence

toio

Programmable robotics toy from SONY uses small minimalist blocks with personality, allowing to be creative with papercraft:<p>Another video here better …

Meet the Cute, Wobbly Robot That Started the AI Revolution

Have you ever relied on your smartphone's maps to get around? Asked Siri, Alexa, or Google Home to find you the best dim sum? Let a Tesla ferry you …

This two-legged robot hopes to one day deliver packages to your front door

Cassie is all legs and no torso.<p>A team of engineers from Oregon State University today unveiled a new walking robot called Cassie.<p>Bipedal robots aren’t easy to make. Footage of robots trying to walk and toppling over abound, but Cassie looks far more balanced.<p>Funded by a $1 million, 16-month grant …

CES 2017 products that you can actually buy this year

Phones

Ford studies using drones to guide self-driving cars

Ford Motor Co. is studying a system to use drones to help guide self-driving vehicles, including on off-road adventures, company officials said.

Autonomous Cars

Google announces RAISR, a method of upscaling images with machine learning

You probably know as well as I do that the internet is littered with low-resolution images, either a limitation of a device's camera or …

Need to Develop a Healthy Habit? Meet the Robot That Can Coach You

The co-founders of MOTI think that they've cracked the code to creating a device that will help you build (and stick with) new habits.<p>The words "habit-forming device" aren't exactly encouraging. In fact, it probably makes you think of something punishing, thanks to Pavlov's bell. But two women …

How a robot lover pioneered the driverless car, and why he's selling his latest to Uber

Anthony Levandowski is one the most influential engineers behind self-driving vehicles. Now that Uber has bought his latest startup Otto, he talks about how it all started<p>Self-driving vehicles have been developed in many places, over many years, but few people have as strong a claim as Anthony …

Autonomous Cars

MIT Found a Way to Make Virtual Characters Interact With Background Video

One of the obvious tells that a computer-generated character isn’t real is the lack of interaction with the background they’ve been added to. It’s …

Can Autonomous Cars Learn to be Moral? — NOVA Next | PBS

It’s a choice no one should ever have to make.<p>Driving down a road bordered by a rock wall on one side and a deep crevasse on the other, I suddenly …

Artificial Intelligence

Make a Needybot

While you're building and getting Needy set up, we will be continuing to flesh out the tutorial and technical documentation so that once your …

Tutorials

Asimo meets Pepper: Honda and Softbank partnering in robots

TOKYO (AP) — Is Honda's walking robot Asimo marrying Pepper, the chattering robot from SoftBank?Automaker Honda Motor Co. and internet company …

Robotics

Self-Driving Car Nanodegree

Intersect 2018 Conference: Early Bird tickets now available! Amazing speakers, world-class hiring partners, and more!<p>Nanodegree Program<p>Complete your …

Why did SoftBank buy ARM? To prepare for our robot overlords, of course

A fascinating footnote to an otherwise dry business deal<p>The Japanese tech conglomerate SoftBank announced yesterday that it was buying the chip maker ARM for a whopping $31.4 billion in cash. There are some straightforward explanations for why this deal took place. The UK's decision to exit the …

Singularity

The empowering language of creativity

<b>How can we talk about creativity and innovation to make it part of our business as usual? Like many things, permission to think freely starts at the top.</b><p>Empowering team members to suggest and develop creative solutions is a leadership responsibility. To some leaders it might feel like they're …

Invisible Talent

Earlier today Wall Street Journal posted a piece titled “Facebook Blames Lack of Available Talent for Diversity Problem”. Facebook has come to the …

Why the Freedom to Experiment and Fail Is Important for Innovators

Innovation flourishes when failure is embraced, accepted, and seen as an opportunity for growth.<p>Bold innovation is one of the many reasons for human growth and development. We have come this far because a few people dared to try. Dared to dream. And dared to try. Lives get changed, markets get …

Your Coffeemaker Is Watching You

Get ready for home appliances that track your movements and know what you want before you do.<p>Half a century ago, the House of the Future was a marvel of plastic and fiberglass. The $1 million model home, built for an exhibition at Disneyland in 1957, had four cantilevered, capsule-like rooms …

This Tiny Robot Lets You Play God With Huge AI

We were all quite pumped a few weeks ago when Anki announced its plan to move beyond smartphone controlled cars into emotionally intelligent robots. …

'Soft Robots' Look Nothing Like the Machines You Know

What happens when you imagine a robot? Most likely, you’re picturing something with lots of nuts, bolts, gears and exposed metal. Maybe it’s …

Anki’s Cozmo robot is the real-life WALL-E we've been waiting for

Race cars to robots was the plan all along<p>While Cozmo sleeps, it snores. The small robot — shaped like a miniaturized bulldozer with a CRT monitor for a cockpit — sits in a charging dock, waiting to be awoken. Like Pixar’s adorably anthropomorphic WALL-E, Cozmo falls somewhere between a Mars rover …

Elon Musk's open source OpenAI: We're working on a robot for your household chores

If you're sick of using vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, and washing machines, OpenAI's plans for a robot to take care of the housework could be good …

Will the next Siri be empathetic?

Rupa Chaturvedi Contributor<p>Rupa Chaturvedi is the head of design of visual intelligence at Sentient Technologies.<p>AI assistants are having their moment. Just a week ago, Google announced the aptly named Assistant, an AI capable of carrying on an “ongoing two-way dialog.” It joins a field crowded …

Russian Robot Escapes From Its Lab and Starts Wandering the Streets

A robot escaped from a testing facility in Perm and began blocking traffic, according to Russian media.<p>Bot on the loose! In the city of Perm, Russia, a robot just escaped from a research lab into the city center and began blocking traffic. The good people at the Promobot company say they were doing …

Amazon's $775 million deal for robotics company Kiva is starting to look really smart

But in the short two years they've been deployed across Amazon's warehouses, Kiva's robots have been a real cost saver, according to a new note published by Deutsche Bank on Wednesday.<p>The note says Kiva robots have cut operating expenses by about 20%, quoting Amazon exec Dave Clark, adding that it …

Robotics

Better Than Human: Why Robots Will — And Must — Take Our Jobs

Author: Kevin Kelly. Kevin Kelly Gear<p>Date of Publication: 12.24.12.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>Imagine that 7 out of 10 working Americans …