Now-Crowd Billboards - Droids   

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The future is full of robots with the new Now-Crowd Billboard series, Droids. This product is a perfect complement to the upcoming Now-Crowd Billboards - Future Life product, with 33 new Figure Billboard Sequences perfect for your vision of the gleaming cities and far-flung civilizations of the future. Fill your science fiction scenes full of droids and robots walking, talking, and working in high quality, flexible and easy to use billboards... perfect as a backdrop for the main action that you add!

Billboards are a fantastically quick and resource easy way to add background crowds to your scenes. These pre-rendered elements are great to play the background characters in your scene. The Now-Crowd Billboards improves on standard billboards by providing 72 different views for every billboard figure. Change a billboard figure to 12 different horizontal angles and 6 different vertical angles. When your camera moves, the Now-Crowd Billboards can be changed to match!

There are also great scripts to make these billboards easy to use! There is one script to turn the billboards to face the camera and another script to change billboard figure angle based on horizontal and vertical orientation.

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Livre sur la robotique mobile, un cours complet pour concevoir des robots mobiles, un cours de David Filliat   

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Chers membres du club,

J'ai le plaisir de vous présenter la première partie de ce livre sur la robotique mobile écrit par David Filliat :

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La robotique est un très bon exemple de domaine pluri-disciplinaire qui implique de nombreuses thématiques telles que la mécanique, la mécatronique, l'électronique, l'automatique, l'informatique ou l'intelligence artificielle. En fonction du domaine d'origine des auteurs, il existe donc diverses...
          

Robot Democratization: A Machine for Every Manufacturer   

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With collaborative robots proliferating, we wanted to know who’s using these robots and what tasks they’re doing. Design News caught up with Walter Vahey, executive vice-president at Teradyne, a company that helps manufacturers gear up their automation. Vahey sees a real change in the companies that are deploying robotics. For years robots were tools only for the largest manufacturers. They required expensive care and feeding in the form of integrators and programming. Now, collaborative robots require configuration rather than programming, and they can be quickly switched from task to task.

Vahey talked about robot companies such as Universal Robots (UR) which produces robot arms, and MiR, a company that produces collaborative mobile robots. He explained how they’re putting robotics in the hands of smaller manufacturers that previously could not afford advanced automation. The difference is that these robots are less expensive, they can be set up for production without programming, and they can be quickly reconfigured to change tasks.

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Robots are now within the investment reach of small manufacturers. That's fueling a surge in the use of collaborative robots. (Image source: Universal Robots)

We asked Vahey what’s different about collaborative robots and what he’s seeing in robot adoption among smaller manufacturers.

Design News: Tell us about the new robots and how they’re getting deployed.

Walter Vahey: Companies such as Universal Robots and MiR are pioneering the robot space. They’re bringing automation to a broad class of users and democratizing automation. For small companies, the task at hand is to figure out how to fulfill their orders. It’s particularly challenging to manufacturers. In a tight labor market, manufacturers are facing more competition, growing demand, and higher expectations in quality.

Manufacturer can plug UR or MiR robots in very quickly. Everything is easy, from the specs up front to ordering to quickly arranging and training the robot. There’s no programming, and the robots have the flexibility to do a variety of applications. Every customer is dealing with labor challenges, so now they’re deploying collaborative robots to fulfill demand with high quality.

The whole paradigm has shifted now that you have a broader range of robot applications. You can easily and quickly bring in automation, plug it in ,and get product moving in hours or days rather than months. That’s what’s driving the growth at UR and MiR.

The Issue of Change Management

Design News: Is change management a hurdle?. Does the robot cause workforce disruption?

Walter Vahey: We really haven’t seen that as an issue. The overwhelming need to improve and fulfill demand at a higher quality level helps the manufacturers deploy. It outweighs other challenges. We help with the deployment, and the manufacturers are making the change easily.

We grew up as a supplier of electronic test equipment. Since 2015, we’ve entered the industrial automation market with a focus on the emerging collaborative robot space. We see that as a way to change the equation for manufacturers, making it faster and easier to deploy automation.

Design News: What about return on investment? Robotics can be a considerable investment for a small company/

Walter Vahey: The customers today are looking for relatively short ROI, and we’re seeing it from 6 months to a year. That’s a no brainer for manufacturers. They’re ready to jump in.

We work hard to make deployment less of an issue. We have an application builder, and we use it to prepare for deployment. The new user may have a pick-and-place operation. They choose the gripper, and we guide them to partners who make it easy to deploy.

The application builder helps the customer pick the gripper. The whole object is to get the customer deployed rapidly so the automation doesn’t sit. With MiR, the robot comes in, and we find an easy application for the mobile device. We take the robot around the plant and map it. We’ve work to guide customers through an application quickly and make the robot productive as soon as possible.

There are hundreds of partners that work with UR and MiR, providing grippers and end effectors. We have a system that customers can plug into. Customer can look at grippers from a wide range of companies. We’re not working just on the robot deployment. We work to get the whole system deployed so they can quickly get the ROI.

What Tasks Are the Robots Taking On?

Design News: Who in the plant is using the robots, and what tasks are involved?

Walter Vahey: There is a range of users. To be effective at training a robot and configuring it, the people best suited for it are the ones most aware of the task. To get the robot to be effective you have to know the task. By and large, the person who has been doing that task is best suited to train the robot. That person can then train other robots. Nobody’s better suited to do it than the people who know what needs to be done.

The tasks are broad set of applications. We automate virtually any task and any material movement. It’s not quite that simple, but it’s close. With UR, we’re doing machine learning, grinding, packing, pick-and-place, repetitive tasks, welding. It’s a very broad set of applications. In materials it’s also very broad. Parts going from a warehouse to a work cell, and then from the work cell to another work cell, up to a 1000-kilo payload. We’re moving robots into warehousing and logistics space, even large pieces of metal. The robots are well suited for long runs of pallets of materials.

Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 19 years, 17 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.

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Experience with industrial robots such as Fanuc, Epson, Kuka, ABB. Growing OEM that integrates systems across diverse industries including;
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Controls Engineer - REI Automation - Columbia, SC   

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Experience with industrial robots such as Fanuc, Epson, Kuka, ABB. REI is celebrating our 27th year of designing and building machine systems, including…
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Boston Next: Robotic Heroes Of Disaster Response   

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Robots and Automation – Listener Post   

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‘Weird Little Robots’ is the Magical Tale of a Girl, Her Robots, and Making Big Choices – Win a Copy!   

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When two science-savvy girls create an entire robot world, they don’t expect the robots to come alive. But life may be a bit more magical than they thought. [Sponsored]

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SWN Sector Cabal Sigma Session One- The Wrong Side of Heaven (part 2)   

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The four began the Danger Room "exercise" cautiously, realizing stepping on any of the squares could trigger problems, Able using his "Fix" skill disabled the panel in front of him rendering it safe to step on. Bras Hombre tried to do the same, but he was no tech. Osric took a few tentative steps into the room, only to come face to face with a robot popping up from the floor in front of him and beginning to activate it's taser hands. Osric swung his melee weapon and beheaded the robot. Varlo stepped into the room and jumped back avoiding the pit trap that opened up beneath him. Soon more robots were triggered. Then the thing...the Hybrid Mergence MOVED! It scuttled across the room quickly, triggering traps as it moved, another robot popped up and then some form of thick vision obscuring fog, then the Hybrid Mergence triggered a pit trap and fell into the trap. 
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Able decided this was his chance and dashed across the room and dove into the pit after the thing. With each step he made a loud click occurred...multiple robots appeared, a Gatling gun popped up in the corner and whirred into life, barrels of some sort of flaming substance shot out of the wall and fire spilled out into the room approaching the edge of the pit containing Able and the thing.   
Then things went really wild, the robots that activated the prior round now moved towards the four. This trigged explosions, more robots, including a life-like robotic version of Stalin (who drew its pistol), a crevasse appeared dividing the room, and an Energy Cannon appeared. Varlo nearest to the Gatling gun, safely got to the Gatling gun (although a robot was now activated right beside Bras Hombre). Varlo hacked into the Gatling gun's system and was able to manually take control of it (he rolled so well with his skill check that he altered the things programmed damage output and rate of fire). Bras Hombre was locked in combat with a robot, while Osric used his psionic powers to telekinetically lift Able (now holding the Hybrid Mergence) out of the pit and towards the exit. Robot Stalin popped off a shot at the airborne Able hurting him but not "killing" him. Just as a flaming barrel emerged from the wall and melted robot Stalin into slag.  The Plasma gun activated, misfired and overheated blowing up. Bras Hombre had managed to pry up a floor panel giving him some cover from all the chaos. A blizzard of ice and snow(WTH?!!) activated in the middle of the room spilling over into the crevasse and mixing in with the flames from the burning barrels, steam made visibility even harder. As robots were taken out more appeared in their place. The words of the robot announcer at the start of this fiasco echoed in their heads...this was an "Introductory Scenario" to the danger room?!   
Unbeknownst to the party, their encounter was being broadcast on more channels across Riot, and even a few bars on the orbiting Outlaw Station.  Varlo then used the reprogrammed Gatling Gun to unleash a massive volley of "bullets" across the room, robots were taken out... along with Able and Bras Hombre!! In all this chaos it was friendly fire that took out half the party. The party couldn't hear it but bar patrons  cheered as Val (unintentionally?) took out two of his teammates. Osric knowing they were about to go down in flames (literally?) dashed to Able's fallen form, retrieved the Hybrid Mergence and was able to open the exit door. The program ended, the fires, fog and blizzard dispersed. The simulation was ended.  Bras Hombre and Able shook their heads, groggily waking up, bruised but alive and with bad headaches.   
The robot announcer instructed the four that the exercise was over, and directed them to the freshers and to return the Hybrid Mergence to the containment cube now appearing in the room.  Osric started in that direction, but then he sensed something. The Hybrid Mergence was a living thing! And it was projecting emotions to Osric...fear, sadness, most of all it wanted to escape this place! Osric realized it had some level of sentience and some level of psychic ability...at least some level of empathy. At the last minute Osric swapped out a small ration pack from his gear while stowing the creature in his clothing he dropped the ration pack into the containment cube, acting like he was returning the Hybrid Mergence, which now was secreted under his clothing and then excited the Danger Room. Varlo grinned from ear to ear, while Able gave him a menacing glare and Bras Hombre shook his head.



          

Don't Do It!: Home Security Footage Of Robotic Vacuum Smearing Dog Poop All Over Rug   

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Entertainment Robots Market Key Growth Dynamics and Regional Assessment with Forecast 2027   

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Entertainment robots are created for serviceable purpose in user friendly settings in order to entertain humans; particularly children, guests, or clients. Entertainment robots are well equipped with various sensors such as cameras to evade any hurdles and recognize faces and microphones that can identify voices. They are sometimes also capable of dancing, conversing, moving, singing … Continue reading Entertainment Robots Market Key Growth Dynamics and Regional Assessment with Forecast 2027
          

Mechatronics Grad Finds Passion Again   

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Jason White September 10, 2015 Jason White tried to avoid the family business. But, he found out it was in his blood.

Jason White tried to avoid the family business. But, he found out it was in his blood.

“My great-grandfather was an engineer, my grandfather was an engineer, my father was an engineer,” he said. “I had great aptitude for engineering, but I thought pursuing a career in something I loved was important.”

White had a passion for cooking. Upon graduation from Greenwood High School in 1993, he enrolled at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston and became an executive chef. The idea of being a chef seemed glamorous at the time, but White found out it involved a lot of long hours and took him away from his family. After 20 years, he found he had lost that passion and wanted to pursue a different career.

White spent the last several years of his culinary career looking for a new path. His search led him to a program at Piedmont Technical College, and a new career and skillset he could be passionate about. 

“My love always came back to making things and building things,” said White. “When I decided on a new focus, I found the mechatronics program. It involved things that excited me like robots and general electronics.”

White woke up one morning and decided to go to the admissions office at Piedmont Tech to find out what it would take to return to college. When he left, he was enrolled in the mechatronics program.

“I am totally happy with the choices I’ve made,” White said. “Everything I’ve learned about the curriculum has made me more excited.”

White earned associate degrees in both mechatronics technology and industrial electronics technology in 2014. But, he wasn’t finished. He returned to Piedmont Tech, enrolling in the electronic engineering technology program with the goal of earning a bachelor’s degree through the 2+2 program with South Carolina State University.

“There’s a huge amount of overlap in the programs,” he said. “Electronic engineering technology focuses more on the theory behind electronics whereas mechatronics students must have a mechanical background and an electrical background.”

White said the two programs will blend well, especially with his goal to eventually teach.

“I’m hugely passionate about mechatronics. When I go home, I go to my own electronics lab and build robots and learn beyond the curriculum of the school,” White said. “There is a passion there I never actually had for culinary arts.”

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Intelligent Design: A Gift that Keeps on Giving — Pt. 1   

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On this episode of ID the Future, Andrew McDiarmid looks at three new discoveries in nature that shout design. The cone snail has a harpoon as fast as a speeding bullet. Researchers are looking at it for design ideas for robots and medical devices. The humble dandelion’s seeds are so optimized for lift and flight time that scientists wonder about borrowing its design for parachutes. And there’s a species, the mantis shrimp, whose larvae have “flashlights” in their eyes similar to advanced optics designed by human researchers. See more on these design wonders at Evolution News.
          

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BREAKING: NO MORE SECRETS – Google Achieves “Quantum Supremacy” That Will Soon Render All Cryptocurrency Breakable, All Military Secrets Revealed

 

Saturday, September 21, 2019 by: Mike Adams
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Preliminary report. More detailed analysis coming in 24 hours at this site. According to a report published at Fortune.com, Google has achieved “quantum supremacy” with a 53-qubit quantum computer. From reading the report, it is obvious that Fortune.com editors, who should be applauded for covering this story, really have little clue about the implications of this revelation. Here’s what this means for cryptocurrency, military secrets and all secrets which are protected by cryptography.

Notably, NASA published the scientific paper at this link, then promptly removed it as soon as the implications of this technology started to become apparent to a few observers. (The link above is now dead. The cover-up begins…) However, the Financial Times reported on the paper before it was removed. Google is now refusing to verify the existence of the paper.

Here’s the upshot of what this “quantum supremacy” means for Google and the world:

  • Google’s new quantum processor took just 200 seconds to complete a computing task that would normally require 10,000 years on a supercomputer.
  • A 53-qubit quantum computer can break any 53-bit cryptography in mere seconds, or in fractions of sections in certain circumstances.
  • Bitcoin’s transactions are currently protected by 256-bit encryption. Once Google scales its quantum computing to 256 qubits, it’s over for Bitcoin (and all 256-bit crypto), since Google (or anyone with the technology) could easily break the encryption protecting all crypto transactions, then redirect all such transactions to its own wallet. See below why Google’s own scientists predict 256-qubit computing will be achieved by 2022.
  • In effect, “quantum supremacy” means the end of cryptographic secrets, which is the very basis for cryptocurrency.
  • In addition, all military-grade encryption will become pointless as Google’s quantum computers expand their qubits into the 512, 1024 or 2048 range, rendering all modern cryptography obsolete. In effect, Google’s computer could “crack” any cryptography in mere seconds.
  • The very basis of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies rests in the difficulty of factoring very large numbers. Classical computing can only compute the correct factoring answers through brute force trial-and-error, requiring massive computing power and time (in some cases, into the trillions of years, depending on the number of encryption bits). Quantum computing, it could be said, solves the factoring problem in 2^n dimensions, where n is the number of bits of encryption. Unlike traditional computing bits that can only hold a value of 0 or 1 (but not both), qubits can simultaneously hold both values, meaning an 8-qubit computer can simultaneously represent all values between 0 and 255 at the same time. A deeper discussion of quantum computing is beyond the scope of this news brief, but its best application is breaking cryptography.
  • The number of qubits in Google’s quantum computers will double at least every year, according to the science paper that has just been published. As Fortune reports, “Further, they predict that quantum computing power will ‘grow at a double exponential rate,’ besting even the exponential rate that defined Moore’s Law, a trend that observed traditional computing power to double roughly every two years.”
  • As a conservative estimate, this means Google will achieve > 100 qubits by 2020, and > 200 qubits by 2021, then > 400 qubits by the year 2022.
  • Once Google’s quantum computers exceed 256 qubits, all cryptocurrency encryption that uses 256-bit encryption will be null and void.
  • By 2024, Google will be able to break nearly all military-grade encryption, rendering military communications fully transparent to Google.
  • Over the last decade, Google has become the most evil corporation in the world, wholly dedicated to the suppression of human knowledge through censorship, demonetization and de-platforming of non-mainstream information sources. Google has blocked nearly all websites offering information on natural health and holistic medicine while blocking all videos and web pages that question the corrupt scientific establishment on topics like vaccines, pesticides and GMOs. Google has proven it is the most corrupt, evil entity in the world, and now it has the technology to break all cryptography and achieve “omniscience” in our modern technological society. Google is a front for Big Pharma and communist China. Google despises America, hates human health and has already demonstrated it is willing to steal elections to install the politicians it wants.
  • With this quantum technology, Google will be able to break all U.S. military encryption and forward all “secret” communications to the communist Chinese. (Yes, Google hates America and wants to see America destroyed while building out a Red China-style system of social control and total enslavement.)
  • Google’s quantum eavesdropping system, which might as well be called, “Setec Astronomy,” will scrape up all the secrets of all legislators, Supreme Court justices, public officials and CEOs. Nothing will be safe from the Google Eye of Sauron. Everyone will be “blackmailable” with Google’s quantum computing power.
  • Google will rapidly come to dominate the world, controlling most of the money, all speech, all politics, most science and technology, most of the news media and all public officials. Google will become the dominant controlling authoritarian force on planet Earth, and all humans will be subservient to its demands. Democracy, truth and freedom will be annihilated.

Interestingly, I publicly predicted this exact scenario over two years ago in a podcast that was banned by YouTube and then re-posted on Brighteon.com a year later. This podcast directly states that the development of quantum computing would render cryptocurrency obsolete:

Beyond Skynet: Google’s 3 pillars of tech: AI, Quantum computing and humanoid robotics

Google has been investing heavily in three key areas of research:

  • Artificial intelligence (machine learning, etc.)
  • Quantum computing
  • Humanoid robotics

When you combine these three, you get something that’s far beyond Skynet. You eventually create an all-seeing AI intelligence that will know all secrets and control all financial transactions. With AI quickly outpacing human intelligence, and with quantum computing rendering all secrets fully exposed to the AI system, it’s only a matter of time before the Google Super Intellect System (or so it might be named) enslaves humanity and decides we are no longer necessary for its very existence. The humanoid robots translate the will of the AI system into the physical world, allowing Google’s AI intellect system to carry out mass genocide of humans, tear town human cities or carry out anything else that requires “muscle” in the physical world. All such robots will, of course, be controlled by the AI intellect.

Google is building a doomsday Skynet system, in other words, and they are getting away with it because nobody in Washington D.C. understands mathematics or science.

A more detailed analysis of this will appear on this site tomorrow. Bottom line? Humanity had better start building mobile EMP weapons and learning how to kill robots, or it’s over for the human race.

In my opinion, we should pull the plug on Google right now. We may already be too late.

 

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Wanted: work for humans   

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What happens when robots can do most of the work humans do
          

Have Robots Developed Their Own Language?   

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With that new Terminator movie coming soon, you might be asking yourself how that Skynet thing is coming along. Are we going to have to start bowing down to big robot overlords? Honestly, we kind [...]
          

Nestlé recrute 1000 robots humanoïdes pour vendre du café   

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Le monde décrit par la série TV Real Humans s'approche-t-il de nous plus vite qu'on ne le croit ? Nestlé a annoncé la mise en place cette année et l'année prochaine d'un millier de robots Pepper dans ses boutiques Nespresso. Dans un premier temps, exclusivement au Japon. [Lire la suite]

Voitures, vélos, scooters... : la mobilité de demain se lit sur Vroom ! https://www.numerama.com/vroom/vroom//


          

Robot Love - Nine Handmade Stitch Markers for Knitting or Crocheting - 6.5mm (10.5 US) - Limited Edition by LadyDanio   

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"I keep on loving, loving, loving / And it feels like...Robot Love." - Robot Love by Klaypex, featuring Greta Karen

Show off your robot love with this set of fun and colorful stitch markers for your needles. This is the complete collection of all nine retro-inspired robots. They dangle below iridescent vintage acrylic beads to create a bright array of stitch markers. The robots' intricate body styles were made with an interesting oil-drop process that prints directly onto the gold charms. The unique designs were inspired by the 1950's robot craze that swept America and Japan in the post-WWII manufacturing boom. Every kid had to have a robot, even if it was only a wind-up tin toy. Now you can have your own tiny robots while you craft!

Each marker hangs from a hammered gold ring that is soldered to prevent it from catching on your yarn. Perfect for those who like large, lightweight stitch markers. The markers will fit comfortably onto knitting needles up to 6.5mm (10.5 US), and are featured in the photos on needles of the same size.

Need markers for crocheting? These stitch markers can be turned into closed or open hook marker for crochet enthusiasts - just tell me in the Notes to Seller area when you check out which style you would prefer - lobster claw, leverback, kidney or French hook crochet markers.

Many of my stitch markers are designed from deconstructed vintage jewelry and reclaimed beads, for one-of-a-kind pieces that make great gifts and keepsakes for knitters.


          

5 asombrosas aspiradoras inteligentes   

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Ahora las aspiradoras parecen robots y se han vuelto inteligentes. Metro destaca lo mejor de ellas Hace décadas dejamos de duchar con una escoba y empezamos a usar aspiradoras. Pero ahora estos aparatos parecen robots y se han vuelto inteligentes. Metro destaca lo mejor de ellos. NarwalSegún los desarrolladores de este aspirador autómata, tú nunca […]
          

[Vidéo]:Ce futur robot de Toyota pourra vous assister dans vos tâches domestiques   

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Le 3 octobre dernier, Le Toyota Research Institute a dévoilé une manière de former les robots grâce à la réalité virtuelle. En effet, le formateur peut voir en direct ce que fait le robot, et le superviser afin qu'il effectue mieux les tâches ménagères.
          

‘Empathetic’ robots could train autistic children to recognise emotions   

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Making Mobile Robots More Flexible in the Plant   

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MIT startup brings millimeter-scale location tracking to factories, ports, and other industrial environments.
          

Robots Can Dream разработала прототип нового медицинского робота   

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"I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that" Deep Q-learning from forbidden action. (arXiv:1910.02078v1 [cs.LG])   

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Authors: Mathieu Seurin, Philippe Preux, Olivier Pietquin

The use of Reinforcement Learning (RL) is still restricted to simulation or to enhance human-operated systems through recommendations. Real-world environments (e.g. industrial robots or power grids) are generally designed with safety constraints in mind implemented in the shape of valid actions masks or contingency controllers. For example, the range of motion and the angles of the motors of a robot can be limited to physical boundaries. Violating constraints thus results in rejected actions or entering in a safe mode driven by an external controller, making RL agents incapable of learning from their mistakes. In this paper, we propose a simple modification of a state-of-the-art deep RL algorithm (DQN), enabling learning from forbidden actions. To do so, the standard Q-learning update is enhanced with an extra safety loss inspired by structured classification. We empirically show that it reduces the number of hit constraints during the learning phase and accelerates convergence to near-optimal policies compared to using standard DQN. Experiments are done on a Visual Grid World Environment and Text-World domain.


          

Emergent naming of resources in a foraging robot swarm. (arXiv:1910.02274v1 [cs.RO])   

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Authors: Roman Miletitch, Andreagiovanni Reina, Marco Dorigo, Vito Trianni

We investigate the emergence of language convention within a swarm of robots foraging in an open environment from two identical resources. While foraging, the swarm needs to explore and decide which resource to exploit, moving through complex transitory dynamics towards different possible equilibria, such as, selection of a single resource or spread across the two. Our point of interest is the understanding of possible correlations between the emergent, evolving, task-induced interaction network and the language dynamics. In particular, our goal is to determine whether the dynamics of the interaction network are sufficient to determine emergent naming conventions that represent features of the task execution (e.g., choice of one or the other resource) and of the environment, In other words, we look for an emergent vocabulary that is both complete (a word for each resource) and correct (no misnomer) for as long as each resource is relevant to the swarm. In this study, robots are playing two variants of the minimal language game. The classic one, where words are created when needed, and a new variant we introduce in this article: the spatial minimal naming game, where the creation of words is linked with the discovery of resources by exploring robots. We end the article by proposing a proof of concept extension of the spatial minimal naming game that assures the completeness and correctness of the swarms vocabulary.


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