Robot To Perform Tasks By Observing A Human

Tasks Of A Human To Be Performed By A Robot

A robot has been designed to perform tasks after observing humans.  Humans feel restless and anxious when the thought that robots may replace them comes to mind.  With the way fast pace of technology and innovation, humans cannot help but be fearful about it.

Nvidia And Its New Robot

Nvidia has announced that it has developed a robot who can perform tasks.  They said that this robot is one of its kind as it can perform tasks simply by observing humans.  The said robot can learn how to do a task simply by watching humans do the tasks.

Humans and robots co-existing in a workplace will create a good working environment.  This is the reason why this technology was developed.  This will make both parties work well together and become more productive.

How This Technology Works

“For robots to perform useful tasks in real-world settings, It must be easy to communicate the task to the robot.  This include bot the desired result and any hints as to the best means to achieve that result,” explained the researchers.  “With demonstrations, a user can communicate a task to the robot and provide clues as to how to best perform the task.”

The robot watches and observes how a human being does a particular task and store it.  Obviously, the technology is not that fancy yet.  But with the never-ending research and development of  companies, perfecting it is not impossible.

How The Nvidia Robot Differs From Industrial Robots

Industrial robots usually do specific tasks over and over.  For example, a robot that flips burger patties.  That is all it does – flip burger patties. The Nvidia robot has different tasks to perform  Since it is designed to perform tasks done by humans, its functions are varied.  Its performance depend on what humans do, as observed and learned by the robot.

This technology may not be that perfect yet.  But with the pace innovation and technology is going, perfecting it is not impossible.

 

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Use It or Lose It: Technology and AI Making You Obsolete?

The sooner we come to terms that we can’t compete with machines over high volume, high-frequency tasks, and repetitive jobs, the sooner we can prepare for, wage, and win a guerilla-waged war over disruptive technology that threatens jobs – yours and mine, included. Unlike in the Industrial age where machines took over blue-collar workers performing automated tasks, today’s technology, far advanced than anyone could have ever imagined has exploded to an extent where even white collar jobs are encroached upon.

Already, many niches are feeling the pinch, even as the likes of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet have the supreme faith that humans will prevail. Even though the fictional “Skynet” is still far away, it is an undeniable fact that AI and robots have progressed so much over the last ten years changing the picture of work in the near future. We think nothing of talking to Siri or Alexa, give chatbots privileged information, and allow self-driving cars to bring us safely to our destination. Currently, IBM’s Watson Explorer is equipped with “technology that can think like a human…it can analyze and interpret all data including unstructured text, images, audio, and video.”

The jobs of tomorrow where as much as 45% of current jobs could disappear in the next ten years should be seen in the light of current trends that force corporations to work differently like:

  • AI, Big Data, IoT, VR, Collaboration Platforms, Cloud Computing, Machine-Learning, Mobile Teams
  • exponential organizations that require less but better-skilled, tech-savvy employees
  • changing skillsets like coding, testing, and technical marketing
  • globalization and mobility allowing diverse and geographically separated teams to work together in real time
  • the rise of start-ups that leverage technology manned by digital natives: the Millennials and
  • changing business behavior as far as researching, data-mining, communicating and collaborating are concerned.

“In 1990 GM and Chrysler, brought in $36B in revenue and hired over a million workers. Now the Big Three are Apple, Facebook and Google and they bring in over a Trillion dollars in revenue but they have only 137,000 workers.”  — Kim Komando

But there is an aspect where humans excel over machines. While machines have to learn from volumes of data, humans do not require that for higher-order thinking – even in novel situations. To predict whether a job can eventually be automated rests on whether the tasks performed or problems solved can be reduced to repetitive ones. That being said, we see jobs involving transcription, encoding, customer service, paralegal services, translation, retail services pretty much on the brink of extinction. In fact, when you go online to chat regarding customer issues, it’s pretty hard to tell if you are talking to a chatbot or to a live person. To be fair, even writers and editors are also technology-assisted but not at the precipice, at least not yet – saved perhaps by the value of quick ferreting of information, integrating data, and drawing conclusions from the perspective of human mind and emotions. We still see humans mapping out strategies, running campaigns, diagnosing rare diseases and interpreting complex taxation or legalities.
Technology has indeed enabled us to work differently – more engaged and productive. For as long as we stay ahead, we get to rule machines. It is perhaps the very same scenario that has not made bank workers obsolete despite the ubiquity of ATMs. In fact, Elon Musk has turned to humans to meet the production demands of Tesla 3. With the ongoing war for talent, you get the upper hand if you continuously train and evolve to stay relevant. What are the must-have “know-how” for the imminent future? Talking tech is not just savvy; it also assures your job survival. Embrace change by training to be functional (as opposed to just a kibitzer) in coding, API, behavioral psychology, user experience and the like. You don’t have to be a millennial to compete in their turf; you just need to be in tune with anything and everything digital.  In today’s jungle, curiosity doesn’t kill the cat – it makes him the Lion King!

AI Pushes Frontiers of Special Education

Over the last ten years, AI has caused a tremendous upheaval in how we do things from how we run our homes, conduct our business, and even how we “drive” self-driving cars. But it has also been quietly changing the face of special education and pushing frontiers that can integrate those with special needs better in work environments. AI tools are capable of mimicking supreme intelligence – and at the other end of the spectrum, enhance the manner in which children or adult students interact with their environment to promote learning.

“Nowadays, there are plenty of AI based applications tailored for people’s educational needs such as learning new languages or improving knowledge in different areas.”  – Ilker Koksal, Forbes 

The ultimate goal is to provide intervention strategies based on an accurate diagnosis. Children often show one type of disability and not the global range of impairments making “a magical cure-all” impossible to succeed. And this is where the beauty of AI-assisted intervention lies: it can be differentiated to target specific needs like language, reading, writing, and math difficulties.

Surprisingly, AI systems pretty much like how autistic people think. Teaching Robots, far from those we see in Pacific Rim and other sci-fi hits are not killing machines but gentle personalities that are used to socialize children with autism.

Universities like MIT, Vanderbilt University and Notre Dame backed by companies like Softbank are developing robots that teach children with intellectual disabilities to think, connect, and communicate. A huge part of the socially unacceptable behavior exhibited by these children stems from the fact that they are frustrated about being different and not understood. In an amazing turn, robots captured the imagination of autistic children so that they learn to imitate and understand human emotions. From preferring isolation, these children show more confidence, focus, and a strong desire to interact with these robots that are simple, predictable and not at all intimidating.

Currently, more inroads are being made in the areas of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger’s) rather than for Downs Syndrome which is classified as mental retardation. Autistic children who used to struggle with verbal or non-verbal communication to the point where they misinterpret verbal and visual cues have improved using AI assisted technology. Sensory issues that bother these children have diminished and they can now tolerate being touched and were observed to maintain better eye contact. In fact, even if they are adverse to noisy environments, working with toys made them tolerate “talking robots” and were even seen to touch these curious-looking “toys” without prompting.

Some examples of robots that had successfully engaged children with special needs include Kasper, a learning assistant, developed by the University of Hertfordshire’s Adaptive Systems Research Group. Kasper, a social robot taught children how to feed themselves with a spoon and fork, comb their hair and brush their teeth. It was such a huge success that when Kasper was removed from the play environment, children with special needs continued to interact better with their playmates. Looks like Casper, the friendly ghost has been incarnated in Kasper, the friendly robot.

Milo, the robot developed by Robots4Autism, is best with children up to the intermediate years. This time, instead of working on hygiene and basic social skills, he levels up by helping special kids understand emotions so that they can respond in a socially-accepted manner. It’s a robot that understands how these children can tune-out sound by having a monitor on its chest that helps them focus. More importantly, just like Kasper, it has a gamut of sensors that include facial recognition to evaluate progress. It’s hefty $5000 includes pre-programmed curricula developed by experts which can be controlled by teachers from a tablet.  The technology for using these teaching assistants in special education classrooms used to be a dream but it definitely has become a reality with Milo.

There is definitely more in store in the future. Already, Jain, a researcher has come up with a model for higher order learning called PLEDDOR or perceptron based learning disability detector. It is an artificial neural network that identifies reading, writing, and math difficulties bases on tests created by special educators. This article has barely touched the surface of what is available for smart-teaching. DiegoSan, Penguin, LIFEisGAME  and more are on hand to improve the future for kids that use to be marginalized.

 

Artificial Intelligence Startup Develops New Mobile Autonomous Robots

Robotics and a leading research company in artificial intelligence is currently working on a new application for the robot’s autonomous receptacle, Artificial Intelligence Incorporated said on Monday.

The Canadian-based company, AI Incorporated is developing an application intended for mobile robotics. The new AI-powered application aims to improve the entire robotic system to allow continues cycle of mobile robotic devices.

 

What is AI Incorporated’s SLAM?

 

Canada’s AI Incorporated said the mobile robotic system being developed also aims to provide users with uninterrupted services. To achieve this, AI Incorporated will be using a technology called the Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM).

 

SLAM, according to AI Incorporated, will be combined with what the company called “deep learning.” The company’s autonomous refuse receptacle robot is a mobile app developed for its VSLAP, or the Versatile Self Localizing Autonomous Platforms (VSLAP).

 

In a statement, Ali Afrouzi, CEO of AI Incorporated said that “robots are best suited to partake in the work that humans do not wish to conduct.”

 

“Not only will these devices be able to navigate themselves, but by autonomously providing this perpetual service to the end user, no lapse in service will ever exist. A continuous service that will ease the lives of individuals in all walks of life,” Afrouzi, also the CEO of bObsweep Inc.

 

Meanwhile, AI Incorporated’s new mobile app will be called the Quantum Slam Operating System (Q-OS). The new software would help the machine run smoothly with less human intervention.

 

The company’s Q-OS is powered with a comprehensive navigation system, and computer vision, among others.

Artificial Intelligence Robots Are Up For New Tasks

Robots with Artificial Intelligence Do Jobs for People

From home assistants in smart speakers to artificial intelligence in robots, inventors are really focused on their creations. Recently, a group of invented a robot which does carpentry job.

Yes! The robot can saw wood on its own. It can’t do all carpentry jobs but it can assist a person in doing the said job. This is a big help for the custom-making of furniture. It could also help with the fittings in an easier and faster way.

AutoSaw is made up of two parts: the design software and semi-autonomous robot.

Users of the said invention can just choose a template of a furniture that they want. The, they can adjust its size and design by tweaking on the displayed choices and poof! The robot will do the job for them.

But of course, the robot only saw the wood according to the user’s preference. In the end, it is still the user’s job to put everything together. The good thing? You won’t have to worry about the wood not fitting because of miscalculations.

The process is basic and very limited. With only four templates to choose from, the users won’t have much of a choice. It is also the user’s job to set up the robot and lay down the wood which will be cut.

Another feature is the robot jigsaw. But it is still under development and could not cut wood. Instead, it could cut foam board.

Inventors said that even with these flaws, it is just the start. With everything upgrading and improving, it is expected that this robot is going to be better in the years to come.

This invention shows that people’s job can be easier and faster with the help of modern technology.

The Robot Revolution: Transforming Labor and Elevating Customer Experience

You’ve seen humanoid robots in Star Wars, Terminator, Robocop, AI, and a host of genre movies that define our relationship with the bot. Now, they’re everywhere and come in all sizes and shapes, impacting our lives in many ways. In a classic case of art imitating life, smart bots are securely in our future because business and industry have them in place to do tasks faster, better, more efficiently, and cheaper. They go without sleep, don’t complain, have no social security, don’t go on medical leave or vacays, are totally fine with doing dirty jobs, and never ask for a raise. But more importantly, working-class bots can provide the necessary “manpower” in aging economies where dwindling numbers and a protectionist policy against immigrant workers can threaten business operations.

Japan’s population is predicted to be 1/3 of current numbers by 2065 with 40% over the age of 65 – a trend that is pretty much in the future of the U.S., China, and Europe. Because of that crucial need to sustain future operations profitably in the face of a shrinking labor force, robots are now in every facet of modern life, in its different forms, shapes, functions, and integrations.

For over two years now, robots have been assisting travelers at Haneda Airport, a progressive domestic airport in Japan with baggage loading and check-ins. It also has a multi-lingual roving robot that helps guests find their way and other bots that carry your bags, clean-up and even sell you a sim! In Japan, the customer is king so it even has a customer service robot providing concierge services. Go ahead and ask this shiny bot where you are, the best places to go, and the best buys – it has all the answers, and it speaks perfect English too! In San Jose (USA) airport, they have rolled-out pioneering “lady bots” called Amelia that have touchscreen menus. As a bonus, it can even take selfies and mail these to you. The combination of utilitarian and the frivolous is a charming combination in this bot that was developed in Silicon Valley.

These past two years, prototype models were developed and tested in anticipation of language and service needs for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.  Other airports like Narita and another in South Korea have robots customized for their needs.

Japan’s biggest names in business and manufacturing are into robots – in a big way! As early as 2008, Japanese robotics Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro developed the ‘Geminoid’ – an android that was practically his clone. In 2014, Honda, a leading name in car manufacturing introduced the humanoid Asimo, a bar-tending robot that can even communicate using sign language. In development for over 30 years, it would be right at home in a Star Wars movie. Not to be outdone, NASA also produced Valkyrie, also known as a Superhero Robot and Tempest produced Edi, a robot designed to work closely with humans with its sensing technology and smooth movements. China in a battle for human-looking bots came out with Jia Jia, a remarkably realistic-looking robot cable of microexpressions. Since then we’ve had Sophia and Erica, lifelike robots that have fascinated the world because of their intelligent speech and interactiveness. According to their manufacturers, these bots have myriad uses such in customer service and can even be on network television as newscasters. Even Amazon, the world’s biggest shopping mall has robot assistants fielded in warehouses – no wonder you get products in a snap!

Since then, IoT and AI have spewed robots for the home and the workplace. They make life easy by automating chores and are so good at it that they can even “run” hotels and can communicate and store information in the cloud. We are also looking at a future were taxibots and other Avatar-like bots will be mainstreamed. In the last decade, robots performed intricate tasks in manufacturing plants on the operating table. Today they can also be made to faultlessly forage for information even in the most dangerous environments. In fact, Toshiba is now using submersible robots to probe the damaged nuclear reactor in Fukushima. Truly they can go where humans fear to tread.