Innovative robot takes stock

Andyvision is the name of this ET-looking robot.  You can find it at the CMU store near the Carnegie Mellon University, checking the inventory. Andyvision[…] scans the shelves to generate a real-time interactive map of the store, which customers can browse via an in-store screen. At the same time, the robot performs a detailed inventory Read More …

Predicting your cravings with Machine Learning

Jennifer Marcus’ article UCLA neuroscientists demonstrate crucial advances in ‘brain reading’ details a study done  by theLaboratory of Integrative Neuroimaging Technology. UCLA neuroscientist researchers just released the promising results of a study, where they measured the prediction of machine learning algorithms on ‘brain reading’ (also called ‘brain decoding’). The research was funded by the National Read More …

TEDxBrussels in XL format

Yesterday was the great day. Eleven hours of TED, full of  talks of around 8 minutes each:  what a challenge for the speakers, and for the audience!  It was tiring, but worth it.  What did I like the most?  By far and on a different register than the other speakers, Paddy Ashdown:  what a clear Read More …

Can we predict social behavior from Internet data?

The New York  Times posted an article from John Markoff :Government Aims to Build a ‘Data Eye in the Sky’, informing that a US Intelligence Unit launched a research program to analyse public data and find predictions of social and political relevance. Now social scientists are trying to mine the vast resources of the Internet Read More …

Rendez-vous with the EC research programme on Big Data

If you are in the area of Intelligent Information Management, check Roberto Zicari’s blog, he explains this call for projects from the European Commission in a simpler way than in the official site! Basically, they are funding projects in these areas: a) Reactive algorithms, infrastructures and methodologies b) Intelligent integrated systems c) Framework and tools Read More …

Evolutionary behaviour tested with robots

Check article by Michael Marshall on this subject: Virtual robots have “evolved” to cooperate – but only with close relatives. The finding bolsters a long-standing “rule of thumb” about how cooperation has evolved, and could help resolve a bitter row among biologists. They created simple robots, and simulated their behaviour over 500 generations.  Each robot Read More …

Life as in Solaria’s Asimov planet is not far away

Have you read  the Robots Series from Isaac Asimov?  This article by G. Ananthakrishnan reminded me of Solaria, the planet where its inhabitants had no contact with each other, too afraid of getting contaminated by microbes.  They visited each other through sophisticated holographic viewing systems instead .  Read about next product of Microsoft Research, being Read More …

The Future of IT-Security begins with the 3 Laws of Robotics

Kemal Akman is an IT-security expert.  Look at what he is writing about the future in IT-security (or call it AI-security), when AGIs will be here: (Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) are self-improving intelligent systems possessing the capacity to interact with theoretical- and real-world problems with a similar flexibility as an intelligent living being) To grasp Read More …

Well Done, Watson!

Yesterday, Watson performed fantastically until last question at the Jeopardy TV show. Here’s that last one: Question (in category “U.S. Cities”): “Its largest airport is named for a world war II hero; its second largest for a world war II battle.” Watson’s Answer: “Toronto?????” The correct answer is Chicago, and it was one of Watson’s Read More …