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How Online Domestic Robot Sales Exploded in France During Covid-19

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Time to Build Robots for Humans, Not to Replace – ReadWrite

time to build robots for humans, not to replace – readwrite

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Thinking about the future of robots and autonomy is exciting; driverless cars, lights-out factories, urban air mobility, robotic surgeons available anywhere in the world. We’ve seen the building blocks come together in warehouses, retail stores, farms, and on the roads. It is now time to build robots for humans, not to replace them.
We still have a long way to go. Why? Because building robots that intend to work fully autonomously in a physical world is hard.
Humans are incredibly good at adapting to dynamic situations to achieve a goal. Robotic and autonomous systems are incredibly powerful at highly precise, responsive, multivariate operations. A new generation of companies is turning their attention to bringing the two together, building robots to work for humans, not replace them, and reinventing several industries in the process.
Innovation through limitation
New methods of ML, such as reinforcement learning and adversarial networks, have transformed both the speed and capability of robot systems.
These methods work extremely well when:

Designed for well-known tasks.
Within constrained environments and limited variable change.
Where most end states are known.

Where the probability of unforeseen situations and ‘rules’ are low, robots can work miraculously better than any human can.

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These 7 robotic delivery companies are racing to bring shopping to your door

these 7 robotic delivery companies are racing to bring shopping to your door

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By 2020, people thought the autonomous car would whisk you to the office while you read the paper and tackle your emails, then taking you home from the bar on a Friday evening. That remains lodged somewhere in the pipeline for now. But another slice of science fiction is on the way – robots that deliver your food — and it’s already knocking at the door.Read More:Robotic food delivery (or, increasingly, the delivery of anything that fits into a robot) is being tackled by a wide range of companies, from garage startups to retail giants. Many use six-wheeled robots designed to drive themselves along the sidewalk and the pathways of business parks and college campuses. Others are much larger and permitted to drive on public roads.Here are seven that are at least in trials or already at work.Nuro

Driverless food delivery firm Nuro gets green light for California
Nuro
Instead of taking the popular route of using a sidewalk-driving robot from Starship Technologies, Nuro has opted to head for the open road. Its vehicles are purpose-built to carry fresh food in chilled or heated compartments, and being fully autonomous means there are no conventional controls, and no space for …

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Robotic lab assistant is 1,000 times faster at conducting research

robotic lab assistant is 1,000 times faster at conducting research

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Researchers have developed what they say is a breakthrough robotic lab assistant, able to move around a laboratory and conduct scientific experiments just like a human.
The machine, designed by scientists from the UK’s University of Liverpool, is far from fully autonomous: it needs to be programmed with the location of lab equipment and can’t design its own experiments. But by working seven days a week, 22 hours a day (with two hours to recharge every night), it allows scientists to automate time-consuming and tedious research they wouldn’t otherwise tackle.

In a trial reported in Nature today, the robot’s creators, led by PhD student Benjamin Burger, say it was able to perform experiments 1,000 times faster than a human lab assistant, with that speed-up mostly due to the robot’s ability to work around the clock without breaks.
But Professor Andy Cooper, whose lab developed the robot, tells The Verge that speed is not necessarily the point. The main benefit of a tool like this, he says, is that it allows scientists to explore avenues of research they wouldn’t waste a human’s time on.
“The idea is not to do things we would do faster, but …

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23 farmers selected for NI robotic research project – Agriland.co.uk

23 farmers selected for ni robotic research project – agriland.co.uk

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Twenty-three Northern Ireland dairy farmers have been selected for a research project examining efficient robotic systems.
AgriSearch’s Robotic Milking Discussion Group will contribute to an Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute (AFBI) research project entitled ‘The role of robotic milking for NI dairying’.
The four-year programme will be funded by DAERA and AgriSearch. The discussion group aims to help farmers benchmark and improve performance of their robots.
The participants will not only participate in discussion group meetings, but also provide on-farm data for analysis by the project team at AFBI over a three-year period.
This will allow current performance to be benchmarked and key drivers affecting efficiency to be identified.

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Farms involved in the project will also be given the opportunity to trial strategies to improve the performance of their robot and cow systems.
Commenting on the farmer-led research, Jason Rankin, general manager of AgriSearch said: “With increasing numbers of NI dairy farmers installing robotic milking systems, it is vital that farmers are equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills to make the most of this considerable investment.
“By recruiting 23 farmers with extensive experience of using robotic milking systems we can use their knowledge to identify the key areas requiring research, …

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NGen invests $5 million into manufacturing of disinfection robots

ngen invests $5 million into manufacturing of disinfection robots

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Is the Office of the Future Robotic? | Propmodo

is the office of the future robotic? | propmodo

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Sponsored I recently picked up an Oculus Quest virtual reality headset. I was curious whether it could function as an augmentation or replacement for my physical workplace, and was also looking for an excuse to spend a little time playing around with VR gaming. But when I got the headset, I quickly realized that my living room doesn’t have enough space to get the full VR experience. Take two or three steps in any direction and I’d be running into the couch, or the table, or a shelf. What did this lead to? A two hour cleaning session in the next room, as I rearranged and cleared space in what should have been my workout room to make space for my new VR setup. And it worked well, for a bit. But quickly the VR experience got taxing, and I needed to return to my desk, leaving me with the irony of having physically rearranged my space to make room for a device that was originally meant only to augment and enhance my existing workspace.In so many ways, this is the plight of the modern office workspace. The best office was once thought to be full of …

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Covid-19: Mylab launches automated robotic coronavirus testing machine – How it works

covid-19: mylab launches automated robotic coronavirus testing machine – how it works

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It is a cartridge-based machine and can test multiple samples concurrently and for a wide range of RNA/DNA-based tests.After launching the country’s first Covid-19 RT-PCR tests and shipping out two million units till date, Pune-based molecular diagnostics company Mylab Discovery Solutions on Wednesday launched a fully-automated robotic machine that significantly compresses time, reduces manpower and money required to carry out Covid tests.The machine replace an 800 sq ft area with a 4×3 box, eliminates three to four technicians required right now, and reduces manual errors and wastage of expensive reagents.Related NewsThe ‘Compact XL – Lab in a Box’ automates lab operations from sample to RT-PCR-ready system for molecular diagnostics, which the company says could be the first-of-its-kind in the world and is an entirely ‘made in India’ product. It can handle 32 samples per run. Each machine can handle 400 samples a day, making scaling up of testing easier.It is a cartridge-based machine and can test multiple samples concurrently and for a wide range of RNA/DNA-based tests. Apart from the Covid-19 RT-PCR tests, it will also test of HIV, TB, cancer markers, genetic diseases, chikungunya and HPV. The machine can take a variety of sample types such …

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robotic dolphins could replace captive marine mammals

robotic dolphins could replace captive marine mammals

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edge innovations — a san francisco-based design, development, and production studio — has delivered some of the world’s most innovative, technical and artistic creations to visionaries including james cameron and frank gehry. the team, led by former walt disney imagineering creatives, has been working on a hyper-real robotic dolphin intended on reimagining the entertainment, educational, and business potential of the marine animal industry. these real-time animatronics (or mechatronic puppets) bring together live puppeteering, programmed behavior, and artificial intelligence to create a totally unique experience. edge innovations says that the hyper-real creatures could be a way to reinvent the marine entertainment industry with a sustainable, safe, and profitable future. ‘as captive marine mammal shows have fallen from favor; and the catching, transporting and breeding of marine animals has become more restricted, the marine park industry as a viable business has become more challenging – yet the audience appetite for this type of entertainment and education has remained constant,’ explains the team at edge innovations. the project has already caught the eye of PETA, who sent an innovator for animals award to roger holzberg and walt conti of edge innovations. ‘these visionary designers have thrown a lifeline to sensitive dolphins who are exploited in ‘ …

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