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What Does Your Smart Meter Know About You?

What Does Your Smart Meter Know About You?
An ordinary smart meter gives your local utility useful information about how much energy you are using—every hour, or even as often as every minute. This helps utility planners efficiently adjust electricity generation to meet demand or encourage reductions in demand when necessary. But machine learning systems, looking at that data, can tell something else about your home besides its energy use—they can tell if you are home, or if you are not. That’s what University of Ca…
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Are Telepresence Robots the Best Way to Explore Other Worlds?

Are Telepresence Robots the Best Way to Explore Other Worlds?
As we start looking towards more comprehensive exploration of the Moon and of Mars, the assumption is that we’re working on sending humans to the surface of those worlds. It’s going to be exponentially more difficult and dangerous than sending robots, but that’s what exploration is all about, right? There’s an article in the current issue of Science Robotics that discusses an alternative approach—a kind of compromise between sending only humans or only robots. The idea is…
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Drone “Fireworks,” 5G communications, and Streaming VR Coming to Olympic Games

Drone “Fireworks,” 5G communications, and Streaming VR Coming to Olympic Games
Who needs fireworks when you’ve got drones? Or event tickets when you’ve got virtual reality? That’s Intel’s message as it prepares to bring technology to the 2018 Winter Olympics and future Olympic games. The company today announced that it had joined the Olympics partner program as a major sponsor through 2024. No dollar figures were mentioned at the press event, held in New York City and via web conference, however, the rumor mill has been pegging the deal at nine figur…
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Watch This Robot Navigate Like a Rat

Watch This Robot Navigate Like a Rat
To retrieve your password, you must enter your name and either your email address or Member/Customer number. If you require assistance, contact IEEE. …
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Henry Markram Talks Brain Simulation

Henry Markram Talks Brain Simulation
Artificial intelligence is progressing rapidly, and its impact on our daily lives will only increase. Today, there are still many things humans can do that computers can’t. But will it always be that way? Should we worry about a future in which the capabilities of machines rival those of humans across the board? For IEEE Spectrum’s June 2017 special issue, we asked a range of technologists and visionaries to weigh in on what the future holds for AI and brainlike computing.Henry Markram Founde…
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In the General AI Challenge, Teams Compete for $5 Million

In the General AI Challenge, Teams Compete for $5 Million
This is a guest post. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not represent positions of IEEE Spectrum or the IEEE. We owe the success of numerous state-of-the-art artificial intelligence applications to artificial neural networks. First designed decades ago, they rocketed the AI field to success quite recently, when researchers were able to run them on much more powerful hardware and feed them with huge amounts of data. Since then, the field of deep …
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Voliro Hexcopter Uses Rotating Nacelles to Perform Versatile Acrobatics

Voliro Hexcopter Uses Rotating Nacelles to Perform Versatile Acrobatics
Last month, we wrote about ETH Zurich’s Omnicopter, a flying cube with rotors providing thrust in lots of different directions that allow the drone to translate and rotate arbitrarily. This is very handy, for lots of different reasons, but the Omnicopter itself is rather bulky and seems destined to live out its life in a Swiss laboratory. A team of undergrads at ETH Zurich has taken the idea behind the Omnicopter and designed an even more versatile flying robot. Voliro of…
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Video Friday: Valkyrie on Rough Terrain, Harvard Arthropods, and Flying Wheeled Robot

Video Friday: Valkyrie on Rough Terrain, Harvard Arthropods, and Flying Wheeled Robot
Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next two months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!): RoboBoat 2017 – June 20-20, 2017 – Daytona Beach, Fl., USA Aerial Robotics International Research Symposium – June 21-22, 2017 – Toronto, ON, Canada Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics – June 25-28, 2017 – London, England Auto…
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A Colonoscopy Robot and Other Weird Biomedical Tech From IEEE's Biggest Robotics Conference

A Colonoscopy Robot and Other Weird Biomedical Tech From IEEE
A host of bizarre biomedical robots turned up at ICRA 2017, IEEE’s flagship robotics conference, which took place earlier this month in Singapore. We saw swallowable robots that poke the stomach with needles and worm-like robots that explore the colon. Equal parts unnerving and fascinating, these bots aim to help people—perhaps in ways we hope we never need. After sifting through this year’s presentations, we’re bringing you the five most terrifying and inventive video demon…
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Four-Armed Marimba Robot Uses Deep Learning to Compose Its Own Music

Four-Armed Marimba Robot Uses Deep Learning to Compose Its Own Music
The Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, led by Gil Weinberg, has a reputation for doing incredible musical things with robots, with a mix of creativity and technical expertise in robotics and AI. We’ve seen projects like a cybernetic second arm for a drummer, a cybernetic third arm (!) for a drummer, and a bunch of interesting research on ways that robots can dynamically collaborate with humans in the context of improvisational music. That last thing usually features S…
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