Did you ever want to get started in robotics, but were put off by the cost?

Your phone is probably powerful enough to be the eyes, ears and brain of a robot. Now Intel researchers have released a free design that can make this possible.

Their idea, called OpenBot, is to build cheap robot bodies that use smartphones as their eyes, ears and brains, inspired by Google Cardboard. What’s more, they have published their plans along with the software that makes it all possible so that anybody can build smart, capable robots for around $50 (provided they have a smartphone).

The documentary “Will A Robot Steal My Job?“ provides an interesting look at what innovations in AI and robotics will do to the job market.

We think of robots as primarily being in factories; but the reality is that lawyers, accountants and even artists, are facing a future in which their livelihoods are threatened by artificial intelligence. From self-driving Tesla cars, to robo-journalists writing news by algorithm, artificially intelligent comedians, to state-of-the-art sex-robots, we are facing a future where vast swathes of the population will indeed surrender their job to machines. But Anne-Marie asks, is there also an opportunity: to adapt to a radically changing future, to adopt the technology, and to harness the rise of the robots for our own good? 

Artificial sentience straddles the fields of philosophy and engineering.

Throw robots into the mix and it gets really interesting.

Seeker examines what it mean for a robot to be self-aware.

The Creative Machines Lab at Columbia University https://www.creativemachineslab.com/“At the Creative Machines Lab we build robots that do what you’d least expect robots to do: Self replicate, self-reflect, ask questions, and even be creative. We develop machines that can design and make other machines – automatically.”

There’s no bright side to the coronavirus killing tens of thousands of people and displacing many more.

But it has, in many cases, sped up businesses adopting digital transformation technologies to be better prepared should the current epidemic drags on as well as for the next epidemic.

Last week, Dongyan Wang, a vice president at the business software startup Landing AI, said that the coronavirus has led more manufacturers to consider upgrading their factories with cutting-edge data crunching. His startup is increasingly being contacted by companies that want to install more A.I. technologies to automate their operations—especially companies with facilities in Asia.

There’s no bright side to the coronavirus killing tens of thousands of people. But it has, in some cases, sped up businesses adopting certain technologies so they can be better prepared if the current epidemic drags on and for the next epidemic. Last week, Dongyan Wang, a vice president […]

Lex Fridman interviews Anca Dragan, a professor at Berkeley, working on human-robot interaction — algorithms that look beyond the robot’s function in isolation, and generate robot behavior that accounts for interaction and coordination with human beings.

OUTLINE:
0:00 – Introduction
2:26 – Interest in robotics
5:32 – Computer science
7:32 – Favorite robot
13:25 – How difficult is human-robot interaction?
32:01 – HRI application domains
34:24 – Optimizing the beliefs of humans
45:59 – Difficulty of driving when humans are involved
1:05:02 – Semi-autonomous driving
1:10:39 – How do we specify good rewards?
1:17:30 – Leaked information from human behavior
1:21:59 – Three laws of robotics
1:26:31 – Book recommendation
1:29:02 – If a doctor gave you 5 years to live…
1:32:48 – Small act of kindness
1:34:31 – Meaning of life