The Robot Operating System – also called ROS – is a framework for building Robotics applications. ROS is supported by a large community, which have built thousands of nodes – individual robot behaviors which can be composed into complex solutions. This ecosystem has been enabled on Windows. Learn how to get started, some of the differences and some of the reasons you’d want to use Windows over other operating systems. Check out the get started guide: https://aka.ms/ros
Agility Robotics shows off their progression of increasingly complex walking strategies from ATRIAS through recent results with Cassie the robot. Specifically, Cassie’s controller now includes planned footstep placements in addition to dynamic balancing, which allows access to substantially more complicated terrains.
BBC Click explores how an exoskeleton can help with physical rehabilitation, foldable phones, fashion, and visual effects.
MIT’s Cheetah 3 robot can now leap and gallop across rough terrain, climb a staircase littered with debris, and quickly recover its balance when suddenly yanked or shoved, all while essentially blind.
BBC Click explores how robots are about to change the face of retail.
In this first of a series on automation of work via AI and robotics, NeoScribe explores the current state of the art in automating fast food jobs.
Yes, you read that right. Robots rapping. Here’s a fun video set to the tune of Rapper’s Delight that explains some of the research in combining AI with robotics. The Sugar Hill Gang would be proud.
In this Engadget video, explore the future of famring, where robots do most of the work. Interestingly enough, the robots are already in the fields. You can imagine what these means for low-skill farm jobs.
While many claim that the Fourth Industrial Revolution, like previous industrial revolutions, will end up creating more jobs than they take away, the pace at which this change will happen may change that equation radically.
Here’s an interesting documentary from Deutsche Welle that explores the coming wave of job losses due to AI. There are a lot of low-skill jobs that are going away, but there’s a surprising amount of highly skilled careers that are going to be automated away.
Don’t worry, it’s dubbed into English.