AI Bi-Weekly: 10 Things You Need to Know for September W 1–2

09/05 — Google Updates Its Street View Cameras with AI and Machine Learning Google just upgraded its street view camera for the first time in eight years, which will be used to capture images with higher resolution, sharper detail, and more vivid color. The company’s machine learning and AI capability can extract vendor information based on Street View’s […]

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RACECAR: A Powerful Platform for Robotics Research and Teaching

Massachusetts Institute of Technology student autonomous robot project. Outline: Section 1:Introduction Section 2:Course Description Section 3:Images Section 4:Hardware Overview Section 5:Software OverView Section 6:Algorithm introduction Section 7:Conclusion Introduction The origin of the robotic mini-car race is an MIT’s robotics course called “Robotics: Science and Systems” (6.141/16.405). Its goal is teaching robotics with the RACECAR platforms. […]

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A Self-Driving Wheelchair

Autonomous wheelchair developed by researchers at MIT and in Singapore promises improved independence for the disabled Abstract After building self-driving golf buggies and autonomous electric cars last year, the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) has announced the development of a self-driving wheelchair at a hospital, which is an extension of the self-driving scooter […]

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How to Control Those Extra Robotic Limbs You’ve Always Wanted

Introduction Artificial limbs aim to help people by either replacing or assisting their original limbs to execute daily tasks. Usually, the installation of robotic limbs is set up and operated by other fingers or toes to control their functions, such as lifting and jumping for example. Recently, at an IEEE Conference, MIT researchers proposed a […]

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Lethal Autonomous Weapons & Info-Wars: A Scientist’s Warning

Imagine being hunted down by a swarm of flying terror-bots; or watching helplessly as your misidentified battalion gets razed by allied machine gun fire. Such robo-apocalypse scenarios involving autonomous weapons and artificial intelligence gone wrong are no longer science fiction — and they are grave concerns for Dr. Stuart Russell. A renowned UC Berkeley professor […]

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Giving Robots a Sense of Touch

GelSight Technology Lets Robots Gauge Objects’ Hardness and Manipulate Small Tools. Watch Video Larry Hardesty | MIT News Office June 5, 2017Press Inquiries Two papers from MIT using GelSight sensing technology were published in ICRA 2017. The GelSight sensor was first introduced 8 years ago [Fig 1]. This sensor consists of a piece of transparent, […]

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1960s-2010s: Humanistic Intelligence and History of Wearable Computing

Marshall McLuhan’s oft-quoted phrase “the medium is the message” is referenced in Sandy Pentland’s 1998 Scientific American article Wearable Computing. While functioning in the same fashion as most information and communication technology, “wearables are more personal […] because they are a constant part of one’s physical presence.” Today people are largely represented by their mobile […]

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Artificial Intelligence

Course Highlights This course includes interactive demonstrations which are intended to stimulate interest and to help students gain intuition about how artificial intelligence methods work under a variety of circumstances. Course Description This course introduces students to the basic knowledge representation, problem solving, and learning methods of artificial intelligence. Upon completion of 6.034, students should […]

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478 ppm

Climate Change: Plants Choke on too Much Carbon By Brian Stallard Jun 15, 2015 03:12 AM EDT CO2 is plant food Earth’s current atmospheric CO2 concentration is almost 390 parts per million (ppm).  Adding another 300 ppm of CO2 to the air has been shown by literally thousands of experiments to greatly increase the growth […]

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