If an alien watched all the videos on YouTube, he would think that the world was full of robots. But, it's not. Why not? What will it take to get robots out of YouTube and into the real world? Read the rest of this entry »
April 6, 2014|
February 15, 2014|
It is no mystery to Neurdons that I have been intrigued in the use of GPU for neural computing. The term GPGPU stands for General-Purpose computation on Graphics Processing Units. GPUs, chips whose main technological push comes from huge revenues from the gaming and mobile market, are in reality high-performance many-core processors that can be used to accelerate a wide range of applications, going from physics, to chemistry, to computer vision, to neuroscience. Neurala, a company I have help to co-found, has been awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent Office. The patent, officially issued to Anatoli Gorchetchnikov, Heather Ames, Fabrizio Santini, and Massimiliano Versace, covers brain-based computational models running on GPUs. We see this invention as an important foundation for real-time artificial intelligence and robotics applications. Read the rest of this entry »
January 17, 2014|
The Motley fool weighs in on the Robotics Stocks investments for 2014, providing insights on the main things (they claim, 4!) you should keep in mind. While the scene is still dominated by industrial robots, and by iRobot in task-specific cleaning bots (vacuum robots, among other things), the recent acquisition of several robotic companies by Google (including Boston Dynamics last month, inventor of Big Dog and Atlas, animal and human-like robots that can perform some impressive tasks) has created a surge of interest in the robotic market. The Motley Fool instructs investors in essential things you should know if you're considering investing in robotics stocks. And they are four... Read the rest of this entry »
December 16, 2013|
What will it take to get robots out of YouTube and into our day to day lives? Max Versace, Director of the Boston University Neuromorphics Lab, talks about the state of the art in robotic bodies, brains and minds. He says that in just a few years, it will be robotic intelligence that will make the next leap forward.
In just a little more than 10 minutes, Dr. Versace presented the trends in a compelling presentation at the MassTLC Future of Robotics Summit on December 13, 2013. Watch the video and go on a journey to Mars and the brain of a mouse.
October 24, 2013|
One talk stood out this year from MIT Technology Review’s EmTech conference on October 8th. This was Matt Grob, Qualcom CTO. Matt announced the company’s development of a new class of standardized, biologically inspired “neuromorphic” hardware, the Zeroth processors. Read the rest of this entry »
June 21, 2013|
Visualize what your first personal or office service robot will look like. What do you imagine? Depending upon your age, you may think of Rosie Jetson, C-3PO or even Bender. (Greatest TV Robots of All Time.)
Your service robot is coming, but it won't look like any of the robots in the image above. Instead, it will probably look like an iPad on a stick or an iPhone in a tiny tractor. (See DoubleRobotics and Romotive.) Products that look like this will be on the market by the end of the year. And, they will be cheap. The Romotive product is just $150. (Romo store)
A major revolution is happening in the robotics market and it is driven by the smartphone. When you grab your phone to make a call, you may not think about the amazing array of sensors, processing power and memory in that device. Due to high volume smartphone manufacturing, components that cost hundreds or thousands of dollars just a few years ago are now just a few dollars or less. Look at the list in the graphic below:
The amazing thing is that your smartphone contains enough technology to be the central nervous system for a robot. Your smartphone can see, hear, feel and communicate. It has enough processing power to drive the wheels and, eventually, other appendages. Soon, they will fly.Also posted in Uncategorized
April 21, 2013|
This recent CNN article by Keller Rinaudo, CEO and co-founder of Romotive, sheds light on why we think (and hope...) robots will take off in the very near future.
As for many other things in life, money is one of the reasons...
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February 14, 2013|
GEEK, an American print magazine launched in 2006, is “a lifestyle magazine for geeks of every kind”. The February edition of GEEK features Max Versace, one of the Neurdon founders, in a broad-band interview with Matt Casey in topics ranging from robotics cutting edge technology, to robotics ethics,… to sci-fi movies.
Read the article here.
January 14, 2013|
The iRobot Roomba cleaning robots is still the most famous, and probably widespread robot in the world. Despite this has made many people happy not to clean their floors (e.g., me), Roomba is not exactly the robot many of us would have expected to keep the best selling position in the robotic industry for so many years. Who is next? Read the rest of this entry »
January 10, 2013|
Robots are everywhere. So they say... yesterday morning I was chatting with a colleague of mine, who remarked how if you type "robots" in the search box on Youtube, you get a sea of results (to be precise, 361,000) showing robots coming in all different sauces and incarnation, from cleaning, to flying, to climbing, to swimming. But here is a question each Neurdon is surely asking: other than on Yourube, where are they??!! Read the rest of this entry »