What if having human, or even superhuman Artificial Intelligence (let’s call it SuperAI) would turn out NOT to be the worst nightmare of humankind? What, after dogs, SuperAI is the biggest friend of Homo Sapiens? We have all seen movies in which AI turns against humans, with robots ranging from the ‘ethereal’ (was it on the cloud?) Hal to embodied metal-made Terminators, to a mix of the two, e.g. Ultron in the latest Avengers. But what if humankind would be doomed without SuperAI? Read the rest of this entry »
November 2, 2015|
August 24, 2014|
The Neuromorphics Lab is has just published a new article that explains how optic flow and learning can be used to improve navigation in a mobile robot. This is the abstract of the article just appeared in Artificial Life and Robotics:
"Navigating in a complex world is challenging in that the rich, real environment provides a very large number of sensory states that can immediately precede a collision. Biological organisms such as rodents are able to solve this problem, effortlessly navigating in closed-spaces by encoding in neural representations distance toward walls or obstacles for a given direction."
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April 6, 2014|
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 »
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 »
September 8, 2013|
A new article from the producting group leading by Giacomo Indiveri, a professor at the Institute of Neuroinformatics (INI), of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, explains how cognitive abilities can be incorporated into electronic systems made with so-called neuromorphic chips. In the article, they show how to assemble and configure these electronic systems to function in a way similar to an actual brain. 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.
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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