It was like that when I got here.........honest!!!
- May 29, 2009
- Reaction score
- Welwyn Garden City (but oddly, not an actual city)
It's a bit 'BB8' though innit?
I wonder if its name might be Marvin.Milton Keynes delivery robot commits suicide by jumping into a canal.
Must be on minimum wage?
FULL STORY (With Video Of the Robotic Procedure):Please remain calm while the robot swabs your nose
A medtech startup wants to automate COVID-19 swabs
FULL STORY: https://www.beds.ac.uk/news/2020/se...mental-health-and-loneliness-in-older-people/Culturally competent robots could improve mental health and loneliness in older people
The evaluation of CARESSES, the largest ever global study investigating the use of culturally competent robots in caring for the elderly, has been completed.
While the evaluation results reveal the limitations of the project, they also demonstrate that culturally competent robots can improve mental health and have potential to reduce loneliness in older people.
The University of Bedfordshire, Middlesex University and Advinia Health Care are the UK partners of the study, coordinated by University of Genova in Italy which developed the robot’s Artificial Intelligence. CARESSES was jointly funded by the EU and the Japanese Government within the H2020 research and innovation programme. Global researchers* have participated in the project in collaboration with the world leading Robotics Company SoftBank Robotics. ...
Key results from the evaluation reveal:
- Older adults in care homes who used the culturally competent robot (up to 18 hours across two weeks) saw a significant improvement in their mental health.
- After two weeks of using the system there was a small but positive impact on loneliness severity among users. The system did not increase feelings of loneliness.
- The system had a significant positive impact on participants’ attitudes towards robots. ...
I thought Marjorie Prime was a charming effort . . .(https://www.imdb.com/title/tt497871... superb Lois Smith,and relate as her spouse.)I remain confused about what "culturally competent" may mean.
FULL STORY (With Video): https://www.scientificamerican.com/video/watch-a-robot-ai-beat-world-class-curling-competitors/Watch a Robot AI Beat World-Class Curling Competitors
Artificial intelligence still needs to bridge the “sim-to-real” gap. Deep-learning techniques that are all the rage in AI log superlative performances in mastering cerebral games, including chess and Go, both of which can be played on a computer. But translating simulations to the physical world remains a bigger challenge.
A robot named Curly that uses “deep reinforcement learning”—making improvements as it corrects its own errors—came out on top in three of four games against top-ranked human opponents from South Korean teams that included a women’s team and a reserve squad for the national wheelchair team. (No brooms were used).
One crucial finding was that the AI system demonstrated its ability to adapt to changing ice conditions. “These results indicate that the gap between physics-based simulators and the real world can be narrowed,” the joint South Korean-German research team wrote in Science Robotics on September 23. ...
SOURCE: https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/12/asia/japanese-monster-wolf-robots-intl-hnk/index.htmlJapanese town deploys 'Monster Wolf' robots to deter wild bears
A Japanese town has deployed robot wolves to scare off bears that have become an increasingly dangerous nuisance in the countryside.
The town of Takikawa, on the northern island of Hokkaido, purchased and installed a pair of the robots after bears were found roaming neighborhoods in September. City officials said there have been no bear encounters since.
Bear sightings are at a five-year high, mostly in rural areas in western and northern Japan, national broadcaster NHK has reported. There have been dozens of attacks so far in 2020, two of them fatal, prompting the government to convene an emergency meeting last month to address the threat they pose.
The robot called Monster Wolf consists of a shaggy body on four legs, a blond mane and fierce, glowing-red eyes. When its motion detectors are activated, it moves its head, flashes lights and emits 60 different sounds ranging from wolfish howling to machinery noises. ...