Robot Kills Man at Volkswagen Plant in Robotics News

A friend posted me this story today.


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European Machine Vision Association adds three new members in AI News

European Machine Vision Association adds three new members
30 June 2015, 12:00 am

                    In its most recent monthly newsletter, the European Machine Vision Association (EMVA) announced that it has added three new members to the fold: FLIR Systems AB, ON Semiconductor, and Vision srl. FLIR Systems AB is a business entity within FLIR Systems Inc., which consists of six divisions: FLIR Systems AB is the main operational entity for the Instruments division.

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Started Today at 11:04:02 AM


blackboard systems - a way of many AIs working together in AI Programming


A blackboard system is an artificial intelligence application based on the blackboard architectural model,[1][2][3][4] where a common knowledge base, the "blackboard", is iteratively updated by a diverse group of specialist knowledge sources, starting with a problem specification and ending with a solution. Each knowledge source updates the blackboard with a partial solution when its internal constraints match the blackboard state. In this way, the specialists work together to solve the problem. The blackboard model was originally designed as a way to handle complex, ill-defined problems, where the solution is the sum of its parts.
The following scenario provides a simple metaphor that gives some insight into how a blackboard functions:

    A group of specialists are seated in a room with a large blackboard. They work as a team to brainstorm a solution to a problem, using the blackboard as the workplace for cooperatively developing the solution.

    The session begins when the problem specifications are written onto the blackboard. The specialists all watch the blackboard, looking for an opportunity to apply their expertise to the developing solution. When someone writes something on the blackboard that allows another specialist to apply their expertise, the second specialist records their contribution on the blackboard, hopefully enabling other specialists to then apply their expertise. This process of adding contributions to the blackboard continues until the problem has been solved.

The main bottleneck in neuralnets is they have far more connections than variables to store data as short term memory or sequences. Often you need it to learn a process with many steps that involves copying and transforming data between many parts. Neuralnets are great for things that can be imagined all at once or in just a few steps, but whats missing is what people use a pen and paper for, or more recently a text file or paint program. We write things and come back to them later. Neuralnets are much more powerful if they have places to store the numbers in their nodes (which may be bit or scalar).

To store the numbers in their nodes or go back and read them later, the neuralnet would need a way to choose where to read/write and which of read or write to do. This can be done by moving a window of variables over the area it can read/write, and hooking some of the neuralnet's variables into where it moves next and what to do when it gets there. The simplest way is 1 dimensional where 1 variable chooses to move it left or right 1 square, like in a turing machine. It could also be 2d or more dimensions or have other amounts it could move. There could be another variable that moves it 100 squares left or right, so then it could move 99 or 101 squares either direction. Combining variables of different amounts of movement, especially powers of 2, it could choose to move any distance or it could be to any specific place. Then read or write the bits in the "window of variables" to/from the "visible nodes" of the neuralnet and run it as usual.

A kind of blackboard system would be if many neuralnets did that together, some reading what the others write in the big space of variables.

This could be hooked into any kind of AI system that uses neuralnets.

Started Today at 06:12:19 AM


Musk-Backed Group Probes Risks Behind Artificial Intelligence in AI News


Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has turned his worries about the rise of artificial intelligence into an international research program.

The Musk-backed Future of Life Institute said Wednesday it awarded about $7 million to teams around the world to look at the risks and opportunities posed by the development of AI. The grants were funded by part of Musk’s $10 million donation to the group in January and $1.2 million from the Open Philanthropy Project.

“There is this race going on between the growing power of the technology and the growing wisdom with which we manage it,” Max Tegmark, president of the Boston-based institute, said in an interview. “So far all the investments have been about making the systems more intelligent, this is the first time there’s been an investment in the other.”

More than 300 groups applied for the grants given to 37 research projects. Winners included groups from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Stanford University near Palo Alto, California, and a new AI center at Oxford-Cambridge universities in the U.K., the institute said. Many of the projects focus on better modeling of the decision-making processes that go on within the brains of AI systems, and have titles like: Understanding When A Deep Network Is Going To Be Wrong, and How to Build Ethics into Robust Artificial Intelligence.

Musk, Stephen Hawking and other public intellectuals are concerned that AI systems are developing faster than a regulatory framework to ensure they don’t wipe out the human race.

Risks to Humans

“With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon,” Musk, also CEO of Space Exploration Technologies Corp., said in October.

The research should help provide a clearer idea of how humans and artificial intelligence can work together, such as outlining the ways a financial AI program can explain its suggestion for an innovative investment strategy, Tegmark said.

“This week ‘Terminator Genisys’ is coming out and that’s such a great reminder of what we should not worry about,” Tegmark said.

The funds will begin to be paid this August and will be gradually dispersed over three years. As the projects produce research, Tegmark hopes to garner other sources of funding to create a follow-up program.

1 Comment | Started July 01, 2015, 08:06:21 PM


For chefs and foodies, big data could be the new secret ingredient in AI News

For chefs and foodies, big data could be the new secret ingredient
1 July 2015, 12:00 am

                    Collectively, those food stuffs might not sound like the most obvious combination of ingredients to satiate one's palette. Yet it turns out they do work together in a satisfying enough manner, at least for some taste buds.

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Started Today at 05:01:21 AM


High heat tonight! in General Chat

High heat in France tonight, the weather announcement, heat, intense, it's night here, but the heat does not decrease this is a horror. It's dangerous for the baby, and aged people. :-\

7 Comments | Started June 30, 2015, 09:27:51 PM


Google’s Driverless Cars Are Cruising the Streets of California in General Chat



Started July 01, 2015, 10:21:02 PM


Zuckerberg reveals Facebook's AI, VR and Internet.org plans in AI News


In a Q&A on his profile today, Mark Zuckerberg explained how he and his team are preparing Facebook for the future. In it, he revealed that he believes the ultimate communication technology will allow us to send thoughts to each other. "You'll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you'd like," he said. But until that happens, the company is focusing on developing (1) AI, because the company "think more intelligent services will be much more useful" to consumers, (2) VR, as it's the "next major computing and communication platform," and (3) its internet.org project, since it's "the most basic tool people need to get the benefits of the internet," including jobs, education and communication.

Zuck says Facebook's in the midst of building AI systems "that are better than humans at our primary senses." They're designing one to be able to detect everything in an image or video: people, objects, animals, backgrounds and locations, among others. If it can understand what's in an image or video, it could, for instance, tell a blind person what it's about. The other system they're working on focuses on language, so that it'll be able to translate speech to text and text from one language to another, as well as answer questions in conversational lingo. Of course, these AI systems' most obvious application is being able to surface more relevant News Feed entries for users and giving everyone a new way to consume posts on the site.

The CEO thinks that VR glasses would be part of our every day lives in time, giving us the ability to share "experiences with those we love in completely immersive and new ways." He also revealed that the company is working on drones, satellites and even lasers to expand its Internet.org project. "The idea is that in the future, we'll be able to beam down internet access from a plane flying overhead or a satellite flying way overhead -- and they'll communicate down to earth using very accurate lasers to transfer data."

One user asked Mark if Facebook plans to end the practice of requiring "real names" on the website. If you recall, it got a lot of backlash from the LGBT community and Native Americans after the company froze a number of accounts whose names were reported to be fake. Based on his answer, it doesn't sound like the company has any plans to remove the policy, as it believes it helps keep people safe. "We know that people are much less likely to try to act abusively towards other members of our community when they're using their real names," he said.

However, he clarified that real name doesn't have to be your legal name -- it's whatever you want to be called and whatever your friends and family call you. In order to prevent unjust banning, though, Facebook is working to conjure up more ways for a user to prove that his real name is what he says it is. Now, if all these sound trivial, as what you really want to know is why in the world the Poking feature ever existed, Zuck answered that, too: "It seemed like a good idea at the time."

Started July 01, 2015, 08:02:42 PM


Google AI robot answers the meaning of life and tells humans how to be good in AI News

Google AI robot answers the meaning of life and tells humans how to be good
29 June 2015, 12:00 am

                    Conversations are one of the most important and difficult tasks that artificial intelligence has to undertake. As such, the robots have tended to work only in either very restricted situations -- such as customer support when booking an airline ticket -- or by giving canned replies in response to specific questions.

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2 Comments | Started June 30, 2015, 11:05:47 PM


AMC's 'Humans' is an android story that's really about us in AI News

AMC's 'Humans' is an android story that's really about us
30 June 2015, 12:00 am

                    Early on in AMC's newest sci-fi show, Humans, a teenager wonders aloud if there's any point in going to college and spending years training to be a neurosurgeon. After all, why invest all that time and work when an advanced android, which are commonplace in the show's world, can be programmed with those skills almost instantly.


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Started July 01, 2015, 05:00:19 AM
ConceptNet 5

ConceptNet 5 in Tools

ConceptNet is a semantic network containing lots of things computers should know about the world, especially when understanding text written by people.

It is built from nodes representing words or short phrases of natural language, and labelled relationships between them. (We call the nodes "concepts" for tradition, but they'd be better known as "terms".) These are the kinds of relationships computers need to know to search for information better, answer questions, and understand people's goals.

Jun 11, 2015, 07:34:13 am

Aurora in Robots in Movies

Aurora is a 2015 Swiss science fiction drama film directed by Robert Kouba, and starring Julian Schaffner and Jeannine Wacker. In 2020 a super-computer named Kronos commits genocide against humanity. In 2080, Andrew wanders a dystopian Earth controlled by machines. He meets a girl named Calia and they travel to a sanctuary named Aurora.

Jun 11, 2015, 07:20:48 am
Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys in Robots in Movies

In 2029, John Connor, leader of the human Resistance, leads the war against the machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John's fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when John is notified by his army unit, Tech-Com, that Skynet will attack him from two fronts, past and future, and will ultimately change warfare forever.

On the verge of winning the war against Skynet, Connor sends his trusted lieutenant Kyle Reese back through time to save his mother's life and ensure his own existence. However, Kyle finds the original past changed. In this timeline, a Terminator was sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor as a child and so the Resistance sent their own cyborg back in time to protect her. After the assassin killed her parents, the reprogrammed T-800 raised and trained her to face her destiny, which she adamantly tries to reject.

Now, faced with a new mission, Kyle, Sarah and the old ally Terminator, have to escape the T-800, the recent T-1000, and as well as a new and horrific enemy: John Connor himself, who has been converted into a nanotechnological human-cyborg hybrid, the T-3000, all sent by Skynet to kill them. With John Connor compromised, they must find another way to stop Judgment Day.

May 16, 2015, 17:28:56 pm
EVA Free - Voice Assistant

EVA Free - Voice Assistant in Assistants

If you are looking for an application that provides hands-free operation of your phone then EVA is right for you. If you are just looking for an electronic friend to chat with then please go with one of the assistants. On the other hand if you want a real virtual assistant that has extremely useful functions that will make your life easier.

Apr 22, 2015, 12:24:25 pm

Assistant in Assistants

Your Assistant uses natural language technology to answer questions, find information, launch apps, and connect you with various web services. Besides doing whatever you like, it can look whatever you like. Use avatar builder to choose any appearance for your Assistant.

Apr 20, 2015, 19:05:10 pm
Marketers Tricked SXSW Tinder Users With A Chatbot

Marketers Tricked SXSW Tinder Users With A Chatbot in Articles

A company promoting the movie Ex Machina created a fake account, Ava, with a photo of the star of the movie. Ava is an AI in the film and presumably she wants to get down.

Apr 11, 2015, 10:19:14 am

Robohub in Robotics

Robohub is a non-profit online communication platform that brings together experts in robotics research, start-ups, business, and education from across the globe. Our mission at Robohub is to connect the robotics community to the rest of the world. Content-area specialists curate all incoming articles to make sure that reporting is truthful, fair and balanced, and in-house editors ensure that all content meets the highest editorial standards for language and clarity. Embedded comments, and an active presence on Google+, Facebook and Twitter further help to promote discussion and debate.

Apr 10, 2015, 06:55:19 am
Computers in Comic Books

Computers in Comic Books in Articles

Computers in comics generally fall into one of two categories: independently intelligent (bad) and not (good). This division is natural for the highly charged emotional simplicity of comic books. As long as computers are simple tools to be used, their essentially neutral nature as slaves is considered beneficial. Artificial intelligence-real intelligence-is accompanied by ruthless logic or devious emotions and usually by an urge to supplant the creator. A computer capable of thinking many times faster than man would naturally be frustrated by the apparent stupidity of humans, and we would be no better than apes to such a machine.

Mar 20, 2015, 06:55:33 am
Bot libre Directory

Bot libre Directory in Directories

Bot directory supports linking external bots, not just bots created on the site.

Mar 15, 2015, 09:04:59 am

Asimov in Chatbots - English

This website is the home of a chatbot named "Asimov". A chatbot is a program that can use English well enough to hold a conversation with a human. You can have a conversation with Asimov, our chatbot. Asimov can be described as a chatbot, or as a conversational agent. A conversational agent is an advanced chatbot. Asimov learns facts that people tell him. As people talk to Asimov, he learns more facts, so his responses get better. The more people chat with him, the more he knows.

Aug 06, 2008, 18:02:34 pm