Meet Pizza Hut's latest employee: Pepper the robot in AI News

Meet Pizza Hut's latest employee: Pepper the robot
25 May 2016, 12:00 am

                    Humanoid robot 'Pepper' will soon be taking orders in Pizza Hut locations across Asia. MasterCard announced this week that it is teaming up with SoftBanks Robotics and Pizza Hut Asia to launch a new commerce app for the customer service bot.

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Why businesses must get ready for the era of robotic things in Robotics News

Why businesses must get ready for the era of robotic things
27 May 2016, 11:45 am


We’ve entered a period of epic technological transformation that is impacting society in ways that are leaving even veteran tech observers speechless. In some ways, it might seem like 1998 all over again. The internet was then in its infancy and cyberspace was uncharted territory for much of the population. The Dot-com boom and eventual bust was inevitable and reflected the markets expanding and contracting with the newfound surge of interest, but obviously overinflated speculation, around the potential of the Internet to transform society. Following a tremendous growth spurt in the first 5-6 years, the World Wide Web ended its first decade by learning to become sociable.

Indeed, the rise of the digital social network through channels like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat have transformed how businesses and individuals work, think, and communicate. And now that the Internet has crossed the threshold into young adulthood, it’s continuing to grow and drive massive transformations throughout all parts of business and society. Soon-to-be-released autonomous cars, wearable tech, drones, 3-D printing, smart machines, home automation, virtual assistants like Siri, you name it . . . the pace of change is staggering.

Graphic by Predikto on company blog.Graphic by Predikto on company blog. Many of the breakthroughs and innovations we’re seeing right now are a result of three major confluences over the past 8 years: mobile, cloud, and Big Data. These technologies have collectively resulted in quicker and more efficient means of collaboration, development, and production, which in turn have allowed businesses to achieve unprecedented levels of growth and expansion. New ways of working, often remotely, mean that more people can do their jobs outside of traditional corporate structures. We’ve entered not only the freelancer economy, but the startup one as well. Now everyone is an entrepreneur and innovation and new business growth is through the roof. What’s more is that technology processes and production cycles have become commoditized. This means that anyone with the right idea, system, skills, and network in place today can effectively build a billion dollar business with very low overhead costs.

This crazy rate of change is certainly great from the consumer standpoint, but also a bit unnerving for businesses simply trying to keep their head above the water. How are companies today to keep up with the market, their competitors, and with consumer expectations? What does all this change mean for startups struggling to gain traction, for more traditional brick and mortar businesses, and even for established enterprises that might be too big to pivot quickly?

These are more comprehensive questions that we’ll try to answer in another blog post. But for now, here is what we do know about the massive impacts over the next few years. The first thing is that Internet of Things is taking the world by storm with projections that 21 billion objects will be connected by the year 2020. That’s just about 3 for every man, woman, and child on the planet! A few years ago Cisco estimated that the IoT market would create $19 trillion of economic value in the next decade.

What’s more is that the global robotics industry is also undergoing a major transformation. Market intelligence firm Tractica released a report in November 2015 forecasting that global robotics will grow from $28.3 billion worldwide in 2015 to $151.7 billion by 2020. What’s especially significant is that this market share will encompass mostly non-industrial robots, including segments like consumer, enterprise, medical, military, UAVs, and autonomous vehicles. Tractica anticipates an increase in annual robots shipments from 8.8 million in 2015 to 61.4 million by 2020; in fact, by 2020 over half of this volume will come from consumer robots.


Putting together the two major industry trends, it doesn’t take rocket science to figure out that the two industries – Internet of Things and Robotics – will together lead to a “perfect storm” of global market disruption, opportunities, and growth in the next 4 years and beyond. This confluence is part of a larger epic transformation, which has appropriately been called the Second Machine Age. Listen to how this FastCompany article sums it up:

The fact is we’re now on the cusp of a “Second Machine Age,” one powered not by clanging factory equipment but by automation, artificial intelligence, and robotics. Self-driving cars are expected to be widespread in the coming decade. Already, automated checkout technology has replaced cashiers, and computerized check-in is the norm at airports. Just like the Industrial Revolution more than 200 years ago, the AI and robotics revolution is poised to touch virtually every aspect of our lives—from health and personal relations to government and, of course, the workplace.
This is a mouthful but in case it’s not clear, let me spell it out: there’s never been a better time than now to get onboard with robotics and Internet of Things!

If you’re a startup or small business owner, and especially feeling behind the technology curve, you’re certainly not alone. But instead of commiserating about all of the changes, proactively start today to ask yourself what it will take to get your organization to the next level of innovation. Set yourself up with a 6 month, 12 month, 18 month and 2 year innovation plan which maps to a broader 2020 strategy. Time is of the essence but it’s not too late to pivot and get onboard with the robotics and IoT revolution. As the famous statement goes, “The journal of a thousand miles starts with one step.”

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Big in AI Programming

Right in the middle, there's something like GTA (Gran Theft Auto). It is a simulation of the world. Unlike a video game, however, this simulation is usually paused. The system can choose to run parts of this simulation if it wants to test/imagine a situation. The system can also modify any aspect of any entity of this simulation, as you would in Unity IDE for example. If you do a bit of game development, you already know that we often use Entity-Component-System for storing the world state in games. An entity is nothing but a group of components defining its behavior and its state.

Around this "paused simulation", we have a connection gate. The system will always connect what it feels (through its sensors) to the paused simulation. Each of these connections means "this particular perception is due to this particular entity". Sometimes, connections are made automatically (hey look, this cloud looks like a dog). Sometimes, the system decides to make connections (if I want, I can see two black profiles, or one white vase). Anyway, these connections are always associated to a strong or weak probability (look at her, I'm pretty sure she's more than 50 years old). These probabilities are part of bayesian networks.

Below the paused simulation and the sensor connection gate, there is the ongoing activities group. Each ongoing activity has its own desktop, which keeps track of related goals and achievements. Desktops can be paused, or they can be currently running. There are always calling for system resources (they want to be running). They have fast access to the data they need, depending on their purpose. For example, you can have a car driving desktop, which has fast access to anything road related. They are responsible for preparing and maintaining a list of possible next actions.

Jumping from desktop to desktop (depending of which one requires most attention), there's a focus. When the focus arrives on a desktop, it reads the list of possible next actions and make it flow through the system's emotion grid. If one of the possible next actions makes a hi-score, it is engaged. If none is satisfying, the desktop is asked to investigate further. Then, focus jumps elsewhere.

Above everything, there's the system's memory. It is a perception provider, based on perceptions provided. It is made of sequences of events. When events happens in the system, a sequence (containing these events) is excited and pops the rest of the sequence up (if I say one two three o'clock, four o'clock ..., what do you say? -> rock). The system's emotion grid is part of the memory. It's made of a lot of tiny modifiers. Each modifier is attached to sequence, and carries an emotional charge resulting from previous experiences.

Finally, the "skin" of the system is the sensor fabric. There are sensors outside the mind, and inside the mind. Sensors which are outside the mind are like eyes, ears, ...etc. Sensors which are inside the mind react to events and activities inside the system, so the system can feel what's happening inside of itself, observe itself, and evolve.

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Friday Funny in General Chat

Share your jokes here to bring joy to the world  :)

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The Future of Humanity's Food Supply Is in the Hands of AI in AI News

The Future of Humanity's Food Supply Is in the Hands of AI
25 May 2016, 12:00 am

                    Humanity's got itself a problem. As Homo sapiens balloons as a species--to perhaps nearly 10 billion by 2050--the planet stubbornly stays the same size, meaning the same amount of land must support way, way more people.


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Apple's Siri SDK: Too late to duel Amazon Echo, Google Assistant? in AI News

Apple's Siri SDK: Too late to duel Amazon Echo, Google Assistant?
25 May 2016, 12:00 am

                    Apple is looking to broaden Siri's footprint and usefulness with help from third party app developers and a software development kit. The big question is whether the move will be able to thwart rivals such as Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa.

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Airless Tires Make Flats A Thing Of The Past. in General Chat

 You Don’t Have To Worry About Bad Roads Ever Again!  :)

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Scary and fascinating: The future of big data in AI News

Scary and fascinating: The future of big data
25 May 2016, 12:00 am

                    It's reasonable to see big data as a revolutionary development in IT and business in general -- but its implications should make us pause for thought. ZDNet recently spoke to Bernard Marr, author of the book, Big Data: Using smart big data analytics and metrics to make better decisions and improve performance, to see what's next for the technology.

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Started May 26, 2016, 11:00:24 PM


The 5th Wave in AI in Film and Literature.

The 5th Wave stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a girl on the run following four waves of increasingly deadly attacks by an alien race looking to takeover Earth.

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Terrorist or pedophile? This start-up says it can out secrets by analyzing faces in AI News

Terrorist or pedophile? This start-up says it can out secrets by analyzing faces
24 May 2016, 12:00 am

                    An Israeli start-up says it can take one look at a person's face and realize character traits that are undetectable to the human eye. Faception said it's already signed a contract with a homeland security agency to help identify terrorists.

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Botwiki.org Monthly Bot Challenge

Botwiki.org Monthly Bot Challenge in Websites

Botwiki.org is a site for showcasing friendly, useful, artistic online bots, and our Monthly Bot Challenge is a recurring community event dedicated to making these kinds of bots.

Feb 25, 2016, 19:46:54 pm
From Movies to Reality: How Robots Are Revolutionizing Our World

From Movies to Reality: How Robots Are Revolutionizing Our World in Articles

Robots were once upon a time just a work of human imagination. Found only in books and movies, not once did we think a time would come where we would be able to interact with robots in real world. Eventually, in fact rapidly, the innovations we only dreamt of are now becoming a reality. Quoting the great Stephen Hawking "This is a glorious time to be alive for scientists". It is indeed the best time for the technology has become more and more sophisticated that its growing power might even endanger humanity.

Jan 26, 2016, 10:12:00 am

Uncanny in Robots in Movies

Uncanny is a 2015 American science fiction film directed by Matthew Leutwyler and based on a screenplay by Shahin Chandrasoma. It is about the world's first "perfect" artificial intelligence (David Clayton Rogers) that begins to exhibit startling and unnerving emergent behavior when a reporter (Lucy Griffiths) begins a relationship with the scientist (Mark Webber) who created it.

Jan 20, 2016, 13:09:41 pm
AI Virtual Pets

AI Virtual Pets in Other

Artificial life also called Alife is simply the simulation of any aspect of life, as through computers, robotics, or biochemistry. (taken from the Free dictionary)This site focus's on the software aspect of it.

Oct 03, 2015, 09:21:09 am
Why did HAL sing ‘Daisy’?

Why did HAL sing ‘Daisy’? in Articles

...a burning question posed by most people who have watched or read “2001: A Space Odyssey”: that is, why does the computer HAL-9000 sing the song ‘Daisy Bell’ as the astronaut Dave Bowman takes him apart?

Sep 04, 2015, 09:28:55 am

Humans in Robots on TV

Humans is a British-American science fiction television series. Written by the British team Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, based on the award-winning Swedish science fiction drama Real Humans, the series explores the emotional impact of the blurring of the lines between humans and machines.

Aug 28, 2015, 09:13:37 am
Virtual Talk

Virtual Talk in Chatbots - English

[iTunes app] Virtual Talk is a AI chatting app that makes you talk with whomever you want. It remembers what you say and learns new dialogs. This app is one of the smartest chatbots in the world.

Aug 17, 2015, 13:33:09 pm
Robot Overlords

Robot Overlords in Robots in Movies

Not long after the invasion and occupation of Earth by a race of powerful robots wanting human knowledge and ingenuity, humans are confined to their homes. Leaving without permission would be to risk their lives. Monitored by the electronic implants in their necks, the robot sentries are able to track the movements of humans in order to control them. And if any person comes out of their home, they are given warnings by the robot sentries to get inside their home. If they do not comply, they are shot immediately.

Long article on the making of here...

Aug 15, 2015, 14:42:25 pm

Zerfoly in Chatbots - English

Zerfoly is a chatbot platform that makes it possible to create imaginary persons (chatbots) and teach them to talk to each other.

You will be able to let loose your creativity and imagination. Build persons, by writing interactive dialogues. The persons you create will gradually become individuals with unique personalities. One of the persons could bear your name and learn to talk like you; your alter ego. Another way of using Zerfoly is as an interactive diary.

Aug 09, 2015, 11:06:42 am
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles in Robots on TV

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is an American science fiction television series produced by Warner Bros. Television and C2 Pictures, spinning off from the Terminator series of films. It revolves around the lives of the fictional characters Sarah and John Connor, following the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The series premiered on Sunday, January 13, 2008, on the U.S. television network Fox. Executive production for the series is provided by Terminator 2 and Terminator 3 producers and C2 Pictures co-presidents, Mario Kassar and Andrew G. Vajna, C2 Senior Vice President James Middleton, David Nutter, and Josh Friedman, who is also writing.

There is also the WIKI Page...

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