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Robotics is the branch of technology that deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of automated machines known as robots. It also involves the computers systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing.

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<  shhh .... we're not meant to talk about Fight Club ... ;)  >
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Came across this on Wired today:
https://www.wired.com/story/ai-will-make-forging-anything-entirely-too-easy
I highly recommend following the "Watch" link within; it leads to a video on YouTube of one of the researchers from Stanford editing a video of George W. Bush to insert new facial and speech expression in real time using an off-the-shelf webcam.
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Yep... We're going to need entirely new techniques for determining and maintaining authenticity for things like this. Hey, maybe that can be one of those uses for quantum computing somehow... I'm also thinking blockchain solutions too (even though I really have a pretty weak grasp on blockchain, it does seem like a primary purpose is to help with data integrity.)

Photoshop brought about many similar problems for photography and all sorts of techniques have had to be created to detect when things are doctored.

But really, it's most important to always have a healthy level of skepticism... Even without any sort of editing of a photograph, it's easy to bend the truth just by what you choose to show in the frame!
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This technology is scary, but it's coming whether we like it or not.
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Anyone else find it amusingly ironic that the spell check software in my browser doesn't recognize the word driverless?

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I'm a weird hybrid, probably due to author's I read and working internationally. Not worth any real concerted effort though with Typoglycemia and all. :)
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Maybe there's some kind of 'MBA Buzzword Bingo' dictionary file that needs to be loaded.
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Curious where technology will take us in five years? This IBM infographic forecasts the top five innovations that may change the way live and interact with the world.

https://futurism.com/images/life-in-2022/
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This is one example of why driving cars is so complicated. There are huge amounts of variables to account for.
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From what I've seen, Drop Bears confuse driverless cars as well.
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@Lucas - I had never heard of Drop Bears before... Had to go look it up. I can certainly see why driverless cars get confused!
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This is so cool! I've already gone through some of the sections in Apple's Swift Playgrounds app and loved it, but this new support for programming robotic toys looks even more amazing and fun. Great way to get kids learning programming at an early age. (Ok, who am I kidding... I want this for myself!)

Any of you check out the Swift Playgrounds app or have any of these robots? Are you teaching your kids to program?
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by:Juana Villa
That is awesome! I did not know about it. I will definitely learn more about it to show it to my nephews and nieces.
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But... does it come with a data spike?
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Has anyone checked out Judah vs. the Machines? As a 30 Rock fan, I enjoyed watching him go head-to-head against some pretty incredible and interesting AI systems.

https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/22/judah-vs-the-machines/
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Looks interesting! He was great in 30 Rock, and this concept is right up my alley. I'll have to check it out; thanks for sharing!
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The role of marketing has made dramatic shifts over the last decade. With the prevalence of AI and more sophisticated business intelligence, the role of Chief Marketing Technologist has emerged to manage it all. Here's why the position matters, and how their expertise impacts the world of tech:
http://blog.experts-exchange.com/martech/chief-marketing-technologist-what-this-role-means-for-tech/
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Interesting video!
I think that giving a human personality to a mission makes the public more interested on the mission, more likely to follow the mission and keep themselves up to date on the mission status. Unfortunately, this also shows how our society works and their lack of interest on reading a news article about it. Anyway, I don't think it is a bad thing because thanks to this new approach the public is aware of what scientists are doing.
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Ever had a chance to play around with a neural network? The TensorFlow team from Google put together a demo site that lets you mess around and get a feel for them without having to code anything. I like that your able to see what "feature" each group of neurons is learning and then composing together in order to achieve the output.
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Thought for the day: if you have an autonomous car and get pulled over for speeding, who pays the ticket? You or the car manufacturer?
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@brian - That's an interesting question, I would assume that the cars actively can process a speed limit sign and then that data gets relayed back to Google after x number of verifications and the database gets changed permanently.

There are some other interesting problems to, come to think of it- for example, I wonder how the car would react to something like a construction worker either waving you on to move forward or holding up his hand to stop you.  

For a lot of things, there's going to need to be manual interaction- and I think the variable of liability will be in who the car's black box says was in control at the time.
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@Brian

Maybe car companies will work with the state to help pay for electronic signs that interact with their cars. The German automakers did this for the autobahn, making it a super safe place to drive. I was astonished when my rental car automatically pulled the speed limit from the passing signs, and put it on my HUD.
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We've got AI winning at poker, driving cars, and detecting cancer. And now, there's even one that just wrote all of David Hasslehoff's lines in a short sci-fi film about AI writing movies... Haven't had a chance to watch it yet, but posting here for later viewing.

https://arstechnica.com/the-multiverse/2017/04/an-ai-wrote-all-of-david-hasselhoffs-lines-in-this-demented-short-film/
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Ok... had a chance to watch this last night. Was pretty darn weird... Had a bit of a "student film" vibe to it, but it was pretty entertaining to see the performances of the AI written dialog. I really would like to read through the script on its own, as the actors did a great job of selling the lines and I wonder if it would seem more like gibberish without the acting...
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In this poll of 158,000 people on how they felt about self-driving cars, ~30% said they’d "be very or extremely concerned about riding in a self-driving car" - unsure if the risks outweigh the benefits and cost.

Curious: does our community share that reservation?
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What gets really interesting about all this is when you start to consider the classic philosophical / ethical issue of "the trolley problem". Are you ok with your robot car making a decision that puts you in danger in order to save more lives (like if you're on a collision course with a bunch of kids crossing the road and the car swerves to take you off the road...)
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by:Erin Wooddell
That's a really interesting and scary perspective to consider. I think it plays a lot into the human desire to control our own fate and outcome, even though when we're on the road with other drivers, our fate is oftentimes already not in our own hands.
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Wow! That's awesome!
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Also, if you want to see Machine Learning as an official topic on EE, go vote for it!
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Total immersion video games here we come.
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I like this one:
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This development represents an important step forward in AI research, away from mastering tasks like voice,image recognition, and translation, and towards a more nuanced and collaborative AI that adopts a human-like method for decision-making.

Cool competition.  However, if I was capable at creating such AI, I wouldn't do it for $20,000.  I'd sell this AI to the highest bidder!

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/microsoft-competition-asks-phd-students-to-create-advanced-ai-to-play-minecraft/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27457961240876229835964102892079
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for the original? I find that almost hard to believe now.. I used to have a crap load of the maps. I wonder if I saved them along with the game CD. I should rip the CD on for a virtual drive so I can play without it and try to boot an old PC for the game maps..


never did play SC2 :/ it was laggy on my laptop of the time, though my current one should be fine, I wonder what I'd have to pay for a copy now a days
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Nice.  Yeah, BN is still very much alive.  http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/
I played the full campaigns of SC2.  It was satisfying to finally get the ending of the story.  I thought it was worth it.

You should still have the maps if you haven't wiped your OS or saved the map files on a USB thumb drive haha

CD on for a virtual drive
This.  SO MUCH.
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Throwback Thursday!

I've been fascinated by developments in machine learning and AI, so I decided to run some searches here on EE to see what sort of questions people had been asking in these areas. I stumbled across this old question from April 2000, regarding developing the AI portion of a card game. Couldn't help but be reminded of how just recently a machine learning system was able to figure out poker and emerge victorious.

We've come a long way!

https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/10329216/AI-for-card-games.html
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I believe that its a dangerous mindset to think that we can engineer our way out of the trouble we get into ecologically

Solid point. There can certainly be lot of hubris in engineering, and the "robot bee" approach sure sounds like a major violation of finding the simplest solution... (But then again, who knows? Maybe we're at the point where making a robot bee is easier than going up against Monsanto?)
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Bees were listed on the endangered species list in January.  That is scary.
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/u-s-lists-a-bumble-bee-species-as-endangered-for-first-time/
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Here's a pretty fantastic use of machine learning: cancer detection.

"New findings show that this approach — enlisting machine learning, predictive analytics and pattern recognition — has achieved 89 percent accuracy, beyond the 73 percent score of a human pathologist."
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@Michael: Mostly because it's the closest topic I could find and "AI" is currently one of the synonyms for "Robotics". I tend to think similar to you, and would mainly expect Robotics to involve a physical machine; but then again, there are "chatbots", right? Or perhaps "bot" can be the term for a non-physical version of a robot?
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by:Michael Arciniega
Good point about the chatbots. With the rise of machine learning and its subset, artificial neural networks, I think it might be time soon to propose a Machine Learning topic.
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Anyone looking for a fun do-it-yourself project? This college student converted his Honda Civic into a self-driving car using a smartphone, freely available software, a 3D printed case, and circuit board he soldered himself. Fascinating stuff, but I'll be honest, it seems a bit dangerous and I wonder what sort of laws will be cropping up soon as a result of projects like this...

Then again, it's not like human drivers are particularly safe and perhaps even a hobbyist level self-driving modification would still be safer than your average person...

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603637/how-a-college-kid-made-his-honda-civic-self-driving-for-700/
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Google has just made available their troll-fighting AI - a system that can determine the "toxicity" rating of online comments in order to help stop abusive behavior. Fascinating use of machine learning... Can it help bring more civility to internet comments sections or will it be a new form of censorship?

https://www.wired.com/2017/02/googles-troll-fighting-ai-now-belongs-world/
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by:Brian Matis
Perhaps that'd be the next phase of the project -- to start being able to recognize sarcasm or being more context sensitive? Also, I've seen a lot of use of a "/s" at the end of a statement to denote that it was sarcasm (since sarcasm is so difficult to detect in written text, even for humans) so I could envision a machine learning system being able to recognize that.
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Or maybe we can finally get <sarcasm></sarcasm> into the HTML spec ;-)
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What's on my mind, this box on EE asks me... What's on my mind? I'll tell you: Artificial Intelligence is on my mind. A lot. While I am utterly fascinated by AI research and development, I am also deeply troubled by it. And no, I don't mean troubled by some sort of dystopian future à la "The Matrix" or "The Terminator", but by the potential for massive job displacement and extreme economic impacts as a result.

While I'm extremely optimistic that in the long run, turning over a lot more work to AI systems will be of major benefit to humanity, I am exceptionally concerned about a very painful period of adjustment. We seem to be at the precipice of a paradigm shift at least on par with (or even greater than) the Industrial Revolution, and I wonder: how can we learn from that transition and foster a smoother one this time around? Is it even possible? Am I being alarmist? And what responsibility do we, as technology professionals, have as we steer these new advancements?
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