The world of artificial intelligence rarely stands still. In fact, most of the time, it moves at a breakneck speed.
Just recently, Elon Musk went so far as to predict that in the not-so-distant future, we’ll all have a robot roommate! But not to worry: these humanoids will be as friendly as they come — see for yourself by reading the full story below.
There are plenty of other tidbits to sink your teeth into, too.
Self-driving Car Goes On The Run
Self-driving cars have become a typical traffic element, just like other extraordinary vehicles (have you heard about flying motorbikes? If not, check this previous InsideAI). But let’s move to San Francisco, where citizens can use GM’s Cruise self-driving unit as a taxi, so locals are more used to seeing those self-driving vehicles on the streets than most.
And at the beginning of April, police tried to stop one. Everything would have been fine until suddenly, the car drove to the other side of a crossing. Police officers were a bit confused but as a representative of the GM’s Cruise said, ‘The vehicle tried to find the nearest safe location to stop.’ A witness recorded everything, and you can watch the video here.
You’ll Soon Have A Humanoid In Your House
Last month, Elon Musk dominated the media. The entrepreneur’s purchase of Twitter was a hot topic. Likewise was his interview with Chris Anderson, the head of TED. During the conversation, Musk talked about the projects he’s focused on, including:
- Tesla’s intelligent humanoid robot Optimus
- Neuralink’s brain-machine interfaces
- SpaceX’s otherworldly Starship
- The idea of building a settlement on Mars
You can see the entire interview here:
But the most interesting was his prediction that by 2050, every household will have at least one humanoid robot living there. It’s all because of one of Elon’s projects: Optimus. Tesla has been working on the humanoid robot for a while, and as the company’s CEO states, ‘The biggest challenge is to improve the possibilities of artificial intelligence.’
Source: Interesting Engineering
Work Out With Your Mirror
Working out at home may be a bit problematic. There’s a lack of coaches and equipment. But a German company Vaha found the solution: a smart fitness mirror. The device is available in two types. The simpler one gives users access to a library with streamed workouts so the user can train with a coach by following his commands.
The more advanced version uses AI to monitor movements during the workout and suggest improvements. It also offers two-sided communication, live lessons, and group classes like yoga or pilates. The first version was available in the United Kingdom, starting at £1,000. Would you try it?
AI Gains A Sense Of Touch
Technology evolves so fast that now we can consider artificial intelligence not only as software but as something that can see, hear, and, in the near future, touch. The last skill will be possible because of an invention from researchers at the University of Bristol. Their 3D-printed fingertips can touch and feel almost like people do. The invention aims to improve the development of hand prostheses by embedding a sense of touch. It’s a great breakthrough that will change the quality of life of people with prosthesis.
How To Train A Robot In Just 15 Minutes
Learning a skill is usually all about repeating it a certain number of times. And as MIT researchers proved, the same scheme works with robots. For example, a warehouse robot needs thousands of photos to be trained. But a new technique can train a robot with just a human demonstration, enabling the robot to easily repeat a task it has never seen before. The training takes up to 15 minutes. Thanks to that, picking and placing items can be improved, boosting performance. As you know, in business, every second is worth a lot. Therefore, shortening the process can be a game-changer.
Source: MIT News
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