#MeetBotlr: Aloft Hotels Recruits Robot to Join Team in Cupertino
August 12, 2014
Hotel Industry’s First Robotic Butler Reports for Duty at Aloft Cupertino in Silicon Valley
STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Aloft Hotels, the tech-forward, innovation hub for millennial-minded travelers, is thrilled to announce the appointment of A.L.O. as the hotel brand’s first Botlr (robotic butler). This charismatic cyber associate makes his debut at Aloft Cupertino today, making Aloft the first major hotel brand to hire a robot for both front and back of house duties.
Rise of the Robots
Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
by Martin Ford
… it was written by a robot, by a system from a company called Narrative Science
Health care is one of the areas where there’s just a tremendous amount of potential and promise. So far, what we’ve seen in health care is that it has really lagged other areas of the economy in terms of what technology has been able to do. We haven’t seen the kind of disruptive impact that we’ve seen in a lot of other areas in health care. And that’s part of the reason that the costs remain so high.
How Close Are We Really To A Robot-Run Society?
August 20, 2015
Now the most important sort of new capabilities in the AI world is a software technology called machine learning, or deep learning.
You know, these are not perfect machines. And so there’s this big debate going on sort of amongst the philosophers of the ethics about whether you – you know, I guess it’s called the trolley problem – what happens if you can go down one path and if you go down this path, you’ll kill five people, and if you go down another path, you’ll only kill one person? And so how is the machine going to make this, you know, sort of gruesome, ethical decision?
after spending millions of dollars and working on these projects for two or three years, many of the robots had difficulty opening a door. And so that led Rod Brooks, who was there to see this final, sort of to comment by saying, you know, if you’re afraid about the Terminator or if you’re worried about the Terminator, just keep your door closed.
Scribbler 2 (S2) Robot – USB
The S2 robot is suitable for a wide range of programming skills.
The Scribbler robot arrives pre-programmed with eight demo modes, including light-seeking, object detection, object avoidance, line-following, and art.
Place a Sharpie marker in the pen port and it will scribble as it drives.
Next, use the Graphical User Interface (S2 GUI) tile-based programming tools, or modify the Propeller source code in our BASIC-like Spin language.
Through the use of third-party tools you can also program the S2 on a Mac or under Linux, in PropBASIC and C using PropGCC.
CSC 161: Imperative Problem Solving and Data Structures
Grinnell College. Fall, 2014
Baxter Research Robot
Oct 17, 2013
The Baxter Research Robot is a complete platform for less than $30k and a must-have for your next research project.
Baxter brewing coffee
Baxter is an entirely new type robot that is redefining the way robots can be used in manufacturing environments. It performs a variety of repetitive production tasks – all while safely and intelligently working next to people. How? Baxter exhibits behavior-based ‘common sense,’ capable of sensing and adapting to its task and its environment.
How Rethink Robotics Built Its New Baxter Robot Worker
Rodney Brooks’s new start-up wants to spark a factory revolution with a low-cost, user-friendly robot http://spectrum.ieee.org/robotics/industrial-robots/rethink-robotics-baxter-robot-factory-worker
By Erico Guizzo, Evan Ackerman /
The Baxter Robotic Platform for Industry from Rethink Robotics – RoboBusiness 2012
by Terry Knight
on November 01, 2012
Will Spiritual Robots Replace Humanity by 2100?
A Stanford symposium. April 1, 2000
Douglas Hofstader hosts a panel of eight luminaries who discuss the future of the human race and beyond. Running nearly five hours, this panel includes Douglas Hofstader Bill Joy Ray Kurzweil Hans Moravec John Holland Kevin Kelly Frank Drake John Koza
At DARPA Challenge, Robots (Slowly) Move Toward Better Disaster Recovery
June 07, 2015
Earlier this week, 23 robots from all over the world competed in Pomona, Calif., for a $2 million prize in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. And thousands of humans watched as the machines showed off their skills on the course.
Teams have been working on these robots for three years — their challenge was to build a robot that can aid in disaster recovery.
The rules are simple — each humanoid robot has one hour to score eight points for various tasks, which include driving a car, opening a door, pulling a lever and climbing some stairs.
related:Korea’s Team KAIST robot completes tasks at the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge
A Compilation of Robots Falling Down at the DARPA Robotics Challenge
June 6, 2015