New Boston Dynamics wheeled robot unveiled

A robot called “Handle”, built from the Google owned company Boston Dynamics, was unveiled in a leaked investor presentation. It has wheels, is self balancing and able to carry heavy weights. A broad product range of Boston Dynamics robots is also covered within this video, so it gives a nice overview.

Robots will support us in many, even unexpected, tasks and are one of the most expressive ways to bring machine intelligence to (our) live(s).

Nike ID – augmented reality in-store configurator

A Nike Store in Paris is showing a very nicely executed augmented reality installation, which lets the customers design their own personalized pair of shoes. The UX seems to be straight forward and is very similar to the online configurator. So, if you are in the area around the Avenue de Champs-Élysées in Paris, give it a try!

More information: uploadvr.com

Artificial Intelligence empowered Hearing Aid

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New AI filter algorithms are able to improve greatly conventional hearing aids with selecting and amplifying specific sounds. The benefit is, that i.e. only one speech out of a crowd can be separated. Beside the people with hearing loss, voice recognition in smart phones, conversations in noisy environments and many other applications could also benefit from this technology.

More information and audio examples: spectrum.ieee.org

RadarCat gives computers a sense of touch

With the help of a new system from Scotland’s University of St Andrews, a computer or smartphone may soon be able to tell the difference between an apple and an orange, or an empty glass and a full one, just by touching it. The system draws from a database of objects and materials it’s been taught to recognize, and could be used to sort items in warehouses or recycling centers, for self-serve checkouts in stores or to display the names of objects in another language.

read more: theverge.com

Neural network behind Google Translate is (maybe) learning a type of own language

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The neural network behind the Google Translate service is under suspect to create a common representation of meaning, independend from language. Even for the Google engineers it seems to be hard to understand what is exactaly going on, but it is working with a measurable higher quality than ever before. The network was able to translate from Spanish to Portuguese by itself, without guidance, after it was trained to translate from Portuguese to English and English to Spanish.

Deep neural networks and machine-learning are key players of artificial intelligence. They are simulating basic information processing of the brain and are more and more used in many products.

More information: research.googleblog.com

Microsoft and Liebherr are collaborating on an upcoming line of smart fridges

To help refrigerator manufacturer Liebherr improve upon its SmartDeviceBox, tech giant Microsoft has announced plans to partner with the appliance company on upcoming releases. A communication module that connects Liebherr’s fridges to the internet, the SmartDeviceBox essentially turns any of its lineup of refrigerators into a connected appliance. Like Samsung’s Family Hub refrigerator — sans the giant touchscreen — these fridges grant owners a wide range of capabilities including knowing what’s inside and when it spoils, shopping list integration, and innovative meal planning.

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read more:
https://mspoweruser.com/
https://home.myliebherr.com/

Panasonic’s new technology transmits data by human touch

Panasonic has developed a new data transmission system in Japan. The new device can exchange information over a human touch. A prototype of a human body was created which communicated with the device to send data up to 100Kbps through a radio field on a person’s skin. Data will be exchanged when they touch a person or an object with a suitable trans-receiver.

read more: http://www.computerworld.com.au/

President Obama discusses artificial intelligence

President Obama had a discussion with the MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito about AI. The Interview was hosted by WIRED and was moderated by its Editor-in-Chief, Scotch Dadich.

A report on the future of AI was also published by the White House this week and lists many aspects of how AI is influencing economy, society, politic, etc.

More information:
wired.com (video series)
whitehouse.gov (report)