Monthly Archives December 2015

RoboWatch Learns Just By Watching YouTube

By analyzing a large number of YouTube videos, a new algorithm can generate a handy list of steps to complete any task.

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A robot cook from the 2009 Robot Show in Tokyo.

From DIY woodworking projects to instructions for dialing in your carburetor mixture to hundreds of baking recipes, you can learn almost anything from YouTube. The problem is that any given video could be full of bad information. But what if you could watch every single video on a given subject and analyze them simultaneously? Patterns would emerge that effectively guarantee you come away with reliable information.

That’s exactly what a computer program called RoboWatch was designed to do.

By analyzing both video and language (subtitle) information from multiple videos, the RoboWatch algorithm can generate a list of s...

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Toyota Invests $1 Billion In Artificial Intelligence In US

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President Akio Toyoda of Toyota delivers a speech during a press conference on artificial intelligence in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Toyota is investing $1 billion in a research company it’s setting up in Silicon Valley to develop artificial intelligence and robotics, underlining the Japanese automaker’s determination to lead in futuristic cars that drive themselves and apply the technology to other areas of daily life. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Toyota is investing $1 billion in a research company it’s setting up in Silicon Valley to develop artificial intelligence and robotics, underlining the Japanese automaker’s determination to lead in futuristic cars that drive themselves and apply the technology to other areas of daily life.

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Toyota Has Big Ambitions For “Partner Robot” Business -TOYOTA ROBOTICS

Akifumi Tamaoki, general manager of Toyota Motor Corp.’s partner robot division,image www.spy-drones.com

In this Dec. 2, 2015 photo, Akifumi Tamaoki, general manager of Toyota Motor Corp.’s partner robot division, speaks during an interview at the International Robot exhibition in Tokyo. Toyota Motor Corp. is harboring big ambitions to become a significant player in the growing market for robots that help the elderly and other people get around in everyday life. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Toyota Motor Corp. is harboring big ambitions to become a significant player in the growing market for robots that help the elderly and other people get around in everyday life.

The company believes it can use its manufacturing expertise to become as crucial in a field it calls “partner robots” as it is to auto-making...

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