Video Friday: A Starbucks With 100 Robots
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by Erico Guizzo
1h ago
Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We also post a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months. Please send us your events for inclusion. RoboCup 2024: 17–22 July 2024, EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS ICSR 2024: 23–26 October 2024, ODENSE, DENMARK Cybathlon 2024: 25–27 October 2024, ZURICH Enjoy today’s videos! NAVER 1784 is the world’s largest robotics testbed. The Starbucks on the second floor of 1784 is the world’s most unique Starbucks, with more than 100 service robots called “Rookie” deliv ..read more
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Three New Supercomputers Reach Top of Green500 List
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by Dina Genkina
1h ago
Over just the past couple of years, supercomputing has accelerated into the exascale era—with the world’s most massive machines capable of performing over a billion billion operations per second. But unless big efficiency improvements can intervene along its exponential growth curve, computing is also anticipated to require increasingly impractical and unsustainable amounts of energy—even, according to one widely cited study, by 2040 demanding more energy than the world’s total present-day output. Fortunately, the high-performance computing community is shifting focus now toward not just inc ..read more
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Move Over, Tractor—the Farmer Wants a Crop-Spraying Drone
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by Edd Gent
1d ago
Arthur Erickson discovered drones during his first year at college studying aerospace engineering. He immediately thought the sky was the limit for how the machines could be used, but it took years of hard work and some nimble decisions to turn that enthusiasm into a successful startup. Today, Erickson is the CEO of Houston-based Hylio, a company that builds crop-spraying drones for farmers. Launched in 2015, the company has its own factory and employs more than 40 people. Arthur Erickson Occupation: Aerospace engineer and founder, Hylio Location: Houston Education: Bachelor’s degree in aero ..read more
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The Legal Issues to Consider When Adopting AI
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by Smita Rajmohan
1d ago
So you want your company to begin using artificial intelligence. Before rushing to adopt AI, consider the potential risks including legal issues around data protection, intellectual property, and liability. Through a strategic risk management framework, businesses can mitigate major compliance risks and uphold customer trust while taking advantage of recent AI advancements. Check your training data First, assess whether the data used to train your AI model complies with applicable laws such as India’s 2023 Digital Personal Data Protection Bill and the European Union’s General Data Protection ..read more
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Default Passwords Jeopardize Water Infrastructure
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by Margo Anderson
1d ago
Drinking-water systems pose increasingly attractive targets as malicious hacker activity is on the rise globally, according to new warnings from security agencies around the world. According to experts, basic countermeasures—including changing default passwords and using multifactor authentication—can still provide substantial defense. However, in the United States alone, more than 50,000 community water systems also represent a landscape of potential vulnerabilities that have provided a hacker’s playground in recent months. Last November, for instance, hackers linked to Iran’s Islamic Revol ..read more
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AI Outperforms Humans in Theory of Mind Tests
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by Eliza Strickland
4d ago
Theory of mind—the ability to understand other people’s mental states—is what makes the social world of humans go around. It’s what helps you decide what to say in a tense situation, guess what drivers in other cars are about to do, and empathize with a character in a movie. And according to a new study, the large language models (LLM) that power ChatGPT and the like are surprisingly good at mimicking this quintessentially human trait. “Before running the study, we were all convinced that large language models would not pass these tests, especially tests that evaluate subtle abilities to eva ..read more
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Video Friday: Robots With Knives
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by Erico Guizzo
1w ago
Greetings from the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Yokohama, Japan! We hope you’ve been enjoying our short videos on TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram. They are just a preview of our in-depth ICRA coverage, and over the next several weeks we’ll have lots of articles and videos for you. In today’s edition of Video Friday, we bring you a dozen of the most interesting projects presented at the conference. Enjoy today’s videos, and stay tuned for more ICRA posts! Upcoming robotics events for the next few months: RoboCup 2024: 17–22 July 2024, EINDHOVEN, NETHERLAND ..read more
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Corporate Training Programs Can Be IEEE Certified
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by Christine Cherevko
1w ago
With careers in engineering and technology evolving so rapidly, a company’s commitment to upskilling its employees is imperative to their career growth. Maintaining the appropriate credentials—such as a certificate or digital badge that attests to successful completion of a specific set of learning objectives—can lead to increased job satisfaction, employee engagement, and higher salaries. For many engineers, mostly in North America, completing a certain number of professional development hours and continuing-education units each year is required to maintain a professional engineering licens ..read more
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High-Speed Rail Finally Coming to the U.S.
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by Willie D. Jones
1w ago
In late April, the Miami-based rail company Brightline Trains broke ground on a project that the company promises will give the United States its first dedicated, high-speed passenger rail service. The 350-kilometer (218-mile) corridor, which the company calls Brightline West, will connect Las Vegas to the suburbs of Los Angeles. Brightline says it hopes to complete the project in time for the 2028 Summer Olympic Games, which will take place in Los Angeles. Brightline has chosen Siemens American Pioneer 220 engines that will run at speeds averaging 165 kilometers per hour, with an advertised ..read more
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Never Recharge Your Consumer Electronics Again?
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by Stephen Cass
1w ago
Stephen Cass: Hello and welcome to Fixing the Future, an IEEE Spectrum podcast where we look at concrete solutions to tough problems. I’m your host Stephen Cass, a senior editor at IEEE Spectrum. And before I start, I just wanted to tell you that you can get the latest coverage of Spectrum‘s most important beats, including AI, climate change, and robotics, by signing up for one of our free newsletters. Just go to spectrum.ieee.org/newsletters to subscribe. We all love our mobile devices where the progress of Moore’s Law has meant we’re able to pack an enormous amount of computing power in s ..read more
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