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[1707.07217] Deep Learning in Robotics: A Review of Recent Research
Advances in deep learning over the last decade have led to a flurry of research in the application of deep artificial neural networks to robotic systems, with at least thirty papers published on the subject between 2014 and the present. This review discusses the applications, benefits, and limitations of deep learning vis-\`a-vis physical robotic systems, using contemporary research as exemplars. It is intended to communicate recent advances to the wider robotics community and inspire additional interest in and application of deep learning in robotics.
deeplearning  robotics  machinelearning 
13 hours ago by euler
The Future of Military Robotics Looks Like a Nature Documentary
BBC has followed up 2006’s Planet Earth, perhaps the greatest nature documentary of all time, with an even greater sequel. This past week, Planet Earth II received 10 Emmy Award nominations. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  robotics  military  future  machines 
22 hours ago by jburkunk
Next Leap for Robots: Picking Out and Boxing Your Online Order - WSJ
Developers close in on systems to move products off shelves and into boxes, as retailers aim to automate labor-intensive process

Robot developers are getting very close to a breakthrough that could put 950,000 people out of work.
robots  robotics  logistics  automation  wsj  artificialintelligence 
yesterday by jorgebarba
Next leap for robots: picking out and boxing your online order • WSJ
Brian Baskin:
<p>Picking is the biggest labor cost in most e-commerce distribution centers, and among the least automated. Swapping in robots could cut the labor cost of fulfilling online orders by a fifth, said Marc Wulfraat, president of consulting firm MWPVL International Inc.

“When you’re talking about hundreds of millions of units, those numbers can be very significant,” he said. “It’s going to be a significant edge for whoever gets there first.”

Until recently, robots had to be trained to identify and grab each item, which is impractical in a distribution center that might stock an ever-changing array of millions of products.

Automation companies such as Kuka AG, Dematic Corp. and Honeywell International Inc. unit Intelligrated, as well as startups like RightHand Robotics Inc. and IAM Robotics LLC are working on automating picking.

In RightHand Robotics’ Somerville, Mass., test facility, mechanical arms hunt around the clock through bins containing packages of baby wipes, jars of peanut butter and other products. Each attempt—successful or not—feeds into a database. The bigger that data set, the faster and more reliably the machines can pick, said Yaro Tenzer, the startup’s co-founder.

Hudson’s Bay is testing RightHand’s robots in a distribution center in Scarborough, Ontario.

“This thing could run 24 hours a day,” said Erik Caldwell, the retailer’s senior vice president of supply chain and digital operations, at a conference in May. “They don’t get sick; they don’t smoke.”</p>


I'm puzzled. Don't such objects have barcodes? Can't robots read barcodes? Aren't many objects packed inside boxes? (OK, not condiments, etc.) This is a problem which was being worked on back in the early days of machine vision, 50 years ago.
robotics  vision 
yesterday by charlesarthur
UBI and automation could be the solutions to each other's problems — Quartz
Let the robots take our jobs and pay for a universal basic income

The profits generated from automation could be used to pay a basic wage to those displaced by robots.
robotics  robots  automation  economics  work  futureofwork 
2 days ago by jorgebarba
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ev3dev is a Debian Linux-based operating system that runs on several LEGO MINDSTORMS compatible platforms including the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 and Raspberry Pi-powered BrickPi.
python  lego  linux  robotics 
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