OpenAI’s Roboschool, SmartBear ServiceV Pro 2.0, VMware acquires Apteligent — SD Times news digest: May 16, 2017

OpenAI is opening up a new school for robots. The artificial intelligence research company announced the open-source software Roboschool. Roboschool is integrated with OpenAI Gym, and provides an environment for robot simulation. Through OpenAI, Roboschool provides 12 different environments for controlling robots, and it provides a way to train multiple agent at once in one … continue reading

Apollo Android GraphQL client, Red Hat Virtualization 4.1, and RisingStack releases open source Node.js debugging tool — SD Times news digest: April 19, 2017

A new open-source project wants to help Android developers work with GraphQL queries. The Apollo Android Graph client is designed to generate Java models from standard GraphQL queries. “These models give you a typesafe API to work with GraphQL servers. Apollo will help you keep your GraphQL query statements together, organized, and easy to access … continue reading

Research paper looks at safety issues of artificial intelligence

There’s been much talk about how artificial intelligence will benefit society, but what about the potential impacts that AI has when the system is poorly designed and creates problems? This is a question several researchers and OpenAI, a non-profit artificial intelligence research company, tackled in a recent paper. The paper was written by researchers from … continue reading

MIT CSAIL’s new algorithm, Samsung announces new IoT strategy, and Dell sells its software group—SD Times news digest: June 21, 2016

Machines that can better understand human interactions could open up new possibilities for robots, which is why researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) trained an algorithm that can anticipate human interactions more accurately than before. The algorithm was trained on YouTube videos and TV shows like “The Office” and “Desperate Housewives.” … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Teaching neural networks to understand emoji speak

Neural networks can now tackle one of the most important problems our smartphone generation has ever faced: What emoji to use? On a more serious note, neural networks (a computer system that’s modeled after the neurons in the brain) have become a powerful tool for software and robotics. Facebook uses neural networks to identify faces … continue reading

Oculus Kickstarter backers to get a free Rift, and Google’s tips for mobile app success—SD Times news digest: Jan. 6, 2016

Oculus is opening Rift preorders today to put VR in the hands of people around the world, and the company is also going to give a free Kickstarter Edition Oculus Rift to all of the Kickstarter backers who pledged for a Rift development kit. In a letter obtained by Wired, Oculus said those who pledged … continue reading

Inside the Robot Operating System, the robotics industry and the Open Source Robotics Foundation

Eight years ago, the Robot Operating System (ROS) project began, and since then there have been huge advancements made to the robotics industry. Robots are teaching kids to code, becoming companions, have been given X-ray vision, and even started to fly. But adding these features isn’t easy, and that is where the Robot Operating System … continue reading

From the Editors: A look back at a look into the future

Oct. 21, 1985. That was the year young Marty McFly hopped into a DeLorean equipped for time travel to save his future family on the same date 30 years later. That date—Oct. 21, 2015—was a couple of weeks ago. McFly encountered such things videogames played without controllers, drones and biometric identification (all of which we … continue reading

Dell Services announces major IT release, and Bluemix makes it easy to debug applications—SD Times News Digest: Oct. 9, 2015

Dell Services has announced Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solution, which works with the company’s Automated Full-Time Equivalent (AFTE) and AFTE Command Center. It will help customers increase speed and accuracy in business processes. AFTEs are “robots,” or software agents, that are programmed to perform repeatable and repetitive tasks, freeing up employees who were otherwise doing … continue reading

Someone else owns Google’s Alphabet, and robots can work together—SD Times new digest: Aug. 12, 2015

Google recently announced it was becoming a new company named Alphabet, but there is just one problem: Someone already owns the trademark and Internet domain. The New York Times reported that BMW is the current owner, and the company doesn’t want to sell. A spokeswoman for BMW told the Times the company has no plans … continue reading

Robots get a better grip, Google announces a new 3D rendering API for Android, and Informatica completes its acquisition—SD Times news digest: Aug. 10, 2015

Engineers at MIT have developed a way to give robots better dexterity and grip. The engineers developed a model that allows robots to predict the force a gripper needs to pick up something, giving it the ability to adjust its grasp. The researchers see this new approach as being helpful in medicine, disaster response, and … continue reading

Researchers develop Buzz, a programming language for robot swarms

Researchers from Cornell University and the École Polytechnique de Montréal have developed a programming language designed to code behaviors for heterogeneous robot swarms. Buzz is an extensible, dynamically typed programming language defining primitive commands for self-organizing robots and swarms of robots. Developers can use the language to code behaviors both from the perspective of a … continue reading

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