Vicarious gets another $50 million to expand its research team and build smarter robots

Vicarious gets another $50 million to expand its research team and build smarter robots

 Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg might not be able to agree about much when it comes to AI these days, but the pair do seem to see the same potential in Vicarious, a startup applying unsupervised learning techniques to robots. Musk and Zuckerberg were two of the early backers of Vicarious. The startup announced that it raised an additional $50 million in financing this morning (via… Read More

The Envirobot robo-eel slithers along the shore for science

The Envirobot robo-eel slithers along the shore for science

 The next time you’re swimming in Lake Geneva, don’t be surprised when you feel something eel-like and yet artificial touch your leg. That would be Envirobot, the latest biomimetic creation from Swiss researchers that autonomously swims around bodies of water and tests them for toxins and other factors. Read More

Artificial intelligence is not as smart as you (or Elon Musk) think

Artificial intelligence is not as smart as you (or Elon Musk) think

 DeepMind’s AlphaGo beat Lee Sedol, the best human Go player in the world. It was a defining technological moment not unlike IBM’s Deep Blue beating chess champion Garry Kasparov, or IBM Watson beating the world’s best Jeopardy players. As mind-blowing as they seemed, these victories were more about training algorithms and using brute-force computational strength than any… Read More

Helping students transition from the laboratory to robotics startup

Helping students transition from the laboratory to robotics startup

 A student at Monday’s TC Sessions: Robotics event in Cambridge asked me “How do I launch a successful startup?” I explained that I might not be the person at the show best equipped to answer, but I offered some simple advice nonetheless: find a problem that needs solving, address a need that already exists and don’t go offering solutions in search of problems. Oh, and get… Read More

Sami Atiya from ABB says industrial robots will add jobs, not take them away

Sami Atiya from ABB says industrial robots will add jobs, not take them away

 In and interview earlier this week at the TechCrunch Robotics Session held on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA, Sami Atiya, president of ABB’s Robotics and Motion division, said he believes bringing robots into the manufacturing process actually adds jobs instead of killing them. ABB certainly has some data points with over 300,000 industrial robots installed worldwide, and Atiya… Read More




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